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COULD IT BE THE END OF MEN?


 

Is it Bye-Bye Blokes?

Farewell Fellahs?

Goodnight Guys?

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EQUAL BUT DIFFERENT


DO YOU BELIEVE IN EQUALITY?

Nowadays we talk about ‘equality’ and ‘everyone being born equal’, but what exactly do we mean?

We speak of ‘equality of opportunity’ and ‘equality under the law’ but if we are unsure about the concept of ‘equality’ in the first place then these phrases don’t mean a whole lot.

People have said to me, “But humans are different, so how can they be equal?” or “We have to have difference – it’s just natural” and “I’d hate it if everybody was the same…”

These arguments are mistaking ‘Equality’ for ‘similarity’ or ‘sameness’. This kind of mistaken thinking is often a cover for discriminatory practices.

These arguments take the form of;

Women are different to men, so they shouldn’t earn as much as males,

or

Black folk are different to Europeans so it’s alright to enslave them.

But different doesn’t mean inferior.

Obviously there are differences between people, but there is no intrinsic reason why that should preclude equality.

Equality means everyone has the same right of respect from other individuals and to be treated fairly by social institutions.

Equality means we all have the same right to self-expression, self-determination and the chance to live and grow. Clearly there is a long way to go to achieve this.

What we are saying can be summed up by the phrase, “Equal but different…”

Click here to listen to the brilliant Au Pairs sing about this idea.

Our diversity is our strength, not an opportunity to discriminate against others.

Although the majority of us live in modern societies that claim to be democracies, there are plenty of old ideas still circulating that hark back to the pre-democratic systems that promoted inequality.

These hierarchical systems of social organisation are the biggest obstacles to developing truly modern societies where everyone has an equal stake and input into all aspects of life.

It’s worth briefly examining the ideas that were used to justify inequality in the past.

The Great Chain of Being 

(Latin; scala naturae, literally “ladder or stairway of nature”) was a concept derived from Plato and Aristotle and developed more fully in Neoplatonism. 

The Chain charts a fixed hierarchical structure of all matter and life. 

The chain starts from God and progresses downward to angels, demons, fallen and renegade angels, stars,            the Moon, kings, princes, nobles, men, wild animals, domesticated animals, trees, other plants, precious stones, precious metals, and other minerals.

Each link in the chain could be divided further into its component parts.

In medieval feudal society, the king was at the top, succeeded by the aristocratic lords, next came the merchants and then the peasants below them.

Solidifying the king’s position at the top of humanity’s social order is the doctrine of the Divine right of Kings.

In the family, the father was considered head of the household; below him came his wife; below her, their children.

This mistaken notion that some are more important than others underpins racist and sexist thinking, and that some nations can dominate other countries.

While there are small differences between people of various races, there is more divergence within each race than with other races.

However, there are marked differences between the sexes – this is called Sexual Dimorphism.

Men and women have different bodies statistically, meaning men tend to be taller and heavier with more muscle than women. However individuals may not display these attributes – some women are taller than some men for instance.

Crucially, modern research points to differences in brain organisation and processing systems, and I think this is really important.

Men and women think differently yet this isn’t taken into account in education and other aspects of life.

In my next post I will examine these differences in more detail.


DOG Sharon – The Movie


This is a short trailer I made about my novel to get the idea across. The soundtrack starts after a bit 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ApGnDepFw&feature=g-upl&context=G206bf9bAUAAAAAAAAAA



Excellent writing on a crucial issue – a must read!

Crates and Ribbons

Last night, I attended a public debate hosted by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, on the rights of anti-abortion protestors to campaign outside abortion clinics. The pro-choice half of the panel consisted of Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS, and Sarah Ditum, a writer and journalist. The opposing half consisted of Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder of Christian Concern, and Max Wind-Cowie, a writer with centre-right political beliefs.

Both Ann and Sarah gave excellent speeches. While fully supporting the notion of freedom of speech as essential to the exchange of ideas, they argued that freedom of speech does not extend to the right to bully, harass, and intimidate. As Ann asserts, “It is not a kind of charter that allows you to say anything you want, to anyone you want, at any time you want, in any place you want.” And you can be sure that when anti-abortion protestors camp outside…

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Go women!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

The Women of Tahrir

This short film seeks to highlight the powerful role women played in making the Egyptian revolution of January 25th [2011] possible.

From Aswat Masriya (Cairo, Egypt):

Egypt: Women’s Movement Calls for Anti-Harassment March

By Omnaya Talal, 6 September 2012

A new Egyptian women’s movement announced that it will begin its activities by organizing an anti-harassment march that calls for a law that criminalizes the use of violence against women.

The movement, that goes by the name “The Egyptian Women’s Front”, has garnered the support of many political parties including Tagamoa, Al-Wafd, the Nasserist, Egyptian Democratic, Free Egyptians, Popular Coalition and Al-Ghad parties.

The movement also garnered the support of the women rights coalition, the Creativity Front and a number of organizations dedicated to women rights and young movements and initiatives.

One of the founders, Hoda Badran, said that there has…

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Kabul attack on female actors leaves survivors facing more ‘punishment’


Awful attacks on Afghani women


How to buy DOG Sharon: The Future is Female


DOG Sharon: The Future is Female!

Available as a paperback and ebook at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

A thrilling story of love, courage and humour with a crucial
message of hope and change for the entire planet.

Available as a paperback and ebook at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

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This is not satire, although it’s given me a few ideas

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Jerusalem pro-women advertisement by Yerushalmim, now banned

Translated from daily De Volkskrant in The Netherlands:

No women any more on the Jerusalem city bus

Rolf Bos – 05/09/12, 08:52

In the city where women are the majority, they are disappearing more and more from ads on the streets. This week the Israeli bus company Egged decided that they will ban an ad campaign with pictures of women on the sides of city buses in Jerusalem. The company fears vandalism by ultra-orthodox Jewish men.

Egged defies a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court. The judges ruled two months ago that censorship of the female images in advertising is illegal. Egged, one of the largest bus companies in the world, however, has a creative solution. In Jerusalem, the green buses will have no more images of any humans – both women and men.

In Jerusalem, but also in other places in Israel like Bnei Brak and

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CULTURE IN DECLINE – PETER JOSEPH


Click here to watch a brilliant short film by Peter Joseph, creator of the Zeitgeist movies.

In US election year, Peter sardonically examines American democracy and shows how the capitalist system controls our thoughts and actions so there are no real choices. He shows how puppet politicians are bankrolled by corporations and asks why we need these leaders at all. This is the same point I make in Womanifesto and we agree that modern leaders play the same role as kings, emperors and dictators did formerly.

For democracy to work, all citizens must be educated to understand the issues, yet critical thinking and logic are ignored and learning by rote is taught to millions. Joseph argues the US two party political system is a con – there is no real choice and all good change derives from pressure from below – not the Republican and Democratic parties.

He also shows how the big parties came together to set up and control the Presidential debates so killing intelligent discussion and stopping smaller parties getting airtime. This is exactly the same as in the UK and most other so-called democracies. Noam Chomsky has been saying this for years.

Even now as more and more species become extinct, the climate changes to who knows what and humanity teeters on the brink of disaster, most folk are more interested in inane celebrities, fashion and consumerism.

Peter also shows how religion creates an unthinking populace who do as they are told rather than questioning everything.

So if you care about the future, the ecosystem and your own minds – watch and engage with this film – what could be more important?


Battered and Bruised is Beautiful?


If this doesn’t upset you…

BroadBlogs

By Catherine Scott @ Ms. Magazine Blog

Treating women like dirt is hardly a new tactic for the fashion industry, with its long history of objectifying the female body, idealizing physically impossible beauty types and glamorizing violence against women. Bulgaria-based 12 magazine, however, has hit a new low with an inexplicable photo spread in its latest issue titled, “Victim of Beauty” [TRIGGER WARNING].

The six images are all close-up portraits of young, attractive white models sporting various gruesome injuries: one boasts a black eye, another a slit throat and a third sports a split lip and a bruised neck. Scrolling through this montage of burns, bruises and gashes, it’s easy to forget you’re looking at a “fashion” photo shoot; the images more closely resemble police files of horrendous domestic violence.

Were the magazine spread a deliberate attempt to raise awareness and generate conversation about our society’s failure to prevent…

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DOG Sharon – The Movie


This is a short trailer I made about my novel to get the idea across. The soundtrack starts after a bit 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ApGnDepFw&feature=g-upl&context=G206bf9bAUAAAAAAAAAA


How to buy DOG Sharon: The Future is Female


DOG Sharon: The Future is Female!

Available as a paperback and ebook at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

A thrilling story of love, courage and humour with a crucial
message of hope and change for the entire planet.

Available as a paperback and ebook at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

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Important info from Dear Kitty showing that when it comes to Creationist nonsense the Fundamentalist Christians don’t have all the bullshit – Islam, Hinduism and Judaism want a piece of the action as well…

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

Two Creationists take home schooled kids on a tour of a natural history museum filling their minds with Young Earth Creationist Bullshit.

25 June 2011.

On a world scale, the most important opposition to evolution biological science comes from Christian creationists; who are influential especially in the economically and militarily most powerful country of the world, the USA. They claim to draw the only correct conclusions from the comparatively long and detailed creation narrative in the Bible book Genesis.

Less importantly, there is opposition to evolution science from within other religions. In Hinduism, eg, the Hare Krishna organization attacks the “materialistic” theories of Charles Darwin and later biologists. This is not that surprising, as the Hare Krishna organization is rather extreme within Hinduism. The organization developed at first not in India, but in the USA, with influences from US American fundamentalist…

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TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS


TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS

We just watched a nice little film entitled: “Why I am no longer a Creationist” it’s the second film in the series. the first was: “Why I am no longer a Christian”

This is what the author has to say: I’m no longer a creationist or a Christian… these videos are some of the reasons why. I don’t really have anyone to talk to about this stuff because my family and friends are all fundamental Christians like I was… so I thought this may be a good way to start discussions and be able to finally get it all out there.

There are many well-meaning creationists who have just been misinformed. It takes a good deal of time to come to a thorough understanding of a major scientific theory; and many just don’t have the luxury of investing enough. They often become the unwitting victims of a few charlatans, and of their own confirmation bias.

It is the evangelical creationist leaders who are the main targets of my criticism. These men and women either should know better; or they are deliberately lying.

In a rare moment of sense, the Department for Education has revised its model funding agreement, allowing the education secretary to withdraw cash from schools that fail to meet strict criteria relating to what they teach.

Under the new agreement, funding will be withdrawn for any free school that teaches what it claims are “evidence-based views or theories” that run “contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations”.

The British Humanist Association (BHA), which has led a campaign against creationism – the movement that denies Darwinian evolution and claims that the Earth and all its life was created by God – described the move as “highly significant” and predicted that it would have implications for other  British Humanist Association looking to run schools.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/15/free-schools-creationism-intelligent-design


CHRISTIAN ALTAR WHINE


Don’t you just love it when Christians get on their high horse and proclaim,

“But I’m not that kind of Christian…”

Those of us who don’t believe your story don’t give a feather or a fig about your doctrinal ravings. We’re not interested in the silly details that distinguish you from the next sect or cult. Those things only matter to you. 

And, if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and holds the Key to Everlasting Life, then why not get his name right for once?

Jesus is the Roman version – remember the folks you claim nailed him up? The actual Jewish name is Yeheshua or something – imagine that – Christians claim life, the universe and everything is about this one bloke then get his name wrong.

Doh


Religions in Scotland Attack Loving Relationships


In the face of intense pressure from not only the Catholic church but also Muslim organisations and evangelical and presbyterian churches, the Scottish government has continued with its plan to legalise marriage for same sex couples. A draft bill is to be published later this year.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/26/same-sex-marriage-scotland-catholic

Opinion polls have shown that about two-thirds of Scots are in favour of the changes.

Below – The Catholic Church puts its foot down…


A Gaia communique to the RNC


What will you do to celebrate Saint Chimp’s Day?

GREY COAST ANARCHIST NEWS

Daily Complaint. Aug 23:

GOP: Hurricane Isaac A Message From God

As journalists nationwide are connecting the dots of dumbness regarding Todd Akin’s connection to Lyin’ Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee, something important, something directly from God Almighty to the Republican Party, is on its way: Hurricane Isaac.

Yes, just as a mighty preacher named Pat Robertson proclaimed that Hurricane Katrina was a message from God Almighty that America was going down because of gays and Liberals, I am here to proclaim that, because the Republican Party has conducted a war against women, God Almighty has sent Hurricane Isaac to disrupt their all-but-holy convention in a city ironically named Tampa.

And Mike Huckabee, champion of Christian bigotry, is slated to open, well, let’s just call it “the blow-out in Tampa”.

Huckabee has been right out in front regarding Todd Akin’s stunningly idiotic remarks about so-called legitimate rape and its…

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STOP GIVING BIRTH


The symbol is an amalgamation of the sign for Venus/Feminity and a lollipop lady’s lollipop (crossing patrol warden)

Sharon Brough is the Ms.siah. She and her 13 female disciples set about making the future female. One of her women was formerly a lollipop lady.

DOG is an acronym from Daughter Of God


Whoever Controls Reproduction Controls the Future


I owe a great intellectual debt to my partner Sooz. She correctly identified REPRODUCTION as the key battleground in this crucial stage of human affairs.

When we look at the issues facing us at present, several interconnected problems loom large; Overpopulation, Anthropogenic Climate Change, War and Crazy Religions all threaten all life on this amazing planet.

And all these factors are related to human reproduction.

When women have full control of their own fertility, overpopulation will become a thing of the past. All evidence shows that birthrates drop when women are empowered.

Climate change is due to the unfettered growth in human numbers, industry and transport. When there are less people there will be less CO2 released into the atmosphere due to a reduction in the rearing of livestock for food and agriculture, less manufacturing of useless articles for profit for the few, less transport leading to more area for forests and wildlife.

War is almost always caused by men, usually for power and control of resources. The factors mentioned above are likely to lead to more and deadlier conflict. When there are less people there will be reduced pressure on the environment and more space.

Clearly we need to get men out of positions of power so they can’t start wars.

Nation states are also responsible for wars so the sooner we move on from this outmoded system of organisation the better.

The ‘Us and Them’ mentality is part and parcel of this medieval mindset and must be left behind if we  want a future.

Finally, Crazy Religions provide the justification for all of the above. All the major religions are made by men for men. They are all misogynist and have led to the infantile mental states suffered by many of our fellow humans. They lay a death wish on humanity while they pretend to offer eternal life.

Even now, as the ecosystem struggles to cope with the pollution and poisons emitted by our insane industrial production, as the oceans are dying and we are witnessing the largest extinction event ever – at this very moment – male (and some female) nutters try to restrict abortion and deny women reproductive rights.

If I believed in a supernatural world I would say religions are the Devil incarnate. But happily I know there is no God or Devil therefore our problems are wholly caused by us.

So this means we humans can turn around this terrible state of affairs. We have the power – we can do it. 

But we have to let women manage human affairs before it’s too late. As my American sisters and brothers might say, “We’re drinking in the Last Chance Saloon”

That is why we’re calling for a paradigm shift in human thinking and saying the Future must be Female.

Otherwise there will be no future for us all.

Religions must die so humanaity can live.

Let’s take the fight to the religions – let’s win the war for the future.


Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)


 

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.  Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/cedaw.htm

The Convention defines discrimination against women as “…any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.”

By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms, including:

  • to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
  • to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and
  • to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

The Convention provides the basis for realizing equality between women and men through ensuring women’s equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life — including the right to vote and to stand for election — as well as education, health and employment.  States parties agree to take all appropriate measures, including legislation and temporary special measures, so that women can enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Convention is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women and targets culture and tradition as influential forces shaping gender roles and family relations.  It affirms women’s rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality and the nationality of their children.  States parties also agree to take appropriate measures against all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of women.

Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice.  They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.


People are not their religions…


People are not their religions.

Terms like “Christian” and “Muslim” often obscure the contradictions we all know we have. (Thanks to my mate Harsh Mellow for pointing this out)

Most folk only believe bits of the dogma and orthodoxies pushed by religious leaders and leave out the rest. That explains why there are so many different variants of the major faiths.

People are born into families and cultures where certain religions are dominant and rarely choose their own faith – that’s why the so-called leaders are desperate to continue to circumcise etc – they need to put their marks on the young.

The same goes for teaching children myth as history. This is why I’m arguing to Keep Religion Out of Schools (KROS). Religion is more dangerous than sex and we have an age of consent for that.

We have nearly identical DNA to chimps yet we are fooled into thinking we’re different from folk who wear a slightly different symbol round their necks.

I blame the political and religious leaders for this state of affairs. That’s why I say “Don’t follow leaders – they fuck you up!”

Here’s a quote from my satirical novel:

We’re not saying it’s the new religion. The time of leaders has passed, and the age of governments is ending. We’re not looking to the past but to the future. We don’t need gods and goddesses for we are women – we gave birth to humanity and we’ll solve our own problems.


The Problem and a Solution…



The Time of Leaders has Passed



We don’t need Gods and Goddesses


A quote from the novel DOG Sharon: The Future is Female