14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important.
We get it: “Por-Lifers Love Fetuses But what about the people, the women, who are already here? Vote Pro-Choice eartheld: “ helicine: “ how do i get this picture of myself tumblr famous ” i want this...
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.
It’s sad to me just how much this seems like the default setting for how comic books are so often drawn. :\ Here we have a woman in a domestic abuse situation, and we still need to have a gratuitous butt and panty shot.
Likening abortion to the right to bear arms, a federal judge strikes down Alabama provision restricting which doctors can perform the procedure.
Revisiting the issue in the court's Monday ruling, Thompson said, "The court was struck by a parallel in some respects between the right of women to decide to terminate a pregnancy and the right of the individual to keep and bear firearms, including handguns, in her home for the purposes of self-defense."
Both rights are controversial, and there are opponents of each who, based on moral or ethical convictions, feel they should not be rights and deserve no constitutional protection. Each protected right is also held by the individual, but neither right can be realized "without the assistance of someone else," he wrote.
Many people might end up taking issue with my point of view here or how I’m expressing it. That will happen. I can’t, nor am I intending to, speak for every single person affected by the majestic tentacles of misogyny and patriarchy that reach out in all directions and attempt to suffocate the life out of any sense of shared outrage or mutual support of each other’s struggle with either. Plus, I admit, my thinking is not particularly nuanced on a day like today. Like a lot of people, I’m mostly just pissed.
Women, like men, have the right to move throughout the world without constantly fearing for their safety, yet the burden of prevention continues to fall squarely on women's shoulders. One can't help but wonder, what would it look like if we talked to men about rape prevention in the same way we talk to women?
Hi. My name is Zoe, and I make weird video games with some degree of success (and make them playable for free, if you're so inclined). My life is generally pretty uncomplicated, I guess, aside from the fact that a month ago the Internet decided to make me the center of a supposed global conspiracy. I made the mistake of dating a guy who would later go on to write a several-act manifesto about my alleged sex life and post it to every forum he could create a handle for
Deanna Dahlsad's insight:
Best quote: "There could be other women out there making games and having sex, right now, dammit!"
The mission of The Feminist Wire is to provide socio-political and cultural critique of anti-feminist, racist, and imperialist politics pervasive in all forms and spaces of private and public lives of individuals globally.
For the second time, President Terry O’Neill has been arrested while participating in an act of civil disobedience on behalf of immigration reform that is s fair for women.
Our current immigration system flat out fails women by denying them equal opportunity. Women and children constitute three-quarters of all immigrants -- women alone make up 51% -- and yet only 25% of work visas are given to women. And the proposals floating around Congress will only make the situation worse.
The many stereotypes of black women are used to justify violence and aggression against them. Because black women are mythologized as gold-digging, angry, physically strong, provocative shrews some black men assume (and this is something that having a mama, a auntie, a grandmother who raised you, or your own damn daughters doesn’t change) that if/when black women are hit, they asked for (or deserved) it. At the end of the day many men empathize with other men and instead of vilifying any act of violence, physical or otherwise, against anyone, especially a woman, they attempt to justify it. They put themselves in the shoes of the aggressor, but not the victim, and see themselves as blameless and reactionary, rather than violent and misogynistic.
Wage equality for women has been a long and difficult road, dating the Roosevelt era and before. Down through the years, step by step, progress against pay discrimination has plodded along, despite the numerous obstacles. However, that struggle came to an abrupt halt last April when Republican Senators decided to shut down legislation to curb pay discrimination based on gender. But the question is: will they pay a price in November?
"The right to abortion cannot be exercised without a medical professional, and the right to keep and bear arms means little if there is no one from whom to acquire the handgun or ammunition," a judge said.