[In case it needs to be said: I don't agree with every word of everything I link to. --L.]
- Repeal The Hyde Amendment!
- Check out this video put out by the Center for Reproductive Rights, explaining what the Hyde Amendment is and why it’s so completely silly and unfair…
- In Health Reform, Abortion Not the Only Fight | RHRealityCheck.org
- After all, the right to abortion is based on broader Constitutional rights to autonomy and bodily integrity and the privacy to make decisions about what happens or doesn't happen to one's body. And if we apply these rights broadly, not only to a woman's "right to choose" to terminate a pregnancy but also her right to choose to carry that pregnancy to term, and her right to choose what happens or doesn't happen to her body at the time of childbirth, then we would see that all pregnant women are being denied these rights.
Case in point: Joy Szabo of Page, Arizona, pregnant for the fourth time. In order to exercise her rights, she sought long and hard for a provider and had to travel 300 miles away from her family for care. But Szabo wasn't seeking an abortion; she was seeking a vaginal birth. [...]
If you question whether this has anything to do with women's bodily integrity, talk to a woman who's had an infected caesarian scar or an episiotomy that tore into her perineum.
Perhaps the biggest loss for women's health reform is that with all the drama over abortion, maternity care has remained a huge blindspot — and a costly one, at that.
The US spent $86 billion on maternity care in 2006 and another $26 billion caring for babies born preterm, now also at a record high of 12 percent. Prematurity is a leading cause of infant death, yet the majority of premies are induced or surgically delivered too early. This over-medicalisation means that childbirth costs Americans more than twice per capita what other countries with better outcomes spend. Medicaid picks up nearly half the bill in the US. If we gave just a little attention to improving care, we could literally save billions.
[...] To what other bodily system or medical procedure do we attribute rights? We don't have endocrine rights or MRI rights; men don't have testicular rights or Viagra rights. Rights belong to human beings. We have rights.
Or do we? A society that would force a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy would also force her to have major abdominal surgery. Women won't get real health reform until we reform this fundamental lack of respect for women. The bus stops here.
- Quote of the Day
- "I think it's a shame that when there is a woman that is strong and doesn't mind speaking her mind there is no other word that can be used [to describe her] except for 'bitch.'" — Tabatha Coffey, star of Tabatha's Salon Takeover, responding to the query if she ever gets tired of being called a bitch.
- You’ll Laugh
- I point these out to you not to make an argument that Twilight is, can or should be a feminist classic, even in a gateway drug kind of way, but to say that sometimes you can find narratives of female agency in the strangest places, and also to reassure you if you have friends or family reading these books that they are not wholly retrogressive. Even in bad art there are possibilities, one supposes, and I just think it’s important to point this out. The girls reading Intercourse in high school don’t need us to help them own themselves. But the girls reading Twilight just might, and perhaps it’s valuable to emphasize the way in which the books aren’t totally unrescuable from the bounds of misogyny.
- Justice for Ruchika
- The Ruchika case, outrageous and disgusting as it is, appears to be the catalyst for a serious re-examination of how the Indian legal system prosecutes sex crimes, and how society treats victims of sex crimes (and their attackers). It’s also touched off a populist uprising about abuse of power by elected officials and law enforcement. [...] this story is an easy way for the press to tap into the suppressed rage a lot of Indians feel about their society’s not-so-level playing field.
- Women of the World: Put Out or Die in a Terrorist Attack
- I’m sure Jacobson thinks he’s made a funny–oh, we men! we’re incorrigible!–but what he’s doing, in addition to insulting men as no more than zombies in search of muff, is treating women (or rather, their holes) as things to be distributed as a) inoculation against male violence and/or b) a reward for not killing people.
So, to recap: young men are rampaging maniacs whose aggression must be channeled, and young women are appropriate targets. This is what Jacobson calls “the bright side.”
- I Don’t Give a Damn What Color Your Bra Is. SRSLY.
- Apparently instead of promoting research, funding and education, we ladeez are now supposed to fight breast cancer or raise awareness of it or whatever by posting our bra color in our Facebook status.
- Feel the Homomentum!
- "Portugal's parliament has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage. When ratified, Portugal will become the sixth European country to make same-sex marriage legal."
- More information coming out about Ugandan anti-gay conference
- "[Scott] Lively’s theory is that being gay is basically behind the urge to murder. He blames gays for serial killing, for instance. In his book, he claims that 68% of serial killers are gay. He then proceeds to blame gays for the Holocaust."