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i am doing some research on gender roles in early modern europe (1450-1600), particularly spain

the two specific areas i'm interested in are sexual expectations of women vs men (virginity/fidelity, etc.) as well as sexual aspects of the "Ecstasies" of "holy women" of the time, both in Spain and its American Colonies.

any suggestions? i need publications by academic periodicals or books. i am not looking for gender studies per se (but any that fit the bill, i'd like to see), but more social histories by feminist historians. here is what I have now, which has been helpful:

Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World
Mary E. Giles

Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville
Mary Elizabeth Perry

A compilation by Hoberman and Socolo which includes a good feminist perspective of Female Religious in Spanish Colonial America.

Anyway, any suggestions are appreciated.

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Sep 3, 2012, 08:23 PM (2 replies)

sexual assault prevention tips (real ones, for everyone)

Rape or sexual assault can happen to anyone, woman or man, and it’s never the victim’s fault. It’s important to know that…
• Alcohol is a factor in almost all sexual assaults on college campuses.
• Many perpetrators of sexual assault are someone the victim knows.
•Sexual assaults can happen on a date or at a party.

There’s no absolute way to prevent sexual assault, but it helps to think about how you can stay safe and.

Tips for Partying Smart
1.Stick with your friends.
2.Make a plan before you go out. Set up checkpoints or code words to make it easy for you and your friends to stay connected.
3.Hold on to your drink—even when you go to the bathroom.
4.If your drink is out of your sight, even for a few seconds, get a new one. Spiking a drink with a date rape drug can happen quickly.
5.Don’t accept a drink from anyone—unless you can watch the bartender pour it.
6.Don’t share drinks.
7.Don’t drink from punch bowls or open containers.
8.Don’t drink anything that tastes strange.
9.Avoid clubs or parties that charge men but let women enter and drink for free.
10.Always keep your cell phone charged and on you. You never know when you’ll need it.
11.Make sure you always have a ride home or a plan to walk home with a friend or roommate.
12.Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right to you, leave and get to a safe place immediately.

Tips for Dating Smart
1.Know your limits—and let your date know them right from the start.
2.Be clear about what’s okay for you. Don’t expect your date to read your mind.
3.Trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
4.Don’t get in over your head. If someone pushes you to do something you don’t want to do, you have the right to leave.
5.Stay in control. Alcohol is the most common date-rape drug. In fact, alcohol is involved in 75 percent of all sexual assaults reported.
6.Tell a friend where you are going, especially if you’re going out on a first date or a blind date.
7.Avoid secluded places until you know your date better.
8.Always charge your cell phone and keep it on you.
9.Always carry enough money to take a taxi home.
10.Pay attention to what you hear. A person may have a bad reputation for a reason.

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:47 PM (7 replies)

with all due respect. dumbest damn jury decision i have seen yet

At Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:21 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

Right.. and one of these certain people


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)


off topic GOP attack on a democrat. other than rush limbaugh's show this post is the only place i have found concern over this. btw, this person has been a member since 2001 and has 630 posts, 628 of them in the past 90 days.


A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:27 PM, and voted 1-5 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: That Senator, I have a problem with
even though I have to vote for her.

Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: I agree with the OP sadly. No fan of Feinstein, never have been and never will be.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:28 PM (38 replies)

now this is cool!

next time someone tells you wer are the greatest (or worst) country on earth run it through this:

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:52 PM (6 replies)

The Problem with Apathy

There is probably no better recipe for a dictatorial oligarchy than a democracy in which virtually nobody participates. Off year local races are the worst. Our recent school board elections saw the highest turnout in thirty years, at just under ten percent of registered voters - which is just under half of all eligible voters. A higher percentage of Soviet citizens chose their leaders.

On the national level turnout is higher but still low enough to affect the results in not pretty ways. Take this recent CNN poll for example.


While the race is a virtual dead heat among likely voters (a group defined by past participation in elections and answers to pollsters, among other factors), Obama enjoys a nearly ten point lead among registered voters.

“'Likely voters have traditionally been a more Republican group in past elections because they tend to turn out in higher numbers than Democrats, and 2012 looks like it is no exception. This explains why the margin between President Obama and Mitt Romney is smaller among likely voters,' says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."

As both Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore have both pointed out over the years, most Americans actually hold pretty progressive views on issues. And both (rightly) point to the effect of big money on politics as a reason for politicians ignoring the people's will. But the fact is, the problem also lies with not enough of the people expressing that will at the ballot box.

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:52 PM (8 replies)

a bay area liberal and a fundamentalist southern christian have more in common

than that same fundie southern christian and a member of the taliban. they simply do. are there outliers and exceptions? sure. but on the whole, taken from a global perspective, the two americans are almost indistinguishable when compared to something as foreign and alien to the american experience as taliban style muslim fundie ism. even on the treatment of women and gays (hell probably especially in those areas) the christian fundie and the liberal are going to have closer views than the two fundies would.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 05:09 PM (14 replies)

romney will replace cuts to defense with cuts to food stamps (ryan spills the beans)

If Mitt Romney wins in November, he and a Republican Congress will fast track legislation early next year to replace across the board defense cuts with cuts to food stamps and other programs for needy Americans.

“In January our intention is that if we don’t fix it in the lame duck is to fix it retroactively once a new session of Congress takes place,” Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, told a crowd in North Carolina Thursday, “We have procedural way in the Senate to advance that legislation very quickly and get it to the next President of the United States who I believe is going to be Mitt Romney, to pass that into law and retroactively prevent that sequester from taking place in January.”

Ryan was referring to legislation House Republicans passed earlier this year to avert sequestration — the penalty Congress imposed on itself, on a bipartisan basis, for not reaching an agreement on more targeted legislation to reduce the deficit. Sequestration will cause deep, abrupt cuts to both defense and non-defense programs starting early next year, and for the next 10 years, unless Congress overturns it or replaces it with other savings.

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 11:14 PM (20 replies)

Cops Strip Search Mom, "Forcibly" Pull Tampon Out of Her for Maybe Rolling Through Stop Sign

A passing cop pulled a u-turn, flashed the lights, and rolled up behind her. Tarantino claims that the cop immediately drew his weapon, pulled her from the car, and refused to explain why he pulled her over. Tarantino's two young children watched all of this unfold from inside her car.

The cop then placed Tarantino in the back of the squad car, where she allegedly sat for two hours. When backup arrived, Tarantino was strip searched on the side of the road, where passing motorists could see everything.

Then, in a gruesome twist, a female officer "forcibly removed" a tampon from Tarantino. Presumably, the cops were looking for drugs, but the lawsuit notes that a drug-sniffing dog was never called in, and cops never found any contraband or anything illegal.

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Aug 19, 2012, 03:28 PM (22 replies)

the choices could not be more clear, the differences in the parties/candidates more stark

and it is not a choice between progressivism and conservatism. It is a choice between progressivism and radical reactionary randian social Darwinism. Once upon a time progressives proposed plans to eliminate social ills. Conservatives then expressed their desire to address these social ills and would then propose a watered down version of their own. Sometimes the conservative input might be be a good idea. A perfect example would be the earned income tax credit. Mainstream conservative European parties, for the most part, still operate this way.

But today's Republican politicians are of a different nature. They see any tax whatsoever as theft. The tea baggers would actually like to repeal the 14th amendment which would not only prevent American born children of immigrants from having citizenship but would actually empower the states to return to Jim Crow.

When William f. Buckley founded the modern Conservative movement and launched the national review, one of his first and most important battles was against the john birch society, knowing conservatism would never become a legit. political/intellectual movement if it was associated with crazy, conspiratorial racists.

Now those same people (or their ideological descendants) ARE the GOP.

We have to win.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Aug 12, 2012, 03:12 PM (10 replies)

"Our campaign would be helped immensely...?"

He is screwed beyond help. The fact he is appealing to the Obama campaign and Democrats to do something and prefaces it with that speaks volumes about not only the political lethality of the Democratic attack but The completely naive and unearned sense of entitlement Romney has.
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Aug 10, 2012, 06:07 PM (0 replies)
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