Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off.
That idea makes sense. However, Jindal’s advocacy seems less about the principle of women’s reproductive rights and more about being butthurt that Democrats were able to use Republicans’ own words and beliefs to bludgeon them in the last election on the women’s rights issue.
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I was talking to my guy friend about Caitlin Moran’s book How To Be A Woman, which led us to the topic of money. I said that I am a feminist, but I am not completely resistant to guys paying for my meals on dates because most guys I know make more money than women. (That is my personal experience.)
“Do you really think you make less money because you’re a woman?” he asked. “In 2012, in New York City, where everyone is equal? You really think that’s what the problem is?”
At his work, he said, women and gays made up a majority of the employees, and he hinted at the implication that he was the one being slighted, being in the white, male, heterosexual minority. Keep reading »
Men who inaccurately believe a woman’s body “just shuts down” during rape aren’t just all up in your legislature making your laws. They also sit on your courts.
California Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson has been publicly admonished in a 10-0 vote by the CA Commission on Judicial Performance for his comments that a 2008 sexual assault victim “didn’t put up a fight” during her rape and that her rape was only “technical,” whatever that means, and not “a real, live criminal case.” Rape can’t happen because if a woman’s body doesn’t want sex, Johnson said, because her ladyparts “will not permit that to happen.”
Good to know he was also a former prosecutor on the Orange County DA’s sex crimes unit, huh?
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Here is a list of subjects in which I would consider myself an expert:
- the best places in New York City to eat a pulled pork sandwich
- the Starbucks locations with the most imcompetent baristas
- the careers of Chris O’Dowd and Dawn Porter
- season one of UK “Skins”; all the seasons of “The I.T. Crowd”
- the best products by Benefit Cosmetics
- anything and everything there is to know about panda bears
These are the frivolties that occupy my personal life. You probably do not know more about these things than I do. You just don’t. Really, don’t even try to tell me something about pandas.
Then there is my professional life: I’m a writer who writes predominantly about the experiences of women across the world. You could say I’m a feminist blogger or you could say I write about women’s political, societal and cultural issues. I have Google alerts for “vagina.” There’s estrogen all up in my RSS feed. I know a thing or two about a thing or two. Keep reading »