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The Story of Pine Leaf: The Rebellious American Warrior Woman Chief Who Had Four Wives.

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“Pine Leaf” was a Native American who was born in 1806 to the Gros Ventres in the midst of an inter-tribal conflict.

She was kidnapped by a raiding party of Crows when she was only ten years old.  A Crow warrior adopted her and raised her as one of his people.

According to historians, she seemed rebellious and did not behave like other girls of her age. She was always eager to acquire the skills which were traditionally perceived as male ones.

Pine Leaf was considered by some to be Two-Spirited, which is  a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-variant individuals in their communities.

As she grew older, she became notorious for her exemplary talent in horse riding, marksmanship, and her ability to field-dress a buffalo. However, unlike other Two-Spirits, she wore typical female clothing rather than adopting men’s garments.

She became the leader of her lodge when her father passed away. She earned the respect as a warrior after she proved her skills in a riot with the Blackfoots.

Pine Leaf’s motherly instinct also made her more reliable in defending her people whenever there was a need for it. She would confront threats head on to protect her people. Also, she formed a group of warriors with whom she reportedly attacked the Blackfoot and stole their horses.

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Pine Leaf married four wives, which increased the wealth and prestige of her lodge. She became involved in peace negotiations with other Upper Missouri tribes following the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, and successfully negotiated peace with the Gros Ventres, the tribe of her birth.

Unfortunately, after several years of peace, Pine Leaf was ambushed and killed by a Gros Ventres party.

It is interesting to note that many indigenous western religions have historically included concepts of third or different genders into their narratives.

On the other hand, many middle-eastern religions, including Islam and Christianity, interpret homosexuality and gender identity to be stumbling blocks.

 

by  Eleanor Hope (@elliehopeauthor on Twitter / Facebook)

Source: Wikipedia / Images: Wikipedia (Public Domain)

HRC Takes Action On Shortage Of Injectable Estrogen In America

Hormone-replacement therapy is a critical component of many transgender individual’s gender affirmation process. Lack of access to these vital medications may potentially pose a serious health threat to them.

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Human Rights Campaign (@HRC on twitter)

HRC Reports that the shortage began 18 months ago when the 40 mg dosage of injectable estrogen went on the drug shortage list and has not since returned to the marketplace.

This is the highest dosage available and the one most frequently prescribed to transgender women.  Doctors then began doubling up on dosages of the 20 mg injectables, which have become scarce this summer.

There's no shortage of Estrogen (Oestrogen) in Pills and Patches form
There’s no shortage of Estrogen (Oestrogen) in Pills and Patches form

While estrogen in pill or patch form continue to remain available, the injectable form is preferred by many trans women and health professionals are concerned that these women may turn to unregulated sources such as the street or black market online pharmacies that ship drugs from other countries.

HRC reached out to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to express concern about the shortage and to learn what the agency is currently doing to address the ongoing problem. In addition, HRC partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality on a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf urging that the agency expedite review of information necessary to approve the drug and bring the shortage to an end. They announced. 

 

Source: HRC

French Women Attacked by Muslim Refugees for Wearing Shorts

Toulon, France — Two couples were attacked by a group of teenagers who allegedly began to insult the women because of their attire, shouting “Dirty wh***, get naked.”

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“Hello. I’m a slag”. The victim was called a slag and spat on by a group of muslim girls in a bus. / Facebook

The couples were rollerskating in southern France when the group of muslim teenage refugees started to insult them.

A physical fight broke out when the women’s partners attempted to intervene, according to Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchal. Var Matin Reports

They were passing near the Cité des Oeillets, an estate in eastern Toulon, when a group of adolescents starting insulting the women of the group because of their shorts, including jibes such as: “Dirty whore, get naked.”

When the partners of the women asked the gang to respect their wives, they got beaten up while their children stared in shock.

These attacks by muslim refugees on French nationals come a month after Maude Vallet was spat on and insulted in a bus for wearing shorts by a group of muslim girls. When she asked them what was wrong with [wearing] shorts, the girls replied: Because you are a woman.

Céline Pina, a former regional councillor for the Paris area who wrote a book called Guilty Silence, warned of growing Islamist violence against women everywhere in France.

Empowering Women: Entrepreneur Iraqi Woman Battles Islamic State Her Way

Suleimania, Iraq — As more Kurdish Fighters join in the battle against the Islamic State, there has been an increase in demand for military uniforms.

But with Kurdistan going through an economic crisis, and many soldiers buying their own uniforms, Zrebar Hawrami spotted an opportunity to serve her country.

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The 23-year-old quit her job as a news presenter, sold her car and borrowed money from her father to open a war-clothing workshop under her own name.

By importing the fabric and making the uniforms locally, she says she is selling them about $20 cheaper than the imported ones sold in the market.

She is the first woman in Iraq to own a factory of this kind.

Determined to empower women through her work, she has chosen a Yazidi woman warrior to be her business logo.

Source: Al Jazeera

Desiderata (Desired Things) A Poem about Life

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Written by Max Ehrmann in 1927 (Public Domain)

 

Puppy Nap Fails

That’s it. I am going to quit my job and become a puppy now. Free naps; anywhere.

 

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Nothing like a good nap after a meal

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Or a nap with friends.

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This food was so good I think I’m gonna have a nap zzzzzz..

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If I fits, I sits.

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Aeroplane puppy

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Work was stressful today. Time for a nap.

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I Particularly like this to nap here.. Oops

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No problempuppy12
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Dude, really?

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