Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oscar-Winning Composer Accused of Rape

Joseph Brooks, the Oscar-winning composer and director of “You Light Up My Life,” has been accused of raping and sexually assaulting women he lured to his apartment for a starring movie role via a Craigslist ad. What a pig!

Read more at Care2!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bare With Me!

Your eyes aren't deceiving you! I'm trying out this new blogger template and in the time being things will be changing up a bit while I get settled!

On that note, do any of you savy web experts out there know how I can make the left hand sidebar wider? Any help would be much appreciated!

Also, what do you think? Like the new look?


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rape Kits in Cali May Continue To Go Untested

A while back on Care2 I wrote about the backlog of rape kits in California that have gone untested.

It was so shocking to me that evidence with the potential of putting rapists behind bars was just sitting in labs without any urgency. With so many women victimized each year this is completely unjust not to mention stupid!

Now it seems that a budget deficiet in Cali could delay or stop the testing altogether. So women continue to be raped and rapists continue to walk free. Someone explain to me how any of this makes sense?


Rape in South Africa Runs Rampant

1 in 4 men in South Africa admit to rape. Of these almost half admit to being repeat offenders.

I know sexual violence in South Africa isn't a new concept, but that doesn't mean that these statistics become less impactful. In fact, I feel the very opposite. The more I read about it and the more studies that confirm its existence, the more saddened and angered I get!

Read more at Care2!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Good-bye Good-bye Bacardi!

Ok so I know alcohol companies are notorious for disrespecting women but Bacardi's latest promotional ploy is just too much.

Good thing the blogsphere blew up when this story came out and the website was taken down and now Bacardi has issued the following apology:
Thank you for taking the time to post your story regarding Bacardi Breezer.

The campaign you are referring to ran in 2008 for two months in Israel. Even though Bacardi Breezer is not sold or distributed in the United States, we immediately notified the appropriate Bacardi affiliate and had this website shut down.

Bacardi proudly celebrates diversity and we do not endorse the views of this site. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by this site and thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Thanks Bacardi. How about instead of sending a lamo apology you stretch your advertising muscles and find some non-offensive ways to sell your products (not that I'll be buying anytime soon!)


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Obama Gets His Feminism On

At his speech at Cairo University last week, President Obama tackled the issue of women's rights in the Muslim world.

Check out what he had to say, and what I think about it, at Care2!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Virtual Vacation Over!

So, I've been on a bit of a "virtual vacation" the last week for a few reasons. First, work has been the craziest it has been for me in the time that I've been there and secondly I've been traveling a lot. One of my best friends from college is getting married and I've been away for her bridal shower and most recently her bachelorette party but alas I'm back and boy is there a lot going on - and at the forefront of course the murder of a hero - Dr. George Tiller.

I've been so angered, shocked, and saddened by the untimely death of Dr. Tiller that it's been difficult for me to put into words how I feel although I've been reading lots about how other people feel. Both the anti-choice and pro-choice sides are up in arms and I've been utterly disgusted by the things said by anti-choice zealots like Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and Fox News Bill O'Reilly. This USA Today editorial that I read today describes what happened in a way that speaks to me. My favorite part is the end:

Regardless of personal beliefs about abortion, authorities have an obligation to protect those providing and receiving abortion services, and to prosecute those who harass or threaten them. The tragedy of Tiller's death will only be compounded if it frightens away more doctors and makes a legal procedure even harder to come by.

On a lighter note this article from the NYT put a smile on my face from beginning to end. Maybe every man should be forced to go through menopause to get an intimate look at a woman's life (you're intrigued aren't you??) Check it out!