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For you girlies who don’t know, compulsory sterilization (or, forced sterilization) is a government program that sterilizes people without their consent. Many countries, even our own, use population control and determined "sexual deviancy" as an excuse to sterilize. Eugenics refers to the practice of cleansing a population of “undesirables" — and distressingly enough, this concept is now being used as a punitive punishment for the incarcerated. Think Aryan Race and Hitler's "population cleansing"policies. Read More
  “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world,” writes the nonprofit TED of its conferences, lecture series, and sub-organizations TEDActive, TEDGlobal, TEDYouth, TEDx, TEDIndia, and of course, TEDWomen. Unlike so many open thought conferences, TED has millions of viewers and fans. Read More
  In the wake of Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” address, it’s important to consider the State of the Uterus. With impeding abortion regulations, limitations on birth control access, and proposed rape audits, our uteri stand at the forefront of one of our country’s most contentious battles.    Thank goodness that the esteemed Madame Uterus graced us with her own speech streamed last night at LadyPartsJustice.com immediately following Obama’s address. Read More
Image via PolicyMic Some awesome reproductive rights organizations are joining forces with musicians, poets, and celebrities on November 18th to raise funds in support of women's right to choose in the conflicted state of Texas. Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can Choose will benefit four Texas organizations: The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Whole Women's TX Action Fund, The Texas Equal Access Fund, and Fund Texas Women. Read More
Last year, we brought you 10 Awesome Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas, and since it's that time of year again, we thought we'd give you an update that's totally 2013. Check out these ideas below, and please add your own in the comments section!   1. Elizabeth Cady Stanton This kid has the right idea! Dress up as suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Bring a friend to dress up as her best bud, Susan B. Anthony.   2. Read More
  Oh, dear. We all know Roman Polanski has done some terrible things to girls and women, and I guess he hasn’t learned anything since his rape conviction in 1977. At the Cannes Film Festival, the director railed against the birth control pill, saying that it “has changed the place of women in our times.”    What place? The place of the virgin or the mother? While both have been used iconographically in his films, I’m shocked to hear that he might actually expect all women to conform to the specific lifestyle he prefers. YUCK. Read More
    With the tagline “Love Thy Cervix!” the grassroots movement Beautiful Cervix Project is here to stay. The project aims to provide “accessible information about women’s fertility and menstrual cycles and showcases photographs documenting changes in the cervix and cervical fluid throughout the cycle.” The creators hope to inspire women to learn more about their bodies by performing cervical self-exams. The project is meant to “promote respect, confidence, and health. Read More
Did you know September is Abortion Access Month? (I didn’t either...but now we both do!) The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) is celebrating 20 years of helping women get the care they need by spearheading a renewed effort to open dialogue about abortion in the United States. NNAF board members Veronica Bayetti Flores and Eesha Pandit kicked off the month with an article on Feministing, revealing rather shocking statistics on the current state of a woman’s right to choose. Though a legal right to an abortion exists within the United States, for most it may as well not. Read More
Okay, Mark Ruffalo, you’ve caught my attention again. Aside from your beautiful face ( c’mon people, HAVE YOU LOOKED AT HIM?!), your support to end fracking has been so on point. And now you’ve lent your voice to reproductive rights. You gorgeous man, your political activism and sultry salt-n-pepa hair have done me in. (Sidenote: Sorry Ruffz for that objectification from me. It’s just really hard to reign it in when your face and your bod AND your politics are so lovely. Le sighhh. Read More
  There is some serious sketchiness up in the prison system. Shocking, I know. At least 148 women were sterilized from 2006 to 2010, with a probable 100 more cases dating back to the 90s in the California Institution for Women and Valley State Prison for Women. And in many cases, these procedures were done without full consent, explanation, or extreme coercion. Here’s the short story: several inmates who were pregnant at the time of incarceration – and signed up for a C-section were pressured by doctors before the surgery to get tubal ligation. Read More