Women’s bodies used in Gitmo interrogations

The military is “using” women as part of its interrogation tactics against terrorism suspects. And that doesn’t mean women are simply the ones asking questions.
Female military interrogators and civilian contractors at Guantanamo tried to break male Muslim prisoners by showing off their tight T-shirts and thong underwear, rubbing their breasts on prisoners’ backs and wiping fake menstrual blood on prisoners, according to a new book that is “classified as secret pending a Pentagon review.”
Did the military encourage women to conduct interrogations this way? Or did the women themselves come up with this “creative” method? Either way, it’s disgusting.
Any thoughts?
Contributed by Ann Friedman

The military is “using” women as part of its interrogation tactics against terrorism suspects. And that doesn’t mean women are simply the ones asking questions.
Female military interrogators and civilian contractors at Guantanamo tried to ...

Shocker: IWF defends Summers’ comments on women and science

The Independent Women’s Forum never fails to make me want to fucking kill someone. Nice job, ladies.
The Independent Women’s Forum today defends statements by Harvard President Lawrence Summers. Summers suggested the possibility that innate differences between men and women contribute to there being fewer women in science and engineering at colleges and universities.
“President Summers is being vilified for telling the truth about women,” said Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum. “Women have children and choose to raise those children and neurobiology shows us women are better in certain fields than men and tend to gravitate towards those fields they do better in. Men, likewise, gravitate to fields they excel ...

The Independent Women’s Forum never fails to make me want to fucking kill someone. Nice job, ladies.
The Independent Women’s Forum today defends statements by Harvard President Lawrence Summers. Summers suggested the ...

Become a prostitute or lose your benefits in Germany

What? Talk about a case against legalized prostitution!
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year.
…Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit
The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those ...

What? Talk about a case against legalized prostitution!
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced ...

Younger Women’s Taskforce… Again.


What a weekend! We’ll have a full analysis up in a bit; sorry—I’m exhausted from the trip back. Despite some logistical problems on Sunday (we were locked out of the building!), the conference was great and we had such an amazing time meeting all of the participants.
A special thanks to Erin, Terese and Claudia for being the last feministas at the bar with us on Saturday night!
Also stay tuned for posts from some of the women who participated…


What a weekend! We’ll have a full analysis up in a bit; sorry—I’m exhausted from the trip back. Despite some logistical problems on Sunday (we were locked out of the building!), the conference ...

Younger Women’s Task Force Meeting

Both Lauryn and I are in DC at the Younger Women’s Taskforce Meeting, a project of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Having a great time, meeting some awesome women. We’ll give a full report on Monday…

Lauryn asking all the participants to write about their experience at the conference to possibly post on Feministing. Doesn’t she look so professional?

Young women at work…

Both Lauryn and I are in DC at the Younger Women’s Taskforce Meeting, a project of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Having a great time, meeting some awesome women. We’ll ...

FYI

the ladies of feministing are attending a conference this morning. we’ll be back later this afternoon.

the ladies of feministing are attending a conference this morning. we’ll be back later this afternoon.

Feministing’s favorite hate-mail

…or closeted love letters. Depends on how you look at it.

Some hilarity to get you through the weekend:

Corky Loomis: If you all weren’t so young I’d try to have my way with you, but you’d never give me the time of day. Bitches. I suppose I’ll have to save it all for the spank bank…
Robert Trojan: Haven’t you heard? Feminism is dead.
Matt Dietrich: Hi Cupcake, Rush (Limbaugh) was right when he penned the First 35 Undeniable Truths of Life. Here’s a sample. You’re welcome. #24: Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.
Awesome. I�m particularly fond of Matt’s ...

…or closeted love letters. Depends on how you look at it.

Some hilarity to get you through the weekend:

Corky Loomis: If you all weren’t so young I’d try to have my way with you, ...

Apologies Accepted!


A little update to Lauryn’s post on SorryEverybody.com — the site that makes an official apology for the re-election — apparently another site has been developed in response, ApologiesAccepted.com.
The original site also had a photo gallery of thousands who are open to express their disappointment for the four more years with Dubya. Apologies Accepted has a more optimistic photo gallery that urges viewers to send their pic in again, but with a better outlook. “Bush’s inauguration does not mark the end of all dispute — it is just the beginning.” Word.
Check out the gallery, thousands of viewers worldwide are sending their thoughts in. It’s a nice thing to see.
Much thanks to ...


A little update to Lauryn’s post on SorryEverybody.com — the site that makes an official apology for the re-election — apparently another site has been developed in response, ApologiesAccepted.com.
The original ...

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