Tuesday, May 5, 2009



I as a Democrat feminist was floored when newly self pronounced Democrat Senator Arlen Specter said recently that the courts of Minnesota should be sending Republican Senator Coleman back to the Senate, I actually have to agree. I am no fan of Senator Coleman but you know how can Franken claim victory with a little over three hundred votes and thier are precinct showing 115% voted and then some. What do you think...

Marilyn French, feminist and novelist, dies at 79


By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Writer – Tue May 5, 3:48 pm ET
NEW YORK – Marilyn French, the writer and feminist whose novel "The Women's Room" sold more than 20 million copies and transformed her into a leading figure in the women's movement, has died at 79.
French died of heart failure Saturday at a Manhattan hospital, said Carol Jenkins, a friend and president of New York's Women's Media Center.
Her 1977 first novel, "The Women's Room," transformed the college teacher into a feminist leader whose aim was "to change the entire social and economic structure of Western civilization, to make it a feminist world," she once said.
The landmark novel, which was translated into 20 languages, details the journey to independence of a 1950s housewife who gets divorced and goes to graduate school. The book mirrored aspects of French's own life experiences, including the rape of her daughter.
She was called anti-male after a character in the novel says: "All men are rapists, and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes."
"Those words came from a character, and she was not a man-hater, and never said that in her personal life," Jenkins said. "But she wanted men to accept their part in the domination of women."
Still, the novel "connected with millions of women who had no way before of claiming their anger and discontent," Jenkins said.
The male subjugation of women is the main theme of French's novels, essays, literary criticism and her four-volume, nonfictional "From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women."
A Brooklyn native, French graduated from Long Island's Hofstra University with a master's degree, studying philosophy and English literature. She taught there in the 1960s. After her divorce, she earned a doctorate from Harvard and was an English professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
A smoker, she survived a battle with esophageal cancer in 1992 that included a 10-day coma she described in "Season in Hell: A Memoir."
Her last novel is to be published this fall, and she was also working on a memoir.
French is survived by her son, Robert French, of East Brunswick, N.J., and daughter Jamie French, of Cambridge, Mass.
A memorial is planned for June in New York.

"Miss California Star's They Made Me Comment"





I am hating the fact I have to comment on the Ms. California debacle. I want to say the media and components of this argument is really horrible, but let's look at some factors...
This a contest judge on by your looks foremost
1.)
If you are not natural you will be picked apart, hence forth the saline plastic bags shoved under her mammary glands ( right or wrong this has happened in the past)
2.)
Answering question & make your own personal stand on what issue you care about (this is most laughable cause they spend more time doing what they can to get the prize) contestants of the past have been picked apart for this also.
3.)
“Must" I remind you this women has to be crazy or cunning as a fox to get up in front of a flaming Homosexual and answer that question that way ( well what do you know she is now riding high on a spokeswomen position $$$ of hate, way to go Anita Bryant Jr. )
I know I will have to say more about this dime store Barbie doll in the future because the hate mongers are riding a high of the evil Homo's are taking over the world, from advertisement to lobbyist. “Can” someone pie this women in the face like Anita. Maybe since boycotts ran so well with getting rid of Anita maybe we can do the same to get rid of these beauty pageants, or at least this ship wreck Ms. Carrie Prejean...


Interview and more controversy




Miss California: I’ll Fight on Despite Nude Photos
By
MIKE CELIZIC
Updated 8:45 AM PDT, Tue, May 5, 2009
AP
The website the dirty.com claimed that it had six pictures of Prejean that could "clearly strip her of her Miss California crown.

With partially nude photos of her popping up on Web sites questioning her Christian credentials,
Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has fired back, claiming the racy pictures are just modeling shots and vowing to continue her battle against same-sex marriage.
“I am a Christian, and I am a model,” Prejean said in a statement released overnight to the media. “Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be.”
But
Alicia Jacobs, a judge at the April 19 Miss USA pageant during which Prejean made her highly publicized statement opposing same-sex marriage, said the pictures go beyond what the Miss California pageant says are appropriate.
“I can assure you they were quite inappropriate, and certainly not photos befitting a beauty queen,” Jacobs, a reporter for
NBC’s Las Vegas affiliate, told NBC News.The images may also hurt her status as a spokeswoman for conservative causes. “She can continue to advocate for causes, but I don't think these causes are going to advocate for her.” Ken Baker of E! News told NBC.
Six revealing photos The Web site the dirty.com claimed that it had six pictures of Prejean. As of Tuesday morning, it had posted one on its site. The picture shows Prejean wearing nothing but a pair of revealing pink panties and smiling over her shoulder at the camera. Her breasts are covered by her arm.
The picture was deemed too racy to be shown on the TODAY Show.
It and the others in the set may also be too revealing for the Miss California pageant, according to a report filed for TODAY by NBC News’ Miguel Almaguer, who reported that Prejean’s contract with the pageant prohibits her from being photographed “in a state of partial or total nudity.”
Prejean finished second in the Miss USA pageant to
Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton.
In 1984, Vanessa Williams had to resign her Miss America crown after revealing photos she had posed for in 1982 were leaked to reporters.
The controversy over the 21-year-old Prejean began during the April 19 Miss USA pageant. During the interview segment of the competition, celebrity blogger
Perez Hilton, who is openly gay, asked Prejean for her views on legalizing same-sex marriage.
"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage," Prejean said. "And you know what? I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
On his blog the next day, Hilton called Prejean a vulgar name and said that Miss USA is supposed to be help unite Americans, not divide them. He suggested her response may have cost her the Miss USA crown.
Vow to fight on The following Sunday, Prejean was greeted as a hero by the congregation at her San Diego-area mega church, the Rock Church. Shortly after, she signed on to be a spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage’s campaign against same-sex marriage.
“I was attacked for giving my own opinion on the stage of the Miss USA contest. And I’m going to do whatever it takes to protect marriage. It’s something that is very dear to my heart,” Prejean told TODAY’s Matt Lauer after agreeing to work with the organization.
In her statement to the media Tuesday, Prejean vowed to continue her fight against gay marriage.
“We live in a great country; a nation that was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion,” she said in the statement. “Yet my comments defending traditional marriage have led to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my reputation and somehow silence me and my beliefs, as if opinion is only a one-way street.”
Although Prejean said the pictures were taken when she was 17, others have alleged that they seem to have been taken after she underwent breast-enhancement surgery six weeks prior to the Miss USA pageant. That surgery was paid for by the Miss California pageant.




This is hate, and as a feminist I believe in the Constitution & Bill of Rights, Women's Rights are human rights, stop the bashing...




























I guess in the end an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth...


( what screwed up thinking )


I like what Harvey Milk said...


Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009
To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.
Hide Other Bill TitlesOfficial: To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes. as introduced.
Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 - Authorizes the Attorney General to provide technical, forensic, prosecutorial, or other assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of any crime that: April 29, 2009
Roll call number 223 in the House 4/2/2009–Introduced.
Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 - Authorizes the Attorney General to provide technical, forensic, prosecutorial, or other assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of any crime that:
constitutes a crime of violence under federal law or a felony under state, local, or Indian tribal law; and (2) is motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the state, local, or tribal hate crime laws.
Directs the Attorney General to give priority for assistance to crimes committed by offenders who have committed crimes in more than one state and to rural jurisdictions that have difficulty covering the extraordinary investigation or prosecution expenses. Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to assist state, local, and Indian law enforcement agencies with such extraordinary expenses. Directs the Office of Justice Programs to: (1) work closely with funded jurisdictions to ensure that the concerns and needs of all affected parties are addressed; and (2) award grants to state and local programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles. Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit willfully causing bodily injury to any person because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of such person.
Amends the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to expand data collection and reporting requirements under such Act to include: (1) crimes manifesting prejudice based on gender and gender identity; and (2) hate crimes committed by and against juveniles. Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the exercise of constitutionally-protected free speech.
April 29, 2009
H.R.1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009On Passage: H R 1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act Aye 249 Nay 175 Passed See Vote
April 29, 2009H.R.1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act Aye 185 Nay 241 Failed See Vote
Democrats Voting ‘Abstain’
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Rep. Robert Berry [D, AR-1]Rep. George Butterfield [D, NC-1]Rep. George Miller [D, CA-7]Rep. John Murtha [D, PA-12]Rep. Thomas Perriello [D, VA-5]Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger [D, MD-2]Rep. Fortney Stark [D, CA-13]Rep. Harry Teague [D, NM-2]
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Republicans Voting ‘Abstain’
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Rep. Michael Burgess [R, TX-26]Rep. Kay Granger [R, TX-12]