When “Pro-Life” Means “Anti-Birth Control”


Through a link on Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled Planned Parenthood Targeting Morning Center Patients! I suspected that Morning Center must be some sort of crisis pregnancy center, but I found myself morbidly curious about what the author of the article meant by "targeting," so I clicked through.  As many of our supporters and friends know, Morning Center provides a prenatal clinic at Warren Apartments in Memphis. Warren Apartments is a particularly stark picture of the h … [Read more...]

What’s a Girl to Do?


One interesting thing about feed readers is the order you sometimes find yourself reading pieces. Take this morning, for instance.First I read an article titled Everybody in dresses: Why does gender neutral clothing always mean ‘boy’ clothes for girls? by Audra Williams. Williams discusses a commercial for a new line of clothes Ellen Degeneres created for GAP Kids. According to GAP, the line is “more than just a clothing collection. It is a social movement meant to empower young girls to be t … [Read more...]

We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming

Kim Davis

By now you've probably all heard of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her religious beliefs prevent her from doing so. Critics are calling attention to the fact that Davis was married four times as evidence of hypocrisy. But what I want to call attention to is a slightly different issue.Earlier today, fellow blogger Matthew Facciani called attention to the ways some of Davis' detractors have … [Read more...]

What My Cisgender Children Have Taught Me About Gender Identity


As a parent, I am very passionate about breaking down the gendered rules society expects my children to play by. I decided early on that I would not push my children into gendered play, and indeed, that I would try not to gender play to begin with. In fact, I push the boundaries even in areas like clothing. When my son Bobby was born, I put his older sister's perfectly good outgrown pink baby clothes on him (I would have bought gender neutral baby clothes to start with, but we were given a … [Read more...]

The Battle for the Target Toy Aisle


Yesterday I found myself in Target in search of a tablet charger. On the way to the electronics section I walked by the toy aisles. And then I stopped and stared. I knew that Target had decided to remove the gendered labeling from its toy aisles, but there's a difference between hearing the announcement and seeing the result. It was beautiful. Don't get me wrong, the toys themselves are as gendered as ever, but with the plain wood backing the division was less obvious.Some might think this a … [Read more...]

Proponents of Marriage Generally Make Marriage Sound Horrible


Suzanne Venker is at it again, this time with a column titled Why Men Won't Marry You. Is it just me, or do people touting marriage manage to make it seem incredibly unattractive? Venker notes that marriage rates are low, and asks why men aren't marrying as frequently as they once were. She offers several answers.1. Because they can: Men used to marry to have sex and a family. They married for love, too, but they had to marry the girl before taking her to bed, or at least work really, really … [Read more...]

Why Adding a Woman to the $10 Bill Isn’t Enough

1 dollar bill 1886

Last spring the Women on 20s campaign held a poll asking supporters to nominate and vote for various female historical figures to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman won the informal poll, and this summer the Treasury Department announced that it is indeed looking into changing the current all-male lineup of our paper money. Here's an excerpt: Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a … [Read more...]