Posts Tagged War

Quick hit: Seventy-five percent of Americans support ladies in combat

After much debate, the Pentagon announced last month that it was lifting the ban on women in combat. And it turns out most Americans are ok with that. 

According to a survey from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday, American voters support women serving in combat 75-22 percent. There was little breakdown along gender lines: Men support that measure 73-24 percent, and women say the same, 77-21 percent.

There was less support for women to be drafted. But let’s hope that just means there’s less support for there to actually BE a draft.

See Also: Ladies in Combat–great name for riot grrrl band!

After much debate, the Pentagon announced last month that it was lifting the ban on women in combat. And it turns out most Americans are ok with that. 

According to a survey from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday, ...

Newsflash: war and militarism are dangerous for women

Each year the United Nations releases a report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world. And this year’s report, for the first time, names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders.

While this might seem to be yet another tale from the Captain Obvious Annals, it is historically significant. Though we have long known that conflict and war are dangerous for women, noting the specific conflicts and organizations that contribute to violence against women is an important shift for the international community. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative Margot Wallström, who presented the report to the Security Council in New York, acknowledged that this is an historical issue, but is ...

Each year the United Nations releases a report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world. And this year’s report, for the first time, names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected ...

The truth about our wars

Ron Paul is a massive racist. I am absolutely not OK with that. Many of his views are incredibly dangerous. He should never ever ever be president.

I am also disgusted by the role of Super PACs in our political landscape. Citizens United was a terrible ruling from a Supreme Court that’s just as much in the pockets of big money as Congress and the White House. Super PACs are already making the Republican primary completely ridiculous, and I am not OK with that.

And you must watch this ad. It’s over the top, like all the political ads I’ve seen lately. But it delivers a message that is not just about the messenger. And it needs to be ...

Ron Paul is a massive racist. I am absolutely not OK with that. Many of his views are incredibly dangerous. He should never ever ever be president.

I am also disgusted by the role of Super ...

Women, War and Peace to air final episode tomorrow

Watch Behind the Scenes with Geena Davis on PBS. See more from Women War and Peace.

It’s so rare that there is compelling and accurate television that captures both the challenges that women face around the world as well as the power we wield.

Women, War & Peace is a new five-part PBS television series Feministing has partnered with that is challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain.We live in a world at war. Today’s wars are fought by ...

Watch Behind the Scenes with Geena Davis on PBS. See more from

PBS series Women, War and Peace kicks off tonight

Feministing is excited to partner up with PBS and philanthropist and filmmaker extraordinaire Abigail Disney for a five-part series launching tonight on the impact of war on women:

The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about ...

Feministing is excited to partner up with PBS and philanthropist and filmmaker extraordinaire Abigail Disney for a five-part series launching tonight on the impact of war on women:

The series reveals how the ...

It’s World Peace Day

…and Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed tonight. He will refuse his last meal.

and 6 out of every 10 women in the world will experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.

…and teens with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to experience violence than able-bodied teens

…and civilian deaths in Afghanistan are up by 31%.

…and 1,100 women are raped as a weapon of war every day in Congo.

…and violence against the LGBTQ community in the U.S. is up 13%.

and 70% of anti-LGBT murder victims last year were people of color.

…and 44% of them were trans women.

It’s

…and Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed tonight. He will refuse his last meal.

and 6 out of every 10 women in the world will experience physical or ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Half of a Yellow Sun

I have been intrigued by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since I saw her stunning TEDTalk about the “danger of the single story,” in which she warns that stereotypes are born, not from pure ignorance, but from knowing just one thing about a group of people.

Having just read her incredible novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, I have an even deeper understanding of the earned wisdom and complex truth of her warning. Will Blythe, reviewing it in Elle Magazine, described it better than I possibly could:

Anchoring the narrative in the doomed Biafran war of secession in 1960s Nigeria, Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists, who usually focus on one or the other. Where V. ...

I have been intrigued by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since I saw her stunning TEDTalk about the “danger of the single story,” in which she warns that stereotypes are born, not from pure ignorance, but from ...

South Sudan is born, midwived by women

Congrats to the people of South Sudan who officially became their own country over the weekend. There was a lot of celebrating, as you can see from above–particularly by many of the women who were key in the long, hard struggle for independence in pursuit of a more peaceful nation. World Pulse published a fantastic account of the recession movement back in January. Here’s a telling excerpt:

“This vote has made me feel free,” remarked Mary Chan, 41, a cleaner for an international non-governmental organization based in Juba. “I haven’t been to school, but I voted because we all want freedom. My husband and I, we want our children to go to school. Their lives will be different than ours.” ...

Congrats to the people of South Sudan who officially became their own country over the weekend. There was a lot of celebrating, as you can see from above–particularly by many of the women who were key in ...

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