Women's Awareness Blog











How quickly our lives can twist in literally seconds into an unrecognizable existence. In the morning your a wife and mother and then its all taken from you. A Florida woman in the linked article [http://www.essence.com/2015/03/04/marissa-alexander-exclusive/] runs from her husband, who has a history of abused her, and previous wives, but, in a heated moment she gets a gun to protect herself and fires a warning shot into the kitchen wall. Her husband runs and calls 911reporting his wife just fired at him and his kids but the kids weren’t in the house. At her trial she is convicted of felony assault and sentenced to 20 years even though Florida is a “Stand Your Ground” defense state BUT CLEARLY the law does not apply to women against their husband. Why is that? Discrimination against women is systemic and persistent. Why does gender play a role in one’s ability to receive equal justice?



{February 14, 2015}   What kind gun for a woman?

Sadly, the myth that women are somehow less able or too weak to shoot a powerful handgun exists; it exists in gun stores, on the web or anywhere a woman might go to purchase a firearm or perhaps even within her family or social circles…http://thewellarmedwoman.com/what-kind-of-a-gun-for-a-woman

So, here is a truth if you want to stop a rapist carry a gun. Its a simple truth. It’s the responsible thing to do. The experts say It will end rape. According to self-defense expert Paxton Quigley handguns play an important role in society: they stop rape. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/25/do-u-s-women-need-guns-self-defense-expert-paxton-quigley-says-yes.html

A Well Armed Woman: survival stories

These stories are gripping and, only the tip of the iceberg ( http://thewellarmedwoman.com/women-and-guns/survival-stories) You need some kind of self defense training whether it’s a gun or martial arts or another type self-defense is a wise choice.

…the gun and its mythology is the ultimate form of violent masculinity…Women can also be a part of this social acceptance of firearms, as they can be seen as being tools for protection. ” http://www.wilpfinternational.org/guns-and-gender-based-violence/



{January 22, 2015}   21st century: eroticizing bondage

There is now far greater tolerance of sexual experimentation than two generations ago.

All too many members of society sit uneasily with the notion that when it comes to sex, “anything goes.” The extreme levels of narcissism are increasingly matched by the practice of sex without attachment. Sexual mores no longer seem be keeping up with the unprecedented advances in communication. The rapid decay of any sexual boundary in the 21st century disturbs both editors and readers. They see pornography with its often brutalizing images as dehumanizing the pleasurable vistas of sex. http://yoricksblog.com/2013/12/17/30-21st-century-sexual-mores/

So where is sex going?

Poorly written [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/28/50-shades-of-grey-is-the-subject-of-a-course-at-american-university.html] English paperback, Fifty Shades of Grey mainstreams bondage eroticizing dominance and submission. Isn’t it true Rape is about control…submission and dominance.  Sensationalizing bondage feeds the beast that rapes. A Rape Culture is systemic. EL James , fortyish TV executive and mother of two is a product of Rape Culture. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/17/entertainment/la-et-fifty-shades-of-grey-20120417  http://www.snarksquad.com/category/books-2/fifty-shades/fifty-shades-of-grey

Already, the hint of release of the movie version of the book in February increased sales at sex shops. Ever notice whatever the media decides to focus on and sensationalize,  affects sales and profits & losses. It’s all a means to an end: bottom lines and profits. What sells? Sex sells, exploitive sex…even poorly written unrealistic fluff sells if it’s erotic like a novel eroticizing bondage. But, what about the fallout from a Rape Culture? The fallout affecting innocent ones. But, the world is not iffy shades of grey its light.

Break free of media portrayals defining women or womanhood.



For most of us, access to safe drinking water and sanitation is something to which we give little thought. Yet the reality for nearly 750 million people is vastly different. Around the world, women and children spend nearly 200 million hours fetching water every day for their families. That’s 200 million hours they could spend attending school, building businesses and making other contributions to their communities. In India, for example, women can make up to six trips a day to gather and transport water, carrying as much as 15 liters every trip. In some cases, these walks cover 10 miles a day.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-damon/a-journey-to-sundance-to-_b_6518396.html

A study by Booz & Co reports that approximately one billion women have the potential to enter the global workforce in the next decade. The amount of time that women spend searching for safe water poses a significant barrier to their ability to join the labor market. Access to safe water and sanitation are at the root of economic development, disease prevention, and breaking the cycle of poverty.

Join Water.org and Stella Artois in our efforts to help stop these water-collecting journeys, so women can begin new journeys of their own. Your generosity can help bring health, hope and possibility to families around the world.

To learn more about the Stella Artois ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ campaign, stories of women directly impacted by the global water crisis and how you can purchase a Chalice, visit http://www.BuyALadyADrink.com or join the conversation with #BuyaLadyaDrink. To learn more about Water.org, visit http://water.org/.

You are the change you seek.sk



The power of cartoons to get at the TRUTH: https://www.ted.com/talks/liza_donnelly_drawing_upon_humor_for_change

Be who you are, be true to your self. What other people think about you is none of your business.



Remember you are the change you seek, It begins with you.

Try to imagine that in this 21st century [W]omen and girls are still discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens and individuals in many countries across the world. They often have no free choice in crucial decisions for their future lives, if, whom or when they marry, or when and with whom to have children.

In all too many cases they are ‘owned’ by their father, brother or husband, with no property or inheritance rights, and no opportunity for secondary schooling, or loans for investment in a productive activity for income and employment. Child marriage is still rampant, far into the 21st century. Every year an estimated 14 million girls are married before they are 18. DR. GRO HARLEM BRUNDTLAND  http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/05/29/it-is-time-to-stop-discrimination-against-girls-and-women/

Archaeological evidence indicates that as far back as the upper Paliolithic period, or 25,000 BC, there existed a Goddess Culture where women were revered and worshiped. There are many artifacts from this period of statutes of women associated with worship. While the Goddess’ ruled as wise priestess and prophet there was peace, prosperity and open celebration of sexuality and women as the “giver of life.” Also, throughout this period the society was matrilineal, only women held title to property. All property passed through them and their “name,” or linage. Although women ruled there was equality and cooperation between men and women. The last Goddess temple was closed 500 BC,

The Goddess Culture was destroyed by warring tribes from the Northern Steeps with hierarchical social orders. The Old Testament and the Koran speak of the killing of women and destruction of entire cities. This was the destruction of a world order, the Goddess Culture and the beginning of a new order. An order ruled by men, with a male deity, with men as priest, with title and name passing through men. It was a hierarchical system to which women became the property of men. http://www.mama.org/exhibits/ancient/goddess/

As far as I can determine, the end of the Goddess Culture, marked the end of equality for women. It would seem that by now, after a few millennial women might have regained their revered status, or at the very least, established equality, and would no longer be condemned as property, but. that is not so. But, woman and girls all over the planet still get drugged, assaulted, abused, left for dead, raped to death, and worse. Women have made strides in the west for equal rights under the law. But, there is still a long way to go to change the existing Culture of Rape and the predatory use of date rape drugs on unsuspecting girls and women.

It begins with every girl, woman and boy to be that change.,,and change the world….  

 



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