Women's Rights

Time’s Up on The Hill

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Your DGB for today is to contact Congress and tell them that we refuse to pay for their sexual harassment settlements.

Back in December, when the #MeToo movement was really starting to ramp up, we learned about at least four members of Congress who had sexually harassed women, and a few of them who paid off those sexual harassment victims with taxpayer money. Funny how we can’t find the money to pay for school books in low income areas, but we can easily pay for Congress members to have staffers be on “redhead patrol.” Weird.

Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) worked to pass legislation that would end the taxpayer funding of sexual harassment, but oddly it was cut at the last minute from the omnibus bill that is set to be voted on in the House on Thursday. It’s almost like men in the House and Senate don’t want us to know how many of them follow in our President’s footsteps. It’s not too late though! They still haven’t voted and we can still demand they add the legislation back into the omnibus bill. It is our right to know what we are paying for, and we sure as hell shouldn’t be paying for members of Congress to continue to sexually harass and victimize women. We aren’t putting up with this shit anymore and it’s got to stop at The Hill if we expect it to stop in our own work environments. Use your preferred contact method and tell your Congress Members to add the Congressional Harassment Reform Act back into the omnibus bill because Time’s Up for them too.

 

“The President and the Porn Star”

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Your DGB for today is to think twice about how you talk about Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, and to support sex workers’ rights.

By now you’ve all heard the breathless news coverage of “the President and the PORN STAR!!!11!!!one!” Stephanie Clifford, a human woman, has been reduced to the punchline of a snickering joke. The implication is that it’s bad enough POTUS had an affair, but an affair with a “porn star” is even more shocking, demeaning, or distasteful. This attitude represents a mixture of misogyny and classism, with a sprinkle of Puritanism on top. Bottom line - if we’re feminists or womanists, if we believe that  “women’s rights are human rights,” then we need to show up for our sex worker sisters, too.

One way to do that is to stop participating in the dialogue that shames Stephanie Clifford for her job, that treats her like a joke, that implies Clifford’s work makes Trump’s infidelity somehow worse. Call out journalists and activists for their stereotyping, shaming, and bias. Another way is to support sex workers’ rights. For a gold star in allyship, support legislation that decriminalizes sex work.

And if you want to see what an unapologetic badass looks like, follow Clifford on Twitter. You will not be disappointed: @StormyDaniels.

 

Women’s History Month

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Your DGB for today is to read up on why we celebrate Women’s History Month.

March is Women’s History Month and it coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8th. We wish we could celebrate it by ending Donald Trump’s presidency, but any indictment from Mueller would do nicely. Today we want you to read up on the history of how Women’s History Month got started.

Want some images to further push your vagenda of manocide? Browse these images of badass women throughout history doing badass things. You can also find speeches and videos, even read some articles. You could spend your entire day discovering all the different ways that “females are strong as hell.” While you don’t have to spend the entire evening, do spend a few minutes gathering strength from your sisters because we are in this together and it’s our month… the whole thing.

 

Senate 20 Week Abortion Ban

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Your DGB for this weekend is to prevent Mitch McConnell from pushing a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

 

 

Following Trump’s March for Life speech, McConnell was all too happy for the opportunity to further his right wing moral agenda (which, mercifully for his political career, remains unconcerned with pussy-grabbing.) A procedural vote on the measure telling women and doctors what to do with our bodies is expected to take place on Monday. The bill is not expected to pass this hurdle, requiring 60 votes, but insurance is always prudent. Use Resistbot to register your disapproval and don’t forget to shame the bill’s 45 co-sponsors, a list of which you can find here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2311/cosponsors

 

#DGB #TBT Women’s March

Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to support Women’s March organizers in their 2018 initiative.

 

On January 21, 2018, one year after the first Women’s March on Washington, Power to the Polls will kickoff in Las Vegas, followed by a national voter registration tour.

You can attend an anniversary event, donate, or shop their store to revisit the magic of last year’s Women’s March and move forward to the change we want to see in 2018.

 

#MeToo Bill

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to vote yes on the #MeToo Bill.

The #MeToo movement has swept the United States and has touched everywhere from Hollywood to corporate America, conversations at the dinner table to Capitol Hill. What makes the sexual harassment especially horrific in DC is their reporting policy, which sounds a lot like an attempt to shut down all conversations and dissuade reporting. You can find out more about the policy here: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/361845-speier-congressional-reporting-system-for-sexual-harassment-set-up

Two female Democratic lawmakers have plans to change all that and have authored the ME TOO Congress Act. Representative Jackie Speier of California and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York want to require mandatory sexual harassment training and to reform the current way of reporting to make it easier for the victims and less protective of the accused.

Today, you’ll use Resistbot to demand more from our lawmakers. It’s time these perpetrators pay for their actions. #MeToo

 

Women’s March From NRA to DOJ

Your DGB for today is to participate in or support the Women’s March action on July 14th and 15th, protesting the National Rifle Association and their recent video.

In late June the National Rifle Association aired a chilling video which appears to slyly encourage its membership to take up arms against protesters and the left. On its own, the video is inflammatory - but against the backdrop of a culture of violence embraced by our own president and perpetrated disproportionately against women and People of Color, it is downright terrifying. The Women’s March decries this video and the racist double standard represented by the NRA’s silence in the face of Philando Castile’s death. Therefore it is organizing a march on Friday starting on the steps the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA and ending 17 miles later at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. It also plans an event at the DOJ on Saturday. We encourage you to participate if you can, donate a few bucks, or at least signal boost the march on social media.

If you do attend, please be safe. We don’t want to be alarmist, but gun-related protests may bring out gun-carrying counter-protesters. Keep your wits about you.

By the way, if you are starting to feel worn out from all this political action, we get it. We REALLY do. Check out our blog on how to combat protest fatigue.  Finally, if you are short on sign ideas, we humbly submit DGB’s very own all-purpose protest poster, here.

Fight the power, Grabbers. We’re standing right with you.

 

Shoulders are Scandalous

Your DGB for today is to tweet or email Speaker Paul Ryan a picture of your shoulders.

We're sure you've all heard that a dress code barring open toed shoes and sleeveless tops is currently being enforced in the House of Representatives. It is important to note that this dress code is not new and has been around since Speaker Pelosi, but what is new is that they are now imposing it. A few female reporters have been turned away, despite there being no signage outlining the actual dress code.

We want you to tweet or email a picture of your shoulders to Speaker Paul Ryan, using #ShouldersAreScandalous and whatever else you feel like bringing up when you troll him. Sure, the men have a dress code too, like being required to wear a tie, but only one dress code punishes women for something as benign as flashing some shoulder skin. We have to push back against the GOP and their delight in finding new and bizarre ways to punish women every day. We aren’t quite to the point of living in the Republic of Gilead, but we are pretty damn close. Get out there and show those shoulders, men and women!

 

End Child Marriage

Your DGB for today is to get involved with Unchained At Last, and help end child marriage in the United States.

First, we need you to read this shocking op-ed on child marriage. Some horrific facts from it include stats like between 2000 and 2010, 167,000 children in 28 states were married. Some of these children are as young as 12, and many are marrying adult men. Because a few states could not provide data, it is estimated that close to 250,000 children were married in that decade. Many of these marriages are forced, and some end in violence, leaving the children with no place to go because domestic violence shelters will not accept minors. Children also aren’t allowed to legal actions in their own name, leaving them with no chance for divorce.

This is where Unchained At Last steps in. Unchained provides client services, advocacy, and education. You can help their cause in many different ways, like donating, becoming a pro-bono lawyer or psychotherapist, volunteering, or asking your Legislators to stop child marriage. Children should be children, not brides, and we all have the responsibility to make sure that happens.

 

Stop Revenge Porn

Your DGB for today is to help stop non-consensual pornography.

Recently a meltdown between former couple Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna led to a currently all-too-common method of violence against women. During a Twitter rant, the sock-shilling male member of the Kardashian crew posted nude and graphic photos of Blac Chyna in an effort to shame her. This act is legally wrong, morally wrong, and needs to be resisted with every resource we have available.

 

First, let’s address what NOT to do:

Do not victim-blame. It’s completely fine for adults to take pictures of themselves naked and it’s also fine for them to send those pictures to other adults who want to see them.

Do not click links. Many of us have been caught up in this one and it can be hard to resist but please avoid drawing traffic to leaked or stolen or non-consensually shared pictures.

 

So what CAN you do?

Help collect evidence. If you have stumbled on photos that you know to be leaked, stolen, or non-consensually shared, you can screenshot them in order to provide them as evidence. It can be difficult to prosecute these kinds of cases because our first instinct can be to delete or click away quickly. So saving these can help that effort.

Report them to Microsoft and Google. Both of these companies have established websites where you can submit a form and ask to have these images removed if you are a victim. Please save these links in your personal resources so they are ready if you someone you know is victimized!

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Join a campaign. The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative has launched a Twitter effort that raises awareness. You can find it here.

Support organizations working to end this crime. Please go to these sites and educate yourself and/or consider a small donation.

www.withoutmyconsent.org

www.cybercivilrights.org

 

Grab back and stop non-consensual sharing!

He for She

Your DGB for today is to stand up and be counted as a person committed to creating a gender equal world.

By adding your name to the UN Women’s project “He for She” (and posting about it on social media), you’re amplifying their mission to improve women’s lives all over the globe. The United Nations formed UN Women in 2010 as the U.N.’s “Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.” In doing so, the United Nations has endorsed the principle exemplified by Hillary Clinton’s 1995 speech to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women: “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Kofi Annan, who served as the United Nations’ Secretary-General for nine years, went on to say that “...study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, or to reduce infant and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health -- including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation. And I would also venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended.”

After you’ve channeled your inner Wonder Woman and committed to world-wide female empowerment, check out the ideas the UN offers for how to get involved in the areas that interest you most.

 

Don’t Be a Handmaid

Your DGB for today is to check out Nurx and see if their app will work for you and your birth control needs.

We all know that this current administration hates women. Whether Trump is bragging about sexually assaulting women, commenting on their size, or not having equal representation in his cabinet for 50% of the population of the United States, it’s clear that, to them, we are objects to which they can do whatever they want. This has become increasingly obvious when it comes to their attempts at getting rid of Obamacare. We learned a couple of weeks ago that the new AHCA bill will likely allow ANY health care subscriber to opt out of birth control coverage for any reason. Being able to control our own reproductive health and when we have babies is crucial, not only for our own autonomy, but also because it improves the economy and the future economy. Studies have shown that children of women who have access to birth control and family planning have a 20-30% increase in their incomes over their lifetime. We really don’t see any reason why anyone would want to restrict birth control for women, unless they’re just insanely bitter that they aren’t getting any.

So what can you do about the fact you may have limited access to birth control in the very near future? You can get an IUD if it works for you and your needs. IUD demand has risen by 900% since Trump won the election in November. Yes, you read that right. Nine. Hundred. Percent.

You can purchase Plan B like we suggested back in January.

Or you can check out Nurx, which offers birth control at as low as $15 a month without insurance (for free if you have it) delivered directly to your door. You don’t even need to go to a doctor to get it. Nurx was kind enough to give us two promo codes for our grabbers. If you live in Texas, you can use the coupon code TEXAS to get two months of free birth control. If you live anywhere else their service is offered, you can use the coupon code TRUMPCARE and get up to two months of free birth control. That coupon ends on June 30, 2017.

So watch the new series The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu (dare we say it’s even better than the book) and take a deep, dark look into our possible future. Now arm yourself with whatever type of birth control works best for you and your body. “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

 

How to Observe Tomorrow’s Women’s Strike

Your DGB for today is to prepare for tomorrow’s International Women’s Strike.

You can honor the day in three specific ways.

If you’re a woman, or identify as such, and it’s logistically and financially feasible, take the day off of work. See our protest calendar for activities to do instead.

If you are man/identify as such or have to go to work, wear red in solidarity (you have a red shirt or tie, don’t you?) and share your reasons on social media.

Shop at women-owned businesses. See our DGB Consumer Resources for suggestions.

If DGB staff households are any indication, even an hour without a woman results in total chaos. Let’s make our impact known.

 

Women’s History Month

Your DGB for today is to get intersectional AF for Women’s History Month. We are asking you to learn all about intersectional feminism today and to pick one book or movie from our suggested list and commit to reading or watching it this month.

March is Women’s History Month and DGB believes there is no use in celebrating women’s history if you aren’t going to be as intersectional as possible while doing it. First, you have to understand what intersectionality is. Yes, we understand some of you may already know and use it on the regular, but for those of you who don’t, intersectional feminism is feminism that advocates for the rights of all women. Intersectionality understands that not all women’s experiences are the same just because they are women, but identities like class, race, sexual preference, religion, and ethnicity, can all shape the way the world treats them and their outlooks. To learn more, read here.

How can you make sure your feminism is intersectional? Follow women that don’t look like you on your preferred social media sites, and for the love...please just listen. Listen to what they are saying and their feelings. Do NOT butt in with how their feelings are offending you. The next thing you can do is read one of these books or watch one of these movies this month, and let us know what you are reading or watching so we can read and watch along with you.

Feminism is pointless if we aren’t doing it for all our sisters, so this Women’s History Month, make sure you’re prepared to be as intersectional as possible.