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barrage of good articles this week! [21 Apr 2005|09:57am]

moment2shine
WHAT IS FEMINIST.COM?: "Feminist.com is a ten-year-old activist community and portal of resources and information that supports women's equality, justice, wellness and safety. The Feminist.com web site was founded to initiate and facilitate grassroots mobilization, networking and communication around important political, health and educational issues related to women. Our web site is dedicated to promoting and sustaining women's well-being through the principles embodied in our motto: 'Awareness, Education, Activism and Empowerment'."

Concord Monitor Online: "Sadly, women's cause is legitimate, MARY LEE SARGENT

April 20. 2005 8:00AM

It is a rare week that passes without the Monitor reporting the rape, sexual assault, sexual molestation of a New Hampshire woman or girl. Most recently there were stories about the rape by three men of a local woman and about a school official accused of sexual assault.

While most crime statistics have gone down in the last decade, sexual crimes against women continue to rise. More of us are raped, preyed upon, sexually abused, molested, sexually harassed, maimed and murdered by sexually motivated men than ever.

Yet when women stand up and organize against this violence, as the Feminist Action League is doing at UNH (Monitor, April 17), people are outraged by their tactics. Their dramatic statements and free expression generate more criticism than the hideous violence against women that they are protesting.

Although FAL engages in political theater about castrating rapists, I have not read a single report of a real attack on a male or his penis by these activists. They are engaging in free speech and nonviolent protest to make a point and raise awareness.

Ironically, study after study has shown that the pornography industry's violent imagery contributes to actual sexual violence against real women. Yet our Constitution and courts protect the pornographer's free speech.

In the United States, one can publish anything for profit. But if one protests this pornography, as a young woman did at UNH, she is threatened, terrorized and driven out of school.

Women! We must speak out in every nonviolent way we can to stop the violence. Men! We insist that you learn the difference between actual violence and angry and dramatic protests against violence.

Feminist, Homosexual Groups Turn Thumbs Down on New Pope -- 04/20/2005: "The Women's Ordination Conference, a Catholic feminist organization working for the ordination of women priests, said the church desperately needs a healer, but the cardinals have elected a divider: 'This is another example of how the hierarchy is out of touch with Catholics in the pews,' said Joy Barnes, executive director of the Women's Ordination Conference.

According to the WOC, recent polls show that over two-thirds of U.S. Catholics support women's ordination, yet Ratzinger has repeatedly stated his firm opposition to women priests."

Guardian Unlimited | Columnists | Not in my name: "Disgracefully, the European rich quietly ignore the church's outlandish teachings on contraception without rebelling on behalf of the helpless third-world poor who die for their misplaced faith. Those 'civilised' Catholics have as much blood on their hands as the Vatican they support. They are like the Bollinger Bolsheviks who defended the USSR and a murderous ideology that they could do much to change. For today, just remember what lies beneath all this magnificent display."
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[24 Apr 2005|04:38am]

moment2shine
OPEN YOUR EYES, RAISE YOUR VOICE, MAKE THE CHOICE, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT!!!

Colleges of the Fenway
Rally and Speak Out Against Sexual Violence

Wednesday April 20th
7:00 PM
Simmons College 300 the Fenway
Linda K Paresky Conference Center (3rd Floor)

(Meet outside the JYC at 6:45 to walk to Simmons)

Take Back the Night is held internationally in all parts of the world. The message is the same throughout: sexual assault is a violent crime that affects our whole community. Incidents of rape and sexual assault have not decreased. The TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY AND SPEAK OUT is a way for survivors and supporters to come together in a collective voice and demand our rights for freedom of movement during the night without fear.

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[17 Apr 2005|02:14am]

moment2shine
okay women, this is just a rumor as of now, but you know we love rumors at emmanuel.

apparently there is talk on campus of an "anti-femco" being developed for next year. something along the lines of a "conservative women's coalition" in order to even the playing field for more conservative students.

now, i will give my opinion, but i hope that you will also offer yours.

when i came to ec 4 years ago, it was a lot different. student leaders were creating some of the 30 plus clubs we have now, by the bunches. everyone was working together, taking part in activism and community service. it was cool to get involved in real community based issues.

to hear that people want to start a club that is against another club is just so against what i've always felt emmanuel stands for. we're all about coming together and taking action against injustice, not endorsing it.

do you guys feel that an anti-feminist club is a good thing because it offers an alternative or counter-voice to the feminist voice on campus? or do you think it stems from ignorance of what femco is really all about and the mission of our club?

i feel that a major PR campaign for femco is in order. we really need to show people how apolitical our club is. (brochures are in the works!)

we do:

clothing and easter basket drives for battered women and children
sexual assault awareness
domestic violence/ abuse awareness
thank a feminist day
the white ribbon campaign (men's outreach)
f-word panels that seek to dispel myths about feminism.

never have we brought in political or controversial topics such as abortion or gay marriage, although we are personally liberal. this is a limitation of being on a catholic campus, but it is one we have taken in stride. we don't want to alienate anyone. in fact, we invite more conservative students to come and talk to us and engage in healthy, spirited debate with the aim of coming to a common understanding.

spread the word
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[16 Apr 2005|08:15pm]

moment2shine
Oprah to Retire Show in 2006

Oprah Winfrey, the reigning queen of daytime talk, announced yesterday that she will retire her #1 talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2006. In the meantime, she will continue to host one of the only talk shows on television urging women’s self-empowerment. The Oprah Winfrey Show has consistently taken on hard-hitting women’s issues, such as gender apartheid in Afghanistan and female genital mutilation. Winfrey, herself, has been a forerunner in women’s issues having appeared on ABC’s Ellen for the “coming out” episode and performed in Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. Winfrey has also distinguished herself through her philanthropy and through her work on behalf of children. In 1991, Winfrey testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the National Child Protection Act that established a national registry of convicted child abusers.

Winfrey began her career in broadcasting at TV affiliates in Nashville, TN and Baltimore, MD before moving to Chicago to host the morning talk show AM Chicago, the precursor to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Winfrey has hosted the show since 1985 and is considered to be one of the most powerful media icons in the United States
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[15 Apr 2005|03:31pm]

moment2shine
ahhh cavemen.

here's a GREAT website that reinforces without a doubt the need for feminism. enjoy ladies.
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[13 Apr 2005|10:30pm]

moment2shine
[ mood | bouncy ]

FEMCO CONGRATULATES

MICHELLE DAVIDSON

FIRST RUNNER UP

MR. EMMANUEL

FOR BREAKING GENDER BARRIERS AND BEING AWESOME!

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[11 Apr 2005|06:24pm]

moment2shine
The Emmanuel College Annual Clothesline Project
Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women
April 11-15th
St. Joe's Foyer (Brookline Ave)
On display 24 hours a day.

The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

Sponsored by the Feminist Coaliton

For more information visit:
www.clotheslineproject.org

contact lindsay baber for more info.
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[16 Apr 2005|01:28am]

moment2shine
[ mood | lethargic ]

New Members:

Feel free to introduce yourself, what brings you to FemCo and any issues/concerns/opinions you have regarding what the club offers, what it should offer, what we could do better, etc!

Or just say hi.

Also feel free to promote the community to bring more awesome feminists to our little community we got going here.

Any suggestions for the community?

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[08 Apr 2005|08:54pm]

moment2shine
[ mood | cheerful ]

OPEN YOUR EYES, RAISE YOUR VOICE, MAKE THE CHOICE, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT!!!

Colleges of the Fenway
Rally and Speak Out Against Sexual Violence

Wednesday April 20th
7:00 PM
Simmons College 300 the Fenway
Linda K Paresky Conference Center (3rd Floor)

(Meet outside the JYC at 6:45 to walk to Simmons)

Take Back the Night is held internationally in all parts of the world. The message is the same throughout: sexual assault is a violent crime that affects our whole community. Incidents of rape and sexual assault have not decreased. The TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY AND SPEAK OUT is a way for survivors and supporters to come together in a collective voice and demand our rights for freedom of movement during the night without fear.

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