...Still hoping for some comments... hearing from readers would really make my day...
So what about the lack of respect women are getting in some quarters, even concerning some very personal circumstances and what should be personal decision making.
There has been some attention raised about the trend of Catholic hospitals denying even life-saving procedures to women if it seems to violate anti-abortion and even anti-reproductive guidelines. Even when doctors supposedly order them. Here's a good round-up report from The Guardian.
There have been quite a number of cases of sexual harassment reported at UC Berkley. A provost has resigned amid controversy. Here is a story highlighting one case. Here's a report on two other cases.
The University will be spending on sexual harassment training which may not be very effective. Here's an interesting story from The Guardian - and the researcher (who is from UC Berkeley) does have some recommendations.
And what of Brigham Young U., where some female students who have reported sexual assaults have actually been punished over "honor code" violations? And as this report also points out, sexual assaults on campuses are experienced by - one in five women and one in sixteen men. Think there's a problem? And obviously it's not JUST with BYU.
Now to round things out, how about some historical perspective? I saw the author on C-Span book tv, I think it was, and reading the reviews again, it certainly does sound as though I really should read it. The book is: At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire. Yes, it tells of the struggle for not only civil rights, but especially for African-American women, the struggle for control even of their own bodies. As women, and men as fellow humans, we should know the issues and be dedicated to making sure that women get the personal empowerment deserved.