South Africa National Party Seeks to "Rehabilitate Gays"

The revived National Party in South Africa will allow gay and lesbian members to serve, but says that the government will help to "rehabilitate" them. They are also strongly against the constitution allowing same-sex marriages. It is a shame that the NP is thinking of itself above science which shows that homosexuality is natural and cannot be altered, attempts to "rehabilitate gays" fail.

Bolivia to Vote on New Consitution With Abortion Rights, and Protections for Sexual Minorities

Bolivia will hold a nationwide referendum this Sunday for its constituents to decide whether to approve or reject a new version of the country's constitution that would provide for abortion rights, religious liberties, and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.

Take action to urge the President and Vice-President to vocally support the referendum publicly.

resource centers, anyone?

When I say "Feminist Resource Center," what do you think of? (qualifiers- on a local scale, housed in, say, a feminist bookstore-meaning not an entity entirely on it's own, with it's own building, etc,- which also happens to serve as a significant queer community center, in a very ethnically diverse neighborhood in a city with little diversity overall....) What would you expect/hope to find there? What distinguishes a good resource center from a bad one?

I am (you guessed it!) helping to re-vamp the resource center where I volunteer and would love some varied perspectives/ideas.

THANK YOU and take care!

your response?

The other night, I had a drunken conversation with my friend Roger. We were talking about equality of the sexes, equal pay for equal work, etc.

Roger (who I often describe as the most capitalism-oriented person I have EVER met), said that in today's economic culture, it's all about making maximum profit. In order to do this, you need the most efficient and effective workforce as possible. For example, hiring a scrawny person for a job as a mason would detract from your profits significantly as opposed to hiring a very muscular, fit worker. In the business world, you want people on your staff who are most likely to get the job done well and be consistent workers. Because many women choose to bear children, they are statistically more likely to want to take off more work than men, despite performance on the job. Therefore, gender aside, the workers more likely to remain working, who are therefore more productive, deserve higher pay and promotions because they are more valuable to the company (monetarily).

How would you respond? Just curious. I don't even remember what I said, but I sure there was more convincing and coherent way to say it.

fat girls, skinny girls, non feminist lesbians oh my!

So what is it about lesbians that makes them subvert the dominant paradigm and defy mainstream standards of beauty if not for their feminist leanings??? Come on straight feminists why do (some of you) still buy into the shave your body, diet, and wear makeup beauty ideal???

Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 30 Page 252 - September 2006
Volume 30 Issue 3

Viren Swami1
Martin J. Tovée2

The present study examined associations between lesbian and feminist identity and predictors of female physical attractiveness. Seventy-two nonfeminist heterosexuals, 38 feminist heterosexuals, 75 nonfeminist lesbians, and 33 feminist lesbians were asked to rate according to physical attractiveness a set of images of real women with known body mass indexes (BMIs). The results showed that regardless of sexual orientation and feminist ascription, BMI was a dominant predictor of physical attractiveness. The results also showed that there were significant differences between lesbians and heterosexual women in BMIs of images found to be most attractive, with lesbians preferring images of women with significantly higher BMIs than heterosexual women. Self-identification as a feminist did not appear to be associated with a preference for larger BMIs. The findings are discussed in terms of sociocultural theory, which suggests that different communities may have different ideals of beauty.
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Anti-rape female condom
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The anti-rape female condom (aka vaginal bear trap, brand name Rapex) was invented by Sonette Ehlers, a South African woman. It is intended to prevent rape by hooking onto an attacker's penis, hurting and disabling him.

The device is a latex tube fitted internally with shafts of sharp, inward-facing plastic barbs that could be worn by a woman in her vagina, similar to a tampon. Should an attacker attempt vaginal rape, the penis would be hooked by the barbs, causing the attacker pain and giving the victim time to escape. The condom would remain attached to the attacker's penis and, according to the device's creator, could be removed only surgically[citation needed], which would alert hospital staff and police that an attempted rape could have taken place. However, the fact that a man was injured by the device would not in and of itself mean he was a rapist, due to the possibility of abuse of the device (see criticism). Furthermore, the device's inventor believes that the very existence of the device in over-the-counter stores could also act as a deterrent by creating the possibility in a potential rapist's mind that victims might be using it.

According to Ehlers, the Rapex would also act as a female condom, reducing chances of impregnation or STD infection. However, there is no scientific research that supports her claim. Ehlers herself claim that the device prevents STDs because "there is no body fluid inside you from the rapist."[1]

The device was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa. Production will start later this year if severe criticism is overcome. The inventor hopes to have the product on the market in late 2006.

The device was unveiled on August 31, 2005 in South Africa, where the rape rate was extremely high as of that date, and production will start the following year if severe criticism is overcome. 

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Support refugee relief efforts in Darfur

Hi everyone,

I work for the American Refugee Committee in Chicago, and this year we're holding a fundraising luncheon in Chicago in support of the refugee camps we run in Darfur and other places around the world.  Speakers will include ARC's country director from Sudan and John Prendergast, a Senior Adviser on Africa at the International Crisis Group in DC.  Barack Obama is an honorary co-sponsor and may show up as well.  The luncheon is being held November 3rd at the Hilton Chicago, and tickets are $150 each (with at least 90% of that going directly to refugee support).  If you're interested in learning more about what's going on in Darfur and supporting refugee camps there, please email me and I'll get you an invitation.

Thanks for your support!


Uganda's Calling!

Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group! And women/girls particularly suffer during conflict - many have been forced into sexual slavery at the hands of military commanders and driven into poverty/dangerous living conditions.

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other.

And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit -as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda! We especially welcome international members, particularly people from Uganda (and we have at least a few already).

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!