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She Was Asked to Switch Seats. Now She’s Charging El Al With Sexism.

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“The idea of having a Haredi population is wonderful, as long as they don’t tell me what to do.” RENEE RABINOWITZ Credit Uriel Sinai for The New York Times
JERUSALEM — RENEE RABINOWITZ is a sharp-witted retired lawyer with a Ph.D. in educational psychology, who escaped the Nazis in Europe as a child. Now she is about to become a test case in the battle over religion and gender in Israel’s public spaces — and the skies above — as the plaintiff in a lawsuit accusing El Al, the national airline, of discrimination.

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Maybe we do actually need to talk about this.

The Year of the Toilet

Credit Hartmut Loebermann/Westend61/Corbis

THERE was, of course, the terrorism, and talk of immigration, and guns. But 2015 has emerged as the Year of the Toilet, when private business became part of a public debate about acceptance, inclusion, double standards and equality.

It began when transgender men and women stepped into the spotlight, and some conservatives tried to whip up potty panic, claiming, without a shred of evidence, that allowing transitioning men into the ladies’ room was an invitation to trouble. In the spring, the Department of Labor issued guidelines saying that employers should allow transgender employees to use the restroom of their choosing. But in November, Houston voters rejected an anti-discrimination ordinance that would have protected trans people’s right to make that choice.

Our nation’s toilet moment crested on Saturday at the latest Democratic debate when Hillary Clinton showed up late from a bathroom break. Turns out the ladies’ room was a minute-and-45-second walk from the podium, which leaves very little time to take care of business during a brief commercial break. Thus, for one awkward instance, the woman striving to lead the free world was merely a woman trying to find a free stall.

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We have all heard stories of women working production lines not being allowed to leave the floor to answer the call of nature.  The ladies’ room is the great equalizer.  Needing to use it may be the last bastion of sexist attitudes that we really cannot qualify for leadership positions for anatomical, physical, and dispositional reasons.

Age-old claims that women cannot lead because they “become hormonal” were rampant as recently as our 2008 primary season although I have not heard that one  – yet – this cycle.  (Pardon the pun.)  Never mind that the people who seem to throw the worst, bouncing-off-the-walls, red-faced, screaming tantrums are men.  I have been around this type in almost every aspect of my life all my life.  From boyfriends, to husbands, to bosses, to colleagues, to employees, to male relatives – they surround us, judge us, make unreasonable demands, and they yell – a lot.  Male explosive devices.  M-E-Ds. (AKA bullies.) For some women, they actually become deadly.  I am not exaggerating, as most women know.

I once held a position that involved several days every four weeks of crazy busy, nonstop, multi-tasking, intense work.  There were no breaks in a 14 to 16 hour day.  When I needed – badly – to get to the ladies’ room for a quick change with a tampon hidden in the pocket of my black slacks, my boss stopped me. Physically.  Grabbed my arm and demanded that I immediately come to his office to meet a visiting dignitary.  It had been a long, busy morning, and I knew I could not wait. I said, “I will be there in two minutes.”  His face flushed the color of burgundy and he yelled, “NOW!” We were surrounded by my staff and students, maybe about 40 people.  I apologized and said I was sorry, and I would be there right away. He bellowed some more,  treating me like a naughty child trying to duck out of a responsibility. I turned my back and walked away.  I had to. It was going to be a disaster had I not.  I could not have sat down on a chair in his office without one of those “worst accidents” happening.  I know I am not the only one.  I know countless women have had experiences like this.  We never talk about it.  No one wants to hear it.

The Donald Trumps in this world will tell you that this is exactly the kind of “disgusting” situation women engender.  Remember Megyn Kelly? You can’t even talk about it.  You can’t explain.  If you do, you are proving why women should just shut up and stay home because men do not want to hear about it or deal with it – even if it just means you need two minutes to make a quick change. Silencio.  They don’t want to hear.  They don’t want to know.

Jennifer Weiner quotes Muriel Ruykeyser:

“What would happen if a woman told the truth about her life?” the poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser once asked. “The world would crack open.”

Maybe we do need to talk about this.  Or perhaps it all remains taboo because it just too disgusting.

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I don’t know what to say.  Forcing someone who identifies female (and whose friends and teammates identify her as female) into a men’s room is a cruel humiliation.  How far behind is Houston?  Go back and see episodes of My So-Called Life when Claire Danes, now a grown-up award winner as Carrie on Homeland, was just a high school kid with a transgender BFF.  This is what sexism looks like.

Tuesday November 3, 2015

Pat Sullivan/Associated Press

Houston voters struck down a non-discrimination ballot measure Tuesday, delivering a blow to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement that had campaigned heavily for passage.

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It has now been a year.  It is a sad anniversary.  Sadder still that so little has been done to retrieve these young women from captivity.  Those who have returned have escaped on their own.

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls: #BringBackOurGirls @BringGirlsBack

It has been two weeks since the invasion of a girls’ dormitory in Nigeria and the kidapping of well more than 200 young girls  (accounts differ).

This Twitter account has been set up to publicize this case and any progress made in locating the missing girls.




234 school girls abducted: we’re getting organized and coordinated to make an actual difference. and

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Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls reportedly sold as brides to militants for $12, relatives say

An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria.  Two weeks after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a “hot pursuit” by security forces and desperate parents heading into a dangerous forest in search of their daughters. Some dozens have managed to escape their captors, jumping from the back of an open truck or escaping into the bush from a forest hideout, although the exact number of escapees is unclear. (AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)

Samson Dawah was nervous. For two weeks, he had waited for any bit of information regarding his niece, who was among the 234 Nigerian school girls likely kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. This week, he gathered his extended family. He had news but also an unusual request. He asked that the elderly not attend. He wasn’t sure they could bear what he had to say.

“We have heard from members of the forest community where they took the girls,” he told them. ”They said there had been mass marriages and the girls are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram militants.”

The girl’s father fainted, the Guardian reported, and has since been hospitalized. But the news got worse. Village elder Pogo Bitrus told Agence France Presse locals had consulted with “various sources” in the nation’s forested northeast. “From the information we received yesterday from Cameroonian border towns our abducted girls were taken… into Chad and Cameroon,” he said, adding that each girl was sold as a bride to Islamist militants for 2,000 naira — $12.

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Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Forced To Marry Extremists: Reports

Posted: 04/30/20

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader told The Associated Press.

He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites.

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If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss the play #Nirbhaya — about the woman who sparked a revolution to #BreakTheSilence around rape culture worldwide.

India banned the documentary about the Delhi rape, but this powerful story must be told. Showing April 16 – May 17. Get tickets here: NirbhayaNYC.com


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Rush Limbaugh simply cannot resist Karen Finney!  Now he wants her to be his nurse and put him in a straitjacket!  Oooohhhhh the fantasies abound!

Rush’s crush on Karen took on new dimensions on Thursday when he implied that she,  in defense of her honor and the rights of women, had put him in some imaginary male version of a chastity belt.  He may just have graduated from the fourth-grade pig-tail-in-the inkwell level to the sophomoronic “words I need to know for the SAT” niche.

Limbaugh grumbles about women’s forum, MSNBC host Karen Finney’s ‘testicle lockboxes’

By David Edwards
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday slammed a Washington women’s forum because he said that MSNBC host Karen Finney and the other “testicle lockboxes” were attacking him.

At the “Fair Shot: A Plan For Women to Get Ahead” event last week, Finney had noted that many elected Republicans were afraid to speak out against Limbaugh or the tea party.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) agreed that Republicans needed to “take him on” because “people don’t support fear.”

“Women of Washington,” Limbaugh said on Thursday. “I mean, how many testicle lockboxes do you think were at this forum? Washington women? Ha!”


“She doesn’t come across as friendly,” he said at the time. “She doesn’t — she, you know, she’s like — my favorite name for her is Nurse Ratched.”

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Well, not friendly to you, Rush!  For reasons obvious to all.

Now I am not exactly sure of what a “testicle lockbox” is, but when it comes to Rush, I am pretty certain his should be in one.   Clearly he has an obsessive case for Karen (understandably – she’s gorgeous and brilliant) as he did/does for the woman who he claims precipitated the term (Karen’s former boss Hillary You-Know-Who, also gorgeous and brilliant).

I sort of wished I had Karen’s phone number when I read this, but it would have been a waste because you shouldn’t call somebody just so that both of you spend all of your air time laughing too hard to speak.

You can catch Karen, and her gracious response to Rush’s grab for attention (should she choose to acknowledge it) at 4 p.m. ET on Saturdays and Sundays on MSNBC.  She really deserves a better spot.


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