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At the time of the witch trials, capital and the State were particularly concerned with birth rates. They wanted labour and they saw large populations as the sign of a wealthy nation. The population was low due to the plagues and wars, and the authorities were worried about demographic collapse. Therefore they were anti-abortion and anti-contraception (the fairy tales of witches killing children and babies stem from this campaign). Many of the first witches burned were engaged in contraception and abortion work, and there is plenty of evidence that women were indeed controlling the birth rates within their communities during the middle ages. They authorities didn’t want to leave the control of reproduction in the hands of lower class women, and the witch trials were partly a battle to snatch control of this knowledge, which had previously been a ‘female mystery’. Women’s ability to control their own reproduction was hugely diminished; and as midwives and groups of women were excluded from the birth process, the communities were robbed of their traditions of knowledge. In so far as children are the products of women’s labour, control over reproduction meant alienating women from their own bodies and controlling how many children women had, and when and where they had them.

In fact it would be another hundred years or more before the male doctors truly had a monopoly on attending births. In the seventeenth century, the surgeons started delivering babies using forceps, and women were banned from practicing surgery. By the eighteenth century most births were attended by physicians, and when female midwives in England organised and charged the male intruders with commercialism and dangerous misuse of the forceps, they were easily put down as ignorant ‘old wives’ clinging to the superstitions of the past. It was the process of the witch trials that had sown the seeds of this attitude.

In the sixteenth century, midwives in France and Germany became obliged to report all births to the State, including concealed births. Today, it is illegal not to register births in most of Europe, while across the world there is currently significant control of reproduction by the authorities ranging from the Catholic prohibition on contraception and pregnancy terminations, to the state-run birth control programmes in China; and from enforced sterilisation in some export processing zones to the aborting of female foetuses in the patriarchal society of India. The extent to which birth is medicalised and seen in terms of risk, and the faith we have in the magic-seeming powers of the doctor and hospital (despite our frequent disappointments in the medical establishment) is still testimony to this battle.

—  Lady Stardust, Burning Women: The European Witch Hunts, Enclosure, and the Rise of Capitalism

Black activist groups plan 5 days of #ReclaimMLK actions, from MLK Day to the inauguration

  • The Movement for Black Lives, a collective of over 50 black activist groups around the country, announced on Wednesday a week of actions aimed at counteracting the stated agenda of Trump.
  • From Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16 to Inauguration Day on Jan, 20, the movement is asking affiliated organizations to launch daily actions
  • The actions are meant to challenge Trump’s call for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the registration or ban of Muslims in the U.S. and the criminalization of reproductive health care.
  • Here’s a list of themes for the daily actions:
    • Monday, Jan 16: #ReclaimMLK Day
    • Tuesday, Jan 17: Anti-Islamophobia actions
    • Wednesday, Jan 18: Anti-deportation actions and environmental defense actions
    • Thursday, Jan 19: Labor, gender justice, student and youth actions
    • Friday, Jan 20 (Inauguration Day): Mass mobilizations Read more

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Trump’s vast web of conflicts: A user’s guide
An agency-by-agency look at the ethics challenges flowing from Trump's sprawling business empire. By DARREN SAMUELSOHN

Donald Trump’s new hires should brace themselves for a full immersion in government ethics school.

They’re going to need it given the president-elect’s sprawling business empire and his lack of interest in selling off his companies and properties outright.

The Republican’s appointees will be running departments and agencies with direct ties to their boss’ businesses and wider political interests, from an IRS audit into his tax records to National Labor Relations Board enforcement of cases involving his hotel workers to the FBI’s investigation into the suspected Russian cyberespionage aimed at influencing an election that Trump just won.

Unlike past presidents who took office with considerable wealth, from George H.W. Bush to John F. Kennedy, the setup Trump is creating for his financial assets — leaving his three oldest adult children and a “team of highly skilled executives” in charge while he’s in the Oval Office — appears likely to expose large numbers of people the president hires to an unprecedented set of conflicts spanning his entire federal government.

Asked for comment about the incoming GOP administration’s potential conflicts, spokeswoman Hope Hicks pointed to a prior Trump Organization statement about the planned transfer of power to Trump’s kids that vaguely explained how the final structure will “comply with all applicable rules and regulations.”

Here’s POLITICO’s guide to the uncharted waters Trump and his new administration will be navigating.

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Martin Luther King was a Socialist.


“We are dealing with issues that can not be solved without the nation spending BILLIONS and undergoing a radical redistribution of economic power!”

My husband, the union organizer, posted something on Facebook tonight that made me feel a fraction better. I thought I’d share it. 

For those of you upset, sad, frustrated, and scared: we took a loss tonight but that does not mean the work is over. It’s just beginning.
We must take it upon ourselves not to dwell in sorrow but to roll up our sleeves and fight harder for what we believe in. The labor movement and social justice movements are truly that, a “movement”. Hold fast to what we believe in and fight even harder. Move forward.
Take a few hours to lament this moment then push your sorrow aside and let’s turn this thing around. Do not lose hope, but believe and work for what we know is right and just. Do not give in to hate and anger. We are better than that.
Our nation took a huge step back tonight and rather than cower at home and cry, we must stand up even taller and fight even harder. It’s now clear we are not the country we thought we were, but we must make it the country we want to it to be.

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Type of fanwork: fan labor
Subtype(s): Beta-ing
Fandom(s): Homestuck, Avengers, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Yuri on Ice!!!, Ancillary Justice, Hannibal, White Collar, The Adventure Zone, Gravity Falls, Brooklyn 99, Star Wars, Pacific Rim, Steven Universe
Length/size: 10-20K
Especially interested in: I’m willing to look at most things equally!
Will not: I’d prefer to avoid betaing explicit scenes involving rape, underage or incest.
Notes: I can also beta outside of my known fandoms list, but I will be less effective pointing out characterization and canon consistency. My editing strengths are plot, story structure/pacing, and science/technical accuracy. A beta from me consists of thorough line edits throughout the story plus a 1-2 page letter about my overall thoughts.

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Type of fanwork: fan labor
Subtype(s): Fanmix
Fandom(s): Ancillary Justice, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gravity Falls, Good Omens, Hannibal, Harry Potter, Imperial Radch, Jupiter Ascending, Homestuck, Madoka Magica, MCU (Avengers, Iron Man), Nimona, Pacific Rim, Saving Face, Star Trek (TOS), Steven Universe, Stranger Things, Tamora Pierce (Alanna, Daine, Circle of Magic), The Adventure Zone, The West Wing, White Collar, Wolf 359, Yuri!!! on Ice
Length/size: All mixes will be at least 8 songs long and will come with a list of songs and artists.
Especially interested in: Very open to whatever your preference is! I love romances, character studies, themes of the fandom – whatever you’re feeling I can work with. If you have a fic you wrote (or particularly love and the author doesn’t mind) under 20k words, I can make a mix around that as well.
Will not: Incest, adult/child romantic relationships, Bucky/Steve
Notes: My music taste is pretty well-explored in my existing mixes – I can only work with music styles I know. I’ll do my very best to create around your request, but if you’re looking specifically for music of a specific genre, I might have to explore some songs outside of that to flesh out the list.

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you never forget the suffering of your people as a link to the suffering of others.
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(Thank you for the book recommendation, skywritingg!)

Today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. 

The top one-hundredth of 1 percent makes more than 40 percent of all campaign contributions.

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How ‘Service With a Smile’ Takes a Toll on Working Women
When employees' emotions deviate from what’s expected of their gender, they are often left to process the backlash on their own.
By Adia Harvey Wingfield

Jennifer Pierce, a University of Minnesota sociologist, found that the expectations for emotional labor in the legal profession apply to women working in every part of the field. In other words, while male attorneys—generally speaking—are allowed and even expected to be aggressive and domineering, that does not extend to female attorneys, who are frequently penalized if they attempt to conform to these emotional norms. Meanwhile, female legal secretaries described expectations that they would be deferential and caretaking towards (mostly male) attorneys, but male secretaries were not subject to the same norms. Thus, even when women worked in male-dominated positions, the emotional expectations deemed “appropriately” feminine still applied in ways that made it more difficult for women to do their jobs. Once again, the hidden component of this work renders it less visible but no less taxing.

Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (Justice, Power, and Politics) by Talitha L. LeFlouria

In 1868, the state of Georgia began to make its rapidly growing population of prisoners available for hire. The resulting convict leasing system ensnared not only men but also African American women, who were forced to labor in camps and factories to make profits for private investors. In this vivid work of history, Talitha L. LeFlouria draws from a rich array of primary sources to piece together the stories of these women, recounting what they endured in Georgia’s prison system and what their labor accomplished.  [book link]

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To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War by Tera W. Hunter

As the Civil War drew to a close, newly emancipated black women workers made their way to Atlanta–the economic hub of the newly emerging urban and industrial south–in order to build an independent and free life on the rubble of their enslaved past. In an original and dramatic work of scholarship, Tera Hunter traces their lives in the postbellum era and reveals the centrality of their labors to the African-American struggle for freedom and justice. Household laborers and washerwomen were constrained by their employers’ domestic worlds but constructed their own world of work, play, negotiation, resistance, and community organization.  [BOOK LINK]