A British watchdog group called Women In Journalism has carried out a four-week study of UK newspapers and had these dismayingly sexist findings about who ends up on the front page:
- Male writers
- Photographs of Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, or missing child Madeline McCann
Hmm. Not very good options.
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Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban because of her activism on girls’ rights, has been airlifted out of the country in an air ambulance and is headed for a UK hospital. Malala was shot in the head and neck while sitting with her classmates on a school bus. Keep reading »
This picture you see before you is Apryl Michelle Brown, who lost all four of her limbs from infections caused by unlicensed butt injections she received from a “pumper.” ”Pumpers” — who sometimes claim to be doctors — take advantage of oftentimes low-income women who are looking for cheaper plastic surgery by pumping their posteriors with materials which they claim are similar to what you’d get in a plastic surgeon’s office for a fraction of the price. In reality, “pumpers” use Krazy Glue, sealant and cement and have sent numerous customers to the hospitals. Keep reading »
When most people think about street harassment, they think about what women wear or about how women should respond to catcalls. But there are other, more subtle, effects of street harassment and how it affects women’s existence in public space. Recently, The Wall Street Journal noted that only 11 percent of the participants in India’s Delhi Half Marathon were female and one of the reasons they gave for why women in India don’t run is the “stares and calls from drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.” In other words, women don’t go outside to exercise when they live in fear of street harassment. Keep reading »
It’s that time of year where you can’t turn on the television without another campaign ad intoning “… and then Barack Obama ate a live baby.” So I think this ad from North Carolina State Senate candidate Deb Butler is amazing for its understated simplicity: she appears onscreen with a transvaginal ultrasound wand, which her opponent State Sen. Thom Goolsby supported women being required to receive prior to an abortion. (It is currently being challenged in court.) “He wouldn’t dare show you this but this is Goolsby’s contribution to women’s health: a medically unnecessary procedure that is now required by state law,” Butler says, as she holds the vaginal proble. “He promised us his first priority would be jobs, but instead he’s following us into the doctor’s office.” It’s intense for a campaign ad, but is so jarring it works. What do you think of the ad? Tell us in the comments!
(Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [YouTube via Deb Butler For Senate]
I love any time activism is infused with joy. That’s why I’m loving these Australians who held a pro-choice flash mob where they all danced on the streets of Melbourne to Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.” These Aussies — both women and men, old and young — woreT-shirts reading “Abortion: a fact of life” as part of Reproductive Choice Australia’s End The Stigma campaign. It’s an attention-getting stunt that’s moving without being in your face.
After the jump, you’ll also want to watch ethicist Leslie Cannold in her TEDxCanberra 2012 talk, “I Had An Abortion … Or Maybe I Didn’t.”
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Slutty slut sluts should keep their legs closed if they aren’t prepared for an unwanted pregnancy resulting from sex. But the rules are a little different, obviously, if you are a conservative lawmaker. Fret not if you co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, the Life at Conception Act, and numerous other pieces of anti-abortion legislation. Because if it’s you who was actually having the sex, all those other rules and morals and condemnations don’t apply. Especially if you’re married and the person who got pregnant is your mistress. Then abortion is totally okay. Encouraged even!
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