Tag: Women’s Rights

Toxic Masculinity Is Real but Doesn’t Affect All Men

Mae Buck | United States

Many ultra-traditionalist conservatives might have you believe that toxic masculinity is just an excuse for boys who aren’t “boy enough” to exist and for men who aren’t “men enough” to exist. It’s the lack of masculinity that causes erratic violence, right? But, is it the surge of masculinity (and perhaps its friend, testosterone) that catalyzes “good” violence? The same masculinity that gives rise to calculated violence against deserving enemies and makes enemies in the first place?

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Microfinance is Saving the World’s Working Poor

By Ryan Lau | @agorists

In a world full of immense suffering, many see it as their job to try to alleviate it. In a number of such instances, governments take it upon themselves to try to solve the crises. However, their actions are not always effective. So, there is still a considerable market for private charities and companies to aid the poorest of the poor. Thus, the microfinance industry came to be.

What is Microfinance?

Microfinance is an economic practice where startups lend small amounts of money to small business owners to help them become more profitable. Though more of the poor are getting bank accounts, there are still many in third world countries without access. Moreover, even some areas with a bank do not allow women to open accounts, as many third world countries have yet to reach gender equality.

This poor reality is an iron chain on social mobility. Without basic access to lending and borrowing, it can be very hard for a poor family to start a small business and begin to increase their standard of living. Despite this, there is still hope for them, as microfinance is beginning to turn the tides.

A Method of Proven Success

SHARE Micro Finance Limited, a company based in India, lends women small amounts of money so that they may further their businesses. Each client receives only one payment equal to $50 to $100 in USD. The money may go towards buying them equipment to transport products. The women may also use it to begin moving their operations online.

So, what have been the results? A staggering 77% of these women have seen income increases. Over a third have risen their incomes enough to no longer be living in poverty. With these results, SHARE has become India’s largest microfinance industry, serving over 200,000 people.

SHARE is not alone in its success. Countless other stories throughout the developing world show similar increases. From Kenya to Colombia to Pakistan, microfinance is accelerating the path of families away from poverty.

A Home-building Industry

In Kenya, 36% of people live below the poverty line. Nairobi alone is home to a quarter of a million people without a roof over their heads. Clearly, there is an urgent need for these people to have more adequate housing. Once again, microfinance may be the clear answer.

Sandra Pietro, global director of operations and financial inclusion at Habitat for Humanity, believes microfinance is a clear way forward to improve housing access. She believes that without it, “It could take up to two generations for people to build their home incrementally”. In areas where life expectancy is low, this means they will never reap the benefit of decades of hard work.

With microfinance, women in particular are able to access loans to build their homes. With loans as little as $50 USD, these women are able to increase their quality of life. After giving three guarantors, they can obtain the deed to their new property.

This is only the first step to a long process, but without the spark, no fire is possible. Current banks rarely serve the poor, and thus, they need another option. Microfinance, for a growing number of poor men and women, is that option.


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If Libertarians Want To Protect Women, They Should Be Pro-Choice

By Osh|United States

Liberals are generally pro-choice and conservatives are generally pro-life. Libertarians, however, seem split on the issue. Pro-life Libertarians believe that the fetus is it’s own living organism and therefore has the same natural rights to life, liberty, and property, while pro-choice Libertarians believe that the government has no right to decide what a woman wants to do with her child.

Abortion rates have been declining in recent years. In fact, abortion rates have fallen to its lowest since Roe v. Wade was passed. Both sides have celebrated this as “their” victory. Pro-choicers believe that access to contraception and better sexual education caused the drop while pro-lifers believe that the restrictions put in by states caused it. So, who is correct? Oklahoma has one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, and their abortion rates have dropped so it would seem the pro-lifers are correct. However, California’s, which is considered to be one of the most pro-choice states, abortion rates have also declined.

Another thing to consider is that banning things simply do not work. It’s the same thing with drugs, guns, and prostitution. People will always try to find the way to circumvent the law. With states who have strict regulation on abortion, women travel to a different state to have the abortion performed. If we passed federal laws regulating abortion more, all women will do is either travel to a different country or turn to unsafe alternative abortion methods. Similar to guns and narcotics, a black market for abortion could crop up. These back-door abortions will not offer the safe and sterile environment that a trained medical professional could perform. They could potentially be extremely harmful to the mother and the fetus.

Abortion is a heated topic in American politics. However, the government should keep the option of abortion open and not regulate it harshly. You personally may not get an abortion, and that is completely fine. Nobody is forcing you to. However, the rights of the people do not end where your feelings begin. The option should be available for those who are medically endangered, believe they are financially unable to support the child, or even for those who believe they are just not ready for a child.

 

 

Why Feminism is Still Needed

By Osh | USA

Before you all start screaming at me in the comments about how women have the same rights as men and the wage gap is a myth, etc. I think I should clarify is that I am completely aware that feminism has basically almost completed its goals that can be achieved through legislation in the developed world. But what about the developing world?

When you hear the word “feminist,” what do the majority of you picture? You probably picture an obese woman with dyed hair screaming about the patriarchy and that men are pigs. What if I were to tell you that was not the case in the majority of instances? What if your entire perception of feminism and feminists became skewed because of a loud extremist minority? The vast majority just wish for men and women to be equal. And while we may have achieved as much equality as we can, there are still several nations in the world where women are oppressed and treated as second-class citizens.

In various nations in Africa, women suffer through intense abuse by their society and culture. According to the World Health Organization, in Ethiopia, 74% of women have gone through some form of female circumcision. In Mali, the number is even higher at 89%. Female circumcision offers zero health benefits to the woman and could, in fact, be quite harmful. Their governments, however, offer no services and no laws to help protect them.

Probably one of the most glaring examples of feminism still needing to exist is in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, women must cover their faces with a burqa, whether they want to or not. In fact, women were not even allowed to drive cars for the longest time. It was not until late 2017 that the Saudi government announced that starting June 2018, women will be allowed to drive. Bus companies in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s biggest cities, do not allow women at all on their buses. Women also can not own property.

It is quite obvious that feminism is still very much needed in these places. The developing world lags far behind in female rights. They are denied the right to live their life as they please, they are denied liberty, and in most nations, they can not even own property. They are denied the three basic rights of humans, and as Libertarians, we should not stand for this.


Sources.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/

http://www.nvvn.nl/artikel/female-genital-mutilationcutting-in-africa/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41408195

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-womens-rights-driving-ban-lifted-marriage-custody-bank-accounts-travel-medical-a7969551.html


Image from the Japan Times.

The New Radical and Violent Left

By Colin Louis | USA

The left has become notably more radical and violent. Recently an attack on US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) once again illustrated an increase in violence by leftists. This assault was similar to another leftist attack when a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on a GOP baseball practice. These stories help to show that the left has gotten more violent and radical recently. Are all leftists to blame? Well of course not, the majority of left wingers are peaceful and would never inflict harm on another human being. However, radical leftism has become very mainstream. Here are a few examples of potentially violent people and their connections to the mainstream left.

The Women’s March

The women’s march on Washington took place January 21st, 2017. The rallies held across the world drew out thousands of activists in resistance to the Trump administration. Praised by the media for promoting equality and love the Women’s march was actually extremely radical. One of the group’s leaders Linda Sarsour is a “proudly Muslim” activist who

advocates for sharia law.Sharia law is Islamic rule, what feminist and equality loving ideas do sharia law promote? None, sharia law integrates rape, slavery, female genital mutilation, the murder of gays, and sexual abuse of women. Not very “feminist” values. Don’t believe that a co-chair of the Women’s march would support such actions? Well, Sarsour tweeted an attack on a survivor of genital mutilation saying “I wish I could take their vaginas away.”

This barbaric and absurd behavior can’t be justified.

We’ll surely their speakers aren’t dangerous? Not the case, because Hollywood icon Madonna gave her speech at the Women’s march where she said she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House!”  Not very moderate and loving of her.

The Women’s March also tweeted in celebration of the birthday of convicted cop killer and member of the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur. Shakur fled to Cuba after escaping a New Jersey prison where she was in for a life sentence due to her role in the murder of officer Werner Foerster. This earned her a spot on the FBI most wanted list.

Some say that all these actions aren’t representative of the whole organization. Except the Women’s march made a point to prevent pro-life feminists from coming to the rallies. Mainstream politicians such as Bernie Sanders attended these rallies. The Women’s march may seem innocent in its cause and no reasonable person has any objection to women’s equality, however, the ideas pushed by Linda Sarsour and other Women’s march activists are not acceptable. We can’t surrender to the chains of political correctness and not call the women’s march out on these behaviors.

Threats and attacks

President Trump has received an alarming amount of threats in his presidency.  Of course, it is typical for a President to receive death threats, but his are in alarming numbers. Remember when Kathy Griffin held a cut off head of Trump? Later she apologized, but when all had calmed down she took her apology back. As mentioned earlier, Senator Rand Paul was recently attacked at his home in Kentucky by his democratic neighbor. While many have denounced this act of violence some online have encouraged it. Comments online such as “about time, Donald’s neighbor, we need you too!” Real things said by real leftists sympathetic to real violence. Ben Garrison accurately sums this up in one cartoon depicting leftists sparking a fuse on far left terror with such fear mongering phrases.

Antifa

A name you may have heard in the news is Antifa, or anti-fascist action. Antifa is a radical far left group on the rise in America, and they are intent on painting all conservatives as fascist and worthy of censorship and violence. Earlier this year members of Antifa shut down conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The group is so radical that even mainstream media have begun denouncing them. Recently Trevor Noah called the “vegan ISIS.” Antifa has been so controversial that the Department of Homeland security considers them a domestic terror group. 

All of these groups and actions are examples of radical and dangerous leftism on the rise in America. The actions of these groups that justify violence and radical ideas are crazy and represent just how far the “mainstream” has gotten. Movements like the Women’s March chain us to their radical ideas with political correctness.


Colin Louis is a writer for 71 Republic and advocate against foreign intervention, taxes, political correctness, statism, and globalism. He believes in libertarianism and western culture. You can follow him on Instagram @the_libertarian_nationalist