Category Archives: News

Factual stories that capture the lessons of female empowerment. Can include politics, world conflict, and human interest stories

Crisis of Conscience Inside the U.S. Military

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Imagine walking into a combat zone and having to put your life in the hands of your rapist.  For our female soldiers this is a real possibility. 

Of those assaulted only 13.5% come forward and once they do … they are pressured by their commanding officers to keep silent.  They are told to do it for their country, for their unit, or for whatever bullshit reason the chain of command can think of.  And for those rape cases that actually see the inside of a military courtroom … it doesn’t matter if there is physical evidence.  He still gets off! Because if there are no rapists then there is no rape and the military is saved the embarrassment of having to face public opinion.  So, women in the U.S. military are being raped and ignored.  Told to “take an aspirin and go to bed.”  These women are risking their lives for us and their brothers in arms – yet they are being hung out to dry.

If this pisses you off as much as it pisses me off, please visit this website: http://www.causes.com/causes/787301-protect-our-defenders-foundation and sign the petition to get congress to take action.

And spread the word.

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The perfect accompaniment to my previous post about the criminalization of poly households.

 

Polygamy Around the World

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Polygamy worldwideIn the Present

Polygamy is legal in 50 countries around the world.  Most of these countries exist in Africa, southeast Asia, and the Middle East.  They are represented by dark blue on the map to the right.  Another 15 African countries accept polygamy as part of their culture and it continues to exist even if it has been outlawed.  This phenomena is due to differences in customary law (history and culture) and civil law.  South Africa is an example of this.  In some cases, civil law is reflective of colonization and not the temperature of the people.

An interesting note – some countries make the legality of polygyny contingent upon the first wife’s approval.

In the Past

Regional differences accounted for the disparate popularity of polygyny and polyandry.

Historically, in regions where resources were scarce sharing one wife was very common.  This was seen as a practical solution.  The costs of maintaining a family were distributed amongst several men and the number of offspring was limited.  On the other hand, some matriarchal societies chose polyandry not out of economic necessity but because it reflected their cultural beliefs. And still other regions chose polyandry because men largely outnumbered women in their societies.

Polygany was seen as an extravagant display of wealth or blessings.  If a man was important or wealthy, then he was more likely to have many wives.

In Religion

Jewish law forbids polyandry but not polygyny.

Muslim law forbids polyandry but not polygyny.

Christianity (with the exception of Mormon Fundamentalism) forbids both polyandry and polygyny, strongly advocating for monogamous relationships.

Hindu text looks favorably upon polyandry but does not advocate in one way or the other.

Buddhist text advises followers against committing sexual misconduct but leaves it up to them to decide exactly what constitutes misconduct.

Paganism openly accepts all forms of polygamy/polyamory.

Recent Headlines

In Canada …

British Columbia Upholds Ban on Polygamy

In USA …

Letters to the Editor About TLC’s Sister Wives

In Turkey …

Adviser Faces Criminal Charges

In South Africa …

South African President Faces Criticism for Fathering a Child Outside of his Three Wives

A Cultural Niche Within Polyamory

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How and why brothers share one wife.

Poly Week on YouTube

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Poly Week on YouTube

See other videos on my playlist that are related to Poly Week.

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Police seeking boyfriend of woman accused of abuse.

Police seeking boyfriend of woman accused of abuse

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http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/19523113

Buckeye Dismissed After Domestic Violence Arrest

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There are new charges filed everyday.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/crime/dp-nws-hampton-domestic-assault-20120708,0,7425272.story

Hampton Man Charged With Domestic Assault

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Peacekeepers are charged with protecting the most vulnerable around the world – refugees, people caught between forces of civil wars, and people at the receiving end of government violence.  Peacekeepers work in desperate situations in developing nations.  They are supposed to be the good guys.

Maybe not so much …

http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/blog/entry/when-those-meant-to-keep-the-peace-commit-sexualized-violence

Rapists Are Among United Nations Peacekeepers

How to look your best the morning after …

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