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Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Category: intersectional feminism

Men are afraid that women will kill them – and the actions of one Henderson County woman is why

Hendersonville, N.C. — Entitled, toxic womanhood is on display in the North Carolina mountains.

Morgan Bishop, 29, of Hendersonville, got away with murdering a boyfriend in cold blood in the spring of 2012 as she was sentenced to just time served for the crime.

Now, she has been charged again, but not with attempted murder. Rather, with a much lesser charge of communicating a threat to another former boyfriend.

The incident happened via Facebook Messenger on January 13. In it, Ms. Bishop yelled: “Best believe your brother I know where he works too, first bitch you don’t know shit. I killed him it was no accident that’s why yall ain’t got shit and ever will. That’s fucked up what your doing you know what I did and I will do it again.” The message was in all capital letters, which means yelling while online.

Ms. Bishop also claimed that she ‘knew people’ and that she was going to make the victim’s like a ‘living hell’, the Hendersonville Times-News reported.

In June 2012, Ms. Bishop murdered another boyfriend during a domestic dispute by running him over on the SPARTANBURG HWY in East Flat Rock. She plea bargained her way from a possible life sentence to just four years 11 months of jail time.

This violent woman should have never been released for what she did to the dead victim in 2012. Hopefully, a judge will correct this egregious wrong in her new trial.

Asia Misandry: toilet, male urinal that can easily be seen from outside, and female janitor that can enter men toilet.

This is from a men’s rights blogger, but this blogger speaks the truth about the hypocrisy and double standards both in Asia and in the United States of America.

“As a men I disagree with ‘male urinal (peeing place) that can easily be seen from outside public’ (specifically in Asia region – I’m more fine with Europe since they apply equality, Europe have the reverse too: female urinoir), I also disagree when female janitor/ staff can easily enter men toilet. If you ask why, it is because in Asia if the situation were reverse – example female version of urinal/ other female room that can be seen from outside public, or if men janitor can enter female toilet – it will be seen as “offensive”, so it’s double standard. This have unfairness to men too like ‘it only sexist if men see his opposite sex peeing activity’ (yet “ok” if reverse), or ‘it only sexist if men enter his opposite sex bathroom’ (yet “ok” if reverse). Other thing is if male seeing female activity when peeing easily considered by mainstream that “female already been degrade by men” then why the reverse ‘female who see male peeing’ (coincidentally or not) is not fairly considered as ‘degraded male’ too? If you said “no women peeping” my answer is: you fear men can peeping hence your objection is ‘men will SEE his opposite sex peeing’ right? then a female janitor enter male room, or male urinal that can easily be seen from outside public is also about ‘Female can SEE her opposite sex pee’ even if it’s accidentally but the essential is SAME, and who knows if there’s a female that happy can easily see men peeing at public toilet? So either both have equal privacy, or both are okay to see each other peeing. by the way I often accidentally see men underwear, or even men butt/ peeing dick at male toilet (even if i try not to see it), so no excused like “Oh female will not see anything.”

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Sarah Silverman wants to #NormalizeNudity

Los Angeles — Comedienne Sarah Silverman kicked off her Hulu show I Love You, America with full frontal nudity.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Silverman said what needed to be said: We need some real-life nudity in public places.

“When someone pitched the picture-the-audience-naked concept, I went, ‘Ugh, that’s so trite. You thought of that because you’ve seen it before on television,'” explained Ms. Silverman after the taping. “So we just leaned into that trope and made it into something totally, in my opinion, original.” And after all, this is a streaming service, not some broadcast network with strict standards and practices limits. “I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we are on a network where we can see nudity, clinical nudity.”

But that’s not the only reason Ms. Silverman had for filming the pair – a man named Scott and a woman named Stella – naked. She hopes to normalize nudity and told the cameraperson to pan down to the duo’s genitals. “It’s totally nonsexual nudity and yet it’s so jarring to see because we’re not used to it, especially in America. So I just got excited about showing clinical nudity — you know, a flaccid penis and balls and pubes and a vagina and just human, fleshy, beautiful bodies,” she said. “All it takes is exposure to be used to things.”

And that is precisely what the host hopes to give viewers in the decet of episodes in I Love You, America, so that the viewers are educated and change their thinking around nudity. “So much of closed-mindedness, hatred, intolerance is just a lack of exposure.” she continues, noting that oftentimes people who are more progressive tend to move to the coasts (i.e. Los Angeles or New York.) “And that leaves all the places we come from — New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska — left without being exposed to different people.”

In the episodes that aired thus far, she visited a parish in Louisiana where a conservative family had never previously met a Jewish person. Also, Ms. Silverman sat down with a former member of Westboro Baptist Church.

TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL is the only word needed to describe Ocean City’s emergency public nudity ban

Ocean City, Md. — The Ocean City government thought it would be a good idea to call an emergency session to infringe on the US Constitution.

In a lame attempt to cover their behinds, the town placed language in the ordinance claiming that “there is no constitutional right for an individual to appear in public nude or in a state of nudity”.

That argument will not fly in the Fourth Circuit as the 24-hour old ordinance violates four separate state and federal laws and amendments:

  1. A 2002 state law in Maryland not only repealed the state ban on public nudity, it also preempted all local ordinances that banned public nudity too. That means that as long as Ocean City is a part of Maryland, they are not allowed to prohibit public nudity. State law is unambiguous here.
  2. The exemption that allows for breastfeeding in public violates Article 46 of the state’s Constitution. It states:

    Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex (added by Chapter 366, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972. Amended by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978).

    Again, for those who have difficulty comprehending: the breastfeeding exemption alone violates this Article. Add in the fact that this ordinance will not apply to topless men and you have a second violation of the Article.

  3. The ordinance violates the Free Exercise and Religious Freedom clauses of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In recent years, federal courts have ruled that public nudity is protected speech, even with the O’Brien Test that was adopted in 1968. Public Nudity is also a religious freedom issue as covered in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that came about after several Supreme Court rulings – Barnes being among them – that the federal government felt infringed on religious liberty. So, simply saying that there is no constitutional right to be naked in public may slide by with out of touch judicial activists, but such claims no longer cut it with the strict constructionalists former President Barack Obama appointed to the Fourth Circuit.
  4. This ordinance violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. As explained in #2, men are not required to cover up and breastfeeding is still allowed in the town.

As female nudity rights advocate Chelsea Covington put it, Ocean City believes they can violate the Constitution at will.

“Ocean City seems to feel that the Constitution does not apply to them, but a high court will decide,” she said.

Indeed. We will support Ms. Covington as she prepares her lawsuit against Ocean City. We expect that the town will be served wth the lawsuit first thing Monday morning.

Boy Scouts to accept transgender boys as scouts and troops on Wednesday, February 1

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Irving, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America has announced that they will begin accepting transgender boys as scouts and troops.

The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the biological gender of the child.

A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined.

A transgender boy in Secaucus, N.J., was forced a few months ago to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender.

Here’s the catch: Trans boys looking to apply to the boys only programs will have to wait until midnight on Wednesday, February 1, to do so. That’s a little over a day away.

WLTX News 19

 

Action alert! Oppose the deceptively named First Amendment Defense Act

A new threat to religious freedom, civil rights, women’s rights, sex worker rights, LGBTQIA rights and nudity rights has emerged this past weekend.

An ad sponsored on Daily Kos had a link from the People For the American Way, a group dedicated to fighting the right wing assaults on our freedoms, about signing a petition. That petition will be below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »

Today is the first of two GoTopless Days in 2016 – and law-abiding citizens are still being treated as criminals based on zip code

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Today is the first of two GoTopless Days this year (thanks to the leaping of August 1 from Saturday to Monday), and some locations in the United States and Canada are having events today.

However, all events regionally – in Asheville, Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina – are scheduled for a week from today, weather permitting.  We will post a forecast for those events as they near.

In the meantime, though, there is a very troubling trend ongoing where cities (Myrtle Beach, Timmonsville, Los Angeles and San Francisco among them) and the entire states of Indiana and Utah are openly violating the US Constitution without fear of consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

Five things to know about breastfeeding

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For some, today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week. For others (including the US), this is the first day of the aforementioned week.

You can thank the Gregorian calendar for why Breastfeeding Week is split this year. Had the month started on Sunday rather than Monday, every nation would have observed this week at the same time.

Additionally, August is National Breastfeeding Month.

With that in mind, most people are left in the dark about breastfeeding. Below the fold, are five things to know about breastfeeding:

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Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Where were your angry voices when a Presidential candidate suggested that women who don’t want to be raped shouldn’t go to parties?

Where were you when yet another woman was killed by her abusive husband? When a mother was beaten repeatedly. When the “system” that is supposed to protect her allows her violent husband to keep his gun, which he then uses to kill her and her children? Where has your concern been for the 3 women murdered every day by their intimate partner?

Where were your petitions? Where was your concern? WHY AREN’T YOU SHOUTING ABOUT THESE THINGS???

When a state legislator in Tennessee is ordered by the TN Attorney General to stay away from women at work because he is a danger to them?

When a court rules that oral sex is not rape if the victim is unconscious from drinking?

When actual real life Congressmen claimed that rape victims can’t get pregnant because their body “will shut that down.”

Where were you when a child was killed after walking home from buying Skittles? When his murderer was acquitted and went on to make assault two different girlfriends and threaten them with his gun. That he’s still allowed to own.

Where were you when these children were killed? Because I didn’t hear any of you then. I didn’t hear a whole lot of yelling and hand wringing for these children who were mowed down by white male outrage and misguided fear.

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Societies Moral Compass – nudity

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We in the United States look on and condemn other countries/religions that legally call for veiling or even the full coverage of the female body. Yet we don’t see the hypocrisy in that. We are in fact doing the same things with clothing laws we allow in the US. They make no logical sense, yet we enforce them because of our countries collective morality.

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Peaceful Bare-chested Outing in Pittsburgh

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Last week I opened my email to find a message from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police legal department confirming, after three months of conversation, that public female bare-chestedness is legal in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Here’s what they wrote:

CONCLUSION There is no City or State law which expressly prohibits or even addresses the act of appearing bare-breasted in public. Based upon the information provided to the Law Department, the City does not appear to have any legal grounds under the City Code or Title 18 (i.e. the Commonwealth’s Crimes Code) to cite or arrest women for being bare-chested without any additional sexual or criminal behavior associated therewith. The City is preempted from regulating criminal conduct on its own so we only have state law with which to work.”

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Bottom Line: Kentucky is maliciously violating the federal Constitution and laws by refusing to issue licenses for nudist societies

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GREENVILLE, Ky. — If you honestly thought the issue of illegally denying licenses in the State of Kentucky were limited only to Kim Davis and same-sex marriage licenses, you’re in for another rude awakening.

On June 17, 1978, Kentucky allowed for nudist societies to exist for religious purposes. However, much like the same-sex marriage license issue last summer, all 120 crooked county clerks and corrupt judges in all 120 counties have been, for the past nearly 38 years, intentionally robbing hard-earned cash from law-abiding nudists with no intentions of issuing licenses.

Here’s what the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) found during an investigation:

The state of Kentucky has allowed “nudist societies” to exist in the state – but only with the consent of a local judge or executive. As a practical matter, that consent is nearly impossible to obtain from locally elected officials who fear voter disapproval. However, officials typically retain the required application fee while they “consider” an application that will never be acted upon. There have been no reports that the fee has ever been refunded.

Imagine if Christian churches were subject to these same shenanigans (in bold) while applying for a license to build a church for fear of disapproval by atheist voters in Lexington. Or, if gun shops in Louisville were subject to the above and were denied their applications for fear of voter disapproval in the Jefferson County seat. Or, if these same shenanigans were pulled on a black family building a school for economically disadvantaged black people for fear of disapproval by conservative voters in Drakesboro.

You’d never hear the end of it (if any of these three scenarios happen) from national media.

So, why the silence on this issue, where people’s religious freedom (mines included, in the interest of full disclosure) are being violated at a whim by law-breaking judges in each of the state’s 120 counties from Paducah to Ashland?

For all the talk around religious freedom that happened in Morehead before and during the time Kim Davis was hauled off to the clink in Ashland, none of the 120 county governments in the state has an ounce of respect for Nudists’ religious freedoms or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

The First Amendment expressly prohibits the kinds of actions these 120+ judges have been doing since the 1978 law requiring consent via license applications under the freedom of religion clause. Since May 20, 1940 (via Cantwell vs. Connecticut), the text below has also applied to the states, so Kentucky judges can’t say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply when it comes to approving applications for nudist societies.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What that means is that the state is blatantly and maliciously violating federal laws and amendments by refusing to approve nudist society applications that were paid for in full.

Religious freedom means freedom for all religions, including Nudism. It never meant freedom for your religion and not for others.

The Nudists in Kentucky should wise up and challenge the judges refusals to issue nudist society licenses in federal court based on the First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds. This should be an easy win against crooked judges and a crooked Kentucky licensing system.

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