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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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March for Women's Lives, April 1992

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March for Women's Lives, April 1992

 

Some 750,000 women, men and children turned out for a NOW-organized march in Washington, D.C. They massed behind a banner that declared "WE WON'T GO BACK! WE WILL FIGHT BACK!" It was the largest march and rally ever held in the nation's capital. In addition to the leadership and delegations from every pro-choice organization and hundreds of celebrities, thousands of students from 600 campuses across the country participated.

 

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, March 31, 2013 1:28 PM

We WILL NOT go back. We WILL fight back.

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What about Rob Portman’s daughter? Why Republicans' new empathy on gays and immigration won't extend to reproductive rights

What about Rob Portman’s daughter? Why Republicans' new empathy on gays and immigration won't extend to reproductive rights | Herstory | Scoop.it

Abortion and access to contraception often get lumped with marriage equality as “social issues,” but there are reasons why they’ve played out differently. Take Portman’s own reasoning in his Op-Ed this morning: “We conservatives believe in personal liberty and minimal government interference in people’s lives. We also consider the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society. We should encourage people to make long-term commitments to each other and build families, so as to foster strong, stable communities and promote personal responsibility.” In other words, gay and lesbian people are joining what Portman considers to be, and has historically been, a conservative institution — much like the military, where they’d already been serving in secret.

 

Although family planning used to be considered a conservative issue, there is still something more radical and terrifying about a woman not wanting to be a mother, or wanting to be a mother on her own terms. There will always be people who consider it the same as murder of a fully developed person in the world. There is still far more empathy for an embryo or fetus than for the living woman.

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It's that last line of what I've quoted from the article which has upset me so deeply for what's now become my entire life.

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Marriage In My Lifetime & Yours - Sex~Kitten.net

Marriage In My Lifetime & Yours - Sex~Kitten.net | Herstory | Scoop.it

"The battle for equality was won years ago," some say ~ usually with a dismissive air, like we should just get over it because it's ancient history.

It's not over, and even the things we 'won' are like those 40 acres and mules ~ not here yet.

 

We may have come a long way, baby; but we're not there yet. In my lifetime I've seen, heard, and read plenty. Sometimes it's laughable ~ until you realize that real people lived this way, causing your heart to ache, your stomach to churn, and your ire to rise.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, March 1, 2013 9:47 PM

Can a husband legally force his wife to have sexual relations when she doesn't wish to? The answer and many other answers in Wives Legal Rights, by Richard T. Gallen, a Dell Purse Book, © 1965, will astonish and sicken you.

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The Women's Movement's Next 50 Years

The Women's Movement's Next 50 Years | Herstory | Scoop.it

I always knew this was the longest revolution, one that would take a century or more to unfold. It's upended most of our lives, and significantly improved so many of them. Nothing will ever be the same. Yet there's still such a long way to go. I doubt I'll see full gender equality in my lifetime.


By Ruth Rosen, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Davis and a Scholar in Residence at U.C. Berkeley. She is the author, most recently, of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America.

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How porn became a civil right

How porn became a civil right | Herstory | Scoop.it
We didn't always believe that Playboy was constitutionally protected.

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A Reminder About Our Rights: We May Have Won, But…

A Reminder About Our Rights: We May Have Won, But… | Herstory | Scoop.it
While we sane folks may be celebrating the re-election of President Obama and the slew of other positive election results, we can’t forget that the battle continues. These insane control-freaks...
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Spotted at today’s presidential debate

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Why We Need Sex Ed Now « Sex~Kitten.net

Why We Need Sex Ed Now « Sex~Kitten.net | Herstory | Scoop.it

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“So…my rights end where my uterus begins?”

Regarding abortion, RNC attendees recognize Mitt Romney's right to choose, but not Samantha Bee's.
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Marco Rubio Seeks to Deny Disabled Women Full Access to Reproductive Health Care | RH Reality Check

Marco Rubio Seeks to Deny Disabled Women Full Access to Reproductive Health Care | RH Reality Check | Herstory | Scoop.it

"To be clear, abortion is part of sexual and reproductive health care. State Department officials agree and said as much during the CRPD hearing. Singling out abortion, as the Rubio amendment aims to do, would set a dangerous precedent for future policy-making in the U.S. What the Rubio amendment truly represents is an agenda on the part of opponents of women’s health to impose restrictions on sexual and reproductive health care everywhere. International treaties are used as blueprints by many developing nations to set national policy. And if the Rubio language were to be adopted by other countries, it could ultimately deny access to lifesaving services for women with disabilities living in extremely vulnerable settings—singling them out relative to all other women."

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The only good abortion is my abortion

The only good abortion is my abortion | Herstory | Scoop.it
As I write this, it is 1:17 am on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. I am lying awake in bed, trying to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Of course, we don’t call it an abortion. We call it “a procedure” or a D&C.
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Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check

Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check | Herstory | Scoop.it

"At a time when many of its parishioners may be having trouble paying their mortgages and wondering how to survive massive layoffs, this church wants to erect a massively expensive monument to their victory in the murder of Dr. Tiller. Kansas' career anti-choice activists are literally salivating over a "one of a kind" tourist attraction rivaling the Creation Museum, to drive an influx of cash and the credulous."

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State Agency May Publicize Detailed Information About Abortion Patients

State Agency May Publicize Detailed Information About Abortion Patients | Herstory | Scoop.it

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has proposed new rules requiring abortion facilities to collect and report even more information on their patients than they already do....

 

That may sound familiar, because Republican state Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington hoped to implement changes like these in the last legislative session—but his proposal died in committee. So Zedler skipped the legislative process and asked DSHS to collect the information anyway. They seem ready to comply.[more]


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Infuriated & Embarrassed To Be From This State (Abortion Laws In North Dakota)

Infuriated & Embarrassed To Be From This State (Abortion Laws In North Dakota) | Herstory | Scoop.it
After calling Gov. Dalrymple, I called my state legislators too. And then I sent this letter via email to all as well in response to all the insanity occurring in...
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Permanent Reproductive Crisis: An Interview with Silvia Federici | Mute

Permanent Reproductive Crisis: An Interview with Silvia Federici | Mute | Herstory | Scoop.it
On the occasion of the publication of an anthology of her writing and the accession of a NY Wages for Housework archive at Mayday Rooms in London, Marina Vishmidt interviewed Silvia Federici on her extensive contribution to feminist thought and recent...
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...34 years later it is still a #@%&ing debate.

...34 years later it is still a #@%&ing debate. | Herstory | Scoop.it

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"Safe abortions have always been available to the rich, Dan. You simply want to deny them to the poor, and if you succeed, poor women will be forced to get them anyway. They’ll be forced into the alleys with hangers, plungers and vacuum cleaners, risking death or mutilation. But you’d like that, wouldn’t you, Dan? You sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanist pig!" - Saturday Night Live 3x18 .This aired in 1978. Thirty-four years later, it’s still a f*ing debate.

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If You Only Watch One Video Today – Or In Your Lifetime

If You Only Watch One Video Today – Or In Your Lifetime | Herstory | Scoop.it
Let it be this one. This Is My Body makes me weep — with joy, sorrow, hope, and fear. If you like, Like.
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Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital

Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital | Herstory | Scoop.it

"..having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”."


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47,000 Women Die Each Year From Unsafe Abortions

47,000 Women Die Each Year From Unsafe Abortions | Herstory | Scoop.it

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

‘Raising Hope’ Star Martha Plimpton On Politics In Television And The War On Women | Herstory | Scoop.it

"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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A Note From Martha Plimpton | A is For

A Note From Martha Plimpton | A is For | Herstory | Scoop.it

"Only twelve percent (12%) of US counties have an abortion provider. You read that right. (When I tell another woman who considers herself informed that very figure, it invariably leaves her agape and amazed. See, we aren’t paying attention, sad to say.) But 1 in 3 women will have an abortion at some point in her life. Think about that. Then do the math. This isn’t about luxury. This isn’t about some rare procedure that a woman can get if she really puts her mind to it or has the money. This is something 1 in 3 women feel they must do, and will do, at any cost. So, rich women will travel. Poor women will die."

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Citizenship for Zygotes – so what?

Citizenship for Zygotes – so what? | Herstory | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards

 

The robo-partisans want to extend 14TH Amendment constitutional rights to zygotes: citizenship for the fertilized egg. Big deal.

 

I can own a gun – lots of guns. I can shoot and kill a citizen who breaks in to my house or scares me on the street.  I have the gun: the perception of threat is mine. The NRA and ALEC tell me so.

 

I guess if we recognized rape pregnancies as intruders, or any untimely pregnancy as scary – citizen or not – I should have the right to defend myself. The perception of threat should be mine.

 

The catch? I think the robo-partisans would have to accept my rights if only doctors used a tiny tiny tiny little gun to end the pregnancy, preferably one purchased at an NRA - ALEC member outlet.


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Midwives Say Limiting Their Freedom to Practice Hurts Mothers, Children, Low-Income Families

Midwives Say Limiting Their Freedom to Practice Hurts Mothers, Children, Low-Income Families | Herstory | Scoop.it
At the turn of the 20th century, more than 95 percent of newborns entered the world at home, with the aid of midwives.

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Christina Lander's comment, February 22, 2013 5:12 AM
I found it very interesting that during the 20th century 95% of babies were born in the home using a midwife. However, today in age it's less than 1%. They say that midwifery fell down so much is because its not classified as an actual profession. Approximately 85% of women start labour with no complications therefor, the need for all the medicines and equipment is unnecessary. Ad even though midwifery isn't a profession, they are classified as Certified Nurse Midwives or Certified professional midwives.
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Meet A Warrior You May Not Have Heard Of: Sylvia Rivera

Meet A Warrior You May Not Have Heard Of: Sylvia Rivera | Herstory | Scoop.it

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Definitions & Distinctions In Sex Work, Trafficking, And Sex Worker Activism

Definitions & Distinctions In Sex Work, Trafficking, And Sex Worker Activism | Herstory | Scoop.it

Responding to Stella Marr's "Pimps Posing as “Sex Worker Activists” & Other Conflicts of Interest."


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