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Right now in the United States, women's rights are under heavy attack. We need everyone we can to speak out on the issue. And Lisa Brown did just that.

During a debate about the passage of a bill that would restrict all abortions after 20 weeks in Michigan, Brown took the floor saying: "I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours? And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"

Eloquent and to the point. And for her bravery, the house Republicans decided to silence her for her use of the word "vagina." Tell me how this is not misogynist bullshit?

While the Republicans have barred her from speaking on the floor, they have not silenced her. She is speaking out against their decision. She has accurately defended her use of "vagina" as a valid medical term. And she continues to use the scandalous v-word. And in response to her use of the word, she had quipped, "If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it."

In other words, she is not staying silent.

This is a very serious issue. For years women have been made to feel ashamed of their body parts and functions. In the western world, girls would grow up not knowing what their periods were and would find themselves scared shitless one day to find themselves bleeding from the genitals, only to be smacked when they told their mother what was happening. Rather than feeling free to use an anatomically correct name for their vaginas like they would abdomen or tongue, they would refer to their vaginas as "down there." The vagina is still associated with being dirty, and some women are afraid to touch it or think about it.

This is not good for women's health. Women who aren't comfortable touching their genitals to keep them clean end up with infections. Fear of talking about private parts keeps them from seeing a doctor when they suspect something might be wrong. That male legislatures are censoring a woman for speaking about this is extremely alarming.

Which is why I am glad that Lisa Brown is not staying silent. She's giving interviews and she's not backing down from her words. She's fighting, and I hope that the people of Michigan stand behind her. Right now we need more Lisa Browns in the house and senate in all states. I wish her luck and wish her well.
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I was probably six or seven when Ann Richards was elected as Governor of Texas. I remember the air of excitement in my house. My parents were thrilled that for the first time since they started voting, their preferred candidate had won. At the time, I really didn't understand the difference between Democrat or Republican. I was just glad that the woman my parents supported had won. Now, some twenty years later and stuck with Governor Good Hair for the last century or so, I am able to appreciate Gov. Richards better and wish to have her back.

There's a lot of things about Texas that makes me rant and rave with anger. Our strong, feisty, intelligent women ain't one of them. Gov. Richards was a trailblazing feminist in a land where people still clung to antiquated notions that women should stay home and wait on their husbands. Though she was not the first female governor of Texas, she was the first one to win it in her own right. It was a hard fought election, but Gov. Richard's experience and ability to turn a phrase combined with Jim Mattox's toxic and sexist campaign against her, enabled her to win the state.

Ann Richards said: I've been tested by fire and the fire lost. )
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When deciding who to start with, there was little question that it would by Hypatia of Alexandria. I first read about her life when I was in my early teens and quickly adopted her as a favored role model. A martyr to rational and free inquiry, even though she was a pagan and a Neoplatonist philosopher.

She lived during the late 4th century, early 5th, so what records we do have about her life are sketchy and sometimes conflicting. What we do know is she was one of the first female astronomers and mathematicians. She taught astronomy and philosophy in Alexandria. She was also influential with the Imperial Roman Prefect, Orestes.

This is long. )
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Okay folks. You know the drill. I'm going to put some quotes from some awesome women below and, without using IMDB or other sources, see if you can match the quote with the woman.

1. "I've never been to this part of the castle. At least not while awake. I sleep walk, you see. That's why I wear shoes to bed."
Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter called by [personal profile] gabrielleabelle

2. "What is a weekend?"
The Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey called by [personal profile] next_to_normal

3. "Here to help, wanna live."
Anya from Buffy called by [personal profile] etrangere

4. "I landed on the guy I wanted to save!"
Amelia from The Slayers called by [personal profile] gabrielleabelle

5. "Don't worry, I'm quite the screamer. Now there's a spoiler for you."
River Song from Doctor Who called by [personal profile] gabrielleabelle

6. "Well, I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's depressing."
Tara from Buffy called by [personal profile] next_to_normal

7. "Are you doing well? The next time we meet...there's one thing I really want to ask. What hopes had you entrusted to the Power of Miracles? And who were they for? I pray that they come true."
Juri from Utena called by [personal profile] etrangere

8. "No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy."
Sybil from Downton Abbey called by [personal profile] next_to_normal

9. "What am I supposed to do? I'm nothing special. I mean, I— I'm not... I'm nothing special. I'm a temp! I'm not even that. I'm nothing."
Donna Noble from Doctor Who called by [personal profile] next_to_normal

10. "I'm wicked through and through!"
Elphaba from Wicked called by [personal profile] elle_white and [personal profile] next_to_normal
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OK, really I'm procrastinating on preparing my lectures. So, here's a list of quotes from awesome women, and you get to match the quote to the woman. Nope, you can't use Google or IMDB or any other source to find who said it. That is cheating.

1. "All right, but you're so damned ugly."
Dr. Zira called by Elle_white

2. "Well honestly... 'the fates have informed her'... Who sets the exam? She does!"
Hermione Granger, Prison of Azkaban called by Dqbunny

3. "You learn her source, and we'll introduce her to her insect reflection."
Tara Maclay called by Next_to_normal

4. "Someone once told me that watching the birds made them want to go on a journey."

5. "Doctor, I need your help. But it's illegal, dangerous, and in violation of your oath as an officer."
Laura Roslin called by Next_to-normal

6. "Don’t tell me he wants to conquer the world? Can’t he come up with something more original?"
Lina Inverse called by Dqbunny

7. "Ooh. They're flyin'."

8. "Right then. I have questions, but number one is this - what in the name of sanity have you got on your head?"
River Song called by Next_to_normal and Dqbunny

9. "Oh, yeah, people would love bringing their problems to me. You dreamed about what? You're crazy. Now get out of my office. Next patient!"
Kira Nerys called by Elle_white

10. "So you haven't murdered anybody lately? Let's be best pals!"
Buffy Summers called by Next_to_normal
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This is similar to the shipper quotes I did earlier in the week, except with couples it's with awesome women.

Guess who said the quote without using IMBD/Google, etc.

1. "No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow. What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here. Boom, sooner or later. BOOM!"
Susan Ivanova called by dqbunny

2. "That's the thing about faith -- if you don't have it you can't understand it, and if you do ... no explanation is necessary."

3. "But I know that you made two mistakes: One was hurting a lot of people to achieve your goal. The other was picking a fight with me!"
Lina Inverse called by dqbunny

4. "Dat's me favorite shirt... Dat's me only shirt!"
Kendra called by delta_mai

5. "Please give me back my book!"
Yomiko Readman called by dqbunny

6. "So life's a bitch. What do you want to do, cry about it?"
Starburck called by bluemage55 and misscam

7. "You really don't know what's happened, do you? By all means, stay in this cozy little coffin and continue to play the prince. But I have to go now."
Anthy called by gabrielleabelle

8. "Let me answer that with a head butt."
Buffy called by stormwreath and bluemage55

9. "I don't know who you are or where you came from, but from now on you'll do as I tell you, okay?"
Princess Leia called by dqbunny

10. "Get away from her, you bitch!"
Ellen Ripley called by stormwreath

11. "I want you to know that I will forget you after this moment, and never think of you again. But you, I am quite certain, will think about me every single day for the rest of your life."
Danielle called by misscam

12. "NOT MY DAUGHTER YOU BITCH!"
Molly Weasley called by dqbunny

13. "You're the one who doesn't understand! Is there any girl happy to be treated like a possession?!"
Utena called by gabrielleabelle

14. "You and I have unfinished business."
The Bride called by misscam

15. "No. Not now. Not ever. Do you hear me? I will use every cannon, every bomb, every bullet, every weapon I have down to my own eye teeth to end you! I swear it! I'm coming for all of you!"
Laura Roslin called by bluemage55 and misscam
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This is similar to the shipper quotes I did earlier in the week, except with couples it's with awesome women.

Guess who said the quote without using IMBD/Google, etc.

1. "No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow. What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here. Boom, sooner or later. BOOM!"
Susan Ivanova called by dqbunny

2. "That's the thing about faith -- if you don't have it you can't understand it, and if you do ... no explanation is necessary."

3. "But I know that you made two mistakes: One was hurting a lot of people to achieve your goal. The other was picking a fight with me!"
Lina Inverse called by dqbunny

4. "Dat's me favorite shirt... Dat's me only shirt!"
Kendra called by delta_mai

5. "Please give me back my book!"
Yomiko Readman called by dqbunny

6. "So life's a bitch. What do you want to do, cry about it?"
Starburck called by bluemage55 and misscam

7. "You really don't know what's happened, do you? By all means, stay in this cozy little coffin and continue to play the prince. But I have to go now."
Anthy called by gabrielleabelle

8. "Let me answer that with a head butt."
Buffy called by stormwreath and bluemage55

9. "I don't know who you are or where you came from, but from now on you'll do as I tell you, okay?"
Princess Leia called by dqbunny

10. "Get away from her, you bitch!"
Ellen Ripley called by stormwreath

11. "I want you to know that I will forget you after this moment, and never think of you again. But you, I am quite certain, will think about me every single day for the rest of your life."
Danielle called by misscam

12. "NOT MY DAUGHTER YOU BITCH!"
Molly Weasley called by dqbunny

13. "You're the one who doesn't understand! Is there any girl happy to be treated like a possession?!"
Utena called by gabrielleabelle

14. "You and I have unfinished business."
The Bride called by misscam

15. "No. Not now. Not ever. Do you hear me? I will use every cannon, every bomb, every bullet, every weapon I have down to my own eye teeth to end you! I swear it! I'm coming for all of you!"
Laura Roslin called by bluemage55 and misscam

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