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It took years to put together exactly the way she wanted it,  and many of her friends followed her progress through the process on Facebook and online at the website for the film.  Tonight,  all the hard work paid off for our friend and homegirl filmmaker, Jennifer Lee,  when her documentary,  Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation, won big at the Los Angeles Women’s Film Festival!

Friends logging on at Facebook saw this wonderful announcement.  Congratulations, Jennifer, for making history during Women’s History Month!   We are all proud of you!

 

My film won Best of the Festival for Documentary! I am delighted to have launched my film at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival 2013. This is a picture of me and the festival director Diana Means http://lawomensfest.com/about.html

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The way this country has evolved toward marriage equality is bass-ackwards.  There are perfectly normal, and straight, adults walking around who were raised by committed gay couples.  That is because we have for so long allowed gays as well as singles to adopt.

Often, gay couples have adopted children who are considered unadoptable – older children, siblings, children with special needs.  What our society has accomplished, thus far, is to have given those children loving homes they might otherwise not have had, but minus the full protections and advantages that children of straight married couples enjoy, most importantly happily married parents with all of the rights and privileges granted straight married pairs.

The argument that children need to grow up in a home with a mother and a father doesn’t wash.  In addition to completely normal children raised by gay couples,  there are many straight and gay single parents of both sexes who have successfully raised happy, healthy children.   Denying gays the right to marry based on an argument that marriage is meant for procreation is equally baseless.  Many straight unions cannot produce children or do not.

Given the fact that there already are families with gay parents, it seems high time parents so committed be permitted the right to marry should they want to.

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Zerlina Maxwell does not think women carrying guns is sensible rape prevention.  She received quite a reaction to statements she made to this effect in a Hannity segment.  Here is her story along with a sample of the kind of tweets she has been receiving since the show aired.

There may be some women who carry and know how to use a gun for self-protection.  As long as they are trained and competent and keep the weapons away from irresponsible hands, that is fine.  Not every woman wants to go that route.  We should not have to and should not be made to feel we ought to.

Not having a handy weapon to fend off an attacker (or multiple attackers)  is not what generates rape.  Thinking that the penis you were born with was meant to be used as a weapon is.

Telling women to get a gun is not rape prevention

By zerlina | Published: March 7, 2013
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On Tuesday night, I appeared on Hannity in a segment framed around the idea that giving women guns is the solution to ending rape.  I was on with Independent Women’s Forum’s Gayle Trotter who recently made the point that women need guns for self defense from rape and gun violence prevention is infringing on their second Amendment rights, as well as, putting them at greater risk for domestic violence and rape.

Obviously, I disagreed.  Giving every woman a gun is not rape prevention.  If a woman chooses to go out and buy a legal gun for self-defense, that’s fine.  But that shouldn’t be confused with actual prevention, which is really about stopping rapes before they happen and focusing on the sole party responsible: the rapist.

Since Tuesday, I’ve been bombarded by conservatives on Facebook and Twitter purposefully misquoting and misunderstanding my point in order to call me dumb, bitch, idiot, and at worst threaten to gang rape common sense into me.  Charming.

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On February 7,  after at least a week of my friends and I following and discussing the “verified” status of a Twitter account called VerifiedClinton but lacking the blue verified check from Twitter,  I went to battle against that Twitter account for impersonating Hillary Clinton.  At Still4Hill,  I posted this  first volley:  NOT Official Hillary Clinton and UNverified.

I shared the post in the usual places on Facebook and Twitter and also specifically directed the tweet to  Vote_Hillary which had been touting it as genuinely Hillary Clinton’s official Twitter account.  I was immediately blocked after being told in no uncertain terms that it was really Hillary.

In the ensuing weeks, my homegirls and I kept an eye on the bogus account.   Tuesday morning, “Verified” was advertising a Q & A with Hillary herself.  Since the account was not Hillary, and this was fraud, I did a little detective work and called him on it.  You can see the process here.  Pay special attention to the comments thread.  That is where the mystery was solved.    Hillary Clinton’s Twitter Impersonator @VerifiedClinton is a Man – See His Picture Here.

Here is what happened next.  Note To Potential Hillary Clinton Impersonators: Don’t Even THINK About It!

The VerifiedClinton account is down.  So I moseyed over to Twitter a little while ago to see how the VerifiedClinton takedown was going and saw this tweet.

VOTE HILLARY@VOTE_HILLARY

FYI Hillary Tweeters — @VerifiedClinton is a FAKE TWITTER and Twitter FINALLY Shut it Down Today After 3 Months. #HillaryClinton

Thing is,  Vote_Hillary, which is associated with GlobalYouthJustice,  still has me blocked for saying VerifiedClinton was fake.    Where is the justice in that?

This blog began in order to wage, and has largely been devoted to,  defense – defense of Hillary and other women.  Occasionally,  we have celebrated women in the trenches fighting the good fight like the Nuns on the Bus and Karen Finney outing ALEC.   It never occurred to me that I would need to defend myself, however, I feel I have been treated unfairly by Vote_Hillary when my sisters and I were proven correct.   It is especially ironic that I was summarily blocked by a fellow Hillary supporter who ignored the very valid reasons I gave for my argument.

So I  wanted Vote_Hillary‘s followers to know exactly how just GlobalYouthJustice is.    I was not even given the courtesy of a hearing.  I was slammed and blocked – as I remain tonight.   I was right.  VerifiedClinton was neither verified nor genuine, but by all means, Vote_Hillary, shoot first and aim later.  Perfect way to win and gather Hillary supporters.

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