Stop Stupak!

Posted December 2, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Current Events, Feminism, Health Care

Today is the National Day of Action against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.

If you’re not in DC today there are still plenty of ways you can get involved and make your voice heard. Here are some ways to take action:

  • Sign the petition at StopStupak.com
  • Call your Senators to voice your opposition to anti-choice amendments. You can reach them at 1-888-423-5983.
  • Participate in an action or other event in your state.
  • Use social networking sites for social change - use Facebook and Twitter to inspire your friends to take action.

Please do everything you can to stop this step back in women’s rights!

Women Pay More for the Same Health Care Men Recieve

Posted December 2, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Current Events, Feminism, Health Care

There is a widespread gap in health insurance costs for men and women. Insurers on average can charge women up to 140% more than men for the same health plans. It’s not enough that women have to spend money on makeup, hair products (though some men use those products) birth control, and tampons- but we have to pay more to even stay alive!

Some insurers charge women as much as 50% more, while employers pay more per individual in their group health plans if their workforce is predominately women. This is a system known as “gender rating”, and it is one of the main reasons why health care reform is so important.

Women are charged for child-bearing costs in their individual insurance policies even though most policies have maternity costs added on as an extra expense already. Only 13% of health plans in the United States give maternity coverage to a 30 year-old woman. Women are literally charged for having female sexual organs. Women are also rejected if they have been a victim of domestic violence, are pregnant, or who have previously had a Cesarean section. The National Women’s Law Center’s 2009 study “Still Nowhere to Turn” even found that non-smoking women pay more for health insurance coverage than male smokers!

Among the insurers that use “gender rating” the majority of them charge women more until they reach the age of 55, and some (like Aetna) charge men more after that. But since men have shorter lives than women, it’s unfair that they should start to pay more at the age of 55 when they’re nearing the end of their lives. Women have to pay more than men for 55 years and then they have to pay the normal price for 20 years or more.

There have been some efforts to change this thankfully- but there hasn’t been nearly enough. In April 2009, Arkansas passed a law expressly prohibiting health insurance companies from using a woman’s status as a domestic violence survivor to deny coverage. In October 2009, California became the eleventh state to ban gender rating in the individual health insurance market. It’s a nice start but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

The only way to fix these problems is to make insurance available to all and to reform health insurance. Hopefully, Congress won’t pass up the chance to reform health care so it can be available to all people- regardless of gender.

My Sources:

Bust Magazine Feb\March 2009

Ms. Magazine Fall 2009

The National Women’s Law Center “Still Nowhere to Turn” http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/stillnowheretoturn.pdf

Aetna http://www.aetna.com/about/aoti/aetna_perspective/roleofgender.html

Awesome Women: Peaches

Posted December 2, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Feminism, Music

Women in history, politics, and art are not talked about or celebrated nearly as often as they should be. In an effort to change this, periodically I will have posts where I give a short biography\description of a woman who has changed society in some way or has contributed amazing works of art.

Peaches, or Merrill Beth Nisker, is a Canadian born 42 year-old electronic musician that not only writes some pretty awesome songs, but also challenges gender norms. She was formerly an elementary school teacher but all that changed after she released her first album called Fancypants Hoodlum in 1995. In the next five years she developed the Peaches persona and in 2000 her album called The Teaches of Peaches brought her to the front of the electro clash scene.

She is noted for many of her songs being sexually explicit. Songs such as “Fuck the Pain Away” and “Lovertits” are two awesome songs that have some awesomely explicit lyrics. The lyrics for her song “Hot Rod” are:

“You’ll like it when I like you less. No caress, just undress. You’ll like it when we play hardcore. The panty war, then you get pussy galore.”

I’ve always found the term ‘pussy galore’ to be hilarious! Here’s the *cough* interesting *cough* music video for her song “Fuck the Pain Away”

Remarkably, since she’s so up front about her sexuality she isn’t viewed as a ‘whore’ by most people. She’s mostly viewed as that weird girl who has inflatable penises on stage during her concerts. Her songs are sexually explicit- which is shocking enough- but they’re mostly about female sexual pleasure or power which can be particularly shocking to some people.

Gender identity is a big theme in Peaches’ music, often playing with traditional notions of gender roles representation. Her lyrics and live shows consciously blur the distinction between male and female; for example, she appears on the cover of her album Fatherfucker with a full beard.

Peaches has just recently released a new album called I Feel Cream which has much critical acclaim. I personally haven’t heard it yet, but I can’t wait to hear the queen of electronica’s newest creation.

Another Reason to love the Dalai Lama

Posted December 1, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Feminism

“I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”

http://jezebel.com/5366712/this-is-what-a-feminist-looks-like

Glenn Beck Thinks Sarah Palin should “Get Back in the Kitchen”

Posted November 30, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Current Events, Feminism

While I don’t agree with Sarah Palin’s politics, sexism is never okay. Glenn Beck discussed his disdain for running on a Palin-Beck ticket on his radio show, after talking about how she hasn’t ruled out running with him in 2012.

Here’s an excerpt:

“So while she’s considering it…I just want her to know, I’m ruling it out. A Palin-Beck ticket, I’m absolutely ruling it out. I’m just saying, Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck–can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? She’d be yapping or something, I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.’”

God what an asshole.

Japanese Commercials

Posted November 30, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Uncategorized

My boyfriend says I look like the girl in this video. The only resemblance I see is the hair lol.

I wish our commercials were like Japanese commercials because they’re so much more fun! I could literally sit and watch them for hours lol

Banning Minarets?

Posted November 30, 2009 by Deborah
Categories: Current Events, Religion

Switzerland has recently voted to ban any further construction of minarets in their country. The right-wing Swiss People’s Party proposed it because of the rising numbers of immigrants and the “Islamisation” of their country. Recently Europe has had a huge influx of immigrants from Middle Eastern countries, and since a lot of them are Muslim, there has been a culture clash between the mostly Christian Swiss and the Muslim immigrants.

Supporters of the ban say that the minaret is a political symbol that would help introduce sharia law into Switzerland. This idea is so completely absurd I can’t even wrap my mind around it. A minaret is a cultural symbol that comes from centuries of tradition- not some covert plan by the minority to take over the country! By banning the construction of minarets in their country they are keeping Muslims from celebrating their heritage.

In a region that already has shaky relations with Muslims, do they really want to ban one of their cultural traditions? Countries do things like this and then they wonder why there are so many terrorists. By banning the building of minarets in their country they are also saying that Muslims are not wanted in their country, despite the fact that it is a democratic country. The president of Zurich’s Association of Muslim Organizations said that “During this campaign in the last two weeks different mosques were attacked, which we never experienced in 40 years in Switzerland…” It’s obvious to me that this ban has nothing to do with politics but is more to do with prejudice, and it is helping to spread prejudice against Muslims throughout their country.

This ban treats Muslims in Switzerland like 2nd class citizens and should be repealed immediately before any more cultural traditions of Islam are banned.


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