|Women were not hearing about what was happening to their sisters. They
were not hearing of their agonies, their victories, their determination
- and what was affecting their health, woman-to-woman. And so in January,
1995, Catt's Claws was born - a feminist newsletter written by Irene Stuber
which attempts in some small way to spread the news of what is happening
to women in the U.S. and the world.
This section of the Women's Internet Information Network contains selected
articles from the Catt's Claws Newsletter archives. They are listed below
in chronological order.
Index to selected Catts
| 1995 | | 1996 |
| 1997 | | 1998 | |
1999 | | 2000 | | 2001
January 9, 2001 Don't panic.
Don't get discouraged. Think of this as a replay of the 70s except this
time we get to do it in a different way...
February 22, 2001 Bush Sr.,
didn't listen when the upstart Bill Clinton kept saying, "It's the
September 7, 2001 Republican
religious bigots U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Smirk the x/o$o$o$
(illegal oval office occupant) keep wanging the American dream with both
hands (the choice of verb is intentional)...
September 11, 2001 Visiting
Mexican President Vicente Fox told Americans ``we need your trust'' to
swiftly legalize TWO TO THREE million of "undocumented" immigrants;
the Bushette junta that once spoke of immediate legalization has now backed
September 16, 2001 WHO WAS
RUNNING THE COUNTRY???? While the White House was allegedly a target of
terrorists Tuesday, Bush I (daddy) was there visiting (was he in the war
room????) while Dick Cheney was allegedly holding down the fort in the
war room way down below...
September 23, 2001 Oh my,
the hate mail I got for suggesting that we not create more terrorists and
another Viet Nam by invading Afghanistan has been spectacular... although
the literary ability of the writers leaves a lot to desired. They all seem
to have gone to the george the lesser school of advanced thinking...
September 30, 2001
Robert Fisk wrote in the UK (where the press is acting more like reporters
and not, as they are in the U.S., as stenographers for Karl Rove and Ari
Fleisher, aka georgie the lesser's brains)...
October 4, 2001 Several people
have submitted ideas about what the posing of the "answer girl"
on the self-described "progressive frat boys" http://www.americanpolitics.com
June 8, 2000 Listen
up here... especially you liberal purists who can't tell an endangered
owl from the endangered form of government that is saving your ass. We've
got a tremendous election coming up in November and our way of life is
in grave danger...
August 18, 2000 This is
a special Catt's Claws... One must wonder in how many other columns Ms.
Dowd has used plagiarized material...
February 1, 1999 As an Australian
newspaper editorialized on the Republican debacle going on in the U.S.
Congress: "Thank God we got the convicts and the Americans got the
March 25, 1999 More
than a million ethnic Albanians, etc., are being displaced from Kosovo.
Untold thousands are dead or are marked for death...
April 13, 1999 More than
a million ethnic Albanians, etc., are being displaced from Kosovo. Untold
thousands are dead or are marked for death...
April 25, 1999 Recently
six men who "imported" young women as young as 14 to the U.S.
from Mexico were convicted of various charges and ordered to pay the 17
women and girls $1 million...
January 25, 1998 I have
been trying to understand where this ugliness is coming from. Listening
to the radio talk shows and reading the unsubstantiated rumors in newspapers...
February 1, 1998 Y'all know,
of course, that the Rutherford Foundation has been fund-raising by using
their involvement with the Paula Jones case...
February 8, 1998 Just when
I thought Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor and his sister stooge Federal
Judge Susan Webber Wright couldn't get any lower in taking away the civil
rights of innocent people, we read the following item...
February 22,1998 Diane M.
sent us information that contradicts all the blah-blah that's been going
on regarding the non-RESURGENCE of religion in America. Like the Contract
out on America...
March 20, 1998 I watch the
Sunday morning suits and want to puke. Impartial press? Sam Donaldson and
George Wills have both been (and may still be) on the payroll of Robert
Mellon Scaife, the big pockets...
March 25, 1998 ...Like the
religious shooting in the Kentucky school, girls were the ones targeted
and again, boys were publicized...
May 31, 1998 British voters
nearly doubled the representation of women in Parliament, thanks to the
Labour Party's decision to field women for a quarter of all seats - an
action that has now been ruled as unfair to men...
August 18, 1998 Here are
several predictions regarding the so-called Clinton sex scandals...
August 22, 1998 At the end
of this Catt's Claws is a "news" feature that is typical of today's
journalism. It lacks even a modicum of journalist basics. Any kid in high
school would flunk...
August 25, 1998 Even the
more conservative newspapers are writing favorable articles about the Peruvian
President's move to change all the capital's traffic police to "incorruptible"
women. GAWD how the guyz must be laughing...
September 15, 1998 Mrs.
Starr calls her hubby on the telephone and asks him to stop and get a chicken
for dinner. They are having some of the leaders of the right-wing reactionary
rabids in for dinner and some called to say that they would be bringing
their current wives to cut up and pre-chew their food...
November 16, 1998 Well now
- it's really too bad that Clinton can't govern anymore... With the budget
victory, with the pasting the Reps got at the polls, with Newtsie forced
to resign, with Iraq backing down... makes one wonder...
November 19, 1998 This is
a special Catt's Claws. Is anyone tallying a list for YOUR state or province?
515 OF THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ASSASSINATED...
November 24, 1998 Read my
lips, oh you who are trying to impeach the President of the United States
for being a stupid male animal...
December 24, 1998 This column
has a sentimental point in keeping with the season - it's way at the end...
January 12, 1997
We've heard of pissing contests but the recent studies of
sperm levels of men in Finland vs the rest of the world is obviously only
the opening salvo in what promises to be a very, VERY expensive new medical
January 19, 1997
...Several people questioned my position regarding the scare stories about
the reported lessening number of sperm in dead men...
January 26, 1997 We got
a few comments (;_^) about our view of Paula Jones with perhaps the most
interesting from someone who said I was obviously part of the old boyz
January 30, 1997
One of the finest summations regarding the welfare reform system came in
last week's column of William Raspberry, a black man who is certainly not
part of the brotherhood of reactionary right...
February 7, 1997
Women in the earliest stages of cervical cancer need not have a full hysterectomy...
March 8, 1997 ...When
we're on the "right side" of political struggles, our ethnicity
is wiped out. When we're parochial, insensitive or dismissive of black
sensibilities, we're identified as Jewish...
March 11,1997 ...More
than a million women die each year in childbirth...
March 22, 1997 ...WOW!
All sorts of civil rights flags are being waved over Asian students being
bombarded with hate mail. Joon Park, a junior at Indiana University is
furious. Hey, man - want to read my email? Or the email of ANY woman who
steps out of line?...
March 25, 1997 Claws
has written a bit [;-)] about how women are being neglected or even abused
in the war against MEN's HIV/AIDS - I say MEN's HIV/AIDS advisedly because
almost all the drug research, education, etc., is being done for the benefit
March 27, 1997 I
used to do it from scratch with the kneading and double rising, etc., but
have become a convert to a bread baking machine...
April 5, 1997 We
received a message from a reader who has the financial means to buy a new
set of prothesis for the California woman whose forearms were cut off by
April 11, 1997 Claws readers,
thank you for the many, many messages on how to locate Mary Vincent, the
mutilated survivor of a rapist's brutality - and the uncaring of the California
April 29, 1997 Give
'em enough time and rope and they will hang themselves. Catt's Claws' author
has been chastised, yelled at, and called names you wouldn't want your
sailor cousin to hear - all for saying that gay MEN do not support lesbians
or women in general...
May 5, 1997 Inquiring
minds want to know... I guess. Although maybe we could all live the rest
of our lives without knowing what the Religious Right REALLY thinks of
June 21, 1997 ...We
are raised as children to brainwash ourselves with sweetness and light,
to evade reality. To believe that life will always be dancing in Maryjanes
in the loving arms of our own true loves... we grow up and are exposed
to what is *really* going on and we just can't handle it...
June 30, 1997 As
Anita Hill became a watershed symbol in American women's continuing fight
for civil and human rights, the case of the U.S. Air Force against Lt.
Flinn will be the watershed that marks the line in the sand for the sexual
double standard that has plagued women ever since a man (almost all men)
decided HIS genes were more precious than anyone else's...
July 6, 1997 ...Thank
GAWD for men like Lawrence Lader who founded NARAL in his living room way
back when. He is again LEADING the way...
July 23, 1997 Like
just about everyone else, I am - or would like to - enjoy the lazy, hazy
daze of summer. And then something like this happens...Yes, how can a father
do this to his children? We had written about an Alabama man who killed
his two small daughters for the insurance money at the *same time* that
the Susan Smith murders occurred and the newspapers completely - COMPLETELY
- ignored it...
August 20, 1997
...It was just "another" woman getting killed story. There's
nothing sensational about that. The reporter (male) didn't see anything
wrong with the comments from one of Texas' wanna-be-macho men...
January 2, 1996
...Good GAWD (God, a woman deity), the NOW rallies and parades can't even
pull stars anymore...
January 4, 1996
Warning: the following item regarding the 19-day-old girl raped by her
father is strong to take, so read at your own risk...
January 16, 1996 ...A Gallup
poll found that 1.3 million children a year were sexually abused. The poll
did not ask parents whether they had sexually abused their children, but
rather whether, as far as they knew, their children had been forced to
have sex with an adult or older child...
January 17, 1996
The two days of hearings before the House Economic and Employment Subcommittee
on Oversight and Investigations was nothing but the public paying for the
religious right's Lou Sheldon, an anti-woman, anti-gay extremist...
February 1, 1996 The New
York Times recently carried a tragic story of two groups of twisted
minds using the helpless body of a 29-year-old woman who has been in a
coma for TEN YEARS. One group is her so-called loving family and the other
a rapist. Yes, she is pregnant...
February 4, 1996 On this
our 100th episode of Catt's Claws we declare that we will in every issue
from now on out intentionally break a federal law...
February 6, 1996 Italian
police say they've broken up a prostitution ring run by an 80-year-old
ex-prostitute who was aided by two women in their 60s...
March 5, 1996 ...There
is a new "designer" drug out that is dropped into the drinks
of unsuspecting women that is a form of knock-out pill that allows the
woman to be raped without any problems. Called "roofies"...
April 25, 1996 Paul
Courry from whom we got the Brendan Walsh quote we use in our personal
email signature: "When they come for the innocent without crossing
over your body,CURSED be your religion and your life"...
May 16, 1996 ...Family
values got another kick in the teeth in Germany...
June 6, 1996 So-called
feminist are viciously attacking the author of Catt's Claws for not opening
her venues for NOW propaganda and discussion...
June 11, 1996 More
than one-third of all America's poor children, or about 5.6 million kids,
live in working-poor families, according to a state-by-state survey of
children's well-being released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Of those
poor only 14% are born to teenage mothers...
June 19, 1996 AnnaRose
announces a new URL for Abortion Clinics OnLine http://www.gynpages.com...
June 23, 1996 ...The
bottom line is that for the first time suspected child abuse by priests
are to be reported to police authorities. Is that the rule in the U.S.?
Or are they still covering up by transferring the priests?...
June 26, 1996 My,
my... I guess Catt's Claws has come of age... I received a letter dated
June 21, 1996 from someone saying he was Richard J. Gelles...
June 27, 1996 This
is an "interim" Catt's Claws that seeks to address two current,
major events that directly pertain to women and women's rights. The first
is about the unparalleled and FILTHY attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton...
July 1, 1996 The
betrayal of American women by doctors, medical practitioners of all kinds,
the Food and Drug Administration, and our own feminist movement's leaders
was revealed in all its glory...
July 4, 1996 ...So
without comment: The Headline reads: NUNS AT RISK OF RAPE CAN TAKE THE
PILL, says Rome...
August 13, 1996
In the last Catt's Claws we wrote about the lies the Centers for Disease
Control, and the medical community as a whole have been foisting on American
women regarding their deaths from pregnancy...
August 20, 1996
As babies are routinely paw printed and their prints recorded in a central
registry at birth, we think all infants should also have their DNA registered...
August 22, 1996
OH GAWD ! I'm stuttering. I throw my hands up. Those Sons of whoremongers!
May they all go bankrupt! If any of you EVER buy or drink a bottle of Perrier
Water unless you are dying of thirst in the middle of the Libyan desert,
you deserve to have your throat rot out...
August 25, 1996
I've really paced the floor over how to address something I consider a
core error in the hearts of the leaders of today's feminist movement...
August 29, 1996
...Another reason NOT to read MS. is that for the past two years they apparently
have made a practice of not paying the free lance writers who write for
them, including one writer who finally took them to court...
September 2, 1996
We had the privilege of speaking to Hillary Rodham Clinton at the rally
for President Clinton Sunday afternoon in Little Rock...
September 8, 1996
A lot of people have wondered why Bob Dole, hip deep in the big muddy of
radical religious reactionary right-wing redivivus, rapacious Republicans,
took such pains to condemn teacher unions. A wonderful woman in Texas gave
us the reason...
September 11, 1996
How many of you were offended - shocked - by the sight of a slight woman
being shackled and handcuffed (chains around her waist) and escorted to
jail by burly marshalls for refusing to lie...
September 15, 1996
Without the so-called gender gap in U.S. politics, the presidential race
in 1996 would be a runaway as polls suggest men are throwing their votes
away on a losing candidate...
September 24, 1996
Please - PLEASE contact the one or more of the following U.S. Senators
IMMEDIATELY.They are claiming that they are NOT hearing from the pro-choice
forces regarding the late term abortion ban...
October 14, 1996
The biggest danger to women today is the radical religious right...
October 20, 1996
Congress has outlawed the rite of female genital mutilation...
October 29, 1996
"Women are beginning to participate more fully throughout this country
in the life of American. As far as I know, the sky is not falling anywhere."
-- President Clinton, August 26, 1996...
October 31, 1996
As of midnight, I officially dub myself a crone...
November 3, 1996
Newspaper and TV columnists are predicting (betting on) a record LOW turnout
at the voting booths - big money people trying to talk y'all into staying
November 14, 1996
Please distribute a copy of this column to every woman you know who is
in or has been in the Armed Services...
November 26, 1996
...Day by day we are finding out new, shocking, and murderous things that
are being done to women by way of the "male is the norm" philosophy...
December 2, 1996
...While only a handful of women CEOs run Fortune 500 corporations, women-owned
businesses employ more persons than the Fortune 500 combined...
December 6, 1996
On this day, December 6, 1989, at the University of Montreal's school of
engineering, fourteen women were murdered in cold blood by a lone gunman.
They were all shot because they were women...
December 8, 1996
...Guessy who is among the leaders of the Republican party trying to pull
the "lamb to slaughter" routine on women. None other than Christine
December 11, 1996
May we wish the elected officers of the National Organization FOR Women
a Christmas Carol - Dicken's Christmas Carol with a visitation from Feminists
Past, chains and whips and all...
Deember 18, 1996
We regret that Mary Melchoir (and Pat Ireland who signed her paychecks
for all these many years) found it necessary to obtain an unauthorized
copy of SOME of Catt's Claws mailing list...
January 6, 1995 We are being
subjected to the big lie(S) in the media coverage of the slim victory of
the white males against the rest of the country in the recent elections...
January 8, 1995 Martha Burk,
head of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy recently wrote a thoughtful
article explaining the white male flight to the radical right...
January 10, 1995 The National
Law Journal reports (from AP) that recently, two Oklahoma City police Sgts.
found themselves charged...
January 12, 1995 The Quakers...
asking the state legislature to allow all couples the right of marriage:
same sex couples and opposite sex couple...
January 16, 1995 We all
need some good news and the best we've read lately is that a special prosecutor
may soon be named to investigate... NEWTIE...
January 17, 1995 Pennsylvania
officials said the program requiring deadbeat parents to pay back child
support from their lottery winning has netted almost $70,000 since it began
two years ago ...
January 22, 1995 One of
our readers sent a post about women in San Antonio selling blood to feed
January 29, 1995 It was
reported on one of the wire services that fertility specialist Craig Niederberger
extracted sperm from the corpse of a newlywed man killed in an auto wreck
"to give solace to the wife," who may want to conceive the victim's
February 2, 1995 As much
as I admire New Jersey's woman governor Christie Whitman who campaigned
as a feminist (going into a meeting of women's groups to the music of "I
am Woman"), she proved that she was, indeed, a REPUBLICAN...
February 5, 1995 There has
just GOT to be a way to get the words of women columnists distributed throughout
February 7, 1995 Steven
Butler, 32, a well-known anti-freedom-for-women activist has been arrested
for assaulting his wife...
November 9, 1995 Men's
fear of latex condom allergies is almost completely unfounded since the
way (even where) condoms are manufactured is more stringent than the way
latex gloves are manufactured...
November 13, 1995 Well,
I got the flu shot - but not soon enough...