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Because of this gap women working full time are able to afford less education, housing, transportation, food, and health care for themselves and their families than their male counterparts. As a result women and female-headed households are more likely to be in poverty and less likely to have health insurance. The pay gap translates into a significant economic disadvantage for women and their families, especially when nearly two-thirds (63.9 percent) of women are now either the primary breadwinner or a co-breadwinner, bringing home at least 25 percent of their family’s income.

With the money lost over her lifetime, a woman could feed a family of four for 37 years, pay for seven four-year degrees at a public university, or simply save the money for retirement, boosting her quality of life when she leaves the workforce:

Poverty, no health insurance. Yep, misogyny / sexism kills (as do racism and homophobia).

In the latest brilliant counterstrike against the GOP’s Vag Offensive, The Snatchel Project is encouraging craftswomen to send their congressmen knit and crocheted bags, pouches and decorations in the shape of their favorite ladyparts. Nothing scares a gynophobic congressman like when they open a box and discover what they think is a constituent’s lovely knit hat or scarf, only to pick it up and realize they’ve touched their hands upon the filthy, evil uterus they’ve been fighting so hard to destroy. The site includes patterns and links to teach you how to use your knitting needles to make your own womb (while knitting needles are still used for just knitting). More examples below:

 

 

And BOY haven’t they asked for it, with their over-involvement in our personal lives, our very personal health issues, the very direction of our lives if they have their way? I might have to haul out my knitting needles and join my sisters in this worthy effort.

If anyone needs more information, a better understanding, of the importance of having women in positions of power, perhaps especially government, this will help and it’s quite endearing too.

There’s nothing I can add to this except: BE THERE!

I Was Date Raped

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CDC Sex Assault Data

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circle of six app

I’ll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means, a modification of the way we use alcohol and drugs — cannot be found in the App Store. But I’m impressed — very impressed — by the contest’s winning app called Circle Of Six.

Cirlce Of 6 allows you to pick six friends whom you can easily contact when you need help. Text messages are prewritten into the app with messages like “call and pretend you need me, I need an interruption” and “come and get me, I need help going home safely.” The latter message uses GPS on Google Maps to tell your pals your exact location. There’s even an option to call 911 or sexual assault or domestic abuse hotlines.  

The Circle of 6 app is free — yup, free! — so there’s no reason for those of us with smartphones not to download it. (I am right now!) You never know when you might need your friends.

[Apps Against Abuse Challenge]

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Contact the author of this post at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaWakeman.

A truly brilliant idea — every woman of every age should have this.

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Oh, you gotta see this. Absolutely appalling. More at the link.

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This is beyond evil, in my opinion. Yeah, I understand: The brilliant misogynist who developed this didn’t mean any harm — hopefully. Just havin’ a little fun. (“Whatsamatter, honey, cantcha take a joke?” “Hey, you oughda be flattered anyone gave a damn about you.”)

This makes every woman open prey, even if we’re talking about men with the very best of intentions. Actually, I can’t really imagine “men with the best of intentions” really using this.

And the implications for personal privacy are in the unspeakable range.

I am aghast.

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