India, Rape Culture and Misogny – TRIGGER WARNING

Trigger warning:  The below reblog was written by an East Indian medical student currently living and working in India.  It contains material that may easily offend a good number of people.

A reminder that all comments on my blog are moderated.  If you are offended by this post and wish to lash out at me or any of my other readers, your comments will *not* be approved. Threats and personal attacks will result in your being immediately banned.

Please read my below preface and proceed at your own risk.

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From a blogger who writes under the pseudonym Avicenna on his Freethought blog, “Atheist Medical Student Stuck in a Land of a Million Gods.”

It’s a very long post, but *well worth* the time it takes to read.

It delves deeply into culturally dangerous ground, discussing as it does – at length – the misogny & rape culture so deeply embedded in Indian society….and how one feeds the other to hurt both men and women.

Again, remember this is *not* my work.

However, I do think it’s a very important contribution in the fight for equality for all genders, and strongly believe it is a very important article that needs to reach as many people as possible.  Please understand that I am not reblogging this with any racial, sexist or political motive.

A Thug in Velvet – Revisited » A Million Gods

http://freethoughtblogs.com/amilliongods/2014/07/05/a-thug-in-velvet-revisited/comment-page-1/#comment-852788

What If Our Dead Kids *DO* Trump Your Gun Rights?

I can’t think of anything to add. This pretty much says it all.

The End

In the farce that was the 2008 campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, one of the main fools was played by Joe the Plumber. Well, his name wasn’t Joe. And he wasn’t a plumber. But that was the stage name of Samuel Wurzelbacher of Ohio. He was the hood ornament on the Fox-sponsored GOP clown car that year.

Last Friday, a deranged man went on a slashing and shooting rampage, killing six young people near the UC Santa Barbara campus. He then committed suicide, leaving behind a video and a 140-page manifesto that expresses a shockingly demented hatred of women.

Just days later, the country is still reeling from the savagery of this crime, the killer’s unhinged misogyny and the soul-numbing reality of yet another mass shooting of young people in America. But today is the day that ‘Joe the Plumber’ published an “open letter to the parents of the victims” of the Santa Barbara spree…

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Catholic Schoolboys Rule: Neo-Conservatism and the Sociopathy of the Religious Right

I found this wonderful gem through a reblog of it by M-R. I sincerely hope it gets Freshly Pressed and wins every award WordPress has to offer!

This could very well apply to my country (Canada), the United States or any other Western, supposedly secular run nation. The Christian right, no matter their geographic location, do seem to be making good headway into politics in places we have long since voted and fought to separate state from Church.

This article is, in my opinion, one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time in what seems a new fight to suppress religious extremism of any stripe.

I hope it strikes a good blow!

The Australian Independent Media Network

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Is this country being run by right-wing Christian fundamentalists? And if so, are they representative of the wider society? These are some of the issues examined by Sean Stinson.

“Sometimes it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission”. – Tony Abbott, 2010

In September 2013 Australia elected its 44th Parliament. Led by a former seminarian and composed largely of fellow Jesuit-educated Catholics, it is fair to say that today’s Cabinet represents an extreme right-wing Christian world view which is not particularly representative of the beliefs and values of the broader culture.

This may go some way towards explaining some of the more bizarre policy measures thus far introduced. From a military led attack on asylum seekers to a scorched earth environmental policy, from mass public service sackings to jobs for the boys, from pre-election promises of no cuts to a budget blueprint for an American…

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Eat My Pussy – By Jessica B. Bell (Part One)

Okay, fair warning. This is NOT a family rated post.  NOT PG!

It’s racy, okay, maybe even lewd…and if you don’t know much about Canadian politics, probably won’t make any sense. But it’s bloody funny…if you get the reference.

NOTE:  There are two parts to the original post, so be sure click on Part Two when you reach the bottom end of Part One.