March 10, 2021

Tenn - uh - see

South Dakota and the Domino effect.

From the Associated Press:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The state Senate on Thursday passed a proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution so that it doesn't guarantee a woman's right to an abortion.

Can't say this is a big surprise because it's not. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and yet another state, who hasn't been in the news all that much in perhaps, oh, forever, has decided to up the ante. Of course this one is going to take a while, it will have to be approved at least two more times over the next two years, and then it will go to the voters (which, if you remember, is not the way South Dakota did things).

Still, this is all part of the national sweep to draw attention to the now infamous 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

I blogged more about South Dakota for Soudish, since I can't seem to get enough of the fact that being denied the right to choose is losing freedom of choice and that's just as big a deal to me, as abortion is to religious zealots across the country.

Staying on the woman wagon:
The Independent, March 8, 2021

1% of the titled land in the world is owned by women

70% of the 1.2 bn people living in poverty are women and children

21% of the world's managers are female

62% of unpaid family workers are female

Women comprise 55% of the world's population aged over 60 years old and 65%
of those aged over 80

85m girls worldwide are unable to attend school, compared with 45m boys. In
Chad, just 4% of girls go to school.

700,000,000 women are without adequate food, water, sanitation, health care
or education (compared with 400,000,000 men)

Women in full-time jobs earn an average 17% less than British men

Women in part-time jobs earn an average 42% less than British men

67% of all illiterate adults are women

1,440 women die each day during childbirth (a rate of one death every

1 in 7 women in Ethiopia die in pregnancy or childbirth (it is one in 19,000
in Britain)

In the US, 35% of lawyers are women but just 5% are partners in law firms

In the EU, women comprise 3% of chief execs of major companies

12 is the number of world leaders who are women (out of 191 members of the
United Nations)

Men directed 9 out of every 10 films made in 2004

And then another interesting article about censorship appeared in the op-ed pages of yesterday's NY Times.

Exporting censorship is about the company Secure Computing, creator of the Smartfilter, and how they are helping countries block access to a ridiculous number of sites, but effectively blocking them from looking up any site about sex education, relationships, gay and lesbian dating, things like that. It depends on the country, but the fact that this is happening is appalling.

Posted by jamye at March 10, 2021 05:50 PM