Remember that time we went to war in Afghanistan in order to root out the militant Islamic fundamentalist group the Taliban? Wonder of wonders, that didn’t work so well, because it seems the Taliban is alive and well (though in a somewhat diminished capacity), and particularly prevalent in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan. That’s where, earlier this week, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai — a prominent and outspoken activist on behalf of girls’ education — was attacked by Taliban forces, shot twice, and left to die. Keep reading »
Jess is out sick today, so I’ve collected links for Today’s Lady News. I’ve used a quote from each piece as a brief summary (rather than interpreting myself) and you can click further to read more if it interests you. We’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Lady News tomorrow!
- “[During the debates] KitchenAid took to its official Twitter page to try and make light of the President mentioning his grandma, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, and tweeted the following: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president’.” [Madame Noire]
- “Women could decide the outcome of the 2012 General Election. You know it, I know it, and odds are the candidates know it too. But last night, two candidates and one sorta-moderator managed to talk for 90 minutes straight in a domestic policy debate without discussing women’s reproductive rights.” [Feministing] Keep reading »
Let’s say you’re having a problem. Say you’re a dude, and your vision is just too good. It’s so good that you can see attractive women, and those women turn you on. How will you solve your problem? Learn not to stare at people? Teach yourself that women’s bodies are not pieces of meat? Naaaah. Just buy a pair of blurry glasses!
Stores in Mea Sharim, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, are carrying special blurred glasses designed to help men avoid looking at women. These special glasses blur out anything that is more than ten feet away, which means that men can do things like cross the street safely, read the newspaper, and stare lasciviously at women who have the misfortune of only being nine and a half feet away. Keep reading »
Hi there! Jessica is out sick today — feel better, Jess! — so Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Jessica should hopefully be back tomorrow!
On Tuesday, nearly 1000 people gathered in Oklahoma City to protest the state’s fetal personhood amendment, which seeks to legally declare that life begins at conception and would thus render abortion illegal. Among the protestors was this awesome lady, Senator Judy Eason McIntyre,
whose [UPDATE] who borrowed this bawdy sign from a fellow protestor. It basically sums up my feelings on the anti-choice/anti-women legislation currently being debated around the country. [Tulsa World]
Here’s a picture of the witness table at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is discussing access to contraception and comprehensive healthcare. Let’s play a quick game of “Count the uteruses,” shall we? Oh, right, there are none. At least there’s a second panel coming up, which will include … wait for it … four more men. Said Rep. Carolyn Maloney before walking out of the hearing in protest: “I look at this panel, and I don’t see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventative health care services, including family planning. Where are the women?”
That’s a really excellent question. [Think Progress; Huffington Post; Maddow Blog]