Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of computer scientist Grace Hopper (1906-1992).
Grace was teaching math at Vassar College when she joined the Naval Reserves in 1943 at age 37. When she finally retired fully in 1986, she was the oldest member of the US armed forces. During her long career, Grace led the team that created the programming language COBOL. COBOL allows computers to communicate using language in addition to numbers. Grace also coined the phrase “debug” for fixing computer glitches after a moth flew into her machine and upset the system. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Check the Google homepage to see the animated version of the Doodle.
This article contains some very useful, very concrete tips on how to attack rape culture in your social circles
Lets let them know by publically killing them via firing squad
Mrs. Wheeler who lives in Bantam with her husband, a machinist at the Warren MacArthur Plant there, was in a happy state of mind when this picture was taken. She had just learned definitely that all was well with her son, attached to a naval medical unit at Pearl Harbor during the December 7 attack.
So, these are only a FEW of the tweets that were aimed towards me, for openly being a female with armpit hair. There are millions more that I may or may not post. But for now, let’s go ahead and review this here folks.
Does a dozen teenagers who have been brainwashed by our patriarchal, misogynistic society telling me that I’m a disgusting hairy ape hurt my feelings? Absolutely not. I’m obviously very proud to display my body and my personal choices that go against our cruel standards for women.
But what does make me sad, is that this is what we are teaching our youth. These are the real, raw beliefs of young people today in regards to women, and what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
They truly believe in their minds that it is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘disgusting’ for a woman to make the choice to not shave. What’s even more sad to me is that the people agreeing with this boy were ALL FEMALE. Is this kind of bias, this kind of internalized hatred for womens bodies & choices really what we want to continue to teach them? This is probably the first time they have seen a woman who doesn’t take a razor and shave off what naturally grows on her body, and they’re legitimately angry to the point where they can personally attack someone they don’t even know about their body. They are angry to the point where it’s almost as if they feel personally insulted that a girl does not shave. Let’s stop and think: why would they feel this angry about a personal choice that is so very insignificant? That has no effect on our health, hygiene or well being?
Think back to this the next time you hear yourself or someone else saying 'women are equal' or ‘women aren’t discriminated against.’Because this is what we are teaching our young women. We are teaching them that your body is not okay, it is not okay to go against what society defines as ‘beautiful.’ It is not okay to be open about who you are, what you choose to do with your body that makes you most comfortable. It is not okay to make a choice that goes against the rules that society has set for us. That you are ‘psycho,’ an ape, disgusting, & that your choices that fit your comfort are not okay. This is the world we have created for women.
Why I hate going on Facebook.
the thing that upsets me most here is that quite a few of these sample replies show profile photos of children. These people are raising families and kids. And for those fathers with daughters,I wonder how amusing they would find it if they knew there was at least a 1 in 4 chance of their own child being sexually assaulted or raped in her own lifetime.
A real funny joke there, dads.
Cod I LOVE when names are published. :) Wait a few years for the baby daddies here to turn into shovel-n-shotgun dads. Oh but only for their own daughter(s) because his are *special*. Sorry, dudes, you can’t help your own daughter without setting in motion good things for all womankind, which deletes your manhood in the end. Bummer, I know. And those little boys mommy and daddy are so proud of will soon become the monsters that some other family’s shovel dad will have to threaten to kill but never actually blast.
I have said to older, lamenting fathers of sons: “Do you remember how happy you were that your wife was having YOUR BOY? How bout now? Which r do you feels?.”
Translated as the “Voice of Rights”, Sawt al-Haq is an all female battalion that is supposedly also linked to the Free Syrian Army. They aren’t the only all female group in Syria, but are known for their concealed attire. Although they are rebel fighters, that doesn’t mean they have to stop being mothers. Note the German StG-44 in the 5th photo.
~ How to Be a Lady, Containing Useful Hints on the Formation of Character, Harvey Newcomb, 1850
via Making of America
Something for fellow Gentlemen to consider as well.
Naota from FLCL. All grown up. But still with bandages on his forehead. :X
UPDATE: This petition must get 100,000 signatures by December 24th of this year! Boost this as much as you possibly can and make sure to sign!
In 31 states, rapists are allowed to sue victims they’ve impregnated for custody rights.
There’s a case in Boston, MA right now in which a rapist is taking advantage of this. He pleaded guilty of rape in 2011 and was sentenced to 16 years probation; however, this sentence includes 16 years of family court as well, which the victim must also attend. He’s using this to sue for joint custody of her child and will only withdraw his law suit if he is free from paying any form of child support. This entire sentence seems like much more of a punishment for the victim than it is for the rapist, and for the state to allow such a thing, the victim is suing.
As stated in the court complaint, “Even if the family court ruled in the [victim]’s favor on issues currently in dispute, such as whether the criminal defendant should be granted visitation rights to [her] child, [she] will suffer harm from the constant threat of new issues arising in family court until her child reaches adulthood, including, for example, efforts by the criminal defendant to seek to modify child support orders and enforce his parental rights at the trial court level and on appeal.”
If this woman is forced to attend 16 years of family court with her rapist, she is not only forced to confront a traumatic event that she should never have to deal with again, but she is subjected to the possibility of losing pieces of her child to him over and over again for all of those years. In addition to this constant state of fear and anguish she would face, just by being sent to something considered ‘family’ court—for her and her rapist—she’s being disrespected and her rape undermined by even the suggestion that this is a family situation. By doing this, the law is making felony into family.
In 31 states, rapists are actually given rights instead of having much of anything taken away. In being given these rights, they are being given the chance to further torment the woman and possibly abuse the child. It is not okay to reward rapists and further punish victims, and the ignorance of rape and how our justice system is handling it needs to turn around.
Please sign this petition to ban rapists from being able to sue for custody rights. This issue is so little known, yet so important, and I don’t know any better way of trying to make this change.