As you may have heard, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA) threaten the many glorious freedoms of the web and the communities that have risen from it—including The Holy Hormones Journal.
Both acts face serious opposition from all kinds of free-thinking people, but the fight isn’t over. We need you to take action right now to make sure these censorship-enabling bills don’t pass.
Take action against this terrible risk at Stop American Censorship
It is Time To Be a Very Inconvenient Woman
Most of you who follow the Inconvenient Women and the Holy Hormone News know that I am Leslie’s writing partner, a professional research analyst and information technologist. I track through technical data, financial reports, Pharma-sponsored research, feasibility studies, competition and market analyses. I analyze that data and provide actionable intelligence in the form of reports, white papers, articles, press releases, training materials as well as web content, including, newsletters, blogs, and e-books. I conduct my research and share my results using the Internet.
Leslie and I first started tracking Merck’s Gardasil trials in late 2003. When we began to actively oppose the Gardasil Marketing Juggernaut, we connected with five other concerned women…through the Internet. Seven women who knew something wasn’t right about how the trials were being conducted and something was definitely wrong with the political push for mandatory vaccination legislation at both the State and Federal level. In our opinion, Merck’s targeted marketing campaign and political lobbing activity was endangering school-aged girls; so we organized to stop them…using the Internet.
Leslie worked tirelessly, blogging, reaching out to online discussion groups, supporting mothers whose daughters had been harmed by the HPV vaccines. Within 12-months, the seven women became 100,000 women, connected by the Internet. Today there are hundreds of thousands of women and men fighting for more transparency in vaccine trial results; and demanding an accounting of the incestuous relationship between Big Pharma and Big Government. We use the free and uncensored Internet to share information and support the health and wellness of women and girls other with our time, talent and treasure.
In the past ten years Leslie and I have used our websites, social media networks, conducted webinars and published papers, all in an effort to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. We have called into question the actions of officials of the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Health Organization. We used the resources of the Internet to follow the money and have exposed the State Representatives and Governors who accepted contributions from Big Pharma. Our Associates and Colleagues on five continents have used the Internet to ‘out’ the Big Pharma/Government corruption in their own countries.
Our voices, the voices that demand accountability, from those who make decisions that affect the health of our children, are the voices that would be amongst the first to be censored. Inconvenient Women have a long and painful history of censorship and oppression from those in power, who want to stay in power, and continue to profit from that power.
Today a number of websites, including WordPress.org and many WordPress developer sites, have chosen to go dark to protest the Legislation that just won’t die — SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. I thought about blacking out the Holy Hormones Journal for 24-hours; but as my partner Nick Batik and I just got the site live two days ago, after five weeks of redesign, I didn’t think my dear Leslie’s heart could take it. Our compromise is to temporary add the Censored symbol to the background design to make an important point about what the SOPA and PIPA legislation would mean to sites like ours.
SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are allegedly efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in the opinion of the internet community, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia, which are available during the blackout. GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page, and PIPA on this one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized why these bills are simply unacceptable in a world that values an open, secure, and free Internet.
SOPA and PIPA are badly drafted legislation that won’t be effective at their stated goal (to stop copyright infringement), and will cause serious damage to the free and open Internet. More importantly, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression…think China, Venezuela, and Iran.
It is time to once again be an Inconvenient Woman. Call your Congressional Representative and your State Senators, let them know that you will not stand for yet another Special Interest, the ever-generous California and New York based Entertainment Industry, taking precedence over the freedom of the people the representatives allegedly represent.