“When I stand up for Women’s Rights I am standing up for all women – even those who hate me, who I have nothing in common with and whose opinions diametrically oppose my own. I would never presume to stand up for anything less than that. Anything less than that is just me, protecting me, targeting others. How can you demand rights, while at the same time denying the rights of others? Even worse, how can you, as a woman, stand and only represent the rights of the women who are clones of your own life? ” Aria E. Appleford
Recently I have been reading quite a bit about concerns over the falling rates of fertility and the declining birth rates, especially in the US. People are questioning what is happening and citing all kinds of reasons.
After 15 years of research, working with women who had abortions, women from all walks of life, cultures and beliefs, from different countries and experiences, I wrote a book on our findings. Primarily I relied on the information we gleaned from working with women to talk about and counsel regarding their abortions.
OF course, no-one wanted to publish it because what we learned flew in the face of any information on abortion that was available at the time. Publishers either declined outright or they wanted permission to use the information (and myself) to further their agendas. By the time I wrapped up my work (due to my husband’s illness and subsequent death) I was focused solely on the information we had gathered on the women who had aborted, and the what the impact had been on them if any. Continue reading
“Lying is done with words, and also with silence.” Adrienne Rich
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato
Hollywood has erupted with a number of actresses coming forward to speak out regarding the abuse they suffered at the hands of American Producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein and his brother founded Miramax which has been responsible for successful films such as Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting. He has received numerous awards for his work and has been active in issues such as AIDS and Juvenile Diabetes. He was, undoubtedly, a Hollywood powerhouse who had the connections to make or break careers.
Sexual assault is rampant around the world and I have long been an active voice speaking out against it as well as advocating for the victims. I am in no way minimizing what any woman suffers in my comments regarding this particular case but I have some serious concerns and I think they are concerns that should be shared.
Lately, there has been a whole stream of public figures who stand accused of various sexual assaults. Some people are hopeful that this signals a new willingness to expose these atrocities and that they represent our commitment to draw a line in the sand and say “No more.” We seem to circumvent the whole legal process meant to determine guilt and jump straight to judgement. Guilt appears to be amplified by the public lives of the accused. Is it easier for us to comment on a life that we already feel we have a right to because we see them in our own homes on our media devices and on the news? It appears to at least polarize the accusers as legitimate and the accused as guilty. No-one seems to worry about questioning what we read and hear. A trial and its outcome are irrelevant. As long as you have Gloria Allred on one side of the microphone, the truth is irrelevant.
The story never dies and the accused, even if innocent, will never completely recover. Continue reading