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 »
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 »
In my high school, we had a girl on our football team. I always thought she was pretty awesome because A) she had an insane level of knowledge of football statistics, B) she played pretty well, and C) no one ever made a fuss about her being there. Cassy Herkelman and Megan Black—two female high school students who’ve made it to this year’s Iowa state high school wrestling championship—aren’t getting quite the same treatment. In the competition’s 85-year history, this is the first time girls have competed. And while it’s mainly a non-issue, they are finding that not everyone is excited to wrestle them. Keep reading »
“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 »
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 »
A poll on ApprovalPolls.com asks if CBS reporter Lara Logan, who was beaten and sexually assaulted on February 11 while reporting from Tahrir Square in Egypt, is to blame for the attack on her.
Though this poll was probably put up by some random nobody, it’s not at all unheard of that there are people who think Logan is in some way to blame. After all, what was a woman — a blonde! — doing in a dangerous place like Egypt?! PopEater is even reporting that network executives “met to discuss if female journalists belong in the Middle East,” which is hella depressing. (Meanwhile, some commenters discussing the story on sites like Huffington Post explicitly blame CBS.)
I can’t even believe I have to repeat this but it’s worth repeating: the only person to blame for a sexual assault is the person who does the assaulting. Period.
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God knows a sexy piece of ass like me can’t walk down the street without all sorts of hootin’ and hollerin’. Isn’t that life, ladies? But with this kick-ass “catcaller form” from online magazine The Riot, you can get to the bottom of just why that gentleman over there is, uh, yelling at your bottom. Just prepare to be called a c**t, bitch or whore in the process. Sigh. Street harassment totally sucks. [Shlooby Kitten via The Riot] Keep reading »