Monday, August 27, 2012

Why Romney Shouldn’t be Allowed to Shake the Rape Issue

Early this week, Missouri Representative, Todd Akin, made headlines when he “enlightened” the American people on the concept of “legitimate rape.” According to Akin, women who are legitimately raped are not subject to the risk of pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try and shut the whole thing down.” Aside from demonstrating a clear need to increase health and science education funding- two subject areas in which several Republicans seem to have limited knowledge- many media adjuncts have dubbed these heinous comments as the nail in the coffin for the presumed Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, in his efforts to rally a strong female voter base.

Over the past several months, women’s rights issues have been brought to the political forefront on the campaign trail. There is more than one reason for the sudden emphasis placed on women’s issues, but arguably the most palpable explanation is the strong role that the female demographic will play in determining the outcome of the upcoming election. According to an article posted by the National Journal, a relatively small number of young female voters who are disengaged from politics will be the deciding factor in a handful of critical states this November. As a result, each campaign and their allies will be spending an astronomical sum of at least $2.5 billion dollars in an attempt to persuade these political novices.

Both candidates have worked hard to be perceived as the stronger female advocate. The Obama Administration has highlighted their dedication to women by lowering female health care costs through the passage of the Affordable Care Act and pointing to the President’s support of Planned Parenthood and LGBT marriage rights. Meanwhile, Romney has attempted to win women over from a purely economic perspective. According to Romney, women have been hardest hit financially as a result of President Obama’s economic policies. Regardless of whether or not there is actually merit to these claims, it is evident that Romney also sees the need to court the female vote.
In light of this, the Romney campaign has found itself scrambling in the wake of Representative Adkin’s horrendous rape comments. Romney rebuked Akin’s statements calling them “insulting, inexcusable and frankly, wrong.” He did not, however, request that Akin step down from running for reelection. In addition, Romney’s spokeswoman assured voters that victims of rape would be allowed access to abortion under the Romney-Ryan administration.
Presumably, the GOP base considered this apology and reassurance enough to sever any link that the public has made between Akin’s chauvinistic faux pas and the Romney campaign. However, the negligent remarks still leave a bad taste in the mouths of many. For one, it reinforces Romney’s well-deserved reputation as a flip-flopper. While he has been fairly consistent in his view on abortion with regard to rape and incest, one can’t help but scratch their head when looking at his reaction to Akin’s comment and inspecting Romney’s selection for a running mate, Representative Paul Ryan.
It is important to note that Ryan has not condoned Akin’s remarks; however, his track record during his 14 years in Congress certainly seems to echo Akin’s sentiments. Ryan has an irrefutable pro-life voting record and has been revered by the National Right to Life Committee for having voted in accordance with their agenda on 59 key pieces of abortion legislation. Ryan also co-sponsored a controversial bill, which if passed, would give fetuses “all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges.” This "personhood" legislation would fundamentally ban abortion care- including cases involving incest or rape. Luckily, this bill never went up for a vote.
In all fairness, it is safe to say that the Romney campaign assumed they would not have to spend insurmountable amounts of time smoothing over Paul Ryan’s archaic perspective on women’s rights. The Representative was obviously selected for his well-known conservative solutions to fixing the American economy- Romney’s presumed “golden-ticket” to winning the Presidency. However, the Romney campaign’s tunnel vision with regard to selecting a running mate shows just how out of touch the candidate is with the concerns of women in America. While Romney may not agree with Ryan’s outlook on women’s issues, choosing him as Vice President seems to say that the blatant legislative attack Representative Ryan has led against female autonomy is not worth addressing. In reality, this could not be further from the truth; the Akin’s incident has made that clear.
In this day and age, it is baffling that these discussions even need to take place. To promote an anti-abortion agenda by claiming that one form of rape is less serious than another is egregious. Forcing a woman to engage in a sexual act should never be a partisan issue. A rapist does not ask a woman if she is a registered Republican or Democrat or if she plans on carrying a possible pregnancy to term. It is an act based on the rapist’s desire to overpower a woman both physically and emotionally. The effects of rape on a female’s body and mind are incredibly serious and to downplay the aftermath is on par with condoning the action itself. There is simply no room for that kind of mentality in a democratic society and certainly not in public office.

Shannon Salk

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The War on Women

 By Paige Moody

           As I was approached to take part in this blog about feminism and youth, I found myself struggling to determine a topic. However, the longer I stirred on the matter; I began thinking of one controversial issue, healthcare for women. Although I am still a young woman at the age of 18, I find that annual visits to the doctor’s office are something of which I consider to be important. Early detection and other vital testing would, and has been proven to assist in saving the lives of women. Other issues in regards to the pro-life and pro-choice debate have been helpful as well. For example, Planned Parenthood has been providing reproductive health care to women and men for years. Although as of late, this organization has been attacked for providing care to women seeking abortions, especially as the presidential debate is currently occurring. State governments have become increasingly more designated as liberal or conservative, creating disturbances in the work that places like Planned Parenthood, have tried so hard to do. Many organizations have shut down, and in some states have left only one standing. Luckily, for those in my area, we still have numerous organizations that can help educate those who may be seeking it. Not only is education offered, but contraceptives are issued, and health services are provided to those with STDs. Abortion referrals do occur, although they are not the only things offered at such organizations. 
Automatically, it is the controversial issue of pro-choice and life that is thought of. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion on abortion. Frankly, I am pro-choice. I believe women deserve the right to make decisions in regards to their bodies. Although I completely comprehend not everyone may feel the same way, I do not find it appropriate individuals, and other groups of people penalize those organizations that provide other types of health services, including but not limited to abortion.
            It is taught that Church and State are separated here in the Unites States. However, I am beginning to think otherwise. Religion has aided in defining some laws, notably in states that have begun eliminating clinics solely based on abortion. Why have they done this? They claim it is for budgetary issues. I find that it is a philosophic struggle between morals and ethics of which these states base from religion. Releasing clinics from their duties, is removing other products and information from those that could benefit from them. I prefer to keep religion and state separated, allowing me to make the appropriate decisions I see fit for my body.
            To some, in the above situations, I may be lucky to have several clinics near me. Those who fight for these organizations to be closed down do not begin to see the strength of an individual for seeking help. With the stigma that can occur for making such a decision, one may be ostracized. I am not even sure if it is something I would be able to handle in my town. If these licensed places are to be closed, some women will look for other ways to gain the information or be provided such procedures. Illegal clinics are around, and provide false information to those in a vulnerable state. These places and disgusting acts can result in even further damage to our bodies. We should support women in their choice of healthcare and abortion. I have the right to express my concerns about my body and self. My body is simply that, mine. I urge all who read this editorial to stand up for our rights and support these organizations.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Are Today's Pop Princesses Proper Role Models?

By: Anjelica Dudek

Today, a friend said to me on Facebook that "Lady Gaga contradicts feminism." 

     As soon as I read the comment, I literally gasped. Almost everyone who knows me knows that I am a proud "Little Monster" who adores almost everything that comes out of Lady Gaga's mouth. I've been preparing for her Detroit concert for months and she hasn't even announced the dates for the U.S. leg of her "Born This Way Ball" tour. Her style, her music, her words are what I love about her. She oozes self-confidence and strength without being cocky. It is because of that alone that she is one of my role models.

     This did however get me thinking, if Lady Gaga apparently doesn't fit a feminist role model, is there anyone "similar" to her who could do the job? As far as today's "cool" pop princesses go, this generation has Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj… are they qualified enough to be the proper role models for young women?

     Since she got her break with her controversial song "I Kissed A Girl", Katy can quickly become the talk of the town in an instant. Outside of obvious events in her life (like her marriage and divorce to British comedian, Russell Brand), it seems as though her breasts draw a lot of controversy, specifically in two of her music videos, where whip cream (1) were shot out of her chest. Was this an ode to Gaga (2), quite possibly, but why??? I understand the symbolism behind the firework one, but I don't understand the reason to add even more sexual references to California Gurls. So for about a year or so, I've had this love-hate relationship with Katy Perry. She seems to display the qualities of a proper role model for young women; however, she does feed into the negative double standards by over-sexualizing herself in her music videos. Nevertheless, when I went to go see her documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me", my previous negative thoughts about her completely changed. Thanks to that movie, Katy has gained my full respect!

     Beyoncé Knowles has ALWAYS been a smart, strong and independent woman who has NEVER presented herself in a bad manner. Since Destiny's Child, Beyoncé's music is clearly feminist and there is RARLY any feminist jokes said about her. Without question, Beyoncé is probably the best role feminist role model for our generation.

     Unfortunately, for Nicki Minaj, it's a different story. Yes, she is also a strong, beautiful and independent woman. However, her language is at times FAR from radio-friendly and it often disses other women. But she is one of the only successful women in "the game" of hip-hop, so what can you expect? Yes, I will admit, I was also SUPER annoyed with her for a VERY long time. But, after watching this YouTube video (3), I have been reminded of her circumstances and her struggles of being a female rapper. Even my brother (who is a strong-opinionated fifteen-year old boy) completely understands and agrees with what Nicki is saying. 

     Comparing these women and how they deal with (and sometimes feed into) the double standard really made me see how hard fame can be on anyone, especially a woman. Unfortunately at one point in their careers, all of these women have had to play along with the sexist games (like the too-sexy clothing) before they were given the opportunity to show their true selves to the world. Yes, my friend was referring to Lady Gaga's (sometimes lack of) clothing. As much as I never really liked her practically naked habit, I've looked beyond that and focused on who Lady Gaga truly is: a smart, strong, independent woman who encourages all of her "Little Monsters" to stand up, be who they are and accept others for who they are. If that's not even sniffing what feminism is, then I don't think I know what feminism is anymore.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly news roundup

"There's been a lot of talk these last couple of weeks about "hipster racism" or "ironic racism"—or, as I like to call it, racism. It's, you know, introducing your black friend as "my black friend"—as a joke!!!—to show everybody how totally not preoccupied you are with your black friend's blackness. It's the gentler, more clueless, and more insidious cousin of a hick in a hood; the domain of educated, middle-class white people (like me—to be clear, I am one of those) who believe that not wanting to be racist makes it okay for them to be totally racist. "But I went to college — I can't be racist!" Turns out, you can."
"One of my favorite ways to escape this trap is to take a narrative that society has framed as deviant or unacceptable or sad and flip it on its head to occupy it with my own meaning. This can take many forms. GOOD executive editor Ann Friedman, who has no interest in getting married, has proposed reframing the term “spinster”: “I want to reclaim it, like ‘bitch,’ until it carries the same connotation as ‘bachelor’: free, fun, independent, loving life.”"
(How to Ditch Happily-Ever-After and Build Your Own Romantic Narrative)
"The study, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, found 9.7 per cent of fathers suffer postnatal depression in the first year of their child's life compared with 9.4 per cent for mothers.
Younger fathers are particularly vulnerable, with those aged under 30 facing a 40 per cent increased likelihood of developing depression."
 (Fathers 'just as likely to suffer postnatal depression)
"The question is why, if half of the adult population is women who have sex, why is it difficult to see? I personally think this doesn’t necessarily account for this movie, but the most interesting sex scenes that I’ve done or seen are the ones that are truthful from a women’s perspective — instead of what I think everybody got used to in the ’80s and ’90s: put on a black Victoria’s Secret demi bra and be lit perfectly and arch your back. That’s supposed to look like sex. But that doesn’t look like sex for most people, and if it does, I think you’re probably missing out on a lot. The more truthful you can be, the sexier it is and the more uncomfortable it can make you sitting next to a stranger in a movie theater."
(Tribeca: Maggie Gyllenhaal on Sex Scenes From a Woman’s Perspective)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekly news roundup

"Apparently America's nuns are being way too lenient on gay rights, abortion, and women's ordination--which is why the Vatican reprimanded and ordered disciplinary action against the largest group and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States on Wednesday. The other offenses that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents most of the 55,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, has, in the Vatican's eyes, committed are "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith" and supporting Obama's health care overhaul."

(Vatican Criticizes U.S. Nuns for Being Too Progressive)


"Trans feminism is not a conundrum. Rather, it is simply one of numerous third-wave feminisms that take an intersectional approach to challenging sexism and oppression. The only thing different about trans feminism is that it extends this feminist analysis to transgender issues, which have been largely overlooked or misinterpreted by feminists in the past."

(Trans Feminism: There’s No Conundrum About It)


"The new Sexual Assault Response Unit, expected to open early this summer, will be staffed by DNA experts who not only process rape kits but also facilitate communication between the Northville lab and trained sexual assault nurses who collect evidence from victims, according to the [Michigan] State Police."

(New State Police unit makes rape kits priority No. 1)


"As a dad myself, I'm only marginally offended. As a human being living in, oh, 2012, I'm baffled. What is this strange Times-y world where households crumble the moment Mom walks out the door and Dad is so flummoxed by the demands of caregiving that he has to lie on the couch until the next set of wired commands comes through?
It's not the world I live in — the one where every day, competent hands-on fathers (married, partnered, single) navigate their children from point to point without mishap. But then it's not the world anyone lives in. With more and more women serving as primary wage-earners and more and more men serving as primary caregivers, it's only logical that the organizing intelligence behind any given household might actually have a Y chromosome."

(Mom, Meet Dad. He Promises He's Not Going To Break The Kids)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Weekly news roundup

A message to Planned Parenthood Supporters from President Obama


"Malawi's Vice-President Joyce Banda has been sworn in as president following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika. 
She becomes southern Africa's first female head of state after taking the oath before parliament in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe.
Ms Banda, who had been vice-president since 2009, was cheered and applauded before, during and after the ceremony."

 (Joyce Banda sworn in as new Malawi president)


"Given the national debate regarding birth control coverage, it's increasingly clear that many people have no idea how much it costs it to own a vagina — folks are getting up in arms about the idea that the pill could set uninsured women back about $1000 a year, but in the grand scheme of things, that's nothing. Do you even know just how much you're shelling out for your clam? Were you aware of the fact that in your 20s alone, you will spend over $26,000 on vaginal maintenance? Herewith, we do the math on just how much that cooter is costing you"

(This Is How Much It Costs to Own a Vagina: An Itemized List)


"Believe me: you don't want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations.
The political use of forced nudity by anti-democratic regimes is long established. Forcing people to undress is the first step in breaking down their sense of individuality and dignity and reinforcing their powerlessness."

 (How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Onion Effect: Satire vs. Politics

Something scary is happening in American politics.  And this time I’m not just talking about the war on women, but something that’s even more fundamentally wrong with our collective psyche.  What I’m talking about is the inability to discern satire – or what I like to call “The Onion Effect.” 

I believe this recent phenomena began with this story about Planned Parenthood opening an “8 billion dollar abortion megaplex.”  This article was written by the Onion – a website that exclusively specializes in satire by writing faux news stories designed to mock politics and current events.   But somehow LOTS of people overlooked the clear tones of sarcasm in the article and became outraged – including one member of the United States House of Representatives named John Fleming, who commented on the article saying, “More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale.”

Now there’s even an entire website solely dedicated to the (hilarious) reactions people have to the Onion’s satire when they think it’s for real.  Some headlines that people were unable to accurately interpret as satire include, “Brain-Dead Teen, Only Capable of Rolling Eyes and Texting, to be Euthanized” or “Vatican Dispatches Elite Team of Bishops to Sabotage Contraceptive Manufacturer.” 

I’d like to think that this is just a concentrated epidemic of stupidity that will run its course and eventually we’ll all be healthy and smart again.  But I think this is actually reflective of an ever increasing trend of crazy that has become the norm in our political system.  Can I really blame these people for failing to understand that this headline is a joke when this headline  is actually real?  If we can’t tell the difference between hilarious satire and real life politics, what does that say about the values we’re working with right now?  Legitimate core values like freedom and responsibility have gotten all twisted up into outrageous, ugly politics.  And try as we might, it’s been tough work trying to reclaim them.  

I don’t know about you, but I’m still holding out for the moment when we take a long hard look at our collective self in the mirror and decide we have better things to do with our time and ABUNDANT resources than promoting policies that seem like they came straight out of a Kurt Vonnegut novel.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Weekly news roundup

(Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin. Union Square NYC. 03.21.2012)

"It comes down to this: When the community has failed a patient by voting an ideologue into office…When the ideologue has failed the patient by writing legislation in his own interest instead of in the patient's…When the legislative system has failed the patient by allowing the legislation to be considered… When the government has failed the patient by allowing something like this to be signed into law… We as physicians cannot and must not fail our patients by ducking our heads and meekly doing as we're told.

Because we are their last line of defense." 
(A Doctor’s Manifesto for Fighting Transvaginal Ultrasounds)

"After surveying the political landscape and taking note of who was saying what about women's reproductive rights in America, it would not be unreasonable to conclude that "pro-choice man" is a contradiction in terms. Because with the exception of a very few men — bless you, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Garry Trudeau — there are barely any men speaking out in favor of a woman's right to choose.

But it's not a contradiction in terms. Those men do exist. And last month, I decided to create a space where they could make themselves heard.

Men Who Trust Women is a tumblr where men who believe that bodily autonomy is every woman's right can share their stories. It's not about speaking instead of women, or on behalf of women, but alongside them and in support of them." 
 (Don’t Despair: There Are Plenty of Men Out There Who Trust Women)

"International press reported that Saudi Arabia approved the participation of Saudi women in the Olympics a day after the IOC reported that progress had been made in negotiations with Saudi Olympic officials on sending female athletes and officials to the games. Saudi Arabia has approved such participation as long as their sports “meet the standards of women’s decency and don’t contradict Islamic laws.”" 
(At last, Saudi women in the Olympics)

"The irony: At that instant, my partner Joe and other guys were 50 feet away, filming the video “Sh*t Men Say To Men Who Say Sh*t to Women on the Street”. They were saying things on-camera that I wanted someone to say in life. Right then. To that guy. They were things I could have said. But I didn’t. I hate admitting it but I was afraid. And I felt helpless. And the more I think about it, the madder I get. Because this is not my job. It’s not my job to be on guard every second; to defend myself constantly; to fight against every male gaze on me, wherever I am, whatever I wear." 
(Sh*t Men Say To Men Who Say Sh*t to Women on the Street)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekly news roundup

“The single woman, or “swingle,” as pollsters are now calling her, is already one of the largest voting blocs at 55 million, and that number is growing by almost 1 million voters a year—faster than any other group of voters broken out in the polls.”  
 “The protest is an attempt to change attitudes concerning sex before marriage, especially in cases of rape, where the woman can sometimes be regarded as the criminal rather than the victim in order to preserve the family's honour.”
Morocco protest against rape-marriage law

"The conflict began when the Texas Legislature inserted a "poison pill" into the Medicaid funding bill passed in 2011, which mandates that no funding under the program go to any facility that provides abortion services, even if no state money directly paid for abortions.  If the federal government did not agree to the waiver, the language requires that the program be discontinued."
Texas sues Obama administration in abortion dispute

"Trudeau explained to the Washington Post why he chose to go ahead with the comic:
'Texas’s HB-15 isn’t hard to explain: The bill says that in order for a woman to obtain a perfectly legal medical procedure, she is first compelled by law to endure a vaginal probe with a hard, plastic 10-inch wand. The World Health Organization defines rape as “physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration — even if slight — of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.” You tell me the difference.'"
Doonesbury Calls Texas Abortion Law 'Rape' in New Comic Strip

"Christopher Collins, vice-chairman, said that while he may take a different view based on his religion or how he brought up his own children, he must act on what he considers to be in the students’ best interest. “We can’t stick our heads in the sand any more,” Collins said."
Free condoms for Springfield students 12 and over gets initial approval by School Committee

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Young Feminists organizing

Hey everyone, sorry for the long delay between posts, a vacation then an illness took me out of the blogging game for a couple weeks, but now I’m back and healthy again.

I just got home from the very first meeting of our newly formed Young Feminism Committee and I have to say, I’m inspired!  It reminded me that surrounding yourself with people who are interested in, or working on causes you care about is an incredibly important part of being an activist. It keeps you motivated knowing you’re in good company. As activists we often like to try and save the world with every action we take, but sometimes a girl just needs a feminist bowling night with some like-minded peers to feel that everything is right in the world. And really, who doesn’t need a few more feminist friends in their life anyway?

At this inaugural meeting we came up with a lot of really great ideas to get our feminist juices flowing and have some fun at the same time. If you didn’t get a chance to make it out tonight, we’re planning our next meeting for the beginning of next month – stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details. In the meantime, here are a few ideas we came up with to tempt you into joining us:
  • The aforementioned bowling night
  • Visit the DIA and discuss women/feminism in art
  • Attend a Detroit Soup
  • Feminist movie nights (movie suggestions appreciated)
  • Volunteer together – possible locations: Michigan Animal Rescue League, Oakland University’s organic farm
Have ideas for other activities for the YFC to take part in?  Want to know how you can get involved?  Let us know in the comments!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Weekly news roundup

The crazy talk over reproductive freedom continues...but let's talk about something else, shall we?

    • Maya Angelous gives advice to her 15-year-old self

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    Weekly news roundup

    • This is all I'm going to say about the ridiculous news about reproductive rights from the week:

    • Liz Trotta says women should expect to be raped when joining the military, and is scandalized that money is being spent on support systems for women who have been raped.  Oh and here is the petition for Fox news to fire her. 

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Government mandated rape in Virginia

    The following post has been reproduced from the blog redhead monster.  Please share widely, this issue is SCARY. 

    Okay, forget everything I have ever complained about or told you to do, politically. Forget if you don’t read political posts. Stop. WATCH/READ THIS RIGHT NOW.
    For those of you who for some reason cannot or do not want to watch the video, allow me to summarize. Right now there is a law that has passed the Virginia legislature that would mandate a trans-vaginal ultrasound for anyone seeking an abortion. No exceptions.
    Now that in and of itself does not sound so scary, right? Wrong. A trans-vaginal ultrasound is not a normal type of ultrasound. It is an ultrasound that is taken by sticking a probe into a woman’s vagina. And it is completely and totally medically unnecessary. The Republican legislators who have passed this bill admit to it being completely medically unnecessary. It exists for the sole purpose of discouraging women from getting abortions.
    I honestly could care less what your personal views on abortion are, but here’s something we have to get straight right now: no matter how you feel about abortion or why, this is government-mandated rape. Think I’m exaggerating? Let’s look at how rape is defined by the federal government of the United States of America:
    “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
    Let’s re-iterate here: there are no exceptions. It doesn’t matter if you are getting an abortion one week or eight months into your pregnancy. You will be forcibly probed. It doesn’t matter if you are aborting for personal reasons or because it’s a medical necessity for either your safety or the safety of your child. You will be forcibly probed. It doesn’t matter if you are fourteen or forty. You will be forcibly probed. It does not matter if your child is the product of incest or even the product of rape. You will be forcibly probed.
    Now, I don’t live or vote in Virginia. Technically, there is nothing I can do about this. But currently this bill is on the way to the governor’s desk, and the only hope there is of it not becoming law is if Virginia citizens contact the Governor and tell him about their opposition to him signing this into law. (Contact information is here. Please note that calling generally carries more weight than e-mailing does.)
    Please re-blog this story. E-mail it to everyone you know. Tell them to e-mail it to everyone they know. Eventually, some of these people we all know should be from Virginia, and if you are from Virginia, you need to let your voice be heard now. Regardless of if you think life begins at conception, there is no justification, ever, for the government mandating the rape of women.

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

    Weekly news roundup

    • Pete Hoekstra tells the world loud and clear that he is racist with his new political ad above
    • Prop 8 in California was determined unconstitutional, but that won’t stop opponents of marriage equality from appealing the case.  
    • Obama compromised on the religious exemption for contraception coverage in a way that (should) completely satisfy both sides of the issue, Catholics are (predictably) still not completely happy
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    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    Weekly news roundup

    • Women size 6-10 (aka too big for “regular” modeling, too small for plus size) may finally have a place in the modeling world.
    • Caitlin Flanagan’s new book Girl Land is a hot gender essentialist mess, Bitch Magazine makes it more bearable by adding pictures of cats (see image above).

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    Planned Parenthood vs. The World

    If you've checked in with the internet at all recently, you've probably seen the depressing news that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has entirely cut its grant money to Planned Parenthood.  This means Planned Parenthood needs to make up the difference of about $680,000 that it otherwise would have received from the foundation to provide breast exams and mammogram referrals.  You can read the full story about why Komen is aligning itself with anti-choice lobbyists here. If you're as outraged as I am by this news, here are a few things you can do to take action:   

    • Consider giving money directly to Planned Parenthood to help make up for lost funds, you can do that here.

    • This website lists additional ways to support women's access to cancer screenings and healthcare that are pro-woman and pro-choice.

    • And if you're not able to donate any funds at this time, you can show your support for Planned Parenthood by signing this petition to Komen and this letter to anti-choice policymakers at large.

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    Weekly news roundup

    • What do we even mean when we talk about "real women"?? It's time to kill that phrase.
    • And if this isn't the most ridiculous piece of news you've seen all week, please share what else you've been reading!