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Feminist Monday is Home Again

Am struggling to get myself back on Texas time, but unfortunately, my brain wants to stay in Seattle time. If you've travelled at all, you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, here are some links for today.

Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law - In case you haven't noticed -- and chances are you haven't, President Obama passed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act back in 2009 which creates a stronger enforcement system for violations of pay and workplace discrimination by allowing cases to be dealt with in the state circuit system rather than having to get cases heard by federal courts. Clearly, this isn't an automatic fix for the issue. However, it is a step in the correct direction. (Women still make only 77 cents per dollar what men do in the United States. When you take into account that a majority of single parent households are headed by women, this has a huge effect on children in our country.)

Women are judged by their appearance rather than their talents, skills, job performance, and/or intelligence -- unlike men. I know of award-nominated authors who have been publicly ripped apart because of their weight/looks rather than have attention drawn to the quality of their writing. I've never seen this happen to a male author. Never. It's almost as if certain sectors of the public feel they are owed something by females once they become professionally successful. It's as if they're owed beauty. This is the attitude which results in female candidates for political office having their wardrobe and hairstyle analyzed rather than their stance on important issues. Frankly, who gives a shit? The whole thing is beyond brutal and becomes extremely personal, fast. I find it not only ridiculous, sexist, and stupid but rage-making. WTF is wrong with people? An example is what happened to actress Ashley Judd who recently went from a size 2 to a size 6. Nowhere in the real world is a size 6 woman 'fat.' Seriously. We all gain weight as we age. It's a natural part of the process. It's as if women not allowed to age -- unlike men. I hate that crap. It's bullshit.

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