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21/04/14 @ 01:33pm


Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California

In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.

The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.

In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.

Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.

In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today.

California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.

Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.


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i feel like ‘restaurant’ shouldnt be spelled like that

les anglophones volent des mots à d’autres langues puis chialent parce qu’ils ne sont pas orthographiés comme ils le voudraient

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12/04/14 @ 11:56pm


Half of the women I spoke to said , would he admit that’s he’s bit of a sexist, misogynistic — he sees women only in sexual terms?  (x)

But what those women don’t seem to be stopping to think about is, he’s willing to admit that he might not realise something he says or does is sexist because the only viewpoint he’s lived is that of a “relatively privileged” white male. He’s not sitting there going “no, no, I’m not sexist, I just believe in traditional values and the family unit” like so many sexist misogynists are (I’m looking at you, Tony Abbot). You have to respect that about him. Equally, you have to respect that he’s willing to admit, apologise and contemplate, whether it be about potential sexism, mistakes in his past, whatever. Those three things are more than a whole lot of white males are willing to do, relatively privileged or otherwise.


i love it when straight girls are “in a relationship” with their straight girl friends on facebook because it reminds me that my existence is a hilarious joke

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text posts are like children
you delete the ones that dont succeed


I already used most of our internet bandwidth and we are only halfway through the month.

My mom is bitching she can’t pay for the TV/phone/internet because it cost too much. I’ve been suggesting to pay half of it for months now. I swear next month I will just call the company and get an internet connection just for me so she will shut the fuck up.

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""I love women," is not a get out of jail free card. Thicke pulled the same bullshit when he was accused of degrading women in "Blurred Lines": "When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women," he said. How nice of you to say so, Mr. Thicke. Alas, your work shows the opposite to be true. I am fairly certain many of the men who buy sex and consume porn also think they do it because they really, really, love women. NOPE. You love women like I love wine — as something I consume selfishly for my personal benefit and as a product."

Meghan Murphy (No, “female-appreciation” is not the same thing as feminism)

Full article here

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That movie was pretty intense for two 95-year-olds trying to kill each other.

Do you hate men?


Ugh I stay getting this question…

I have the same emotions towards men as I did when I watched ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ live action movie, just vastly disappointed, confused, and emotionally drained from all the bullshit.