Violence Against Women Act – Help Pass It Now

I don’t understand how the House could let the Violence Against Women Act Expire. The change from the prior years was to extend protection to more women living in the United States. This is appalling and unforgivable.

I’m very happy to say that Vermont’s own Patrick Leahy is leading the way to reintroduce the bill in the 113th Congress. They need 4 more co-sponsors to bring it to the Senate floor. Please, please call your Senator. Phone number and script can be found here:

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Once it passes the Senate, you can believe I’ll add additional posts to get it through the House and let you know what you can do.

Domestic violence impacts everyone – if you don’t think you know someone who’s been affected, you’re wrong. You’re reading my post and in college I was raped by a male acquaintance. Please ACT NOW!

Thank you again Abigail Collazo for bring to my attention such an important issue.


Creeper Shots: Are You Unknowingly Exposed On The Web?

What’s Private – Depends: Are You A Nameless Victim Or A Perp Who Openly Shares His Identity.

Okay everyone, first thoughts?  Which individual in this case should society protect?

Creeper Shots

A creeper shot is a picture taken of another person without his or her knowledge.  The picture could be anything from “look who’s at Walmart” to “check out this woman’s tits”.  The picture could be a full body shot or an up-close shot of an extremely intimate nature (think of a woman bending over in skirt and a creeper snapping a picture that captures the thighs and flower-themed panties of the unknowing woman).

Creeper shots have made their appearance on the web through FaceBook posts, email forwards, and most infamously on Reddit (an online forum community where users vote on content).  The photos could be pictures of women riding the train, which are then shared as “look at this hot babe” or pictures of girl classmates bending over a table as they work on a group project, “look at that ass – yum!”.

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Why Women Should Be Involved In Politics

My mini copy kept since grade school 🙂

America is built on founding principles first depicted in the Declaration of Independence and later enacted into law as the Constitution of the United States of America.  The Constitution along with its amendments form the cornerstone of our legal and political system.  How those laws are defined, shaped and enforced depends on the Senators and Representatives WE vote into office and the bills they enact into law while representing our beliefs.  Notice the bold green text used for members of Congress.  I am not neglecting the influence of the American President, but merely acknowledging that it is the Congress who writes and drafts bills.  The President is a leader and can influence and ultimately veto legislation; but it is under Article I. Section I. of the Constitution that, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Notice that I bolded our beliefs in the last paragraph.  That’s right.  I said politicians are representing our beliefs.  The concept behind voting is that you vote for the person who best represents your beliefs and your vision for the future.  A politician campaigns on economic, educational, and social platforms which represent the collective interest of their constituents.  Once elected, said politician drafts bills based on his/her campaign promises and your beliefs are ratified into law.

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More comments on the ACA

I couldn’t sleep last night.  There were so many things I wanted to tell you.  I had to keep saying to myself “it’s alright, you can write them tomorrow.”  So, before I begin the post I promised yesterday on why women should be involved in politics, I have a few additional comments to make about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

1)      It’s important to note that the Affordable Care Act provides for no-cost preventative services for men and children, as well as women.   Services such as blood pressure and depression screening are included.  A full list of the preventative services can be found here:

2)     Why is preventative care so important?

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Women’s Healthcare: How Current Laws Affect You

When I started my blog, I was upset at one politician’s comment and there were over 70 days until the election.  Now I am furious with an untold number of politicians, there are only 53 days until the election and I am starting to feel powerless to make a change.

I decided at the very beginning that I was going to empower myself and others.  I must rejuvenate myself.  I must not quit, especially now with so little time and so many profoundly close-minded individuals running for office.  I have so many items I wish to speak about that I will be writing for the next few days straight.  Please follow the blog so you are kept up-to-date on everything that’s happening.

Today I will address the Missouri’s legislative veto overturn, which gives an employer right to dictate the healthcare of his/her employees.  And more importantly, I will discuss and answer your questions regarding the health care reform act that has put women’s health care in the national spotlight, based on research and scientific studies.  Lastly, to unite us and show that we are a large political front to be reckoned with, I will introduce my shop on where you can purchase t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise showing your support for women’s rights.

Tomorrow, I plan to spend the entire blog speaking about why it is so important for women to become involved in politics.  The issues at hand are not just our rights, but our economic welfare, our education, and the U.S. wars claiming our lives and the lives of our loved ones.  I will provide you with some polling figures and highlight some critical races this election session.

I plan to finish the week on Saturday with a blog dedicated to the women politicians who have been fighting for us and who need our support now more than ever.  These women have suffered from discrimination, glass ceilings, and a silencing of their powerful opinions.  Please be sure to come back to the blog on Saturday to be inspired, share in these women’s triumphs, and fight for their voices to be heard.

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Today’s coffee – Commenting on Other’s Comments

My sister has encouraged me to continue the cup of tea blogs.  You know, the ones I write randomly first thing in the morning as I enjoy my caffeine fix.  I hesitated and told her that not all my just-waking-up thoughts are about women’s rights and right now I feel it’s important to continue spreading that particular message.   I am easily distracted and do not want to deviate onto other topics on my activist radar just yet.  Unfortunately what happens is I’ll start a new project and then my original one does not receive my full attention and it takes longer to accomplish the end-goal.  I don’t want that to happen with my fight for women’s rights.

With the cons well in mind, I thought about the pros to writing no matter what my thoughts.  First, it would keep me in the writing spirit.  Second, it would give the readers a chance to know I have other interests and feel passionately about many social and economic issues.  Third, maybe I’ll think of something funny to say and get a laugh out of you 🙂

Lucky for me (and our fight for women’s rights), this morning’s coffee has found me posting comments on a Huffington Post’s Crime page article about Todd Akin’s remarks.  Since I’ve already written my thoughts for the day in various posts, I’ll copy and paste them for you to enjoy in one place.  This keeps me discussing women’s rights (my current project) and keeps me blogging, so you all have a chance to get to know me better.

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Sample email to student groups: Get everyone involved in the fight for women’s rights.

Below is a sample email I encourage you to copy, personalize and send to as many groups and organizations as possible.  Please edit so you are comfortable with the text (for example there is no obligation to share your personal phone number).

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A Call to Action: Women can and will change the election results

I’ve been thinking long and hard this last week as to what action I can take that will preserve the rights our ancestors fought for us to have.  How can I inspire other women to take action that will show the world we will not remain silent any longer as our rights are jeopardized?

My call to action started when I read remarks made by Congressman Todd Akin.  Sure, they say Todd Akin won’t win his race.  But is that enough?  Does that send any message?  I don’t think it does.  Now if he were to lose to his race by the largest margin ever recorded in election history – that might make headlines.

I propose that each person who reads this post take action to ensure uneducated, close-minded, backwards-thinking politicians do not win their races this November (I assure you, Todd Akin is not the only one).  To quote my twin sister, Teresa Hill, “Let there be no confusion or mistake: if the Republican Party wins the election, women will be second class citizens without the right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.”

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This morning’s tea… “legitimate rape”: A response to Todd Akin’s comment

I usually have my most aspiring thoughts first thing in the morning as I sip my coffee or tea.  I wish I had a tape recorder in my mind that would automatically write the words into the computer.  I have often thought I would like to share my words, but have never tried to write them after that morning’s cup is gone.  This morning, however, I feel compelled to put down in words every thought and share it with whoever will listen.

I usually check FaceBook posts in the morning to see what my friends are up to and have noticed recently the posts about the “legitimate rape” comments.  I find myself upset enough to have an entire discussion with myself about the subject.  I try not to get involved in political discussions – mainly because they bore me and I feel in the end common sense will prevail.  There’s also the part of me that feels like once I put something on the internet, it’s out there.  Others will read and judge me by it.  Employers may not want to set up an interview with me.  I may embarrass myself or my husband or my friends and family.  Yet, this time, I remind myself that free speech is for all Americans, not just Politicians.  If women 200 years ago were not afraid to demand their rights, why would I, in the 21st century be afraid to speak my own mind?  Surely Abigail Adams had fears and yet today her actions and writings are revered.  I even have a cousin who’s named after her.

I’m not sure if my rape would be considered legitimate or not.  I don’t remember it, so I can’t describe what happened.  All I know is I woke up the next morning and was only half dressed with a male acquaintance lying next to me in my bed.  You see, I was 21 years old and had been drinking with friends the night before.  The last thing I remember was playing cards and having a jolly good time.  Then it’s morning and before my body registers anything, I say to the man to my left, “you guys are still here”?  That’s when I look down at my naked bottom half and panic engulfs me.  I was in shock and don’t remember him leaving the room or my roommates coming in, but I do remember the conversation that followed.

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