Cranky Fat Feminist Speaks

liberal feminist from the south who ran away to college in the mid-west, and quickly retreated back after my four years were up. trying to save the world one picture book at a time; attempting to live healthier to lose weight, but without giving up beer. challenging the idea that “big is beautiful” as well as what I’ve learned and experienced about women, gender, and feminism from my time in college as well as my time in West Africa. pissed about the apathy of the world, ready to create change one mind at a time.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

[feminist] call to action! #ERA

 Here are additional tweets to use:

.@maddow Freedom from legal sex discrimination requires #ERA. Please discuss & share:

.@maddow In 1977 #ERA author Alice Paul died. In 2013, we can ratify her dream. Discuss & share

.@maddow Without the #ERA, Congress can weaken/replace existing laws on women's rights.

.@maddow Without the #ERA providing motivation, the status quo will change much more slowly. help!


Nobody in the news media is talking about the ERA. We want to change that and with your help, we will.

It's very simple and takes less than a minute. Below is an email to Rachel Maddow as well as a tweet. All you have to do is copy and paste the text into an email and send it to her between 5:00 and 9:00 P.M. EST 1/31/13.

Rachel Maddow email:

.@Maddow plz discuss #ERA & share White House Petition 4 #equality 4 #women need your help! Please RT #uniteblue

This post is going up on many Facebook walls today. Thousands of people will see it. Rachel will not ignore hundreds or thousands of emails and tweets all at once.

Please copy and paste:

Place this in the email subject box: TIME SENSITIVE! TALK ABOUT THE ERA ON YOUR SHOW!
ATTN: Rachel Maddow

It's time to ratify the ERA and you can help get us by talking about it on your show.

70% of American women are unaware that women are not equal under the Constitution.

We need a constitutional amendment.


Please tell your audience there is a new and powerful movement to get a Constitutional amendment for the ERA. / We Are Woman / ERA Now / RTSV UNITED are all working to make this happen and we ask for your help.

A White House petition that expires on 2/9/13 needs just over 10,000 signatures. If you share the link on your program and tweet it, we can fulfill the goal of 25k in one evening. You have the power and we're asking for your help.

Please talk about it on your show and tweet this link to your audience:

RT Please support #ERA for #women 's rights by supporting ratification efforts

Thank you.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

[cranky] VAWA action for the Senate

The Senate is planning to vote on a comprehensive Violence Against Women Act (senate resolution #47) soon! We have 60 of the necessary 60 co-sponsors. Unfortunately, this doesn't have true bipartisan support-- all 38 Senators that haven't co-sponsored are Republicans. When VAWA came up for a vote on whether or not to bring it into the Senate for discussion and a vote, 8 Senators voted no (their names are in bold). Want to call or tweet Senators to say that VAWA must be passed? Here's the info you need:

Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN) @SenAlexander 202-224-4944
Barrasso, John - (R - WY) SenJohnBarrasso 202-224-6441
Blunt, Roy - (R - MO) RoyBlunt 202-224-5721
Boozman, John - (R - AR) JohnBoozman 202-224-4843

Burr, Richard - (R - NC) SenatorBurr 202-224-3441
Chambliss, Saxby - (R - GA) SaxbyChambliss 202-224-3521
Coats, Daniel - (R - IN) @SenDanCoats (202) 224-5623
Coburn, Tom - (R - OK) TimCoburn 202-224-5754
Cochran, Thad - (R - MS) SenThadCochran 202-224-5054
Corker, Bob - (R - TN) @SenBobCorker 202-224-3344
Cornyn, John - (R - TX) @JohnCornyn 202-224-2934
Cruz, Ted - (R - TX) SenTedCruz 202-224-5922
Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY) @SenatorEnzi 202-224-3424
Fischer, Deb - (R - NE) SenatorFischer (202) 224-6551
Flake, Jeff - (R - AZ) JeffFlake 202-224-4521
Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC) @GrahamBlog 202-224-5972
Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA) @ChuckGrassley 202-224-3744
Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT) @SenOrrinHatch 202-224-5251
Hoeven, John - (R - ND) @SenJohnHoeven (202) 224-2551
Inhofe, James M. - (R - OK) InhofePress 202-224-4721
Isakson, Johnny - (R - GA) SenatorIsakson 202-224-3643
Johanns, Mike - (R - NE) Mike_Johanns 202-224-4224
Johnson, Ron - (R - WI) SenRonJohnson 202-224-5323
Lee, Mike - (R - UT) SenMikeLee 202-224-5444
McCain, John - (R - AZ) SenJohnMcCain (202) 224-2235
McConnell, Mitch - (R - KY) McConnellPress 202-224-2541
Paul, Rand - (R - KY) SenRandPaul 202-224-4343
Portman, Rob - (R - OH) @robportman (202) 224-3353
Risch, James E. - (R - ID) SenatorRisch 202-224-2752
Roberts, Pat - (R - KS) SenPatRoberts 202-224-4774
Rubio, Marco - (R - FL) @marcorubio 202-224-3041
Scott, Tim - (R - SC) SenatorTimScott 202-224-6121
Sessions, Jeff - (R - AL) SenatorSessions 202-224-4124
Shelby, Richard C. - (R - AL) SenShelbyPress 202-224-5744
Thune, John - (R - SD) SenJohnThune 202-224-2321
Toomey, Patrick J. - (R - PA) @SenToomey 202-224-4254
Vitter, David - (R - LA) @DavidVitter (202) 224-4623
Wicker, Roger F. - (R - MS) SenatorWicker 202-224-6253

**last updated at noon EST 2.1.13

Sunday, January 13, 2013

[feminist] "Human Traffick"

In honor of human trafficking awareness month, I watched part one of "Human Traffick" last night. It follows the stories of three women/girls-- a single mom in Prague, Czech Republic; a 16 year old student from Kiev, Ukraine; and a 12 year old American tourist visiting Manila, Philippines.

 Helena, the single mom is courted by a handsome man and agrees to get a passport and travel to Vienna, Austria with him. Upon arrival he delivers her to the traffickers for cash and immediately leaves. Nadia is the 16 year old student from Kiev who is recruited to come to America by an eastern European modeling agency. Her mother died several years before, and she lives in a small house with her father who doesn't want her to leave the country. She ends up sneaking away to go with the modeling agency and its other modeling victims. Helena arrives in New York with the modeling group, and they are taken to a strip club-- their passports and papers are taken away, they are stripped down to their underclothes, and told that they have to work as sex slaves until their debt (of passports, visas, plane tickets, all with interest) are paid off. They are sent to different brothels and moved around the area fairly regularly to avoid being caught.

In Manila we see every parent's nightmare: 12 year old Annie is snatched from her mother at the busy market, thrown into the back of a Jeep and driven away. Annie's mother continues to work with the police to try to find her daughter, and eventually her husband has to return home to work. We get a first-hand glimpse of what we usually only hear about in the news. Annie is taken to a brothel in Manila, catering to American/European tourists. We are also introduced to a young girl who is sold by her father into the brothel-- he has too many bills to pay, and he feels he has no choice but to sell her. We also see a very young boy swept away to cater to a client's needs, and then returned to the communal bedroom beaten, bruised, and crying.