A Stroll in History: Suffragette Postcards

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I recently came upon a scattering of old suffragette postcards via the Atlantic and I thought I’d share. Some are pro and some are anti, and I’m betting you’ll be able to figure out which are which! [Read more...]

Race, Feminism, and #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on Twitter

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One thing I write very little about here on the blog is race. Maybe this is something I should change, I don’t know, but I’m as white as you get and I grew up in an upper middle class family in a lily-white community, which means that I am awash in white privilege—and I try to make sure to always bear this in mind. As a result, I try to listen when people of color, and especially women of color, speak of their experiences and what they need from white allies. And so with this post, I want to point you, my readers, to the twitter hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen. [Read more...]

Contraception, Exploitation, and Perversion

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Recently, a commenter argued that contraception makes women “free to be used by men.” Oh really? Contraception frees women to choose when and if to have children. It gives them control of their lives and their bodies. It enables them to set their own destinies. And if men look at a contracepting woman and see an easy target for exploitation the problem lies not with contraception but with them. [Read more...]

How I Lost My Fear of Margaret Sanger

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Growing up in the pro-life movement, I was taught that birth control originated as an attempt to eliminate “unfit races,” and that the chief instigator in this was Margaret Sanger. We viewed Planned Parenthood as tainted from its association with her. The thing is, viewing Sanger through the narrow lens of eugenics is a problem, because it was not eugenics that drove her to advocate for birth control. [Read more...]

A Mannequin Like Me

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What would storefronts look like if the mannequins that filled them actually reflected the true diversity of women, from body type to skin color? If women could look through store windows and know that they would see women like them, how would that effect their body image? [Read more...]

When It’s Not Actually about Women’s Health

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Supposedly, conservatives believe in limited government. But when it comes to abortion, all of this goes out of the window. When it comes to abortion, conservatives forget all of the things they supposedly believe in and don’t believe in in their rush to use any tactic they can lay their hands on to ban abortion. I’ve been ignoring the news lately because of how depressing it’s been, but today I finally took a look and I thought I’d share some of what I found with you. [Read more...]

It’s about Compassion

For me, being pro-choice is more than just a single issue. It’s not just about abortion rights, or about contraception, or about a social safety net. It’s something much bigger. It’s about putting an arm around the hopeless and offering help to those who need it. It’s about hoping for a better world, one with not only reproductive justice but also economic justice. It’s about wanting every child to grow up healthy, happy, and loved. It’s about reaching up, about embracing possibility, and about dreaming of something more. And, it’s about compassion. [Read more...]

Debi Pearl’s Logic in a 1963 Ladies Magazine Quiz

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I found this ladies’ magazine quiz an interesting illustration of the way some of Debi Pearl’s ideas can be found in mainstream pop culture—or at least, in mainstream pop culture in 1963. [Read more...]

Vision Forum’s Scott Brown Doesn’t Get Feminists

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In articles like this, an emphasis on the sacrificial love of Christ is used to cover up the fact that women are commanded to submit to their husbands in everything. That’s not okay. Ever. No one should have to submit to anyone in everything. So husbands are supposed to love their wives? That sounds a bit like being a beloved slave. The love thing is nice, the whole slavery thing is not. I don’t want to be anyone’s beloved possession. I’d much rather be their beloved equal. [Read more...]

When Stereotypes Replace Reality

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Christian Post blogger Kae Am recently wrote a post on abortion and women’s humanity—or more specifically, a post arguing that abortion is a symptom of not viewing women as people. Upon finishing Kae Am’s piece, I have the distinct feeling that she has never actually met someone who is pro-choice—or at the very least, has never actually listened to one. Let’s take a look at the piece, shall we? [Read more...]

Bad Catholic’s Grating Paternalism

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Marc is a Catholic who totally embraces the Church’s ban on (artificial) contraception, so when he pulls out the bits about (artificial) contraception having health risks or about how there’s only contraception for women, he’s not doing that because he actually wants to fix those problems. He’s doing it because he wants to throw out (artificial) contraception altogether. And I suppose that’s why his twisting of feminist rhetoric makes me rather angry. [Read more...]

Bad Logic from Bad Catholic

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Marc of Bad Catholic has offered a “rebuttal” of my post of last week criticizing that simplistic dandelion rose illustration supposedly showing the bad fruits of contraception and the good fruits of chastity. I’m not going to bother with most of his rebuttal—feel free to go over and read and critique it yourself—but I do want to point out some rather bad logic. [Read more...]