Attempts to legislate the female body are getting out of control. Essentially, this could lead to any pregnant woman smoking a cigarette being arrested, even though it’s legal for those women to purchase them and legal for cigarette companies to sell them to pregnant women.  The same goes for alcohol; it’s legal to purchase (and ingest) when pregnant and legal to sell to pregnant women, so essentially, this law could legitimize the prosecution of women for participating in legal acts.  

I understand that many people are against the ways some women live their lives while pregnant, but I think it should also be remembered that women are expected to totally change/adjust their lifestyles for a year at a time because of pregnancies when men are not, and that change is easier for some women than others.  Believe what you will on the matter, I understand the side that wants to protect the child, and I understand the side of women who want to retain some semblance of who they were before pregnancy.  Ultimately, it seems like a “you can’t know until it happens to you” situation, and I doubt that the majority of the people proposing this legislation have lived through the varied experiences of pregnancy. 

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Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to marry his victim if she is a minor as a way of avoiding prosecution.

A 16-year-old girl, Amina Filali, killed herself a week ago after being severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist.

In poor, conservative rural areas such as this, it is unacceptable for a woman to lose her virginity before marriage - and the dishonour is hers and her family’s even if she is raped, our correspondent says.”

As much work as the United States still has to do concerning the rights of rape victims and the punishment of sexual predators, we’re fortunate that we don’t have laws and social practices in place that forever damn rape victims by forcing them to marry their rapists.

To support the cause of those protesting this law, find out more at their facebook page: “We Are All Amina Filali” 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Are-All-Amina-Filali/392757007401977 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIuZh8p9rz0
Teach your children well by talking to them about self confidence and a strong sense of self worth.  Remember: "You is kind, you is smart, you is important." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIuZh8p9rz0

Teach your children well by talking to them about self confidence and a strong sense of self worth.  Remember: "You is kind, you is smart, you is important." 

I was reminded of this today after seeing the University of Southern California on a list of 7 (only 7? couldn’t they even reach 10?) universities that empower women (http://www.aauw.org/2014/03/25/7-schools-that-empower-women/).  

So, ladies, take a look at this email/memo and then ask yourself, what do you know (if anything) about the guy(s) you’re hooking up with at these types of parties?  When the fun is over and the booze has worn off, are you going to be referred to as a “fun lady” or a “nice girl”?  Or, will you and your vagina be reduced to nothing more than “a fuck,” using one or more of the following disgusting terms, courtesy of USC’s “Distinguished Gentlemen” (how do they not see the hypocrisy?) of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity: a pie, gullet, grip, Cleveland Sideslapper, Loop n’ Doop, or Guap n’ Drop.  How will you—and your vagina—rate on the “simple 1-10 ranking system” devised to evaluate you and your sex?  

If you’re not asking yourself these questions, then you definitely need to start. 

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I got to see Gloria Steinem speak in February and she was fantastic (and still energetic after an hour of speaking and an hour of signing autographs. She’s an amazing woman, and better yet, an amazing defender of the endless capabilities of women around the world.

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A wonderfully inspirational speech for girls, women, and women of color everywhere.  Take 4 minutes to watch her speech, and you’ll feel more beautiful for it.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/steve-martin-virginia_n_4847959.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
Check this out!  ”A pregnant woman is just a “host” that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.
Martin, the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women’s bodies on his Facebook wall last week in response to a critical Valentine’s Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates.
"I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive," Martin wrote. "However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it." Martin then changed his post on Monday afternoon to refer to the woman as the "bearer of the child" instead of the "host."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/steve-martin-virginia_n_4847959.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Check this out!  ”A pregnant woman is just a “host” that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.

Martin, the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women’s bodies on his Facebook wall last week in response to a critical Valentine’s Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates.

"I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive," Martin wrote. "However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it." Martin then changed his post on Monday afternoon to refer to the woman as the "bearer of the child" instead of the "host."

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http://www.upworthy.com/the-perfect-reply-a-girl-can-give-to-the-question-whats-your-favorite-position?c=gt1
“Reality TV star Lauren Conrad may not be the first person to spring to mind when you think of ace comebacks. So I was pleasantly surprised to see her deliver this sharp quip to an awkward, sexist question that some men seem think is somehow charming (??). Just, no.”
Way to be, LC.

http://www.upworthy.com/the-perfect-reply-a-girl-can-give-to-the-question-whats-your-favorite-position?c=gt1

Reality TV star Lauren Conrad may not be the first person to spring to mind when you think of ace comebacks. So I was pleasantly surprised to see her deliver this sharp quip to an awkward, sexist question that some men seem think is somehow charming (??). Just, no.”

Way to be, LC.

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