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Doctors Are Examining Your Genitals for No Reason

Doctors Are Examining Your Genitals for No Reason | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

When a girl becomes a woman, she is initiated into a bizarre and mysterious annual ritual. She takes off her clothes, sticks her arms through a backless medical gown, reclines on an examination table, and spreads her legs.


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If Buying Condoms Was Like Buying Birth Control

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Hold Up, So How Does This Work?

Hold Up, So How Does This Work? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you send us the fucking video and we put it on the fucking internet.


Fuck yeah to you for donating to to groups that work to keep abortion legal and accessible! Fuck yeah! You’re great! They’re great! We 100% percent completely and totally encourage you to donate your money and your time to groups that do important political work, and to organizations that provide much-needed services like pap smears, contraception and STI testing and treatment.

However, the Taco Or Beer Challenge founders regret to inform you that you also can’t win the Taco Or Beer Challenge by only doing this, because winning the Taco Or Beer Challenge depends entirely on you donating to an abortion fund, which is a fund that pays for people’s abortions or directly related logistical expenses.

(Caveat: yes indeedy, some Planned Parenthood affiliates and locations do have their own abortion funds! They totally count toward the challenge! Please be sure to specify which fund you donated to when you submit your badass taco or beer photo/video!) 

Why are abortion funds so important, and why are they the sole non-negotiable part of the Taco Or Beer Challenge? Because abortion stigma is real, and the Taco Or Beer Challenge is about encouraging people to give abortion stigma a big fucking taco-covered middle finger by being loud and proud about directly funding abortion.

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The Horrifying Women's Rights Injustice That Modern Feminism Forgot

The Horrifying Women's Rights Injustice That Modern Feminism Forgot | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The Horrifying Women's Rights Injustice That Modern Feminism Forgot Mic Such an infuriating issue should attract the ire of the feminist community, but so far there are mostly crickets.


Recent legislation regarding the forced sterilizations performed on incarcerated women in California prisons evokes a muted time in U.S. history when sexist, racist, classist and ableist eugenics policies were orchestrated by the state.


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In Alabama, Access to Abortion Through the Entire South Is on Trial

In Alabama, Access to Abortion Through the Entire South Is on Trial | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Abortion is on trial this week in Alabama. Technically speaking, the witnesses are appearing before federal District Judge Myron Thompson to discuss a new state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. That sounds reasonable, I know, but it isn’t, and it’s also...
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Join Us at the Supreme Court

Join Us at the Supreme Court | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

On March 25 the Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by for-profit companies that want to deny their employees coverage for birth control. The bosses at Hobby Lobby, a large chain of arts and craft stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which manufactures cabinets, are arguing that their personal religious beliefs should trump the personal beliefs of their female employees, allowing them to evade the law and deny their employees birth control coverage.


This Is Personal will be at the Supreme Court on the day of the hearings to rally in support of birth control coverage and to show America that every woman should have access to this benefit, regardless of her boss’s religious beliefs.


Already more than 27 million women have access to the birth control coverage benefit under the new health care law. Birth control, one of the most frequently used women’s preventive health services, is critical to women’s health and equality. Excluding it from insurance coverage for women while covering the full range of preventive care for men is discrimination—pure and simple.


If you agree — show it. You may not be able to be there in person, but you can still keep it personal. Add your name to the big banner.


Thanks for keeping it personal,

Thao Nguyen
Campaign Director
This Is Personal


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Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy

Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
We see hypocrisy around on reproductive health care every day, but this The Daily Show segment with Ilyse Hogue reveals a new twist on a double standard that you've probably never heard of before.
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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an 'Undue Burden'

For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an 'Undue Burden' | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The latest wave of clinic closures in Texas illustrates how absurd judging abortion restrictions under the "undue burden" test has become.
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Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide | Amnesty International

Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide | Amnesty International | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The health and lives of millions of people across the globe are being threatened by government failures to guarantee their sexual and reproductive rights, Amnesty International said today as it launched a global campaign on this issue.

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Women's Health Harmed as Medical Studies Ignore Gender

Women's Health Harmed as Medical Studies Ignore Gender | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Livemint Women's Health Harmed as Medical Studies Ignore Gender Businessweek The lack of attention to gender differences occurs at all stages of research, from lab to doctor's office, according to the report released today by the Connors Center for...

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New Bill Threatens Abortion Providers With Life In Prison

New Bill Threatens Abortion Providers With Life In Prison | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Doctors in South Dakota could face life in prison for performing virtually any abortion procedure under a new bill proposed by a Republican state lawmaker.

House Bill 1241 would make it a felony to perform any abortion procedure that causes a fet...
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A millionaire just blamed benefit cuts for his staff on 2 pregnant women

A millionaire just blamed benefit cuts for his staff on 2 pregnant women | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

im Armstrong, CEO of AOL, just had a staff-wide conference call to announce drastic cuts to benefits. He then viciously blamed the cuts on two female employees who had recently had difficult pregnancies covered by the company's health plan.


The cut was made a day after AOL announced 2013 had been "its most successful year in the last decade" with revenues of $2.3 billion. Armstrong himself made $30 million from a patent deal with Microsoft (how's that for a bonus?) and last year his annual salary was quadrupled to $12.1 million. Yet, two pregnant women are blamed for a cut in benefits.


It is wildly inappropriate for a multi-millionaire CEO who heads a corporation gaining record profits to make a greedy move cutting benefits and then blame pregnancy. If we let Armstrong have his way, then other CEOs can slash benefits with the same sexist justification. We need to send a message to corporate America that women will fight back and speak up for their rights at work.

Will you sign the petition demanding CEO Tim Armstrong apologize for blaming pregnant women for AOL's greedy move and then restore benefits to employees?

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Surviving The Night Of A Thousand Vaginas

Surviving The Night Of A Thousand Vaginas | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
I was thrilled to see that Martha Plimpton wore her scarlet letter when she was on Craig Ferguson last week (23 January, 2014). Not only did Plimpton talk about her organization, A Is For, but she ...
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News about A Is For's reproductive rights event, backlash, and a weird film parody.

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The Real Reason Evangelical Christians Are Trying to Thwart Women's Right to Birth Control

The Real Reason Evangelical Christians Are Trying to Thwart Women's Right to Birth Control | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
By ROB SHRYOCK

When did politics enter the evangelical birth control debate?


"... a 1968 document produced at an evangelical conference co-sponsored by Christianity Today and the Christian Medical and Dental Association that said, “Whether the performance of an induced abortion is sinful we are not agreed, but about the necessity of it and permissibility for it under certain circumstances we are in accord. … When principles conflict, the preservation of fetal life ... may have to be abandoned to maintain full and secure family life."


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Sign the petition: Congress: Cosponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act

Sign the petition: Congress: Cosponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Women are thoughtful and smart enough to make their own decisions about their bodies—that's why I hope you stand with the Women's Health Protection Act. We need a federal law to challenge state restrictions and keep politicians out of a woman's personal decision-making, and so I hope you sign onto this powerful bill.

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The State of Choice in the States

The State of Choice in the States | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Check out this infographic about pro-choice and anti-choice laws across the country, and learn about choice-related laws in your state!
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In The Past 3 Years, We’ve Enacted More Abortion Restrictions Than During The Entire Previous Decade

In The Past 3 Years, We’ve Enacted More Abortion Restrictions Than During The Entire Previous Decade | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The legislative assault on abortion rights has intensified ever since 2011.


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Women’s rights sold out again: McAuliffe’s betrayal

Women’s rights sold out again: McAuliffe’s betrayal | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
After Terry McAuliffe won Virginia's governor race by touting his women's agenda, a key early move is drawing fire

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Let him know how we feel about it. Bombard him with emails, tweets and other social media tools.

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Illegal Abortions Lead to Women’s Health Crisis in Haiti

Illegal Abortions Lead to Women’s Health Crisis in Haiti | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

After three days of vomiting, heavy bleeding and agonizing pain, she stumbled into a maternity hospital. Doctors rushed her into surgery where they stopped the bleeding, and repaired her perforated uterus, botched in the first abortion attempt...


Abortion is illegal in Haiti but women and girls are losing their uteruses and their lives as they turn to clandestine, increasingly deadly ways to terminate their pregnancies. These unsafe abortions are leading to a public health crisis in a region with one of the world’s highest rates of unintended pregnancies, experts say.

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Is this the world we want, the America we are trying to build?

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Is this the world we want, the America we are trying to build?

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UN Expresses Concern on International Day to End Violence Against Women

UN Expresses Concern on International Day to End Violence Against Women | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Monday, November 25, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


...The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS – UNAIDS – says every hour 50 young women become newly infected with HIV. Many of those infections are related to violence.

“Lots of the gender-based violence [is] sexually related. There is a lot of data right now showing that most of the violence against women happens in the context of intimate partner violence – domestic violence. And many times it takes the face of non-consensual sex, which is a polite way to say rape,” said Dr. Mariangela Simao is UNAIDS Director of Rights, Gender, Prevention and Mobilization.

Simao said gender-based violence is strongly linked to HIV/AIDS.

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As HB 2 Takes Effect, Groups Help Pay for Abortions, Travel for Texans in Crisis

As HB 2 Takes Effect, Groups Help Pay for Abortions, Travel for Texans in Crisis | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

In response to the erosion of reproductive health-care access in Texas under HB 2, which is especially affecting low-income women of color, organizations in Texas are raising money to support Texans who cannot afford to travel ...


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Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans

Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.

 

...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.


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Stealth Attack: What You Need to Know About the New Abortion Laws

Stealth Attack: What You Need to Know About the New Abortion Laws | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The ACLU has enlisted the help of comic artist Jen Sorensen to help illustrate (literally) the coordinated, national efforts that anti-abortion groups are waging across the country to outlaw women's health clinics and block access to abortion care.
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House Republican Spending Bill Would Allow Employers To Opt Out Of Birth Control Coverage

House Republican Spending Bill Would Allow Employers To Opt Out Of Birth Control Coverage | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans included a so-called "conscience clause" in the government funding bill in a plan they approved early Sunday. The House voted 231-192 on a bill that would delay much of the 2010 health care overhaul for a year.
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"If My Vagina Was A Gun" by Katie Heim

"If My Vagina Was A Gun" by Katie Heim | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Today at the Senate committee hearing for the omnibus anti-abortion bill - Senate Bill 1 - Katie Heim (@katieh1022) read this poem.

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