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Visual media, the friendly monster

They say that the most terrible things do not require pictures to  imagine.  I believe this to be true, and also that our media tactics today rely too much on the visual.  However, I am aware that we are all so visually intrigued today- this I believe to be another  affectation of the masculine psyche in power.  Still too I know that had I not been presented with the undesired visuals this morning over my soothing warm coffee and virtually had my day shattered, then I would not be writing this post now.  So, the authors, writers, journalists, bloggers- whatever you’ll call them (us)- they’ve done their job.  Awareness has been raised, with this one person at least, and then so also with others- ripe awareness.

I was set to enjoy my reading on this delightful Saturday morning- coffee out, along with all my usual morning writing comforts, and referring to my usual internet media readers when I realized that the topic for today chosen by many was to be that of female genital mutilation (FGM).  I’ve been aware of this- what I consider to be an horrendous- practice nearly my entire life, as someone born of the early 1970s era and in tune to the world politics of the time.  My first and steady opinion of FGM has been a negative one, strongly ANTI-FGM.  For this, many thanks are due to television news media, as seldom anyone in my family really spoke of politics that I recall.

I cannot deny that this is still a beautiful Saturday morning, and I cannot take personally the offense to the media bash this morning upon my conscience as I viewed my reader feeds.  I will never play those videos, because truly as a woman I do not need to.  But I saw the images.  Didn’t need to, but I did, and my day is changed.  Maybe there are men and women who truly do not understand and can be helped by seeing the practice, and swayed into a different mindset.  Certainly, the more compassionate among men could be video-shocked into the certainty of a wrong practice being done with female genital mutilations, where before they likely may have never thought of it, their educations in life being of such an opposing slant to the educations of women.

Just one point: I’ll bet MANY never realized (until they saw images) that female genitalia mutilation victims were of such an advanced age when they are traumatized by the practice, nor that community males were the ones doing the dastardly deed, nor that their own mother’s held them down.  (Even I had envisioned a party of men trekking to each girl’s house, acting over the mother’s screams of anguish- but NO).

Dear reader, thanks for reading.  I had to just get this off onto some kind of media so I wouldn’t carry it around the back of my  mind all day long.  The writers have done their jobs, the people now act.  That’s the way it goes.  Make change people.

Many thanks to:

Curation. The Counter Jihad Report. AMJA Senior Committee Member, Female Genital Mutilation is an ‘Honor’ per Islam. 27 Apr 2012. http://counterjihadreport.com.  (28 Apr 2012)

Holton, Christopher. Family Security Matters. Misinformation from US Dept of Health about Islam and Female Genital Mutilation. 16 Apr 2012. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org. (28 Apr 2012)

Posts of note:

Muslim brotherhood MP lobbies for FGM

Saudi Savages?

100,000 Women undergo genital mutilation in Britain and some are 10 year-olds.

Questions to consider:

Should one feel any differently about this cultural religious practice if it were done in the female’s infancy?  Why or why not?

How about if any othe aspects of the practice were changed and regulated?

Usually portrayed as cute and appreciated- Street Harassment- FACTS

Really appreciated finding this article (link bewlow), since I didn’t realize that “street harassment” has actually made the mark and earned a proper name for itself-

http://femination.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/street-harassment-be-a-bitch/

Should democrats reject Bill Maher’s money?

In the interest of thorough feminism, it has been suggested that liberal support from the misogynist likes of Bill Maher, for example, should be rejected.  More specifically, a certain set of folks believe that the democratic party should reject Maher’s money.  This thinking comes from those who have a beef with the fact that republican men are more harangued than democratic men when it comes to their respective slander of women, especially that which is done from their influential public podiums.  Keep in mind that this really also includes those conservative republican women who vote against women’s rights in general, in keeping with their party line.

Powerful and popular democratic and liberal women like Nancy Pelosi, Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem are under fire for having appeared on Maher’s cable TV program without taking opportunity to confront him concerning his public disdain toward women.

Now, I don’t exactly run in these influential circles, but my thought on this is that unless you’re given a ripe opening, you don’t just go on someone’s television program- their turf so to speak- to call them out and humiliate just to make a point.  Especially when, ultimately,  that someone is likely to vote a liberal ticket which is ultimately in your favor.

Think about it:  Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh are both going to call me a bitch.  But I don’t necessarily want to eliminate both of them from my realm.  One votes against me, the other with me- even if only with a party line sort of loyalty.

No, the first group to be most wary of- and therefore raise public awareness of- is the misogynists who are actually guaranteed to vote against a woman’s dignity as a person with her own rights.  This group is the conservative republicans, and many women are included in this demographic.

Regarding the Grand Old Party’s misogynist women: 

GOP women take top place on any self-respecting woman or any reasonable person’s list of people to ‘call out’ for slanderous oppression and to refuse their ‘tainted’ money for campaign success.  The main idea to take away from this commentary is that, “NO, you need not scold your own teammates for their occasional free-speech slurs.  We’re all guilty of that.  There are ways to deal with these issues in particular, and we’ll dedicate a post to that.  For now- do your best to mind your politics.  Don’t shoot your ‘off-white horse’ in the knee.”

Democrats Uphold Obama’s Abortifacients With Lone Republican Vote From Olympia Snowe!

Yes, so far I’m doing a lot of ‘reblogging’- but I had to rebroadcast this one right away!

Political Vel Craft

Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe

Roman Catholic Church Calls For The Rejection Of Evil Laws – The Manhattan Declaration

(AP) – In an election year battle mixing birth control, religion and politics, Democrats narrowly blocked an effort by Senate Republicans to overturn President Barack Obama’s order that most employers or their insurers cover the cost of contraceptives.

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