Woman Senator Mistaken for Random Selfie-Taker

Just run for office, they said. Stop whining, get elected, make change. But even when women get elected, even when they work to bring change, some things don't change. Check out this image and caption, by way of example:Getty Images published this picture with the caption "A woman takes a selfie with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) (R) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC." The image was quickly shared on Facebook and even the … [Read more...]


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Thank the ACA, Not Restrictions, for Abortion Decline

The number of abortions performed in the U.S. is falling. Anti-abortion groups are moving quickly to take credit for these declines. According to World Magazine: Pro-life leaders attribute the overall decline in abortions to an increase in pro-life legislation and changing hearts.“One element that may not be getting its due is the increasing sense among Americans that abortion is no real solution for mothers, for their babies, or for society in general,” National Right to Life’s Randall O’Ba … [Read more...]


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Why is Kylo Ren the Center of Episode VII Merchandise?

I recently came upon these shirts in the boys' clothing section at Walmart:The shirts both feature Kylo Ren, the primary villain of Star Wars Episode VII: A Force Awakens. I found myself suddenly curious. The heroes of Episode VII---the good guys---were Rey, a young white woman, and Finn, a young black man. But if you go to the Walmart website and google "Star Wars A Force Awakens shirt" there are half a dozen shirts prominently featuring Kylo Ren for every one shirt even picturing Finn. … [Read more...]


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Feminism, Abortion, and Coalition-Building

There was a bit of a dust-up earlier this week over when it was discovered that this weekend's Women's March on Washington had added an anti-abortion group, New Wave Feminists, to their list of organizational partners. After some controversy, the group was removed from the list of official partners (though still invited to attend) and the Women's March released this statement: The Women's March's platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one. We want to assure all of our p … [Read more...]


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Could Women with IUDs Be Charged with Murder?

Idaho state senator Dan Foreman has introduced a bill that would ban abortion, and clear the way for charging both abortion providers and women who receive abortions with first degree murder. Prominent evangelical pastor Doug Wilson posted this week in hearty approval, but with a word of warning: But the first thing necessary is careful wording. We need to note that in order for the charge of first degree murder to stick, a prosecutor would have to show intent. In some cases, doing that would … [Read more...]


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The Pinkification of Girls’ Toys

Check out this 1980s ad for the Barbie Dream House:The house is yellow, with a red roof. Click through for a similar ad from the 1970s (I couldn't imbed it, sorry!). Much like the 1980s depiction above, the Barbie Dream House is red and yellow. It's not that there's no pink at all in these products---there is. See the bathtub, and one of the cars. It's just that it's not at all overwhelming.Now, check out the same product, as sold today:The entire house is made up of shades of … [Read more...]


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My Pregnancies Cost Me My Hearing

I recently came upon a fascinating article from Mother Jones: Depending on the study, 50 to 80 percent of women who give birth experience tearing of the pelvic skin and muscles. For more than 1 in 10, the tearing is severe enough to damage the anal sphincter muscle, which often leads to the loss of bowel and bladder control. In a 2015 Canadian study, a whopping half of all new mothers were still reporting urinary incontinence a year after the birth, and more than three-quarters had residual b … [Read more...]


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