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As GOP alienates women, Obama reaches out

As GOP alienates women, Obama reaches out | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by STEVE BENENS, The Maddow Blog


The New York Times reported a few weeks ago that President Obama and his re-election team are making "an intensified effort ... to build support among women, using the debate over the new health care law to amplify an appeal that already appears to be benefiting from partisan clashes over birth control and abortion."


As a simple electoral matter, this makes a lot of sense. Not only does Obama have a record on women's issues worth bragging about, but it takes advantage of a "Republican war on women," which alienates 53% of the voting population in an election year, in addition to being offensive on policy grounds.


To that end, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards sent a letter to supporters this week, directing them to an interesting new video. [MORE]

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Easy, reversible, 100 percent effective birth control is for men only

Easy, reversible, 100 percent effective birth control is for men only | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Jess Zimmerman, grist.org


But back off, ladies: For once in our lives, this birth control’s just for dudes.


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Oklahoma Mandatory Ultrasound Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Oklahoma Mandatory Ultrasound Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post


An Oklahoma state judge on Wednesday permanently blocked enforcement of a law that would have required doctors to give a woman an ultrasound and describe the fetus to her in detail before performing an abortion. The ultrasound law, which the Oklahoma Legislature passed in April 2010, had been temporary blocked since the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against it the following month.

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Health law a leap forward for women's health care

Health law a leap forward for women's health care | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By CATE EDWARDS , politico.com


The Supreme Court is again at the center of a highly controversial policy debate as it hears arguments for the Affordable Care Act. There’s been much discussion about the justices’ supposed political agendas. I’ve heard fearmongering about government takeovers and rumors of increased business costs.


But I haven’t heard much about what’s really at stake: the welfare of the American people — specifically women. Women like my mother and the other mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who need preventive services to ensure that they are healthy.


Our Constitution was created to “promote the general welfare.” So a court that strikes down the health care law would not only shirk its constitutional responsibility, it would unduly injure the welfare of American women.


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Where are the normal Christians?

Where are the normal Christians? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, Salon.com


On the news, people of faith -- like me -- are cast as lunatic right-wingers. But we're not all like that.


You see them on the news every night. Extremists. Hate groups. The lunatic fringe. And you cringe every time some new radical or abusive psychopath makes the papers again, because you know that strangers and even friends are going to be wary of you now. You suspect they’re afraid you’re like that too. You feel caught in the crossfire between the frightening, hateful fanatics who call themselves by the same name you do, and the bigots who tar you all with the same brush. You’re a Christian.


“The bad news is that we’re all part of the same body,” says Amy Laura Hall, an associate professor at Duke and the creator of Profligategrace.com. “The bad news is that somebody like George W. Bush and I are part of the Methodist church, and he’s condoning what I and many in the community say is torture. But the good news,” she continues, “is we’re part of the same body. Therefore we have a responsibility to keep engaging in political discourse, and conversation with people on all opposing sides.” Not that it doesn’t get exhausting, battling the scorn from both within and without. [MORE]

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Top Ten Historic Advances for Women Now at Risk

Top Ten Historic Advances for Women Now at Risk | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

HERvotes, Feminist Majority Foundation


The Feminist Majority Foundation works for social and political and economic equality for women by using research and education to improve women's lives. [MORE]

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Future of Feminism: Shaping Feminist Spirituality

Future of Feminism: Shaping Feminist Spirituality | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AVIVA DOVE-VIEBAHN, 

Ms. Magazine Blog


Our common goal is to empower women to make choices about and contributions to their own spirituality as they engage in justice work … Both feminism and spirituality focus on important quality of life issues. … While postmodernity is well on the way to jettisoning patriarchal religions (albeit not fast enough), there is still a widespread hunger for spiritual nourishment, for making sense of the world’s complexities. Religions do that, not by their dogmas or doctrines, but by the mere fact of connecting people who want ask questions together and try out various answers.  [MORE]

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House Committee Passes "Arrest Grandma" Act

House Committee Passes "Arrest Grandma" Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by THOMAS, Blog for Choice


While eyes were turned on the Supreme Court today, another front in the War on Women was being waged across the street.


The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives moved one step closer to passing yet another anti-choice attack.


The House Judiciary Committee today voted on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a.k.a. the "Arrest Grandma" Act.


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Dems, GOP Battle For Crucial Bloc Of Voters

Dems, GOP Battle For Crucial Bloc Of Voters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By LAURIE KELLMAN, The Huffington Post


As a married woman, Marisa Hannum had her family's conservatism in mind when she backed Republicans in the 2008 and 2004 presidential elections. Now divorced, she is putting her own interests first as she weighs whether to vote for Democratic President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger this fall.


She's an abortion opponent, worried about her finances and concerned for friends who can't find jobs. She's dumbfounded that anyone is questioning birth control access in 2012. And she has only a glimmer of an idea of how she'll vote in November. [MORE]


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Mad Women

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by LYNN PERIL, Ms. Magazine Blog

 

"...By 1964, the year in which the last season of Mad Men took place, women had been involved in American advertising for generations. Mathilde C. Weil opened the M.C. Weil Agency in 1880. Helen Lansdowne was an experienced copywriter when Stanley Resor of the J. Walter Thompson agency hired her in 1907. She took over the Woodbury Facial Soap account in 1910 and conceived the campaign “A Skin You Love to Touch,” featuring illustrations of men chastely touching women that are widely considered to be the first use of sex appeal in advertising. Eight years after the campaign was launched, sales had increased 1000 percent. By that time, Helen Lansdowne had married Stanley Resor, and was in charge of JWT’s all-female Women’s Editorial Department. Ms. Resor and her team were wildly successful: In 1918, they were responsible for over half of JWT’s billings..." 


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The GOP's Witch Hunt

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by ANNE LLEWELLYN BARSTOW, RH Reality Check

 

"Having a female body was the factor most likely to render one vulnerable to being called a witch...the truth about the majority of persons accused of [witchcraft]: old, unattractive, disliked, and FEMALE"

— Witchcraze: A New History of European Witch Hunts by Anne Llewellyn Barstow

 

The past few months the GOP has waged a war on women that places them firmly in bed with religious lobbyists, treating women like they are subhuman all in the name of patriarchal religion.  Bah humbug. 


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Arizona Abortion Bill: Constituent Said State Rep. Terri Proud's Abortion-Watching Proposal Came From Form Email

Arizona Abortion Bill: Constituent Said State Rep. Terri Proud's Abortion-Watching Proposal Came From Form Email | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CELOCK, huffingtonpost.com


The Arizona resident, whose routine email to her legislator resulted in a reply later called a "hodgepodge of crazy" by another lawmaker, said she is "scared" that her representative wants women to watch abortions before having the procedure.


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Celebrated Feminist Poet Adrienne Rich Has Died

Celebrated Feminist Poet Adrienne Rich Has Died | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CASSIE MURDOCH, JEZEBEL


Adrienne Rich, one of the feminist movement's most powerful, influential, and accomplished writers, has passed away at the age of 82. [MORE]

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The Gender Gap: Three Decades Old, as Wide as Ever - Pew Research Center

The Gender Gap: Three Decades Old, as Wide as Ever - Pew Research Center | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Barack Obama's advantages among women voters over his GOP rivals are striking, with women favoring Obama over Mitt Romney by 20 points and over Rick Santorum by 26 points.

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Stag Party: the GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women

Stag Party: the GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by FRANK RICH, New York Magazine


For much of its history, misogyny was not the style of the party of Lincoln. For most of the twentieth century, the GOP was ahead of the curve in bestowing women’s rights. When the Nineteenth Amendment granting suffrage was ratified in 1920, roughly three-quarters of the 36 state legislatures that did so were controlled by Republicans. In 1940, the GOP mandated that women be equally represented in its national and executive committees—a standard not imposed by the Democrats until more than three decades later.


Barry Goldwater’s wife Peggy, inspired by a Margaret Sanger lecture in Phoenix in 1937, would help build one of the nation’s largest Planned Parenthood affiliates. Her husband favored abortion rights. “I think the average woman feels, ‘My God, that’s my business,’ and that’s the way we should keep it,” he said late in his career. Prescott Bush, the Connecticut senator who sired a presidential dynasty, was another Sanger enthusiast and treasurer for the first national Planned Parenthood fund-raising campaign. His son George, when a congressman in the sixties, was an ardent birth-control advocate and the principal Republican author of the trailblazing Family Planning Act of 1970. Capitol Hill colleagues jokingly nicknamed him “Rubbers.” [MORE]

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Birth Control Access Boosts Women's Wages, Study Finds

Birth Control Access Boosts Women's Wages, Study Finds | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LAURA BASSETT, huffingtonpost.com


While women still earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make in the United States, the gender wage gap has closed significantly over the past several decades. Now, for the first time ever, a new study has connected the narrowing of that pay gap to increased access to birth control pills.


The University of Michigan study, which analyzed the careers of 4,300 women, shows that the earlier a woman can start taking birth control pills, the more likely she is to earn higher wages later in life.


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Idaho Forced Ultrasound Bill Dead for 2012 -- Thanks To You!

Idaho Forced Ultrasound Bill Dead for 2012 -- Thanks To You! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


It's officially over. The Idaho House has announced that it will not be holding a hearing on the forced ultrasound bill before the session ends this week, meaning that the bill is officially dead for 2012.


[This article has been updated to add a response from Hannah Brass, Legislative Director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.]


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Governor of Alaska Denies Kids and Teens Health Care Because of His Fears of Abortion Funding

Governor of Alaska Denies Kids and Teens Health Care Because of His Fears of Abortion Funding | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


In 2010, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell refused to approve an expansion of Denali KidCare, a program that provides health care for low-income pregnant women and children, even though a $1 million expansion paid for by the state would have resulted in nearly twice that much federal funding in return. Denali KidCare covers approximately 8,000 kids in need in Alaska, and with the matching funds, an expansion could have resulted in coverage of an additional 1,277 children and 225 pregnant women.


Moreover, an estimated 18,000 children across the state are uninsured but currently are ineligible under current state criteria. According to the Juneau Empire, Sen. Bettye Davis is proposing that the state expand eligibility from 175 percent of poverty level to 200 percent -- but only for those age 12 and under. (The average across all states for eligibility is 241 percent of the federal poverty line.)


Why the age limit and all the wrangling? Why almost two years later is the state still fighting over expanding KidCare?


Because, according to Davis, it is the only way "to avoid the pregnancy and abortion concerns." [MORE]

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Feminism F.A.Q.s: What is Feminism?

What is feminism? What does it really mean? Turns out it's not some big, scary thing. In Feminism F.A.Q.s Jarrah Hodge of Gender Focus tackles questions and myths about feminism.


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Justice Scalia: Let Them Die

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by DEANIAC83, The People's View


Maybe you missed it, but Justice Scalia today said that letting the uninsured die is a better idea than making it an individual responsibility for those who can afford it to buy health insurance.


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Why We Vilify Single Moms

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by DEANNA, Kitch-slapped


When I was in college I was a single parent. Finding myself struggling personally with the demands of continuing education and single parenting (a special needs child too yet) was challenging enough; but this was at the time that Tommy Thompson was governor & he made bashing single moms & welfare a public sport. (Yeah, some of us fought back; like the Welfare Warriors.)


It was incomprehensible how those of us left with children were not only held accountable while biological dads walked away Scott-free, but were to blame for all of society’s ills. Even those who raised children alone by design & without public assistance were vilified, a la Murphy Brown. It wasn’t just moral outrage (though that did & does exist); it wasn’t an ignorance — these were educated people saddling us with unrealistic responsibilities and ludicrous outcomes. We were being scapegoated with such an intensity that it must be hiding a deep fear of some sort… Was it simply another way to display the classic fear & hatred of “female,” or was there more?


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This is "me" -- Kitsch Slapped is my blog and I wrote this. :) So cool you found it & didn't just rescoop me ;)
Jean Haverhill's comment, March 30, 2012 8:55 AM
On my school bus in Masschusetts (1945) there were several children whose mother had been put in prison.... why? Because she had her first child out of wedlock.... They called it "girl's industrial school" and girls often went there for sexual behaviors whereas boys went to a different "reform school" (one boy in my class went there for stealing from the railroad tracks) Stop the War Against Women;
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Standing Up for Women's Health on the Supreme Court Steps

By THOMAS, Blog for Choice


Photos & highlights from the rally at #SupremeCourt this morning. Thanks to everyone who came!


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PTSD Guest Post: Survivors Speak | Heal My PTSD

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Time to Live Your Life |Guest post by Elle Amberley

 

I mostly lived in fear as a child. In fact, I cannot remember a time when I felt completely safe.

I chose to survive and break away.

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Top 5 Health Care Benefits for Women

Top 5 Health Care Benefits for Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Ultraviolet


Most people don't know about the great benefits for women in the health care bill. And studies show that the more women know about these benefits, the more likely they are to support the law and use those benefits.


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