What’s Current: A band of elder Korean women are protesting US missile defence system

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In a small farming village in South Korea, a dozen or so women, ranging in age from their 60s to 80s, are at the forefront of protests against the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system. They stand watch each day around the clock to make sure no military vehicles enter the deployment site.

Women-owned W.N.B.A. team, Seattle Storm, announces a partnership with Planned Parenthood. In addition to fundraising through ticket sales, the owners are organizing a rally in support of the organization.

“As always, I’m so appreciative of a league that not only embraces our diversity but our status as women,” [W.N.B.A. player] Imani Boyette said. “Planned Parenthood is vital for women who don’t have access to standard health care. I was a P.P. patient in high school because I didn’t have health insurance. Taking a stand for things that affect the underprivileged, as a league and women of privilege, is how change happens.”

After five days, the jury in the Bill Cosby trial is still deadlocked, but the judge has refused all four of the defence’s motions to declare a mistrial.

The Washington Post has launched The Lily, a news publication for millennial women. Over at the New Republic, Clio Chang asks: What, exactly, is “women’s news?”

“The whole concept of women’s media seems to narrow, rather than expand, what is considered a millennial woman’s issue. It fails to acknowledge the fact that issues like welfare, minimum wage, foreign policy, and health care are all inextricably intertwined with gender issues. These problems are not exclusive to The Lily. The corporatization of ‘feminist’ media is nothing new. And the media’s presumption has always been that the serious newsreader is a male one…In The Lily’s case, the decision to create a separate space for millennial women only bolsters the idea, intentionally or not, that they are less intelligent and less curious than the rest of the Post’s readers.”

Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    Bill Cosby, by his own words in his depositions, is a rapist. According to his own words, he procured drugs for the purpose of drugging and raping women.

    And yet, (male) media still yells about his victims being lying liar sluts. And the male “justice” system has a deadlocked jury. Because males want us to think that they are really trying. It’s the way the system is supposed to work, though.

    And yes, of course, if anything anywhere is directed solely or mainly at women, it’s a stupid waste of time, exclusionary, or even bigoted. Males will find a million reasons why woman centered anything is just wrong. Clio Chang can fuck right off.

    • Tired feminist

      I agree with Clio Chang’s criticism.

      Every large news outlet everywhere has the “woman” section, which is basically like a women’s magazine. You know, the ones who profit from telling us we’re generally too flawed by default, then proceed to advertise make-up and fashion so that we can fix our flaws by spending money. Fuck that.

      The purpose of these publications is not exactly to “center women”, but to keep women away from the serious stuff so that their pesky opinions and concerns don’t disturb the men. They’re owned, and sometimes even edited, by men. Women’s media my ass.

      • Hekate Jayne

        I see what you are saying. And it’s possible that I interpreted wrong.

        My initial reaction when anything at all is declared to be stupid, wrong or dumb because it’s for women is to disagree. Especially when the critique includes the phrase “gender issues”, as in the quote above. When a person ties minimum wage, healthcare and other issues into “gender”, I automatically think that that person is an idiot. So I tend to discount their entire opinion.

        But I absolutely agree with what you are saying. I just didn’t think about it applying here.

      • M. Zoidberg

        “[…] to keep women away from the serious stuff so that their pesky opinions and concerns don’t disturb the men.”

        This. A million times. They’re trying to get us to watch the magician’s assistant — pulling their nasty little tricks while we aren’t looking!

    • Tobysgirl

      What I don’t understand about the Cosby trial is why the prosecution was not permitted to establish a pattern of behavior.
      And in case readers are unaware of it, Cosby blames African-Americans for the racism they experience, saying it is due to their own laziness, etc.

      • Hekate Jayne

        He is a disgusting maggot.

        I have heard people say that black people haven’t rallied around in support of him like they did with O.J. Simpson because of how he has blamed them for their own oppression and racism directed at them.

        I thought that maybe it was because he admitted to being a rapist.

        But half of the black community is male. So it doesn’t surprise me that males would hold a grudge over how Cosby treated them. Because no male cares all that much about any woman. Not really.

  • DeColonise

    I always get emotional when I see people, like these women in south korea, stand up against US and their quest for world domination.
    Similar things are happening around the world but there is often little light shed on it because for the most part western corporate media wants to downplay the fact that US is not seen as the messenger of “freedom and democracy” in every corner of the world.

    • Tired feminist

      LOL yeah. We Latin Americans find amusing that U.S. Americans could ever think that about their country.

      • FierceMild

        It’s ignorance coupled with a steady diet of spoon fed propaganda. Effective, but not if you ever travel out of the US for extended periods of time. They say travel broadens the mind; truer words were never spoken in regard to US citizens.

  • I’ve noticed coverage of these protests doesn’t really talk about the complaints and grievances of the protesters. They allude to noise in the article and video, but it’s glossed over, and I’m sure there are additional reasons for the protest.

    • Tired feminist

      Haha, typical… a protest for something against the interests of the great media is not a protest, it’s a “tumult”.

  • The cover page of Lily that is currently up looks more meaty than I expected, although I’m only an occasional reader of the Post so I wouldn’t know if it was watered down. The Post and its subsidiaries have long struggled with criticism of male bias, so I’m probably not the only one wondering if the purpose of this women’s mag was to give the Post absolution to continue that bias outside their pink ghetto. Women’s magazines have chronic problems with advertisers trying to dictate what stories they run, insisting on a certain percentage of food, furnishings, and fashion articles. I noticed several articles in that vein, and I wonder if the Post’s reputation for integrity is about to take a dive here.

  • Iona Robey

    Aren’t planned parenthood the ones who use terms like ‘pregnant person’ now etc.?

    • Cassandra

      Sadly I think they were and are forced to, especially under Obama. Right now they’re kind of all we’ve got in the U.S.

  • Hekate Jayne

    That’s an excellent link. Even if it does remind me, yet again, of how males are genius at being manipulative bullies.

    This is what I love about women, though. Sophie Germain had males fighting her all of the way, trying to stop her from learning and growing, but she still managed quite well. No wonder males keep us out of everything. We make them look stupid even when they make sure to disadvantage us, even when they do it as an entire class. Can you imagine how stellar our progress would be if education was even a little female centered?

    I can. And so can males. Which is why the are so obstructionist to us.

    I read recently that Einstein did not actually discover the theory of relativity, that it was actually his wife that discovered it. I don’t know if that’s true, or not. But I do know that males have stolen everything from us just to glorify themselves. Because they are so sad and stupid. Generally speaking.

  • Cassandra

    But isn’t the irony in this just priceless? We are being referred to literally by our biology, by our reproductive system, but we’re the biological essentialists!

    Oh, I forgot, it has nothing to do with womanhood. It’s just “persons,” not women.

  • Juan

    Where am I telling anyone what to think about themselves?

    • Tobysgirl

      Hate to tell you this, Juan, but African-Americans fathers were found to be more involved with their children than either Caucasian or Latino fathers. And you may refer to one Cosby speech, but he has no embarrassment making his views known in many venues. I was referring to an interview he did on television.
      I don’t think anyone can judge what it is like to live in neighborhoods — I’m thinking of NYC right now — where the garbage is not picked up, where the schools are literally falling to pieces, where drugs (which I believe were introduced by the U.S. government) are rampant, where jobs and education and even fresh food are not available. How would you like to be sentenced to life in prison for stealing a pair of socks and then work as a chattel slave for corporations which use prison labor?
      You really are a bit of an idiot.

  • Tobysgirl

    And note his many years with no Mileva Maric and no significant work!

  • Tobysgirl

    Sorry, Rich, but I lived in NYC and the conditions in certain neighborhoods — particularly ones being targeted for gentrification — were common knowledge. I am fairly comfortable right now being on disability and having an employed partner, but I have been poor and I have seen how the poor are often forced to live. When you live in a neighborhood where public services are underfunded and when you are being targeted by the police, it can be very difficult to “make due [sic].”
    I don’t think that highly of any fathers and am constantly grateful I never had children with my partner. I grew up in working-class suburban America and we were the only children with an involved father. Many kids I knew were frightened of their WHITE fathers who were brutal and grotesque. My mother ended her life in a “retirement” community of poor white women, many of whom had been abandoned by their husbands in the 1940s and 1950s, left to raise their children on their own. I think I have come to believe in the elephant model: families consist of mothers, aunties, big sisters, and youngsters, and the males live in their own groups. But then elephants are a great deal more intelligent and compassionate than human beings.

  • Tobysgirl

    I cannot link to comments I have heard from Bill Cosby on television over the years. If you had been paying attention to him — I know it’s difficult, he’s physically repulsive since his character is written on his visage and he doesn’t have a painting in the attic — you would undoubtedly have been exposed to the trash that comes out of his mouth. His sexual violence came as no surprise to me.