Tag Archives: women news

Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

Republicans conscience clause government shutdown
  • What’s more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it’s your boss’s input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can’t anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post]
  • India is looking to more closely regulate its surrogacy industry, in which low-income women are hired to carry a pregnancy to term for couples in wealthier parts of the world. [New York Daily News]
  • Arizona has asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that the AZ ban on abortion after 20 weeks in unconstitutional. [RH Reality Check]
  • Six teenagers in Stockholm, Sweden have been cleared in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. [The Local] Keep reading »

Driving Ruins Women’s Ovaries, Warns Saudi Cleric

driving ruins ovaries ruins saudi cleric

Listen up, women of childbearing age! Do you ever want to have kids some day? Are you concerned about your fertility? Then never, ever get behind the wheel of a car again. Driving is bad for your ovaries. A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive, explained that only men should be allowed to drive cars because:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards. That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

Saudi Arabian activists who are fighting to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.” That must be a joke, though. Reason? Women? Ha! Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan did not cite actual medical research to support his claims about the affect driving has on the women’s reproductive system, probably because it does not exist. [MSN] [Image of woman rolling eyes via Shutterstock]

NJ Court Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

todays lady news
  • A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does, so that NJ citizens can receive their federal benefits. Presently, LGBT folks in NJ can only have civil unions.  [WNYC, New York Times]
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, and other organizations filed a federal lawsuit to block portions of the severely restrictive anti-abortion law in Texas from going into effect in late October. [RH Reality Check]
  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that guarantees overtime pay for domestic workers like some nannies and home health aides, a largely female workforce. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Why the real mommy wars are against mothers who don’t have choices. [Salon] Keep reading »

Teacher Who Raped 14-Year-Old Student Is Free After 30 Days In Jail

Stacey Dean Rambold

Good news, Montana parents! I know you were worried that Stacey Dean Rambold was stuck behind bars instead of in the classroom at Billings High School, where he liked to teach/repeatedly rape his 14-year-old  female student. But after serving only 30 days in prison, the 54-year-old is free to prey on your other 9th grade daughters who seem “older” than their “chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation,” as his sentencing judge put it. But hopefully your daughters won’t commit suicide as the rape case makes its way through the courts, like Rambold’s victim did.   [NPR] [CBS News]

Literature Bro David Gilmour Isn’t Sexist, He Was Just Busy Speaking French When He Said Women Writers Suck

“I was having a conversation, in French, with a colleague while this young woman was doing this interview. So these were very much tossed-off remarks. … [T]his is a young woman who kind of wanted to make a little name for herself, or something, because when I said ‘real heterosexual guys’ I’m talking about Scott Fitzgerald [and] Scott Fitzgerald was not what you’d call a real guy’s guy, a real heterosexual guy. Part of Scott Fitzgerald’s charm is in his feminine sensibility. But then this noise happened. … Quite frankly, I was speaking to a Frenchman, so I was more concerned with my French than I was with what I was saying to this young woman.”

Are you following this? Professor David Gilmour of the University of Toronto isn’t sexist for refusing to teach women writers in his classes (except for one short story by Virginia Woolf) — you see,  he was just busy speaking in French to someone else. It’s so hard to not be sexist and speak French at the same time. Also, the female journalist who printed the words that came out of his mouth is just trying to “make a little name” for herself. Also-also, women writers still aren’t very good at writing, but F. Scott Fitzgerald has a “feminine sensibility” so he’s still OK as the type of “serious heterosexual guys” that Gilmour will only teach. Cool story, bro. [National Post]

First Native American Woman Nominated For Federal Judgeship

todays lady news
  • Diane J. Humetewa was nominated to the Arizona federal bench, and if she’s confirmed, she will be the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. [RH Reality Check]
  • Newsweek Pakistan‘s latest issue has a cover story about female suicide bombers that features exploding tampons paired with the headline “Lady Parts.” People are less than thrilled about it for a number of reasons. [BuzzFeed]
  • Check out this Q&A with Julia Serano, the author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. [The Atlantic]
  • On the popularity of controversial skin-lightening cream in India. [CNN]
  • Louisiana = the worst state to live in if you’re a woman. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Widower Of Irish Woman Who Died After Being Refused An Abortion Sues Doctors

Savita's Death
Savita Halappanavar
The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
On Abortion In Ireland
She is from Ireland and she's grateful she had her abortion in the U.S. Read More »
Abortion Rights
abortion photo
All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
  • Praveen Halappanavar, the widower of Savita Halappanavar, the woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after she was refused a medically necessary abortion, is suing the Health Service Executive. Savita, 31, died from septic shock caused by a dying fetus being kept in her womb for several days. Doctors reportedly refused to terminate Savita’s pregnancy while she was miscarrying because they were afraid they were breaking Irish law against abortion. The suit fingers the HSE and Savita’s obstetrician for negligence and claims they failed to uphold Savita’s right to life. Hmmmm. [BBC]
  • Victims are pushing for laws against using naked pics as online “revenge porn.” [New York Times]
  • Obamacare’s birth control coverage explained in six questions. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

High School Crowns Trans Student Cassidy Lynn Campbell Homecoming Queen

Cassidy Lynn Campbell
  • Meet Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen from Huntington Beach, California, who was crowned her high school’s homecoming queen. Sixteen-year-old Cassidy lived as “Lance” until transitioning three years ago. Congratulations, Cassidy! [Huffington Post, People]
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Nadeshda Tolokonnikova from the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has gone on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions at her prison. She was sentenced to two years in a work camp for her participation in a public protest that spoke out against President Vladmir Putin and the church. [Animal New York] Keep reading »

Frisky Movie Review: “After Tiller” — On Women And The Abortion Providers Who Trust Them

trailer park
after tiller documentary
"What's The Right Thing To Do?"

A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband learned that the fetus had developed a major chromosomal abnormality that would drastically decrease its chances for a viable, healthy life. Although both she and the baby were currently healthy, and tests proved that the likelihood of such abnormalities was negligible, she and her husband chose to keep the option of abortion on the table, in case they truly needed it later in the pregnancy. “I want to be a mother,” she told me, “but I want my child to have the best possible chance at life.”

I am relieved that, for my friend’s sake, this is probably not a choice on which she will need to act. In all likelihood, her baby will be healthy and safe. But in case a difficult decision needs to be made, it is critical that such options exist for parents to consider. I thought about our conversation when I saw Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s new documentary, “After Tiller,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Like my friend, the majority of the women featured in are women who want to be mothers. They want to have healthy, happy children, and they want to provide their children with the best lives possible. Yet, when faced with the reality that their babies will not have the lives for which they planned, the mothers choose the option that they believe will demonstrate the greatest display of love and dignity. “After Tiller” shares these stories through the perspectives of the mothers seeking third-trimester abortions and the doctors providing them. Keep reading »

Human Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban

todays lady news
  • Charges of human trafficking have been dropped against Saudi Arabian princess Meshael Alayban, 42, who lives in Orange County, California, due to lack of evidence. Alayban’s maid said her Kenyan passport was taken away from her and she was forced into veritable slavery. The defense claimed the maid was just trying to shake down the Saudi royal family for money. [Guardian UK]
  • Yup, the new laws restricting abortion in Texas are bullshit. [New York Times]
  • Wondering how much you earn compared to women in other states? Check out this map  that illustrates the gender pay gap state-by-state. [Forbes]
  • An interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the last four doctors in America to openly provide third-trimester abortions. [The Hairpin] Keep reading »
  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular