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Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin Says Abortions Remove A Woman’s Largest Organ & 5 Other Politicians Who Are Clueless About The Female Body

In shocking news to everyone, as a fetus you were your mother’s largest organ!  Or at least that’s what Alabama State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is now claiming.

The bill she introduced this week requires a series of demanding requirements of abortion clinics who perform this “big surgery.”  According to the Huffington Postthese regulations could potentially close the sparse five remaining abortion clinics in Alabama.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bill:

“Would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications”

Rep. McClurkin’s reasoning for such harsh new regulations: the removal of an organ is a serious surgery, and by her estimation a child is an organ.  Rep. McClurkin’s assertion is ridiculous for so many reasons.

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Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Fetal Personhood"
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Fetal personhood laws want a fertilized egg to legally be a person. Read More »

Happy Birthday, Kurt Cobain: Here Are Some Of His Most Feminist Quotes

Playlist: Nirvana's Faves
Selections from Nirvana's top 50 favorite bands. Read More »
Cobain's Favorite Bands
A list of his top 50 bands and records. Read More »
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What Courtney Love would say to Kurt Cobain right now if she could. Read More »

Kurt Cobain would have been 46 today. Do you remember where you were when you found out he’d killed himself? I was in high school art class, likely making some awful riot grrl-inspired art. I liked Nirvana, but at that point considered myself a little too cool to get super into them. They were soooo commercial, after all. And I fancied myself some kind of indie rock/riot grrl/zine-writing nightmare.

But fan or not, for those of us that exist in that murky era — not Generation X and not Generation Y — Cobain is and always will be a powerful arbiter of youthful dissent.

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New York Governor Cuomo Looks To Update State’s Abortion Laws

VA's Abortion Bills
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Virgina's transvaginal ultrasound anti-abortion bill is super-scary. Read More »
Crazy AZ Abortion Law
According to new AZ law, pregnancy begins 2 weeks before conception. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to update abortion laws in New York by removing restrictions on late term abortions (past 24 weeks), which have previously been available only if a woman’s life is at risk.  His proposal also includes allowing licensed practitioners to perform abortions, and changing the regulation of abortion to the state’s public health law rather than the penal codes.   [New York Times]
  • More uplifting news from politicians: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced his campaign to end violence against women and is calling on 10,000 to rally at City Hall to end domestic violence. [Feministing]
  • According to analysts and pollsters, how women feel about gun control could be a major factor in the 2014 midterm elections. According to Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle, women think less about guns as a Second Amendment right and more about safety.  [The Columbus Dispatch] Keep reading »

Duke University Is Training Feminist Bloggers

Lindy West On Trolls
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Jezebel blogger Lindy West faces down her Internet trolls. Read More »
"Feminist"? No Way
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Beliefnet would not allow blogger to use the word "feminist" on her blog. Read More »
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Can't we all just get along? Read More »
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Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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Duke University has suffered some blows over the years as an academically prestigious school with a bad rep towards women. There was the infamous Duke lacrosse rape accusation of 2006 (which was later found to be false) and more recently, embarrassing fratboy shenanigans. Finally, some really positive news: Duke Women’s Center has created a program during the spring semester called Write(H)ers, which will train 23 students on how to be feminist bloggers. Keep reading »

Sports Illustrated‘s Kate Upton Cover Is Straight-Up Sadistic

"Girl Model" Documentary
This movie pulls back the curtain on underage modeling. Read More »
Plus-Size Superstars
These six models are the biggest names in plus-size modeling. Read More »
"Erotic Child Model" Lawsuit
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Actress Eva Ionesco sues mom over '70s-era "erotic child modeling" pics. Read More »
Model Age Limit
Models under 16 won't be allowed to walk in fashion shows. Read More »
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  • Sports Illustrated thinks it is no biggie that Kate Upton nearly got hypothermia posing in a bikini in Antarctica (yes, seriously), BECAUSE BOOBS. [Slate]
  • For yesterday’s V-Day and One Billion Rising campaigns, feminist activists installed a temporary memorial to rape survivors on the Washington Mall in the reflecting pool. Check out a heartbreaking pic at the link. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Meet Zora Ball, age 7, of Philadelphia who coded her very own computer game. Color me impressed! [Smithsonian Mag]
  • Why some Muslim women in the United States struggle to seek for help from domestic violence. [Sioux City Journal] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Older Mothers

Soapbox: Mommy Wars
Calling a ceasefire on the mommy wars, because it helps no one. Read More »
Mommie Dearest...
The year in motherhood headlines. Read More »
Soapbox: Having It All
This "having it all" crap needs to stop. Read More »

Magazines seem to love writing about women’s choices, particularly if they can inspire readers to conclude that we’re making the wrong ones. Just before the new year, a much-talked about New Republic cover story focused on women and men becoming parents at an older age. The piece was written by an author who is herself an older mother and was concerned about a steady increase in birth defects and autism in recent years, although it’s been difficult so far to prove a direct correlation. Meanwhile, one of Boston Magazine’s cover stories that same month was about a growing breed of women who believed that it’s okay to have an “occasional” drink while pregnant.  Yes, that was the language — “occasional” 00 yet the subject was so provocative that it warranted top billing. Let’s not forget the May Time cover of the woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son (she didn’t appear to be drinking wine at the time). Soon after came the story in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter that blared: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” (The Atlantic has published at least three stories since 1995 about women facing diminishing marriage and pregnancy prospects if they wait; one of the most famous such pieces, “Marry Him,” from 2008, urged women to settle for “Mr. Good Enough” rather than waiting to have babies.)

It isn’t these stories themselves that are frustrating as much as the fact that they appear to blame women for waiting to have children – as if it’s impossible to fathom that they didn’t find decent or willing men to date at the right time. Some of the stories blame the feminist movement, as if having more freedom is simply so confounding to women that they just can’t figure out what to do with themselves. There’s a wide swath of people in this country who appear to resent the idea of women having leeway in making life choices, and hope we’ll get our comeuppance if we don’t marry the first person who holds a door for us. Keep reading »

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