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Did The Election Reinvigorate Pro-Choice Support?

  • All the rapey nonsense of the 2012 election seems to have reinvigorated support amongst Americans to identify themselves as “pro-choice.” We have to remember, though, that when asked about support for legal abortion, people give different answers depending on how the question is phrased: “pro-choice” versus “pro-life,” “support legal abortion in all cases” versus “support legal abortion in some cases” versus “never support legal abortion.” So while I’m happy to hear that in a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voted described themselves as “pro-choice,” I know it’s not as simple as that.  [Jezebel]
  • Check out this trailer for “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?”, a new documentary about why little kids need black babydolls. [Uptown Magazine]
  • The United States now only ranks 79th in the world for women’s political representation. Only 79th, you guys! (That’s sarcasm, in case you didn’t pick up on it.) [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Black Woman Pretends To Be Caucasian In Her Job Search, Has Easier Time

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  • An unemployed black woman named Yolanda Spivey pretended to be white (and named Bianca White) in her Monster.com job search and found that her employment prospects dramatically increased. [Clutch Magazine]
  • The police chief of Saratoga Springs, New York, has had to apologize for his team’s mishandling of a violent rape case. [Jezebel]
  • Contraception use is lower and unintended pregnancies are higher among military women. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Why The Media’s Coverage Of The David Petraeus Affair Is Sexist

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  • Pat Robertson and his whining that David Petraeus couldn’t help but have an affair because “he’s a man” is the least of the sexist attitudes that have come out regarding the Petraeus scandal. Plenty of media outlets are more than happy to talk about Paula Broadwell’s “tight” clothes, “sleeveless dresses” and toned arms and imply she used sex to climb the ladder of success.  [The Week]
  • An Ohio House committee has advanced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the state. [Think Progress]
  • Meet Stacie Laughton, a politician from Nashua, New Hampshire, who last week became the first openly transgender person elected to statewide office in the country. [LGBTQ Nation] Keep reading »

Access To Contraception Is A Human Right, United Nation Declares

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Access to contraception is a universal human right, the United Nations has declared. The annual report “State Of The World Population 2012,” released today by the U.N. Population Fund regarding women and children in the developing world, is the first ever to describe contraception as a human right. By doing so, the Associated Press explains, the UN has declared that preventing a woman from access to family planning services (whether through politics, religion, etc.) is an abuse of her rights. Keep reading »

No Abortion Access? You’re At Increased Risk For Poverty

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  • Denying women access to abortion services makes women more likely to fall below the poverty line in the subsequent years, according to a study out of the University of San Francisco. Which, if you think about it, makes sense: many women who have abortions are already mothers and choose to terminate a pregnancy rather than raise a child they (perhaps already) cannot afford. And then guess who needs public assistance from the government? You guessed it! [Think Progress]
  • Behold, the most sexist media incidents of 2012. Read it and weep, ladies. No, really, read it. And weep. [Name It Change It (PDF)] Keep reading »

Taylor Swift Says She Doesn’t Like “Wearing The Pants” In Relationships, Gets Trashed By Blog

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taylor swift in harpers bazaar

“Whether it’s a summertime dress that makes me feel carefree, an evening cocktail dress that makes me feel fancy, or a vintage dress that makes me feel like a ’50s housewife—which I enjoy feeling like, for some reason—I just really like dresses. …

If I feel too much like I’m wearing the pants, I start to feel uncomfortable and then we break up. … [I]t’s wonderful to hand over the reins to your boyfriend when you control so much of these big, high-pressure decisions, you know? That is a huge defining factor in who you choose to be with. Some combinations of people are toxic, you know? You have to find the right one that isn’t just going to explode into fiery ash and destruction.”

This is Taylor Swift in Harper’s Bazaar magazine, first talking about her love of dresses, and elsewhere in the interview talking about what she wants from a relationship. Tay-Tay is someone I’ve criticized in the past because she seemingly doesn’t understand feminism whilst declaring herself not a feminist. Fine, don’t be a feminist, but at least understand what it actually is that you’re disagreeing with. So I found myself nodding my head in agreement when I read these quotes above that she gave to Harper’s about what kind of dudes she likes to be with in a relationship. I nodded my head because hey, Taylor Swift, I am the exact same way.

So I was somewhat dismayed to see Taylor getting trashed for these quotes on the blog Mommyish. Keep reading »

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