Link(s): Wed, Apr 7th, 10am

[In case it needs to be said: I don’t agree with every word of everything I link to. –L.]

Speaking of bullies…
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is suing the city in response to a law requiring anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” to state up front that they do not refer women for birth control or abortion. They do not refer women for birth control or abortion. But they do not want to make that clear to potential clients.
Piling on Sandra Bullock
This is a story with legs. I’m afraid what else is going to come out. I am angry at Jesse James because this should be a huge moment of triumph for her when she should be weighing offers for her next film and deciding what’s next in her career and now she is picking up the pieces of her life. David Brooks in the NY Times decided to pile on and use her as a symbol for his stupid column on happiness. He starts off talking asking about whether she would give up her Oscar and work happiness to have marriage happiness instead. He asks: “Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?”

I can’t tell you how angry this makes me.

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Ellen Page
Gotta love the Hollywood star who stands up for abortion rights and women in film in the same interview.
Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Geena Davis
She started this work when she had her daughter and began to notice all gender stereotyping of girls in films and TV as well as their hypersexualization. She couldn’t believe this was going on and started mentioning it to people and lots of people couldn’t believe that was the case. So she decided to get some numbers to prove what she knew to be true.
No, It’s Not As Easy As You Think
When I talk to people in the United States about disability and the need for accommodations, I am usually met with a bit of bewilderment. “You mean there’s still more work to be done on accommodations? I thought all that had been taken care of.” These are people who are used to seeing wheelchair ramps at the entrance to government buildings, used to seeing the hand switch for wheelchair users to open automatic doors, used to seeing the braille at the ATMs. Given their observations of those existing accommodations and a minimal awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that mandates those accommodations, they assume that there’s been a consensus on the need to provide accommodations, a law mandating those agreed-on accommodations, and general compliance with that law.

As we well know, that is far from the truth. […] there is general agreement that people who use wheelchairs should have access to government buildings, but there is nothing even close to general agreement on how to accommodate people with depression or even whether depression is a disability “deserving” of accommodation. […] there are significant holes in the ADA itself, often putting the burden of requesting accommodations and demonstrating a need for them on the person with a disability. Finally, the idea that agencies and businesses affirmatively comply with the ADA, obviating the need for enforcement, is just patently false.

[Keep reading. The lawsuit against the Social Security Administration re accomodations for the blind draws attention to some headsmackingly obvious anti-disability douchery. –L.]