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  Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has changed his stance on the recent controversial bill that would have required women getting abortions to first have a transvaginal ultrasound. McDonnell must have felt the heat from opponents after he was sent a petition containing over 33,000 signatures urging him to veto the bill. “Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,” said McDonnell according to Reuters. "I am requesting that the General Assembly amend this bill to explicitly state...
  Today Sandra Fluke, the woman deemed unqualified to appear in last week's hearings, testified in support of Women's reproductive rights in a hearing organized by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. I am literally INside of LOVE with Pelosi right now!   [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjhfUuW8Vgo&feature=youtu.be 425x344] This is only a snippet, but Fluke made it clear that access to birth control goes beyond a conservative agenda to legislate women's sex lives. Reproductive rights are about a woman's ability to fully live and control her...
Handmade jewelry is awesome. Colorful jewelry is awesome. Handmade colorful jewelry is way awesome. As someone who still wishes they could dress up like Rainbow Brite, you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across Tierra on Spring street, a small store full of handmade jewelry in the most rich, vibrant colors these eyes have ever seen. The store, which looks more like a wooden hole in the wall, is one of the happiest places in the LES. Being inside Tierra is like entering a rainbow. When...
Perhaps there are some of you out there who, like me, still don't quite know what "zine" means. No worries, here's a quick explanation: "zine" (pronounced zeehn) is short for magazine, but that doesn't fully capture the spirit of a zine. To use the words of NYC Feminist Zinefest, a zine is "like a small, pocket-sized emissary of ideas".  But these definitions will only get you so far. This Saturday, February 25th, at the Brooklyn Commons, come experience feminist zine culture for yourself! There will be presentations to listen...
  V-Day 2013 is a year away. That's enough time for you, me, Eve Ensler, and a billion of our friends to rise together to end violence against women. Personally, I've loved Ensler's work for the past 4 years, ever since I was a Florida State Women’s Center volunteer that worked the door at a showing of the Vagina Monologues. I cringe now when I remember texting my friend, “Why do 'radical feminists' use the word vagina all the time? So uncomfortable.” That night I learned how...