Social Protest Lit.: Abigail Adams “Ladies in Rebellion”

indexTaken from “Ladies in Rebellion” drafted by Abigail Adams, the wife of one President of the United States and the mother of another, 1774-1818. This is from a letter to her husband written in 1774, during the Continental Congress. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”

I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And in the new code of laws of which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors….If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”


leadThere’s a great piece in The Atlantic from yesterday entitled “The Rise of The DIY Abortion in Texas” that everyone should read.

The article by Erica Hellerstein reports that there is a medication for ulcers called misoprostol being used to induce early-term abortions providing the appearance of a natural miscarriage. The pill is available over the counter in many Latin American pharmacies, including Mexico, and is now being smuggled into Texas where abortion clinics are becoming fewer and fewer due to restrictive State legislation. 

The Hellerstein story goes in-depth surrounding the black market for misoprostol and every other aspect of the issue. She reports on abortion attempts in unhygienic conditions with coat hangers and punctured uteri being the only reality that many women have. Remember that pre-Roe v. Wade, rich women were able to pay to have illegal abortions in doctors’ offices with sterile conditions while the poor were reduced to back-alleys. The World Health Organization reports that 21.6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide each year, and 47 000 women die from complications of unsafe abortion each year.

What I came away with after reading the story is that no legislation will be able to combat the need for women to terminate there unwanted pregnancies. Nor will it’s attempts be curbed. More and more women, including many mothers, will die as a result of this type of legislation.

Saudi Women Drive in Protest

A-woman-driving-in-Saudi--007A good article in The Guardian regarding a protest against the ban on women driving alone in Saudi Arabia. Being required by law to be accompanied by a male relative when driving, protesting women made videos of themselves driving alone on the streets of Riyadh and other cities to be posted on social media sites.

Also, these videos of women driving are included in the piece.

Read Here.


Malala’s Critics At Home

Malala YousafzaiA good article in the NYT Magazine on how Malala Yousafzai (the young Pakistani teen who was shot in the head by a Taliban fighter for going to school and was rumored to be a possible recipient of the Nobel Peace Prizw) has critics at home. Varying reasons why she goes unheralded by some are examined along with a good documentary on her story is presented.

Read/See Here.



U.S. Ban on Women in Combat to be Lifted

Military-articleLargeGood article in the NYT reporting that Def. Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in front-line combat. And the amazing thing is it’s being supported by the leaders of the four major divisions of the armed forces.

It’s about time the U.S. caught up to the rest of the world.

Read Here.

Sex Crimes in India and Around the World

INDIA-2-popupThere is no more heinous or vile crime than a sex crime. Rather one engages in incestuous sexual relations with a child, or commits male-on-male rape in a single-sex penitentiary, or participates in the rape of an estimated 15,000 German women during the Soviet occupation of Berlin during the last days of WWII. So here are two articles from the NYT on the issue of sex crimes in India and other countries (including the U.S.) that outline the horrors of sex crimes worldwide in light of the rape of a young Indian woman who was gang-raped, and later died, on a crowded bus.

Article on Indian sex crimes here.

Nicholas Kristof Op-ed here.