By Emily Geiger
There was a slew of remarkable stories in the news yesterday, all of them involving some pretty remarkable women.
The first story I saw was about some women in Kenya who are sick and tired of the men in their country screwing things up and refusing to solve problems in a civilized way (I can identify….)
A sex strike. That’s right. They’re withholding certain benefits from their male mates until the boys stop the bickering and start getting along. This might seem trivial, but Kenya experienced a lot of violence and bloodshed last year when things started to escalate, and no one did anything to stop it.
I don’t know if this will work (and I’m hoping Kenya has decent anti-rape – including spousal rape- laws), but I give these ladies credit for trying to use what they’ve got to try to accomplish what needs to be done.
An eight-year-old girl whose father had married her off to a fifty-year-old pervert in Saudi Arabia is getting a divorce from said fifty-year-old pervert.
Previously, a local court had ruled that the girl could not petition for divorce until she reached puberty, despite the fact that her mother was trying to petition on her behalf right now.
This case comes on the heels of another story from Saudi Arabia in which a father in prison sold his 15-year-old daughter to his death-row cell mate.
It’s not clear exactly why this 8-year-old is being allowed to divorce now (particularly since the Saudi Islamic clergy has absolutely no problem with these unions and is opposed to instituting age minimums for marriage in that country), but it is thought that money is changing hands once again.
Whatever reason this is finally happening, it has taken a lot of courage for this girl, her mother, and others advocating for basic civil rights for women in that repressive country to bring attention to this problem and implement this solution.
Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, is in the news again. She has decided to lend her name and image to the National Organization for Marriage’s latest ad promoting traditional marriage.
The ad uses the infamous footage from the Miss USA pageant in which Prejean stated that she believed marriage should be between one man and one woman. The ad then points out that, despite saying they are all for tolerance, people like Perez Hilton went on TV calling Prejean sexist names that any kid would get their mouth washed out for saying.
Now, in retaliation, the pro-gay-marriage organizers of the Miss California USA Pageant were giving interviews all day yesterday telling anyone who would listen that Carrie Prejean has fake boobs and they paid for them.
First, this is obviously just an attempt to embarrass this woman in retaliation for her giving her opinion (which they did not agree with) on the marriage issue.
Second, I think we all know from looking at her that there was probably a little artificial enhancement there. Sadly, most pageant contestant do have fake boobs. I once read that somewhere in the neighborhood of 90% of pageant contestants have surgical breast augmentation.
One of the snarky things that went through my mind when I wrote about this the first time was that I wished Prejean had taken a stand against boob jobs as well as gay marriage, but if I had to pick one, I’d take gay marriage, thank you very much.
I just love how these pageant organizers say they are all about tolerance and that they’ll support Prejean, but then the next day they try to embarrass her with something that they paid for. If it was really that embarrassing, maybe they shouldn’t have encouraged and paid for it.
This girl has opened a can of worms by standing up for her faith. Despite enormous pressure from her Hollywood haters, she is not backing down, and that takes a lot of courage.
Another Miss California
And this one isn’t political, but it’s a story about a girl kicking butt (literally) so you gotta love it.
A seventeen-year-old girl in California was walking to school recently when she was attacked by two men attempting to rob her.
But it just so happens that this was carrying her band instrument with her, and for this girl (presumably a drum major), that instrument was a large baton, which she proceeded to use to beat the snot out of her would-be attackers.
After she escaped them, she contacted police, and told them to look for one man with a bloody nose and another who would be limping.
“The moral to this story is don’t mess with the marching band girls, or you just might get what you deserve,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Rust.
That’s my kind of tough chick;-)
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