Seriously Miley?

Here is the problem with this situation. One thing is true about feminists..We all have the core belief that there needs to be equality for both sexes, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community. That is one thing we can all agree on. After that, feminists hold different beliefs when it comes to sexual expression and so on. One thing I do not agree with is all the slut shaming that is occurring with Miley’s performance. Was it something I would have done?? No. But it is her body and she is free to express her sexuality and take control of her body. Slut shaming is a habit used to support the rape culture that we live in and it needs to end.

That being said, I do not condone her use of using black women as props. Though I defend a woman’s right to govern her own body, black women are still defending their right to actually be considered a body at all and not decoration. Expressing your sexuality at the expense of another person is not okay. You don’t get to claim sexual freedom while simultaneously perpetuating the oppression of another body. When you feel the need to express your sexuality by turning someone else’s body into an accessory, I can no longer support you or your performance. The feminist struggle is a struggle for autonomy. It’s a fight for recognition and full-body respect. But in Cyrus’ search for and exploration of her sexual identity, she limits the autonomy of black women. She appropriates it. She cheapens it. She effectively uses the identity and lived experiences of so many women of color as a crutch for her career.

For white women, Slut Walks are a demonstration in favor of women permitting themselves and demanding the room to be more sexual than their predecessors. It is to control their body and to let the public know that “YES! I can express myself anyway I choose and it still is not an invitation for intercourse. Meanwhile, black women have spent the past few centuries struggling to do the opposite. Historically, black women are actively being hyper-sexualized; the black feminist struggle is a fight to remove that hyper-sexual assumption from their bodies. In light of the contrast, both movements are indeed a struggle for all women to be allowed to express the full range of their sexuality.

My point is, Miley is free to express her sexuality, but not at the expense of another. Using black women or women of any ethnicity as a prop is NEVER OK, Miley.

Black women are not props!

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The deal with SB5 & why it makes Rick Perry a super douche

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So what’s the deal with SB5? Governor Rick Perry has demanded a second special Texas legislative session on July 1 just to take a vote on bill SB5 that would shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving only 5 clinics open in the whole state.

First question I have is, Does Governor Rick Perry have absolutely nothing else to focus on? You mean to tell me that trying to control women’s reproductive rights is the only thing wrong in the state of Texas? Isn’t their a huge economic problem in the state of Texas and lack of jobs? I do remember him criticizing President Obama for his lack of job creation throughout the country. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black Rick..Oops. I mean Dick! Wasting public money on a special vote just to restrict reproductive rights is unproductive and a bone headed move on his part and let’s not B.S here. This is definitely about women’s reproductive right’s and not about “preventing the murder of fetuses.” Luckily, Senator Wendy Davis and hundreds of protesters fought the bill so hard this week because it is NOT concerned with women’s health—they are concerned about controlling women.

Instead of criminalizing abortion, politicians should push for funding comprehensive sex education in schools and making birth control affordable for all women. Those are two smart policies Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson tried to add to Texas’ bill, but Republicans shot them down as well, because not only are we supposed to be cattle, but we are also not allowed to know how to protect ourselves against unwanted pregnancies and STD’s. It is naive to think that abstinence is the only answer, because let’s be honest. No one is going to remember to put on the breaks once in the heat of the moment. It’s okay that abstinence is a choice/option, because it is the only way to prevent pregnancy and STD’s 100 percent, but it is negligent and irresponsible to not teach comprehensive sex education in the case that people choose to no longer abstain from sex.

Now back to this ridiculous bill and what it would do…

This proposed bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest, require all abortion clinics to meet surgical center standards (an expensive change that could force many of the state’s clinics to close) and makes it illegal to prescribe the abortion pill remotely (which is important because 92 percent of Texas counties already don’t have any abortion providers). Plus, it requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital no more than 30 miles from the abortion clinic, effectively excluding out-of-state abortion doctors. All of this adds up to making abortion an impossible option for a large swath of Texans.

Now the Republicans and many people who support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks don’t seem to realize that late term abortions are not a regular thing that is done and when done, is out of serious health risk (even if it is done regularly, it is none of their business and is between a woman and her doctor, but I digress)  “The Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based reproductive health research organization, reports that of the 1.2 million abortions performed in 2009, 1.3% of them, or 15,600, occurred 20 weeks after the fetus was conceived. These tend to be due to unexpected medical complications for the mother or fetus.” However the general public seem to be under the impression that women who make the choice to get an abortion are selfish whores that need to keep their legs shut, which brings to mind the double bind that women live with in our society.

This is not about protecting women’s health as they claim. Paul Ryan said it best when he stated “We don’t want a country where abortion is simply outlawed,” he explains. “We want a country where it isn’t even considered.” <— This is what the real goal is. Women are not taking this sitting down though. My new hero (along with Wendy) State Senator Nina Turner! Senator Turner is so sick of men and some other women trying to control the reproductive rights of other women that she introduced her own bill “SB 307, which requires men to visit a sex therapist, undergo a cardiac stress test, and get their sexual partner to sign a notarized affidavit confirming impotency in order to get a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. The bill also requires men who take the drugs to be continually “tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

I want to see how many who are for the SB5 bill react to the SB307 Bill hahah