Happy International Women’s Day! Or not!

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Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. The day was first professed by the Socialist Party of America in 1909, the idea born out of women’s rights movements in developing countries around the turn of the last century. Its purpose is to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history, as well as to engage in the ongoing struggle for gender equality.

March is also Women’s History Month.

If you are a guy still reading this article: here have a cookie. (I baked them myself.) That’s for seeing the word “women” and not immediately deciding on GTFO.

However, if you are a blogger guy, a social media influencer or a Big Willie with any platform?

Then GTFO and go say something that celebrates one of fucking breathtaking achievements of women throughout history, and/or on ongoing struggles for gender equality. So come back here and I’ll give you ALL THE COOKIES.

Because, my dear guys, if women could solve gender-based violence, gender-based oppression, rape culture and misogyny in all its forms – not to mention erasing and minimizing women’s contributions to the humanity throughout history – we would have done that already. (Much like anti-black racism is do not a problem black people can solve.) And if you were looking for me to do this job for your infotainment, HAHAHA NO. That’s not how work… uh…works.

On the other hand, if you are sincerely looking to do this job and looking for inspiration or a place to start digging, I will help you find that. YOU’RE WELCOME.

I have already posted two links above, both of which contain content designed for this purpose. If that doesn’t make your megayacht float, here’s some news I stumbled upon over the past few days:

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The Hidden Epidemic of Brain Damage Caused by Domestic Violence

Research shows that victims of domestic violence may suffer head trauma more often than football players. But injuries are almost never diagnosed.
Read more [@ New York Times Magazine]

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Bill Cosby wins after Supreme Court rejects appeal to revive sex case

On Monday, the Supreme Court sided with Bill Cosby in upholding a Pennsylvania court’s decision to overturn the iconic comedian’s 2018 sexual assault conviction of Andrea Constand due to due process rights violations. …. “A lot of people are calling for projects for him,” and he’s planning one last stand-up tour, [Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew] Wyatt said.
Read more [@ New York Daily News]

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How This Woman You’ve Never Heard Of Shaped Our World

Why do we need National Women’s History Month? Because you’ve never heard of her. Which “she” am I talking about? In this case, a woman who changed the way we live and designed products that saved lives.
Read more [@ Fortune]

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[CONTENT NOTE: description of gruesome violence against a woman; no images.]

Woman’s dismembered torso found in shopping cart on Brooklyn street

A woman’s dismembered torso was discovered stuffed in a shopping cart by a horrified passerby on a Brooklyn street early Thursday, police said.
Read more [@ New York Daily News]

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Human leg discovered in Brooklyn dumpster less than 3 blocks from where woman’s dismembered torso was found days earlier

A human leg has been found tossed in the trash on a Brooklyn street – less than three blocks from where a woman’s headless, limbless torso was discovered four days earlier, the city said. police.
Read more [@ New York Daily News]

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Handyman charged with murder after woman’s body found in backyard septic tank

Florida officials believe the body is that of Cynthia Cole, who was last seen on February 24. His handyman, Keoki Hilo Demich, has been arrested for second-degree murder.
Read more [@ NBC News]

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What is Wikipedia and women?

[W]When biographies of women are added, they are sometimes disputed, such as [physiologist and full professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Rajini] Rao’s question was whether these women are important enough to deserve coverage in a general interest encyclopedia. In 2018, when physicist Donna Strickland received the Nobel Prize, Wikipedia had no pages about her. An article had previously existed – but it was removed from the encyclopedia by community consensus after a volunteer questioned its notoriety.
Read more [@ ASBMB Today (published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)]

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Pennsylvania man accused of hiding in attic of woman he met on OnlyFans, recording her

Prosecutors say a 20-year-old man from Pennsylvania found out where a woman he had met on the OnlyFans website lived, drove to her house and hid in her attic, going downstairs to take videos of her. her while she slept. Court documents released last Monday also accuse Mauricio Damian Guerrero, 20, of stealing the woman’s underwear and attempting to place a tracking device on her car, reports the Associated Press… Guerrero faces on four counts of burglary and was released on $2,500 cash bail last week.
Read more [@ Newsnation]

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How the mainstream movement against gender-based violence is failing black workers and survivors

Allegations of racism in a Washington coalition highlight the betrayal of a larger movement.
Read more [@ Mother Jones]

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Bills to restrict abortion are advancing in several red states, offering a taste of a post-Roe America.

Both sides of the abortion debate predict that by next July the Supreme Court will have overturned Roe v. Wade and with him the constitutional right to abortion, giving anti-abortion activists a victory they have sought for five decades. But from Florida to Idaho, Republican-led state legislatures are not waiting: They are operating as if Roe has already been hit, advancing new restrictions aimed at making abortion illegal in as many circumstances as possible.
Read more [@ New York Times]

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Women cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo

Looking at how people really felt before the pandemic, it’s clear that a return to this status quo is untenable. It’s safe to say that one of the drivers of women’s increased stress and burnout in our findings was the well-documented and disproportionate burden of caregiving they bear, a condition that has only become entrenched. more during the pandemic. In other research we’ve done with MBAs, we’ve found that even among dual-career couples who claim to prioritize both spouses’ careers equally, women do the lion’s share of housework, a configuration which adds cognitive and temporal burdens to women’s experiences that their male colleagues, in general, do not share.
Read more [@ Harvard Business Review]

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Cuomo reemerges and blames ‘Cancel Culture’ for his downfall

Former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo emerged from his self-imposed exile on Sunday, using his first public appearance in more than six months to portray himself as a victim of ‘cancel culture’ and vow to reintegrate himself into the New York political discourse. Speaking at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church, a black congregation in Brooklyn, Mr Cuomo defiantly told a sparse group of about 100 worshipers that he wanted to ‘speak my truth’, describing the cancel culture as a ‘frightening’ form of extremism and claiming he had been ‘vindicated’ in the months after he resigned in August following a series of sexual harassment allegations.
Read more [@ New York Times]

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The most insidious thing about inequality is that to the extent that you personally benefit from it, you tend to be more blind to it. No, actually, it’s worse than that: some very interesting studies show that the more unearned privilege you have, the more likely you are to believe that the just world fallacy isn’t a fallacy at all. what are you doing won this benefit and merit. That you are entitled to her. And even worse, your compassion and empathy diminish, and you’re more likely to believe others who don’t share the same undeserved privilege you enjoy so do do not Deserves that. CQFD

So, my beloved friends, could you get to work fixing this shit? It would be nice now. Wait, let me check my calendar… yeah, it’s working for me now.

Kthxbye.

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