Fomenting A Rebellion

“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.” ::Abigail Adams

The Girl Effect October 24, 2008

Filed under: social issues,women's rights — ldgafford @ 3:59 pm

If you love me at all (or hey, even if you just like me a little bit), you will watch this video. It’s two minutes out of your day and it’s basically what I’d like to spend my life helping achieve, because I believe every word in this video is ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

Thanks to Amanda for pointing me to the video and the website!


Thought of the Day October 22, 2008

Filed under: social issues,thought of the day,women's rights — ldgafford @ 10:20 pm

Dear Fox News and its Constituents,

Pro-CHOICE does not equal pro-abortion. The End.



That’s What She Said. July 21, 2008

Filed under: feminism,social issues,women's rights — ldgafford @ 4:23 pm

So you remember Hulk Hogan? If you’re of my generation, of course you do. For some unknown reason, he was an integral part of my generation’s childhood. But I digress. So did you know that Hulk Hogan has a daughter named Brooke who’s trying to be famous? Well, he does. And she’s just managed to set women back 100 years.

“You know what? I am actually not that much into voting. I think it’s kinda crazy that a woman is running, because I think that women deal with a lot of emotions and menopause and PMS and stuff. Like, I’m so moody all the time, I know I couldn’t be able to run a country, ‘cause I’d be crying one day and yelling at people the next day, ya know?”

Awesome, Brooke Hogan. Did you even graduate from high school? Is there ever a time that you do not look like a man trying to imitate a woman? Are you SERIOUS?!

Maybe it would be better if people like her didn’t vote, anyway. Just sayin’.


I’m Voting Republican June 13, 2008

Filed under: feminism,for fun,pacifism,random,social issues,women's rights — ldgafford @ 8:06 am

… because women just can’t be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies. Never, ever, ever.

HAH. Now that I have your attention, you should watch this video. Thanks to Kristen for passing it along to me.

Satire is funny.


Support Women in Kenya February 27, 2008

Filed under: africa,social issues,women's rights — ldgafford @ 8:01 am

I recently had one of my readers ask me what some good women’s organizations in Africa (specifically Kenya) were to donate money to. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Women Fighting Aids in Kenya (WOFAK): I have personally worked with this organization in the slums of Nairobi, and they may be one of the most stellar groups of women I’ve ever met. They’re passionate about their work and completely dedicated to the women of Kenya. An organization started by Kenyan women for Kenyan women. Fantastic.

Beacon of Hope: Another organization I have personally worked with in the slums outside of Nairobi. They primarily provide health care and testing for women with HIV/AIDS, though I’m pretty sure they don’t turn anyone away. They also assist women with starting their own businesses (products made by the women are sold on the website, and are wonderful!), run a school for children from the slums, and deliver much-needed foodstuffs to poverty-stricken families once a month. This organization does so many wonderful things, you can’t go wrong supporting them. And the woman who helps run it, Gayle, is a sassy older woman from New York that will tell you anything you want to know, no holds barred.

Amani Ya Juu
: Amani Ya Juu, or “a higher peace,” is a place where marginalized women in Kenya (and other various countries in Africa) are able to come a learn a trade and put it into practice to support their families. I’ve witnessed these women in action, and they are held to the absolute highest standards in their work – which means that what they produce is fantastic (I have a tapestry from Amani hanging in my bedroom, actually). The really cool thing is that once they’ve gone through training, they are given a small loan to buy the materials and tools they need to do their work so they can work from home and be with their families. All in all, an excellent organization to support, through donations or products.

I hope these websites and stories of amazing women encourage your support – they certainly would love it! So thanks to Nancy for the question – it was a good one!


Ah, Master’s Thesis. You Bastard. February 25, 2008

Filed under: random,school,women's rights — ldgafford @ 4:08 pm

I’m having a hard time writing my master’s thesis. A really hard time. And it’s not just because I didn’t get my shit together until late in the game; I’ve been researching for the past year and a half. It’s because of the enormously depressing subject of my thesis.

For those of you who are a little late to the game of my life, my master’s thesis is on the topic of rape as a weapon of war. Specifically, rape as a weapon of war in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Sudan and the church’s response.

In case you were wondering – there is no church response. Only silence. And pieces of my soul are dying.

In times like these I’m thankful for my friends who have constantly done mental-health checks on me and made sure I’m still alive after endless hours in the basement of Moody Library. Remember that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary when she imagines herself alone being eaten by a pack of rabid dogs? That would be happening to me if it weren’t for people like Suzanne, Joell, Kristen, Kat, and numerous others.

I’m also thankful for the mellowness of Iron & Wine, Joshua Radin, and Ryan Adams which are on repeat as my study music. Sometimes it just helps to hear something pretty.

So, readers, send some positive thoughts in my direction. If you gear them toward Moody Library, chances are they’ll hit me.


For Amanda February 22, 2008

Filed under: social issues,thought of the day,women's rights — ldgafford @ 2:50 pm

I’m writing this on my blog, to the public, because people need to know how incredible this woman is.

Amanda, I know I can never comprehend what you went through that day on the cliffs of Cameron Park. But the more I read about the use of rape as a weapon and the consequences survivors deal with day after day … the more I realize how truly amazing you really are.

Not only have you survived, you have THRIVED. Despite the trauma, pain, and abandonment by so many who claimed to love you, you are using your voice and story to make sure that other survivors know they are not alone. You are speaking for those whose voices cannot and will not be heard. You have forgiven. You have reclaimed your life. You are making a difference. You are LIVING.

I am proud to be your friend.

I hope that the words I write in my thesis will honor survivors like you and help enlighten people who would otherwise choose to ignore such a devasting and widespread issue.

Don’t stop what you’re doing, Amanda. The world needs people like you who are willing to fight injustice to the bitter end. YOU, dearest, are phenomenal.

If you would like more information on the work Amanda is doing and how you can help, check out the Speaking Out About Rape (SOAR) website. I’d also encourage you to find out about the work your local advocacy center is doing and how you can help.