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Political theater like the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are a big swamp of blerrgghhh to me. My opinion is that it’s all just a dog-and-pony show and not really the best way to get to know a candidate, their viewpoints, or their cronies at all.
But yes, it’s still a big to-do. What happens is important in the sense that it gets a lot of press coverage. So in the interest of being a well-informed member of the populace, here are 5 things to know about what happened at last night’s Republican National Convention: Keep reading »
“I would make abortion illegal after 12 weeks.”
“Yeah? Well, I would make it illegal even in cases of rape and incest.”
“Well, I would use deadly force to stop a woman from having an abortion.”
Wait, what? Yes, this is a thing a dude actually said. Keep reading »
When the women of the small African country of Togo want something, they truly take one for the team: in order to urge the president of Togo to resign, the women are holding a sex strike. A civil rights group called Let’s Save Togo is encouraging women to withhold sex from their husbands for one week in hopes it will push men to oust the current president. (At least one man already has suggested a shorter time period — two days — instead.) I confess to not understanding much about the culture of Togo but it seems that even withholding sex as part of a political protest might not be easy for wives: One woman told the AP it will be “easy for me to observe it” but she is “not sure” her husband would “accept” the strike; another woman told the AP that “I know my husband will not let me complete it … He likes that too much.” Sex strikes have had successes before, however: The leader of the women’s wing of Let’s Save Togo said the group is taking their cue from Liberian women, whose 2003 sex strike helped bring peace to the country. And of course there is the famous Greek play “Lysistrata.” Good luck, ladies. [San Francisco State]
Wait. What? I must be reading this wrong. The “Women’s Health and Safety Act,” signed into law yesterday by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and referred to by some as “the egg drop bill,” defines pregnancy as beginning two weeks before conception, as it calculates the gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual period. The goal of this extreme law, of course, is to reduce the legal window of when a woman may have an abortion. Keep reading »
Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years.
The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became pregnant by her rapist and gave birth to a two-year-old child. Keep reading »