Weekend reading

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A great comic by Rasenth shows the damage sexism does to everyone.

Is sex only for rich people?

Mapping the New Jim Crow. (Californians: you can help do something about this by voting YES on Prop 47.)

The casual use of tasers by law enforcement is horrifying.

Why privacy matters, even if you aren’t “doing anything wrong.”

Most Americans say they prefer having a male boss.

Today in rampant sexism, a Republican politician says a candidate will lose because she’s “ugly as sin.”

Amanda Marcotte skewers a guy on craigslist who has very specific ideas about how women should behave.

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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”

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”

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

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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”