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Today’s Lady News: Will Texas Make Abortion More Difficult For Women?

  • Texas’ state senate passed a bill last night which requires a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and be read a physical description of the fetus’ current development. Women would not be required to look at the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat and there is an exception made for women or girls impregnated by rape or incest. Governor Rick Perry wholeheartedly supports the bill. [Reuters]
  • Not content to let Rep. Michele Bachmann hog all the attention, Sarah Palin is weighing in on Michelle Obama’s public push for moms to breastfeed. [The Root]
  • 911 dispatcher Angela Sherrod of Louisville coached new dad, Mohamed Bojang, on how to deliver his wife’s baby. In her 20 years on the job, Angela had never helped deliver a baby over the phone before. Both mom and baby, Khadija Bojang, are doing well. Great job, everyone! [The Grio]

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Rep. Jackie Speier, Who Revealed Her Abortion On House Floor, Is Our Hero

Forget Ah-nold: this to me is what a hero is. While debating whether or not to de-fund Planned Parenthood (which passed 240-185) because the organization offers abortion services, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed last night on the floor of the House of Representatives that she had an abortion on a desired pregnancy at 17 weeks. “[I am] one of those women [Rep. Smith] spoke about just now. … I lost the baby,” Rep. Speier said. “And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.” She was responding to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who apparently made a reference to women making the decision to have an abortion without any thought. Keep reading »

House Of Representatives Votes To De-fund Planned Parenthood

FUDGE. The House of Representatives voted 240-185 to block federal aid from Planned Parenthood.

According to The Washington Post, the pols are taking particular aim at funding through Title X, the “$327 million program founded in 1970 that covers family planning and reproductive health. By law, Title X funds can be spent on family planning and contraception but not on abortion services.” Out of concern and suspicion these funds are used to pay for abortions, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is spearheading the effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood, while other Republicans are aiming to defund Title X entirely. And wouldn’t you know, Rep. Pence referenced that sting video by anti-abortion extremist group Live Action that was filmed inside Planned Parenthood clinics undercover as they counseled actors pretending to be pimps with teen prostitutes? Well played, Live Action and the Republican Party. Keep reading »

Kittens In Bowls, Just Because


You can’t watch this bizarro Asian TV video clip of kittens climbing in bowls while the Beatles’ “Ob La Di” plays in the background and not smile. It’s humanly impossible. Is there a word that means random and awesome? Rand-awesome? Because that’s what this is. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Ask Me Out On A Damn Date

Hello there. You. Yes, you! I have something I would like to talk to you about.

It’s come up a couple of times recently and it’s gotten so irritating that I finally have to say something about it. I’m pretty sure you’re not even aware of what you’re doing or why it bothers me. So here it goes.

I would like you to ask me out on a freaking date. Keep reading »

Keri Hilson Dances Around The Word “Feminist”

“That word ['feminist'] has been tossed around a few times. I absolutely stand for women’s rights — I do. I also believe in empowerment and just owning and controlling your situation – be it your relationships, sexuality or confidence — and then not allowing anyone to take that. If any of that puts me into the feminist box, then I’m proudly there. But I’m not a Nazi with it. I just feel strongly that women lack the confidence that we need in this day and time. Everyone is seeking validation from expensive things like heels and handbags and hair weaves, or other women and other men. I just feel that I would like to see that over.”

— Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, like a lot of other celebs, isn’t sure the “feminist” label is for her — even though she holds feminist beliefs. (Fun fact: Keri Hilson helped write one of my all-time favorite feminist anthems ever, Ciara’s “Like A Boy.”) I would never foist labels onto other people, but I sincerely wish more people in the public eye, especially women, just said, “Yeah, I am a feminist.” If we all just claim the label, then it’ll stop being a dirty word! [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Quickies: Sarah Jessica Parker Hints At “Sex And The City 3″ & Slippers By Snooki?

  • Yes, “Sex and the City 3″ might actually be happening. Sarah Jessica Parker still believes Carrie and the gals have “one more story” to tell. [In which they die? Please? -- Editor] [Huffington Post]
  • Miley Cyrus slapped John Mayer’s butt at the Grammys, so obviously that means they’re schtupping. I don’t care if she’s 18 — if 30-something John is boning Miley, I’m calling Child Protective Services. [The Superficial]
  • In the throes of their messy custody battle, Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubrey, tried to prevent her from filming a movie in New York City, even though she offered to put him up in a hotel so he could see their daughter, Nahla. He sounds like such a royal pain. [TMZ]

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Today’s Lady News: Toronto Cop Says Don’t Dress Like A “Slut”

  • A cop speaking at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto suggested a woman could prevent sexual assault by not dressing like a “slut.” Also, men could prevent sexual assault by not sexually assaulting women. It’s that easy! [Excalibur]
  • Attention, men who like to “mansplain”: here are the things you can and can’t get away with saying about CBS reporter Lara Logan’s beating and sexual assault in Egypt last week. [Slate]
  • British model Claudia Aderotimi, who died recently from getting butt implants from a person unlicensed to perform plastic surgery, wanted to become a hip-hop video vixen. Claudia had silicone injected into her rear end at a Hampton Inn in Philadelphia, but the silicone poisoned her vascular system and she died shortly thereafter. [The Grio]
  • Oh good. South Dakota decided it’s not entirely reasonable to allow people to kill abortion providers as “justifiable homicide” for protecting the fetus. [New York Times]

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Mom Wants Mentally Challenged Daughter Sterilized

Here’s a sticky wicket for you: the mother of a 21-year-old mentally challenged woman in Britain is asking a court for permission to sterilize her daughter so she will not continue getting pregnant. The daughter, who is referred to in court as P to protect her anonymity, already has two young children who are being raised by P’s mother, Mrs. P, who lives with them. However, Mrs. P said she cannot financially support a larger family and that when she took her daughter to a family planning clinic, she refused to get a contraceptive injection (Depo Provera). As Mrs. P described it, if P were to become pregnant again, Mrs. P would put the baby up for adoption. The nature of P’s mental difficulties are not explained by the Guardian, but Mrs. P told the court that P does not seem to understand the gravity of the situation. “I tried to explain that any future babies will go to a new mum and dad,” Mrs. P said. “She doesn’t understand that she won’t ever see them again. She says, ‘I’m the mummy’. She doesn’t understand they will get a new mum.”

Mrs. P continued, “I want the best for my daughter. We are supporting and helping her, bringing up her children and keeping them together as family unit. Obviously we can’t carry on supporting more and more children. She doesn’t see anything wrong in her behavior.” The judge handling the case, however, said that expert evidence was not available to make a judgment and he declined to rule on an “extremely serious and important” issue without it. Keep reading »

Taylor Swift’s Breakup Song About Jake Gyllenhaal

The Taylor Swift song everyone is waiting for? Whatever the little princess comes up with to memorialize/trash her ill-fated holiday romance with hunky oldster, Jake Gyllenhaal. We watched as their succession of coffee dates took them from Brooklyn to Nashville to London — and then, as fake Taylor sings in this Funny or Die spoof, things got weird when Jake asked how John Mayer looked naked. (NSFW due to the dropping of one F-bomb, otherwise fine.) [Funny Or Die] Keep reading »

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