It's Not Just the Diet: Racism Is at Play in... →
A recent New York Times article detailed the health effects of immigration on the Latino community, but it neglected to note one of the likely causes of those health outcomes: racism.
Chicago’s ‘Pregnant Men’ Ads: Flipping the...
The Office of Adolescent and School Health in the Chicago Department of Public Health (Chicago DPH) recently released a set of teen pregnancy prevention ads that feature images of half-naked young men who, thanks to technology, appear pregnant. When I first saw the ads, I thought, “Wow, how progressive! Chicago is actually creating ads that are trying to be more inclusive of transgender men.”...
In light of their honesty, I think it’s past time that the pro-choice movement...– “The Fallacy of Rape, Incest, and Life Endangerment Clauses” by Sarah Erdreich
I’m tired of being told I should be thankful that things aren’t worse for women...– Andrea Grimes, Texas Republicans Don’t Act on Threats Against Repro Rights, and That’s Called Harmony?
Federal Appeals Court Permanently Blocks Arizona... →
A panel of judges sent a strong message to state legislatures that abortion rights matter. good news!
The Rescued Women in Cleveland Were Not 'Sex... →
Conflating the word “rape” with “sex” demeans sex for all of us, but most especially for survivors of sexual violence. The use of the phrase “sex slave” to describe someone’s rape experience poses many concerns, not only for survivors themselves but for society as a whole. It says something troubling about how we view perpetrators of sexual violence and how we view...
Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can...
sheresists: Language is never neutral.
Maine Judiciary Committee Votes Against Three... →
The committee voted not to recommend the three bills, which would make it harder for teens to access safe abortion care and would redefine what constitutes a viable fetus in the state’s legal code.
anogoodrabblerouser: I have NEVER seen a probirther address the fact that if abortions are illegal women will just do it themselves at home. Ever. If a woman wants a baby out of her, she’s going to get rid of it. You’re just voting against her having a safe place to do it.
How Natural Disasters Affect Women's Safety and... →
Natural disasters tend to make low income and poor people the majority of whom are women even more vulnerable to physical assault as well as to greater economic challenges in the years that follow. A piece by Sheila Bapat from 2012 that is still relevant in light of the recent disaster in Oklahoma.
ADVICE: It Was Fun, and I Want to Tell My Friends,...
Secret_girl asks: I was with this guy down at the beach late in the night and we started to hook up. It got a bit heated and asked me if I wanted to try something new. I said yes (I consented). He started to eat me out following with me giving him oral. I’m scared that if I tell any of my friends I’ll get judged. Girls are like that these days :( It’s not like I regret it or anything. To be...
Will the teen mom shaming ever stop? →
hellyeahscarleteen: “ May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, which basically means it’s the season for teen mom shaming. And damn if the Candie’s Foundation doesn’t deliver! On May 1 they revealed their new celebrity-endorsed PSAs, which include lots of messages that provide the super useful combo of shame and no actual helpful information whatsoever.
oh-annie: The other day, a boy in my form asked me “Don’t you think feminists are a bit annoying?” No. What’s annoying is that women all over the world are still having to fight to be treated like human beings.
Legal Fight Over Contraception Benefit Hits Next... →
A series of appellate court decisions in the coming months could determine how and when the Supreme Court reviews the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act. In the legal battle over the contraception benefit, conservatives see a chance to radically re-define the nature of religious liberty in the United States and to provide broad protections from obeying the law for businesses. It’s a...
Worry About Your Own Uterus: So you're pro-life... →
wswni: Let me guess. Drug bans have been an extraordinary success. Banning guns will make them magically disappear. If you want to ban abortions you must exist in a sterile environment where you are sheltered from the real world. My opinions on abortions are simple. I would never want to outlaw abortions. I’ve seen black market and third world medical conditions. I’d rather see less women...
You see, genocide takes many forms. A malnourished body caused by a lack of food...– Black abortion provider Dr. T.R.M. Howard countering Black militants’ charges that abortion is “Black genocide”
Addressing Violence Against Women Living With HIV...
“All the women living with HIV in my organization have been subjected to various forms of violence before and after diagnosis, from sexual violence, psychological, economic to institutional violence.” This was one testimonial from a consultation conducted by the Athena Network and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Such testimonies of violence are not isolated. In Chile, 77 out of 100...
My Feminism: What if your mother aborted you? →
awesomefieldofpoppies: my-feminism: I hate this stupid argument I love my mother, and I would never wish an unwanted pregnancy on her. If my mother was forced to go through with a pregnancy that she didn’t want, just so I was born, that would be awful. That would mean that I was a punishment. That would mean that my mother suffered… This, up there. I’ve had many problems, amongst them I...
The social conservatives that dominate the anti-choice movements are generally...– Sarah Erdreich, “Generation Roe” (via bed-legs)
Yes, Abortion Is a Women’s Issue, and Yes, More...
Further, sexist assumptions about women’s role in reproduction are at the core of other oppressions women face. Rape culture is intertwined with ideas that men are irresistibly driven to sex, that women are submissive sexual objects to be conquered, that women are either sluts or prudes. Lack of family supports in the workplace, from paid sick days to paid family leave, are tied with...
Do Not Be Fooled by Cutesy Rhetoric on Comp Time →
workingamerica: Trying her best to sound like a Hallmark card, Rep. Virginia Foxx argued on a local North Carolina news station in favor of a bill that would end overtime pay for hourly workers as we know it: “It’s important to have enough money from your paycheck,” she told WFMY News, “but money can’t buy time. Many parents would like to have the time with their children.” While the bill, the...
Worry About Your Own Uterus: forthecatholicgirls:... →
forthecatholicgirls: Sometimes, what bothers me the most about the abortion debate is the people who talk like they know everything about abortion without having ever walked into a Planned Parenthood or listened to women talk about their experiences or researched unbiased information about the various abortion procedures. I wish everyone could spend a day as a clinic escort or a volunteer on a...
In New Interview, Gabriel Gomez Again Does Not...
On the failed Blunt Amendment of 2012 that would have allowed secular employers to exclude contraception and other services covered by third-party health insurance plans to employees and dependents, Gomez told the Globe, “Honestly, I haven’t read the Blunt Amendment, so it’s hard for me to go yea or nay without reading the full Blunt Amendment. That’s part of the reason why these guys and women...