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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 »

The Soapbox: The Election Is Over But I’m Still Scared

"Pro-Life" No More
How one woman lost faith in the pro-life movement. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

It’s over.

For a while, I managed to hold it together. There was pie to eat and wine to drink and a couch to sink gratefully into. There were friends to laugh with and sigh with, dishes to clean up, and an 8am meeting on my calendar to shake my fist at. There were distractions galore.

Around midnight Tuesday night, when my friends trickled out of the apartment, yawning, and I was alone again, I stretched out on the couch for the long wait. I remember how I felt in 2008 watching Obama’s acceptance speech, and I wanted that feeling again. Keep reading »

VA Candidate’s Campaign HQ Vandalized With “Baby Killer”

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  • The campaign headquarters of Wayne Powell, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, was vandalized with the words “baby killer” and “n***er lover.” Ugh, what is wrong with people?! [Think Progress]
  • Wisconsin Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin is really, really close to becoming the first-ever openly gay senator. [Jezebel]
  • A five-year-old girl designed her own video game (with her dad’s help) and has now netted her own TED talk. [The Mary Sue]
  • Parents of a pregnant 32-year-old with developmental disabilities do not want their daughter having an abortion. A Nevada judge, however, wants to hold an inquiry to find out what the daughters’ wishes are, despite the fact her parents have legal rights over their daughter’s medical decisions. [The Stir] Keep reading »

Roe Vs. Wade Is Not As Safe As You Think

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7 Things I Am Qualified To Explain To Middle-Aged Republican Men

Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »
Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »

It seems like every day another Republican politician is bloviating about the definition of rape as if he, a middle-aged man, is the true authority on the subject. As Tina Fey said so perfectly in her speech at the Center for Reproductive Rights, “If I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m going to lose my mind.” I mean, we currently live in a culture where a chart is required to keep track of which male politicians claim rape cannot cause pregnancy and which ones believe it is simply part of God’s comprehensive plan to inflict devastating sexual violence on women and populate the earth with the fruits of their rapists’ loins.

Instead of patiently explaining to these men why they have no reason, no right, and no qualifications to mansplain these serious issues to me, I’m going to take a page from their playbook and blindly, confidently, and erroneously explain a few things to them. Because obviously, as a 27-year-old woman, I am an expert on the following things… Keep reading »

Ireland’s First Abortion Provider Opens Next Week

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  • A Marie Stopes International women’s reproductive health care clinic — sort of the Planned Parenthood across-the-pond — is opening next week in Belfast, Ireland. The clinic will be the first-ever in Ireland to provide abortions, which are illegal except to save the woman’s life or preserve her health.  [Feministing]
  • Female Marine vets describe an absolutely brutal culture of sexist name calling and sexual harassment. I would love to have our Frisky readers who are in/have been in the armed services weigh in. [Star And Stripes]
  • Are American women better off than we were four years ago? Journal E.J. Graff investigates. [American Prospect] Keep reading »
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