Virginia Woolf: How to Fight Fascism

can-you-learn-about-happiness-from-virginia-woolf-featuredOn Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1935, Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary that after “a very fine skyblue day,” she was “plagued by the sudden wish to write an Anti fascist Pamphlet.” She talked it over with her husband Leonard, who “was extremely reasonable & adorable, & told me I should have to take into account of the economic question.” …

For Woolf, the origins of fascism are inextricably tied to the patriarchy. A quotation she read in the newspaper from a man who claimed that women who work emasculate men by relieving them of their duty as provider seemed to crystallize the issue for her. “There we have in embryo the creature, Dictator as we call him when he is Italian or German, who believes he has the right, whether given by God, Nature, sex or race is immaterial, to dictate to other human beings how they shall live; what they shall do.”

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An Important Observation c/o Ashley-Madison

The following post was published on the Daily Kos by SemDem. The article is great and I recommend you read the entire article at the Daily Kos website.

On Rightwing Christians: Have you noticed something odd about this Ashley Madison scandal?

Ashley-MadisonSince the Ashley Madison scandal broke, I have noticed a distinct lack of condemnation from you rightwing christians.

Where are all the youtube hate videos against the subscribers practicing adultery?

Where are the droves of protestors picketing AshleyMadison.com like Planned Parenthood?

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Rape By Reasoned Logic and Clever Rhetoric

rapeYou’ve probably all heard that some no-goodnick in New Jersey has introduced a bill to make the definition of “rape”  include any form of lying or subterfuge designed to get into a woman’s pants. We should all thank Troy Singleton, a Democratic Assemblyman representing Burlington, NJ.

Read the article in Slate for more information but here is the original announcement from nj.com:

Earlier this month, state Assemblyman Troy Singleton
(D-Burlington) introduced the bill (A3908), which would
create the crime of “sexual assault by fraud,” which it
defines as “an act of sexual penetration to which a
person has given consent because the actor has
misrepresented the purpose of the act or has represented
he is someone he is not.”

Oh Dear: that’s going to seriously cut down on the number of professed movie producers and directors in this country.  But let’s zero in on that idea of misrepresentation.

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