Reyaneh Jabbari still under threat of execution for defending herself from a would be rapist…

UPDATE:

I am heartbroken to report thay efforts to save Rehaneh were unsuccessful. They executed murdered her anyway.

I did recieve a comment asking me to take down this post by someone who said such petitions were making things worse for Ms. Jabbari, and that the final decision was in the hands of the family of the would-be rapist.  I presume by pointing that out, the commenter (who’s comment and request I refused) was implying that efforts to save her were somehow shaming his family.

Ah yes, that so-called honour code that revolves around the women and their vaginas, not on the words and deeds of the men who commit crimes against them.  Sorry commenter, perhaps you’re right that the petition I signed and posted about, and others like it, “made things worse,” as you stated.  But sitting on our asses and pretending such atrocities aren’t really happening, and pandering to warped ideology such as that put this young women in prison for the “crime” of protecting herself, then after years of mental torture, murdered her anyway, will not stop it from happening again.  The ONLY thing that will help is the people in such societies refusing to accept this kind of brutality, and if that means those of us in the rest of the world must shame them into doing so by shining bright lights on the stories of real victims like Reyhaneh Jabbari, then so be it.

Believe me when I say I don’t pass along stories like hers lightly.  I do not.


In support of 5 October: Day to Save Reyhaneh Jabbari from Execution in Iran | Maryam Namazie

http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2014/10/05/in-support-of-5-october-day-to-save-reyhaneh-jabbari-from-execution-in-iran/

I meant to share this the other day, but fell asleep right in the middle of doing so.  Shame on me!  (My pitiful defence is that I was still quite ill with a virus I’d picked up a few weeks prior.)

In any case, I strongly encourage anyone who sees this post to read it, share it and sign the petition!

It’s the story of a young woman held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison after being convicted by a Sharia “court” for the murder of her would be rapist.  It was a simple case if self defence, yet she was summarily tried and convicted without anything resembling what anyone (who is sane) would consider a fair or unbiased process.

I just Googled for the latest on this and found this article.  She is still alive, but it’s not looking good…

Ms. Jabbari has been under a death sentence for years now and has gone though horrific trauma.  Please, I don’t know if the petition linked to in the attached re-blog of Maryam Namazie, will help or not.  But surely the more Jabbari’s story is shared around the world, and the more people who sign the petition declaring how unacceptable these kind of kangaroo convictions are to the rest of the world, it will put much needed pressure on Iran to save her, reverse the conviction, and join the 21st century…

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Islamic penises get erected seeing mannequins » No Country for Women

http://freethoughtblogs.com/taslima/2014/07/25/islamic-penises-get-erected-seeing-mannequins/

You know, I want to laugh when I see such absurdity, but the sad truth is that this insane, idiotic, backwards and completely juvenile mindset rules the lives of so many women in so much of the world.

It fits right in with the ISIS Fatwa insisting all women in the ISIS controlled city of Mosul in Iraq, ages 14 to 46 submit to Female Genital Mutilation (FMG), also called Female Circumcision. to make it sound more “civilized.”

What, pray tell, is civilised, holy or “clean” as I’ve seen it justified a few times on other articles, about chopping off part or all of a girl’s or women’s labia.  Then sewing her together, leaving only a tiny hole to urinate, leading to painful sexual dysfunction, fistulas after giving birth, and other horrible, sometimes fatal, health problems.

While the barbaric practice of FMG did not start with the Islamic religion, extremist Muslims have certainly adopted such practices into their beliefs and worldviews.  As they have expanded their control over the minds and lives of countless other Muslims, this hideous “procedure” is no longer confined to tiny, isolated areas of the world and has made it’s way into Western societies, coming along with immigrant families who are taught this is the right and proper way to raise their daughters.

See, in my personal opinion, all these efforts to keep men from being “tempted” – apparently over something they can’t reasonably be expected to control…their dicks – has nothing to do with protecting the body and honour of girls and women.  It has everything to do with controlling them.  It is the mark of men who, because they are in general, physically stronger than women, and are raised in deeply entrenched patriarchal societies, use religion as just one more weapon in their aresenal to live the perpetual dream of heterosexual pubescent boys everywhere…use anything and everything to satisfy their hormonal urges and feelings of power.

Keep in mind that I feel this way about all of the major, monotheistic religions.  It’s just that right now, at this time in history, radical Islam is the one causing the most waves worldwide.

Blinders on: Violence Against Women and Male Denial

This is a FreeThought re-blog.

The blogger, Miri, shows very eloquently how one of the biggest problems to stop violence against women is the pure denial of men who while not themselves the perpetrators, are silently complicit by denial and disbelief.

They Have To See It With Their Own Eyes: Men and Violence Against Women » Brute Reason

http://freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason/2014/06/04/they-have-to-see-it-with-their-own-eyes-men-and-violence-against-women/#comment-142342

The War on Women Continues

Indian Minister: Rape is ‘Sometimes’ Wrong, and Sometimes ‘Right’ – NBC News.com

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/indian-minister-rape-sometimes-wrong-sometimes-right-n123576

I thought when this story first came out it couldn’t get any sadder.  I was wrong.

37 Men Show Us What Real Men’s Activists Look Like – Mic

Okay, this is probably on several other blogs today, and hopefully will end up on many, many more before the day is out.

In a word…YYYAAAYYYY!

Thank you, real men, for standing with us! 

http://m.policymic.com/articles/90079/36-men-show-us-what-real-men-s-activists-look-like

This is what you call “not helping your case”

This is UNACCEPTABLE! A garbage diagnosis? Gee, where have I heard that before? Oh, wait I know… When my doctor said the same thing about my MS diagnosis. I have heard variations of the same kind of misogynistic bullshit from more than a few “doctors” before. F**k you, Dr. Drew. How DARE you immediately jump to such absurd conclusions based on a three minute phone call with the patient’s fiance? That’s ethically and morally wrong.

Some interesting screengrabs of Tweets from Drew Pinsky, his wife Susan, and the ditch they are digging themselves into more and more today with terrible handling of Pinsky’s misguided (at best) comments about endometriosis and IC during the Loveline show on Thursday night.

Apparently the situation at hand may be discussed on his show on Monday, April 28. We shall see. Even if it is, Susan Pinsky makes it sound like we’re in for another shit sandwich.

To follow what’s going on, you don’t even need to have a Twitter account. Mine is twitter.com/endosucks (or @endosucks if you do have an account). Drew Pinsky is @drdrew, @loveline and @drdrewHLN (yes, he’s on CNN too), though he does also have others (like for the podcast). Susan Pinsky is @firstladyoflove.

If you want to respond, tweet at these accounts, and/or use the trending term #educatedrdrew.

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And then this treasure happened. Why…

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“Someone else on the earth who is like me”

WOW!!! This world needs more parents like Gendermom. The post I’m re-blogging was just featured on Freshly Pressed, but it’s such a powerful message I asked if she would mind my doing so here. One amazing family with one very special little girl. 🙂

Living In America: Living With RapeCulture

I had to re-blog this. Gretchen Kelly article about the Rape Culture that is still very much alive, is thought-provoking, informative and very well written.

Edit:  The Rape Culture is not confined to the US, it’s actually a part of the human culture and is found in most, possibly even ALL human societies all over the world – to lesser and greater degrees – depending on a number a number of cultural, religious, socio-economic, class and geographical factors.

 

Drifting Through

“Me and a gun
and a man
On my back
But I haven’t seen Barbados
So I must get out of this
Yes I wore a slinky red thing
Does that mean I should spread
For you, your friends your father, Mr. Ed”

-Tori Amos, Me and A Gun

My daughter used to play a game when she was a baby. She would crawl over to our magazine rack and tear up the pages. When I would say something to stop her, she would cover her eyes. She thought, in her adorable baby brain, that if she covered her eyes we couldn’t see it therefore nothing was happening. We laughed each time she did this. We marveled at the simple naiveté of a small child. We thought it was precious. But you know what’s not precious? When adults do it. When we do it. When society does it. When we…

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Dear friend: Words have meanings.

If you are against full access to safe, legal abortion, then you need to read this.
If you are pro-choice and believe in true equality for everyone, and I hope you are, then here is an excellent article you can use to help (hopefully) drag the uniformed or just plain wrong thinking, people you know into the 21st century.

Please remember if you wish to Reblog this, to follow the original article back to its source at the perry street palace blog.  Reblog it directly from her site and don’t forget to credit her if wherever you are reposting it doesn’t make it really obvious! 🙂

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[TRIGGER WARNING:images of embryos, f-bombs.]

In the space of less than five minutes, things turned very ugly. Maybe you won’t even read this, and that’s fine: you owe me absolutely nothing. Nor I you.

I am still angry and deeply hurt, but less so as the days pass. It’s good to know where I really stand with you: that my happiness and my life (to say nothing of the lives and happiness of billions of other people) mean less to you than this does:

week9humanembryo

FIG 1. Human embryo at 9 weeks clinical gestation. (Optical Topography)
Actual size = approx. 2.3 cm.
Three quarters of all U.S. abortions are performed by 9 weeks.
(9 weeks is also the cutoff for a medication abortion via mifepristone.)

Our mutual friend said that I took your words beyond their face value to mean something you never intended. Well, that is because your…

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