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Atheist Women

A group for atheist, freethinking, secular women (and men) who want to discuss, rant or just vent their feelings about the oppression and patriarchy of religion and support each other in fighting it and many other things that oppress women.

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An inspiring story of a disabled woman

Started by Hope. Last reply by Suzanna May 13, 2014. 5 Replies

Maysoon Zayid.. Writer, actor, comedian, Maysoon Zayid is the co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. Her story is very inspiring!"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this…Continue

Tags: disabled, woman, a, of, inspiring

Katelyn Campbell Rocks

Started by Neal. Last reply by Adriana Apr 20, 2013. 2 Replies

Show your support for reality and sign the petition.Tell Katelyn Campbell: "You Rock!"…Continue

Tags: rocks, campbell, katelyn

Kansas abortion crackdown: New bill says life begins at fertilization

Started by Neal. Last reply by Michel Apr 13, 2013. 10 Replies

I'm not sure why we keep playing with a woman's ability to control her health; maybe it's because they don't care? I guess if they do, the line has been drawn. …Continue

Tags: leave, the, state, to, women

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Republicans have offered a number of reasons why they oppose the Violence Against Women Act. Some think it’s unconstitutional. Others argue that it’s just a meaningless bill ...

Started by Neal. Last reply by Michel Feb 24, 2013. 6 Replies

Grab whatever excuse comes to mind Senator, no matter how imbecilic it may be.Top GOP Senator: Native American Juries Are Incapable Of Trying White People Fairly By Scott Keyes on Feb 21, 2013 at 1:30 pmSen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) On Wednesday, Sen.…Continue

Tags: women, act, grassley, senator, violence

Watching “The Favored Daughter” Rise To 2014 Presidential Candidate Of Afghanistan With Fawzia Koofi

Started by Hope. Last reply by Neal Feb 20, 2013. 4 Replies

It is difficult to define words like “Courage”, “Bravery”, and…Continue

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A Bronx school teacher, attacked at gunpoint by an off-duty police officer last year, wants the state to change its rape laws.

Started by Neal Feb 14, 2013. 0 Replies

What a mess. It's not rape if it's anal penetration? The violence against women will continue.Teacher Assaulted By Off-Duty Cop Wants Albany To Change Rape Laws Lydia Cuomo Speaking Out After Being Attacked By Michael Pena Last YearFebruary 11, 2013…Continue

Tags: rape, definition, changed, wants, attacked

Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital

Started by Neal. Last reply by Michel Nov 16, 2012. 22 Replies

Catholic stupidity kills women.Savita Halappanavar, who was found to be miscarrying…Continue

Tags: woman, kill, catholics, barbarians, irish

No fun even in heaven

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Marianne Nov 5, 2012. 7 Replies

Here's an excellent blog post by Taslima Nasreen. If you follow the logic of Islam(I'm using the word "logic" here loosely, of course), it won't be possible to relax or even have fun for Muslim women once they get to heaven.Her blog "…Continue

Tags: burka, satire, heaven, women, Islam

Islamic world unleashes the demons of misogyny

Started by Hope. Last reply by zrdm Nov 4, 2012. 11 Replies

Islamic world unleashes the demons of misogynyOctober 27, 2012OpinionRoya Hakakian…Continue

Tags: of, misogyny, demons, the, world

A short film about global violence against women

Started by Adriana Sep 27, 2012. 0 Replies

WARNING: violent images. This is a beautifully made short video bout One Billion Rising, a project to raise awareness and protest violence against omen. They are aiming to have a global strike day in February of next year. I think it's a good idea.…Continue

Tags: film, awareness, violence, women

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Comment by Chris yesterday

Peeing During Filibusters, Explained

POS NING.

Pt 3.

Later, she was charged with violating the city's public urination prohibition, but was never convicted: Given the sheets, there wasn't any hard proof of the act.

3. Astronaut bags and a light diet: In 1977, then-Texas Sen. Bill Meier staged a 43-hour filibuster over a bill he believed to be an attack on the state's open records laws. He wore an "astronaut bag" on the Senate floor, and when it filled up, then Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby would arrange to take a message from the House, while Meier ran to the women's restroom (closest to his desk) to empty the bag. On each trip, two sergeants-at-arms came with him to ensure he never sat down. Meier also said he ate lightly in the days preceding his filibuster. Today, Meier is a judge on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.

4. Catheters: After his filibuster protesting the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director, Rand Paul told Glenn Beck that he'd considered fitting himself with a catheter for the speech, but decided against it, even though he'd tried them before.

5. Adult diapers: Lots of jokes and rumors have flown around about various filibustering politicians pulling a Lisa Nowak and using these, though we haven't been able to find any confirmed instances.

Comment by Chris yesterday

Peeing During Filibusters, Explained

POS NING.

Update (6/27/2013): This morning, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that, according to Joel Burns, who holds Sen. Davis' former Fort Worth City Council seat, Davis was equipped with a catheter during her filibuster. When contacted to confirm, Davis' office responded that the senator "made all necessary preparations."

While obsessively watching state Sen. Wendy Davis' heroic filibuster in the Texas Legislature yesterday, I couldn't help thinking the obvious: 13 hours without peeing is a long time. Was she just holding it? Or wearing some sort of, er, contraption? (The options on such things, by the way, are many.)

For the most part, the logistics on this tend to be something politicians keep mum about. "It's a kind of urological mystery," Joseph Crespino, biographer of legendary filibusterer Strom Thurmond, told the BBC last year.

But over time, filibustering heavyweights have tried some pretty incredible tactics to avoid defeat by bathroom—and have gone on to share their tales. A few of them below:

1. Steam baths and a surreptitious urine bucket: Thurmond, who completed the longest federal filibuster in US history (24 hours, 18 minutes) in 1957, took the minimalist route with a bucket. His aides set it up in the cloakroom so that Thurmond could pee while keeping one foot on the Senate floor.

But even before that, Thurmond took daily steam baths to prepare for the epic speech, to make it easier for his body to absorb, rather than expel, fluid.

Thurmond also got lucky: After speaking for about three hours, Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater asked him to temporarily yield the floor for an insertion in the Congressional Record. This gave Thurmond a few precious minutes to make his one and only trip to the restroom.

2. When without a bathroom, bring the bathroom to you! In 2001, then St. Louis Alderwoman Irene Smith staged a filibuster during a City Hall debate to protest a ward redistricting plan that she believed would have hurt the city's black communities. Nature called, but rather than yielding the floor and ending her filibuster, Smith's aides came down and surrounded her with a sheet, quilt, and tablecloth while she relieved herself in a trash can. Here's Below is video of the incident:

Comment by Chris yesterday
Comment by Chris yesterday

Some may not know that Senator Wendy Davis had a urinary catheter

to continue the filibuster.

The Democrat at the heart of the successful filibuster of a Texas bill to ban abortion after the 20-week pregnancy mark proved an above and beyond dedication to beating back the measure — she even wore a catheter.

Sen. Wendy Davis, 50, donned running shoes, a back brace and a urinary catheter in the walk up to her Tuesday filibuster that ultimately spanned 11 hours.

“She’s a total fighter,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in the Daily Mail. “And the thing about Sen. Davis, she says she’s going to do something, she gets it down.”

Her filibuster ended abruptly, after Republicans cut her off for speaking off-topic, the Daily Mail said. But subsequent legislative debate that erupted after she was cut off pushed the discussions past the midnight deadline for the bill to pass — and in effect, her filibuster worked.

Gov. Rick Perry has subsequently called for a second special legislative session to debate the same bill for July 1. But Ms. Davis has won big points with the public. Her Twitter follower count exploded from 1,200 to more than 79,000 in the hours of her filibuster, the Daily Mail reported. A day later, that count had hit 100,000.

Comment by Chris yesterday

Even here in the Northern San Francisco Bay area town I live in bars and taverns need a 'permit' to allow dancing.

 

Comment by Chris yesterday

@Hope,

Volence against women according to the reference doesn't seem to vary much regardless of nation, religion, or wealth.

@Steven,

I don't get the problem with

Published on Oct 26, 2016

When Egyptian teenager Ghadeer Ahmed sent her boyfriend a video of her dancing - without her hijab, and in a short dress - she never imagined he would post it online. But years later he did. Here she tells the story of her decision to re-post the video herself, and to tell the world she saw no reason to be ashamed.

Belly dancing?

What am I getting wrong here? -- Ah fundamentalist Abrihamic Religion where the body and human spirit is a sin.

Comment by Suzanna on Thursday

Couldn't agree more.

Comment by Stephen on Thursday

Suzanna considering her position in Egypt she is very brave. Its these type of people in the Muslim world we should be supporting.

Comment by Suzanna on Thursday

Good video, How anyone can think that half the population is inherently sinful just for being born a female is beyond me. It's great that she is using her experience for the good of Egyptian girls.

Comment by Stephen on Wednesday

 
 
 

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