Posts tagged "Women's issues"

February 24th, 2014

However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.

— Republican Virginia state Senator Steve Martin in a Facebook post defending his anti-choice views. Martin later changed his post to refer to women as “bearer of children” instead of “host.” (via kileyrae)

So, again, I have less rights than an actual living human being because I am a host.

(via kileyrae)

January 21st, 2014

Feminists are constantly on the defensive. Whether it’s fighting back against sexist media depictions of women, working to hold ground on reproductive rights or arguing that rape is an actual thing that really happens—feminism’s fights are largely reactionary. In the wake of the Supreme Court fight over buffer zones, it occurs to me that we need something a bit more proactive to protect women and their rights. So I’d like to suggest that we implement a national call—a feminist addendum in the social contract—for people to Back The Fuck Up.

When a person is entering an abortion clinic, for whatever reason, protestors need to Back The Fuck Up. Because even if the media does paint antichoice protestors as “cheery grandmothers,” the people who work at clinics every day know that these people aren’t harmless—they’re harassers. So move over, “grandma.” I need to get in that building.

When we’re walking down the street minding our own business and a man implores us to talk to him or makes a comment about our bodies, a Back The Fuck Up policy would ensure women some much-needed space. Sorry dudes, I don’t make the rules. Perhaps you can tell that guy over there how much better he would look if he just smiled?

Back The F’ Up: Protect Women’s Rights by Getting Out of the Way, my latest at The Nation. (via jessicavalenti)

January 7th, 2014

I hope our politicians are made aware of how many girls are self-aborting in the Rio Grande Valley. This law is backfiring.

Lester Minto - Reproductive Services of Harlingen. 

This article on Al Jazeera America highlights well the problems with restricting women to adequate abortion privileges. Though politicians claim that it is making things “safer” for women, it actually hurts them. 

(via rhrealitycheck)

I thought we’d already established the fact that they don’t care for “life” once it’s outside the womb - unless it’s male and white.  Maybe sometimes just male and maybe sometimes white females, but other than that?  Our politicians have shown that they don’t care about health care or public education… Let alone “life” or making things “safer” for those of us that become essentially, incubators.  

(Source: rebelwomen, via rhrealitycheck)

January 6th, 2014

When Time journalist Catherine Mayer reported the bomb threat lodged against her, the officers she spoke to—who thought usernames were secret codes and didn’t seem to know what an IP address was—advised her to unplug. “Not one of the officers I’ve encountered uses Twitter or understands why anyone would wish to do so,” she later wrote. “The officers were unanimous in advising me to take a break from Twitter, assuming, as many people do, that Twitter is at best a time-wasting narcotic.”

The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard (via brooklynmutt)

(via brooklynmutt)

December 20th, 2013

….Sometimes, these criticisms hit home. We could all stand to check our privilege.

The truth is that reproductive rights, economic justice, and access to power are all inseparable elements of the feminist movement. If you care about any part of it, you have to care about the whole of it.

Feminism isn’t just about sexual politics and reproductive health. Feminists have to care about the tax code. Feminists have to care about the minimum wage. Feminists have to care about voting rights.

Feminists have to care about the unique obstacles faced by women of color, women in poverty, women in rural communities, women of all sexual orientations, women in the military, and women with disabilities.

Most of all, feminists must recognize that the power we seek for every woman — the power to make your own decisions — does not come with strings attached. Women don’t owe feminists anything. And it does us no good to fight so hard for a woman’s right to make her own choices if we then turn around and tell her she’s made the wrong ones.

What decides whether or not I, indeed, am a feminist isn’t the choices I make in my own life. It’s whether I’m truly committed to empowering every woman to make whatever choices are right for her own life.

So for me the question isn’t whether Beyoncé passes that test — it’s whether her critics do.

On Beyonce by Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America