Weekend reading

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Graphic essay: What the Civil Rights movement can teach us about surviving Trump

Jeff Sessions fights for racist outcomes. Who cares what’s in his heart?

The vain, counterproductive myth that there’s no way most Americans can be racist 

Many mass shooters have a history of domestic violence. It’s time to pay attention.

A century of abortion onscreen, 1916-2016

These online services offer birth control without visiting a doctor 

Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them

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It has certainly not gone unnoticed that women’s reproductive freedom has been at the mercy of mostly male politicians who have never had to grapple with the real impact of access to reproductive healthcare (except perhaps when arranging an abortion for a mistress). Just this past week, we saw two examples of men in power who are aggressively ignorant about the reality women deal with in this country and how abortion and birth control affect our lives.  Continue reading “Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them”

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A hilarious take on “dad feminism” from The Toast.

It’s not just police departments–some school districts are reportedly getting free military gear from the Pentagon.

A video from the World Science Festival shows how unreliable eyewitness identification is.

How many women are in prison for defending themselves against domestic violence?

9 tips for police to prevent civilian shootings.

A student and a faculty adviser are suspended from the school newspaper for refusing to print a racist sports team name.

25 famous women on not having children.

Worst father of the year award goes to the Missouri lawmaker who is suing to deny his daughters birth control access.

Weekend reading

A performance artist satirizes the use of scantily clad women as accessories.

John Oliver and some muppets explain the US’s broken prison system.

More discrimination in the name of religion: the Department of Education grants a religious exemption for a university to deny on campus housing to a transgender student.

A chart that shows the rapid rise in incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

Fill up your Netflix queue with 50 essential feminist films.

“I’m terrified of dying like Eric Garner.”

A luxury apartment building in New York is creating a separate “poor door” for low income residents.

The Detroit Water Project lets you help poor residents who have had their water shut off by directly paying their bills.

A nurse-midwife who refuses to dispense birth control sues a family planning clinic for not hiring her.

A new documentary series honors “Queer Black Visionaries.”

Birth control is related to sex, and we should talk about that

“Respectability politics” is a concept that plagues many social justice movements. Members of marginalized groups feel the need to prove that they are worthy of certain rights they want to be granted in order to win victory in mainstream society. It’s an understandable impulse, but it often ends up hurting a cause as well as the people fighting for it. Irin Carmon takes this on in the context of birth control access and makes a strong case against the overemphasis on medically necessary contraception:  Continue reading “Birth control is related to sex, and we should talk about that”

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A pro-choice activist has some fun at her local Hobby Lobby.

Dahlia Lithwick on how the Supreme Court “chose not to see women this term, or at least not real women, with real challenges, and opted instead to offer extra protections to the delicate women of their imaginary worlds.”

Jezebel skewers a ludicrous Esquire piece on the newly-found desirability of 42-year-old women.

Birth control saves a lot of money.

Sad, but not surprising: the NSA has been retaining a lot of irrelevant information about innocent people and spying on Muslim-Americans.

Kelly Williams Brown expands on the right’s caricature of young women as “Beyonce voters.”

 

Weekend reading

Kyle Buchanan at Vulture looks at the trend of casting women as mothers in age-inappropriate ways, and what it would look like if Hollywood did the same thing with men.

All of the NSA revelations to date in one chart.

10 ways men can combat sexist entitlement.

The Hobby Lobby ruling offers yet another reason why we shouldn’t have an employer-based health insurance system.

A map of which countries subsidize birth control pills or offer them for free.

Despite protestations that the Hobby Lobby ruling was narrow, the Supreme Court has ordered lower courts to rehear cases on denying coverage for any type of contraception.

 

Corporations win over women: Hobby Lobby roundup

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The Supreme Court struck a blow against reproductive rights yesterday in its ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that Katie McDonough sums up as “five male justices ruled that thousands of female employees should rightfully be subjected to the whims of their employers.” It’s infuriating that medical decisions that should be made between women and their doctors are subjected to religious beliefs grounded in junk science. Women need access to the full range of contraception options, and imbuing corporations with the religious rights of a person and inserting those beliefs into women’s health care decisions is unacceptable.  Continue reading “Corporations win over women: Hobby Lobby roundup”

Calling out candidates on choice works

graphic via womenarewatching.org
graphic via womenarewatching.org

Apparently last Thursday was opposite day in Colorado, as a Republican Senate candidate published an op-ed calling for increased contraception access:

Since “the pill” was first approved 44 years ago, it’s been one of the most proven and tested pharmaceuticals of our time. It is safe, reliable, effective, and presents very few risks or complications for the more than 10 million women who use it. When other drugs have that kind of track record, we approve them for purchase without a prescription; the Food and Drug Administration has already reclassified over 100 different treatments. Name-brand drugs like Advil, Pepcid, Claritin, Prilosec and many others were once sold by prescription only, but moved to over-the-counter sale (OTC) once they’d been proven safe and unlikely to be abused.

When treatments go over-the-counter, two things happen: they get dramatically cheaper and consumers save time and hassle by avoiding unnecessary doctors’ appointments just to get the pharmaceuticals they already know they need.

What caused Rep. Cory Gardner to see the light on this issue? Did he carefully weigh the facts and realize that birth control access is a fundamental right for women?  Continue reading “Calling out candidates on choice works”

The birth control coverage mandate: our work isn’t done

photo via webmd.com
photo via webmd.com

A few years ago, I went to the doctor about a pain in my leg that was so intense it would wake me in the middle of the night. Tests revealed that it was a blood clot, and with no other risk factors my doctor determined it was caused by birth control pills. I had to stop taking them immediately, and thankfully a combination of medicine and stopping the pills cleared it up. But it left me with very limited effective birth control options as any return to hormonal birth control methods could potentially be life-threatening. Despite a clear medical reason for switching to an IUD, I still had to wade through obstacles thrown up by my insurance company, and my doctor wouldn’t even give me an appointment until it was clear how much my insurance would cover. I was lucky to be able to get access to the care I needed eventually, but for a lot of women it can be even more challenging, time consuming and costly. Continue reading “The birth control coverage mandate: our work isn’t done”