Eve Ensler Unveils
“One Billion Rising”

 

Marcia G. Yerman
Huffington Post
February 18, 2012

It hasn’t exactly been a stellar start to 2012 for American women. Rick Santorum’s theory that birth control is “harmful to women” would have Margaret Sanger spinning in her grave. Then there was Fox pundit Liz Trotta’s question to those who have been raped in the military, “What did you expect?” The landscape has appeared dismally pre-1970.

The bright spot was the immediate and visceral reaction from women on the Susan G. Komen vs. Planned Parenthood imbroglio. It showed that social media is very much a force for organizing — a point overlooked by Komen founder Nancy Brinker when she haughtily dismissed pushback as “Internet chatter.”

Grasping the power of social media — along with the need to decisively move forward — playwright, activist, and feminist Eve Ensler has revitalized the terrain with her announcement on February 14 outlining the launch of the ONE BILLION WOMEN initiative. The yearlong action will culminate on February 14th, 2013, the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day. The goal is to have one billion women and men “dancing, striking, rising” across borders to demonstrate their demand to end the global violence against women.

To read the full article at the Huffington Post click here.

To read more about One Billion Rising, click here.

Liz Trotta: Thanks for the Laughs,
Now a Few Facts

 

Wendy Murphy
We•News   womensenews.org
February 24, 2012

When Fox News’ Liz Trotta tried to comment on the rise of rape in the military she turned herself into a laughing stock. Wendy Murphy would like to follow up with some serious ideas about who does and doesn’t belong on the front lines.

Fox News Channel’s Liz Trotta has by now taken plenty of heat and ridicule for expressing the idea that rape, for military women, is inevitable.

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart has skewered her on the Daily Show, online activists are circulating a petition to stop blaming military rape survivors, and plenty of other columnists have added their own angles of derision.

But before the dust settles on this particular media faux pas, I’d like to add a few deadly serious facts to the discussion of who rapes and suffers rape in the military and who does and doesn’t belong in the military.

To read Wendy Murphy’s full commentary at the We•News site, click here.

Fox News’ Liz Trotta Doubles Down On Statements About Rape In The Military

 

Rebecca Shapiro
The Huffington Post
February 21, 2012

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta responded to the barrage of criticism that was unleashed after she made a series incendiary statements regarding rape in the military.

Trotta appeared on Fox News on Sunday. Fox News host Eric Shawn said Trotta “indicated that women who put their lives on the line for their country in close proximity to men are courting sexual assault. Some people understood [Trotta] to be saying that because of this, they are less deserving of protection from violent crime from their male counterparts, particularly because [she] criticize[s] the Pentagon’s sex abuse programs that are put in place to protect them.”

 

To read the full post at The Huffington Post, click here.

To view the Protect Our Defenders petition asking Fox News to fire Liz Trotta, click here.

Fox News’ Liz Trotta On Women Raped In Military:

 

‘What Did They Expect? These People Are In Close Contact’

 

Huffington Post
February 13, 2012

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta made a series of incendiary statements about rape in the military during a Sunday appearance on the network.

Trotta was reacting to news that the military will allow women to work closer to the front lines. Speaking to Fox News host Eric Shawn, she alleged that feminists wanted “to be warriors and victims at the same time.”

To watch and read the full story at the Huffington Post, click here.

 

Additional Reporting on Women Serving Closer to the Front Lines:

Military Women To Serve Closer To Front Lines, According To Pentagon Report

‘Men get emotional seeing women in harm’s way’: Santorum claims more female soldiers on front-line could compromise missions

Foreign Policy: Women On The Front Lines

Women In Combat: Inevitable?