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Mitt Romney's Contraception Strategy: Change The Subject

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Earlier in his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took a clear stand on the issue of contraception coverage by stating that he would support legislation that allowed all employers to refuse to cover employees' birth control for...

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Wage-gap debate questioner Katherine Fenton “absolutely not” a feminist

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by IRIN CARMON, Salon.com

 

It took roughly 30 seconds after she asked about the wage gap last night for the right to start calling Katherine Fenton a left-wing conspiracy, vainly trying to connect her to someone who worked for Code Pink, calling her a “feminazi,” and a “party girl.”Reached by Salon at her home in Floral Park, N.Y., today, Fenton confirmed that she’s no plant. She is, she says, a 24-year-old pre-K teacher and an undecided voter. Still undecided, in fact. And not a feminist.


Despite asking a question that raised the hackles of the anti-feminist brigade, Fenton was vehement when I asked her if she’s a feminist. “Absolutely not,” she said. “I’m a 24-year-old woman that lives in the United States and feels like I should be treated the same as anyone else. That makes me a normal human being.”


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[And being a feminist isn't normal? -jkl]


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Binders Keepers

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"Scarborough also mocks “Binder-Gate”, completely missing the point of the reaction to Mitt Romney’s “Binders full of women” statement. Which is exactly what the tap-dancing Romney was trying to do. Romney want’s to hide his record, his stance, his very negative attitude towards women. It’s not the ill-phrased statement made by the perpetually awkward Romney, but the very negative scenario he was attempting to illustrate as a positive.

 

Let me spell it out for you: We don’t want to hear about binders full of resumes from qualified female candidates — which were given to you, not sought by you, Romney. We want to live in a world where hiring women, at equal pay, is common practice."

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47,000 Women Die Each Year From Unsafe Abortions

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by TARA CULP-RESSLER, ThinkProgress

 

According to the Guttmacher Institute, complications from unsafe abortions in the developing world contribute to 47,000 preventable deaths each year.

 

In all parts of the world, women have abortions for similar reasons, often for the very same reasons that woman who have access to modern contraception choose to use birth control. Women want to be able to delay having children if they are financially unable to care for a child or additional children, if they are not in a stable relationship with a partner who can help them care for a child, or if they still need to finish their education. But contraception isn’t readily available in many of the countries where women are dying from botched abortion procedures. Guttmacher estimates that about 222 million women in the developing world are trying to avoid pregnancy, but aren’t using a modern form of contraception, putting themselves at risk for an unintended pregnancy and an unsafe abortion.

 

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UN takes new step to include women in international peace talks - AlertNet

UN takes new step to include women in international peace talks - AlertNet | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Women often suffer the most in times of conflict, but they are rarely represented in peace negotiations. In fact, no woman has ever been the lead negotiator in U.N.-sponsored peace talks, a situation the United Nations is now seeking to redress through a unique training programme. As delegates began arriving for the recent opening of the 67th United Nations General Assembly, the U.N. Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for the first time assembled female diplomats from some 20 countries in a two-day training session designed to hone their skills in international conflict resolution.

 


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‘Raising Hope’ Star Martha Plimpton On Politics In Television And The War On Women

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"Women who seek to control their own physical destinies are normal. What’s abnormal, and again this goes back to this subject of normalizing the abnormal , what’s abnormal is to think that in preventing women from having control over their own physical destinies that there will be calm and peace. There will not be calm and peace. Women who are prevented from realizing their full rights under the law suffer, and society suffers as a result. We know this. I could list for you the statistics, everybody knows them. But rationality doesn’t seem to enter into the discussion. You know what I mean? And…people don’t seem to be willing to hear those rational solutions. So, like I said far be it for me to psychoanalyze anybody else"

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To all of you, your mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers et. al.

To all of you, your mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers et. al. | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

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Just Don’t Call It Slut-Shaming: A Feminist Guide to Silencing Sex Workers

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The feminist movement really is in a pickle these days. It used to be a given that things like prostitution, pornography and stripping were bad, but nowadays there’s some resistance to these time-honoured notions. Women are increasingly coming out as sex workers and demanding rights. As feminists seek to shut down strip bars and criminalise clients, those women are complaining not just that they’ll lose their livelihood, but that they’ll be at increased risk of abuse and violence if their industries go underground! You can’t let such trivial concerns get in the way of your crusade, so below are some handy tips for discrediting these pesky meddlers.

Remember: being an actual sex worker doesn’t entitle her to speak about sex work!...


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Taking on FSD and the Pharmaceutical ... - Feminists for Choice

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Taking on FSD and the Pharmaceutical Companies – Orgasm Inc. September 18, 2012 By Hennie Leave a Comment. Orgasm Inc. is a documentary by Liz Canner focusing on the recent “discovery” of FSD or Female Sexual Dysfunction.

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A voting issue that isn’t

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by EUGENE ROBINSON, The Washington Post

 

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

 

Her audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala dinner fully understood the context. It’s hard to believe that, in this day and age, the right to vote is once again under assault from those who would prefer to keep minorities, the poor and the elderly away from the polls. But here we are.

 

Let’s be clear: Voter ID laws are not a solution to the “problem” of voter fraud. There is no problem, or at least no problem that would be solved by voter ID. Proponents should be able to point to troubling instances of voter-impersonation fraud, which is the only kind that would be prevented by the new laws. But they can’t. For all intents and purposes, this kind of fraud simply does not happen.

 

What did happen in 2008 was that African Americans, Hispanics and poor people — traditional Democratic Party constituencies — voted in unusually large numbers. And what happened in 2010 was that Republicans took control of more statehouses and set out to reshape the electorate and make it GOP-friendly.

 

Not coincidentally, this voter ID campaign has been particularly intense in swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Invariably, advocates cloak the restrictive new measures in pious-sounding rhetoric about “the integrity of the voting process.” This sounds uncontroversial — who’s against integrity? — until you weigh the laws’ unconscionable costs against their undetectable benefits.

 

“But you need an ID to do a lot of things, like board a plane,” advocates say. Unlike commercial air travel, however, voting is a constitutionally protected right. To infringe or abridge that right — for no demonstrable reason — should be considered a crime against democracy. [MORE]

 

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Sandra Fluke and All This Entitlement BS

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by ROSIE, Make Me a Sammich Blog

 

Conservative Talking Point: Sandra Fluke wants someone else to pay for her birth control.

 

Truth: Sandra Fluke and I and a lot of other women want birth control to be covered by health insurance the same way Viagra is.

 

Why is this so hard to understand?

 

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[All feminist bloggers are welcome to submit suggestions to this scoop.it page. - jkl]


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Hobby Lobby: Drop your suit or I'm dropping your store

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Ultraviolet

 

Hobby Lobby is a major arts and crafts retailer and they just filed a lawsuit because they don’t want to cover some forms of birth control. They need to hear from outraged consumers right away. Will you sign the petition?

 

[THE PETITION]

 

Our message to Hobby Lobby CEO David Green

"All women deserve affordable access to birth control and its a woman's personal, medical decision on which form to use. I won’t be shopping at your store until you drop this suit, and I’ll be telling my friends to do the same."


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Laura Brown's comment, September 18, 2012 10:26 PM
Why is an arts and crafts store responsible for selling birth control? This is right over my head as a Canadian. I would expect to buy birth control at the pharmacy, if I were using it.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, September 18, 2012 10:50 PM
The idiots don't want to provide health insurance coverage that covers birth control to their employees.
Laura Brown's comment, September 19, 2012 3:25 PM
They must think it's a woman thing and men don't make babies. Not very well educated are they? But you should feel sorry for the men - they just have so little understanding of how sex works.
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600 Missing Women

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"The abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and girls in all its forms is nothing less than a national tragedy, and it must stop," Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson said late Tuesday. "Our focus is to establish the best way to get the answers we all want so urgently. We are not ruling out any options to get those answers as quickly as possible."

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Laura Brown's comment, September 19, 2012 3:30 PM
Women don't really matter. The law proves this to us constantly.
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Ladies, You're Still Earning Less: Census Reports Gender Wage Gap Didn't ... - International Business Times

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Ladies, You're Still Earning Less: Census Reports Gender Wage Gap Didn't ...International Business TimesNo progress was made to close the gender wage gap in the United States last year, according to the U.S.

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The Global War Against Baby Girls

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In many countries, the ratio of newborn boys to girls has skewed dramatically.

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Why Architects Need Feminism: Defining a New Wave: Places: Design Observer

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Laura Brown's comment, September 19, 2012 3:28 PM
It would be nice if they starting planning buildings for more than just men. I laugh at how often you see a new house designed for men - kitchen cupboards which are impractical, laundry in the basement, etc. It would be really nice to see buildings designed to be user and cleaner-friendly.
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Scarlet Letters

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The scarlet letters of this authentic suffrage poster read, “A Woman Living Here Has Registered to Vote Thereby Assuming Responsibility Of Citizenship.” Because that’s what voting is, a responsibility of...
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A Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition

Health care isn’t fair. Women pay more for the same coverage. Yet we’ve been left out of the debate on reform. It’s time to make our voices heard.
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Toward a Postcolonial, Posthumanist Feminist Theory: Centralizing Race and Culture in Feminist Work on Nonhuman Animals - Deckha - 2012 - Hypatia - Wiley Online Library

Toward a Postcolonial, Posthumanist Feminist Theory: Centralizing Race and Culture in Feminist Work on Nonhuman Animals - Deckha - 2012 - Hypatia - Wiley Online Library | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Posthumanist feminist theory has been instrumental in demonstrating the salience of gender and sexism in structuring human–animal relationships and in revealing the connections between the oppression of women and of nonhuman animals. Despite the richness of feminist posthumanist theorizations it has been suggested that their influence in contemporary animal ethics has been muted. This marginalization of feminist work—here, in its posthumanist version—is a systemic issue within theory and needs to be remedied. At the same time, the limits of posthumanist feminist theory must also be addressed. Although posthumanist feminist theory has generated a sophisticated body of work analyzing how gendered and sexist discourses and practices subordinate women and animals alike, its imprint in producing intersectional analyses of animal issues is considerably weaker. This leaves theorists vulnerable to charges of essentialism, ethnocentrism, and elitism despite best intentions to avoid such effects and despite commitments to uproot all forms of oppression. Gender-focused accounts also preclude understanding of the importance of race and culture in structuring species-based oppression. To counter these undesirable pragmatic and conceptual developments, posthumanist feminist theory needs to engender feminist accounts that centralize the structural axes of race and culture.


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Southern Baptist Convention Asks Supreme Court to Review Gay Marriage Case

"[W]e are in favor of traditional marriage -- not against homosexuals," according to the brief. "Only invidious stereotyping could reduce religious doctrines and practices cherished by millions of Americans to nothing more than irrational prejudice against gays and lesbians."

 

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The Best of Reproductive Rights at the DNC

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by ROBIN MARTY, RH Realtity Check, via Common Dreams

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"To this end, Democrats have introduced a long line of female speakers, politicians and advocates to address the issues explicitly facing women and their families, and have planned numerous events to rally their support.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker kicked off events at a Planned Parenthood Federation of America rally by drawing a stark contrast between the two conventions--the RNC spoke at women, while the Democrats were prepared to advocate for women.


He added, “I heard people stand up and say, ‘I love women.” I heard people say, ‘I’ve got a sister, I’ve got a mother.’ That’s like saying you’re not a bigot because you have a black friend. That’s like saying, ‘I love Latinos, I go to Taco Bell every week,’” drawing laughter and cheers from the crowd.

“When it comes to your actions, when it comes to your deeds, when it comes to what you do every day, you are denigrating those very people you claim to love,” he said. “So I don’t understand how somebody can say they love women when they are denying women access to health care, when they are denying women strategies to protect their life, when they are implementing policies that undermine all the ground that we have gained, not as just women, but as this nation.”     [MORE]


[thanks to Stop The War On Women for this post - jkl]


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