Posts tagged "women news"

Texas To Cut Off Funding For Poor Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas is now allowed to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Planned Parenthood performs abortions, which the state opposes, and therefore they are allowed to defund the clinics.

The program helps roughly 130,00 low-income women with health care…

By: Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

“Hands Off, Crazy”: The “Call Me Maybe” Cover About Your Vagina

Rachel Maddow apparently tweeted this “Call Me Maybe” cover the other night and I’m loving it: it’s called “Hands Off, Crazy” and it’s all about the politicians trying to take away your reproductive rights. It’s by a bunch of Virginia ladies (and one gent) who’ve got their eye on anti-abortion politician Ken Cucinelli (“Cooch”), but…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

The Soapbox: An Open Letter To All Breweries About Women, Beer & Branding

This post is cross-posted with permission from the blog A Girl’s Guide To Beer.

Dear Brewers, Brewsters, Marketing People and Art Departments,

I love our industry, I really do. I feel blessed every day to work in, what is undoubtedly, the warmest, most welcoming and fun business in the known cosmos.

By: Melissa Cole / August 22, 2012

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses

This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be “single gender” and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming “concerned…

By: Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Republican Party Platform Drafting Anti-Abortion Amendment

As the Republican Party pieces together its official platform to present at the Republican National Convention, a draft has been seen by CNN. It allegedly includes “a human life amendment” which makes references to the “unborn child” and a “right to life.” You can read in more detail about the specifics of the draft…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2012

Planned Parenthood Launches Breast Health Initiative

Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

This astonishingly high statistic is one of the many things I learned about breast health at Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Initiative briefing yesterday. Surrounded by some incredibly influential and inspirational women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile…

By: Daley Quinn / August 21, 2012

Headless Pair Of Boobs Romanced By Cousin Itt: An Axe Commercial

Axe hits a new low in advertising with this commercial starring a headless pair of boobs on legs, supposedly representing the office crush. Yup, the love interest in this commercial is just a pair of tits. A Cousin Itt-inspired walking head of hair — meant to represent, ha ha, “what girls see first” on a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2012

Rep. Steve King Says He’s Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Rape Or Incest

Today in our regularly scheduled segment “Old White Male Politicians Revealing Themselves To Be Ignorant About Reproductive Rights”: Rep. Steve King (R-IA), when asked about a minor being impregnated from statutory rape or incest, told a reporter:
“Well, I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2012

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post]
Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl]
And here’s Em and Lo’s send-up of the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

Condi Rice Invited To Join All-Male Augusta National Golf Club

Breaking news! The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club has finally realized girls do not have cooties.

Okay, I am being glib. But it’s friggin’ 2012, Augusta National Golf Club — it took you long enough to admit your first-ever female members, i.e. stop discriminating against over 50 perent of the population. Women have always bee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

Everyone Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Is A Moron, Except For Those Who Don’t

Amelia is still down on the floor of her bathroom with her hand mirror, trying to find that anti-pregnancy rape mechanism thingamajig [APRMT] inside that will keep her from getting pregnant if she’s raped. I keep telling her that no such body part actually exists in a woman’s body and Missouri Rep. Todd Akin i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2012

Help Support “It Was Rape,” Jennifer Baumgardner’s New Documentary!

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, each year, 207,754 men and women are victims of sexual assault and 54 percent of the instances were not reported to the police. With occurrences of rape this high, filmmaker and author Jennifer Baumgardner need…

By: Daley Quinn / August 17, 2012

Pussy Riot Issues Statement On Eve Of Court Verdict

Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has written a letter, passed through her lawyers, on the night before her court verdict is read. Pussy Riot has been on trial these past two weeks in Russia over an incident in February when the feminist punk band disrupted a church service and spoke out publicly against…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2012

Pimp’s List Of 10 Rules Is The Most Depressing Thing Ever

Not that I was under any illusions that pimps were good people as a general demographic, but this just makes me want to take a bath after reading it. On Monday, Long Island police raided the home of an alleged pimp named Steve McDaniel and came across a handwritten list called “Rules 2 Da Game…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2012

Remembering Julia Child

Today would have been the 100th birthday of chef extraordinaire Julia Child, who some of us remember from her cookbooks, some of us remember from her TV shows, and some of us just know from Julie & Julia. Today, in her memory, treat yourself to a little butter! [Bitch Magazine]
Florida politician Rep.

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2012

Judge Not Sure “Pregnant Man” Is A Man

An Arizona judge is delaying the divorce of “the pregnant man” Tom Beatie, a trans man who was biologically born a woman, from his wife. The judge says he is not certain of Beatie’s gender and AZ does not recognize gay marriage. [New York Daily News]
A lesbian super PAC (a fundraising grou…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2012

Former Susan G. Komen Exec Karen Handel Writes Anti-Planned Parenthood Book

God bless America, the land where you can resign from your job in shame after doing something douchey and then turn around and blame it on the victim of your attack.  I speak, of course, of Karen Handel, an anti-abortion ex-politician and former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who resigned i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2012

Saudi Arabia Plans “Women-Only” Cities

Saudi Arabia plans to build several all-female industrial cities as a way for 5,000 businesswomen to be “separate but equal” alongside the country’s men without needing to intermigle. The kingdom already has the biggest all-female college in the world, but now it is developing planned cities where only women will be allowed to work.

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2012
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