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.