“Good Girls Revolt,” a New TV Series Portrays the Lawsuit Brought by Eleanor Holmes Norton

This clip below from the Stephen Colbert Show made me feel really good and I hope it does the same for you. He is bringing a little advertisement to a new TV show, “Good Girls Revolt,” which tells the story of a civil rights suit brought by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton against Newsweek for equal employment opportunities for women.

It is rare to hear the term, “civil rights,” applied to women. I’m glad someone remembers that we are included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A lot of people seem to forget this. Maybe this new TV series will remind us all.

Here’s the clip:

Here’s a bit about the show, its cast, and a few reviews from viewers of the pilot, from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4687892/

This is actually an Amazon Series: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/good-girls-revolt/

The trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R0DqIcUntc

Watch Episode 1, free right now from Amazon.com: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=where%20to%20watch%20good%20girls%20revolt

Thoughts on the Alleged Rapist, Julian Assange, and Invasions of Privacy

A couple of days ago, there were rumors swirling that Assange was dead. I felt a sense of relief on behalf of his two alleged victims in Sweden. I hoped, for their sake, this was true. You can read about the accounts of the two alleged victims here: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

Assange, an Australian citizen, was granted asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London about 5 years ago on the grounds that his civil liberties were being violated. Little thought was given to his two alleged victims in Sweden and their right to due process (however it is described in Sweden) and their civil liberties as free women and citizens in their own home country. Assange’s civil liberties – his right to invade others’ privacy – was of foremost importance.

The two women were called a “honeypot”- a trap. I would suggest to men that if they wish to avoid the possibility of any such “traps,” they should keep their dicks and other body parts to themselves. It’s a simple matter for men to avoid accusations of rape – don’t stick your dick places it shouldn’t be, anyway. It’s very simple, unless, of course, you believe that we women exist for this purpose. That, apparently, is the position of those who defend Assange.

Rape is a violation. It is an invasion. Rape may be accurately described in many ways, including as a violation or an invasion of privacy. This is what Assange quite notoriously does and for which he is hailed as a hero by many. He invades people’s online privacy, collects, and disseminates this information.

The right to privacy is regarded as a basic human right. It is regarded as so important here in the U.S. that it was described in several Amendments in the Bill of Rights. For instance, we have the Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Assange is frequently described as a journalist, however, his status as a journalist is questionable since journalists are supposed to have ethical standards. Journalists are expected to uphold the law and honor basic human rights, including rights to privacy. They are not supposed to divulge damaging personal information that harms innocent people.

Yet,  according to this Newsweek article, Wikileaks has released personal information in the Clinton email hack about a single woman, a mother, and a staffer at the Clinton Foundation and her personal struggle with depression, which has been harmful to this innocent individual and her family.

According to this article, first posted on July 25, 2016, posted at Huffington Post, “WikiLeaks Put Women in Turkey in Danger, for No Reason, they doxxed 20 million Turkish women, exposing their names, physical addresses and other personal and private information in the so-called “Erdogan Email” dump. They eventually removed this information, but the damage was done as nothing is ever really removed from the cyber world.

In this August 23, 2016 article from the Inquisitr, “WIKILEAKS POSTS RAPE VICTIMS’ MEDICAL INFO AS JILL STEIN PENS OP-ED PRAISING ‘HERO’ JULIAN ASSANGE,” it is reported that Wikileaks revealed the identities and private information of two teen-aged rape victims along with more than 100 files in a medical information dump.

This kind of careless disregard for the privacy and safety of other people – frequently women, it seems, and in the case of the Turkish violation, they were all women voters! – disqualifies Assange and Wikileaks as any kind of authentic journalistic endeavor.

Furthermore, what have we learned about corruption from Assange’s information dumps that we didn’t already know? Nothing. No one who is paying attention would be surprised in anyway by any details in the emails of the politicians who have been so gleefully “exposed.” It’s a joke and, it appears, a personal economic opportunity for Assange to push his book.

A couple of days ago, it was reported that the Ecuadorian embassy cut off Assange’s internet connection because he is using it to interfere with the election process in the U.S. It is clear that he is not a supporter of Hillary Clinton. He has made this clear by both word and deed. There are, also, accusations that he is colluding with members of Trump’s campaign, which appears to have many ties to the presumably defunct Soviets – not the least of which is his marriage into a Communist family the third time around. While I’m no supporter of either of the Clintons, having grown up in the Cold War Era, Trump’s coziness with allegedly-former Soviets makes me extremely uncomfortable.

One of the hallmarks of a Communist regime is authoritarianism, but there is, also, corruption and lawlessness, as we in the U.S. understand the meaning of the word, “law.” As Americans, we understand “law” to mean rules that limit government and uphold civil liberties and basic human rights and freedoms.

Assange’s lack of understanding about basic human rights – his willingness to violate the privacy and civil liberties of individual women he meets and of large groups of women unknown to him and his organization inform us as to where he stands. He is no champion of civil liberties – at least, not for women.

His recent lack of internet connection has led some to speculate that Assange has croaked. But, I’m sure we couldn’t be so lucky.

How the Religious Right and the Liberal Left Justify Men’s Rape and Sexual Assault of Women and Girls

slevogt_faun_and_a_girlIn this post, I propose the reason why both the religious right (Christians, Jews and Muslims) and the liberal left – two groups who appear, on the surface, to be at odds with each other – both justify and support men raping and brutalizing women and girls. This runs deep, at least, 5,000 years, and cannot be eradicated through social change. It just is and, if you are a woman or a girl living on this planet, you need to know about it so you can try to save your own life as best you can.

Men (and boys) believe they have a fundamental, natural right to harm women and girls. They believe this is part of the “natural order.” If they are religious, they believe this “natural order” comes from God, Jesus, Jehovah, or Mohammed. If they are on the left, they may believe that it is “scientific,” in which case they will cite the behavior of animals or the work of Darwin.

It is all simply a justification for men’s violence toward women and girls. There is no “natural order” that must propogate the human race or that makes rape, as the Christian leader of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan once put it, “a method of conception.”

This fundamental belief that it is normal for men to stick their dicks in women and girls and to harm us in other ways, as well, is absorbed by the victims, women and girls, in patriarchy, who are truly bound in a state of mass Stockholm Syndrome.

The right-wing women are loving males to survive. They usually have husbands and sons or they have other males in their families they feel they must defend from the “evil,” “plotting,” “feminist,” “lying” women who dare say they have been harmed by males.

They’re a lot like Melania Trump, who right now has nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. I felt her panic when I saw the two interviews she did after her husband was exposed on tape talking about sexual assault, ie. “grab ’em by the pussy,” but he’s got her all tied up the way men always tie women up before they do other things, the most brutal and horrific things – she’s controlled by economics, by a lack of money, by a fear of homelessness and probably of her parents’ homelessness (since the former Soviets now live in Trump Towers, according to reports). How terrified she must be to be married to a man accused by so many credible women of sexual assault and rape. His first wife stated under oath in an affidavit that he pulled her hair and raped her. Think how frightening it must be to be in this situation as the third wife! Outside, she is going nowhere, she’s “standing by her man,” but on the inside she’s running for her life right now!

Right-wing women and left-wing women all absorb the deeply ingrained belief that women and girls exist for men to do evil to.  Both love men to survive in one way  or another. They completely absorb the belief that they deserve it to be done to them. This is how they justify sexual assault, porn, and prostitution. Sometimes we justify it this way even when these things are happening to us, ourselves, as individuals. We hope the world is different – that there is one man who is different. But, there isn’t. No matter what they say to us, they all hold the same fundamental belief that we exist for their pleasure – to have dominion over, as the earth – to use, to destroy if they wish and we have no recourse except to take it because it is our lot in life. They believe we like it. “You like that, don’cha?” they often say while they are beating, raping and killing us. They laugh while they rape us because torturing and murdering us isn’t just a thousands-years old belief, it’s their joie de vivre and their raison d’être.

I remember being told when I was 13-years old and didn’t want to go out with a boy (I wasn’t allowed to date ’til 16, anyway) that I “deserve whatever happens to me.” That statement from a faceless boy still echoes in my mind especially because so many terrible things have happened to me and no one cared. There was not even anyone to tell. Only recently have some of these things been considered crimes, at all.

I understand and I want you, the reader, to understand that all the terrible things that males have done to you, they have done because they hold this fundamental belief that men harming women is the natural order – it is “god’s will” or it is “how the species propagates itself,” depending on the politics and religious views of the male. Women who persecute you have absorbed this belief, as well.

But, this is not why we are here. We were all born for greater things. (This is Luciferian philosophy, similar to that which you’ll find in the works of Madame Blavatsky, that we are capable of super human greatness.) We are something other than animals. We are spirits (complex energy operating simultaneously on other planes of existence) who are capable of amazing things.

I do not expect that the men and boys who do these things to us will ever be made to pay for their crimes and I do believe that the only way to eradicate the practice of males harming women and girls is to eliminate the males, entirely. This belief that we are here for them to harm is so great in them and runs so deep that it will never be eradicated from them because it is who and what they are. They are forever mortal enemies to us. They serve no purpose except to pollute and to make war and misery for women and girls. They are nothing but poisonous weeds in what could be a beautiful garden.