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A San Diego sports anchor has been suspended from work for a week without pay for comments he made about Nascar driver Danica Patrick during a live broadcast. The sports segment focused on Danica’s move from indie driver to Nascar driver and showed a clip of her talking about her distaste for the words used to describe female athletes, particularly descriptions of their looks, such as "sexy". The anchor responded, “I’ve got a few words. It’s starts with a ‘b’ and it’s not beautiful.” The more I watch this video, the more annoyed I get. Read More
Today the Senate shut down Sen. Roy Blunt's controversial amendment which would allow any employer the right to refuse coverage for any health service in conflict with their religious beliefs.   The debate centered around women's health, namely contraception, and brought us that lovely all-male hearing on the issue and a lot of ungrounded slut shaming from conservative pundits. Most Democrats and Republican Olympia Snowe voted no on the measure, citing the amendment's broad language as a cynical attack on women's rights. Read More
When this Finnish HIV/AIDS awareness ad came out, it sparked a lot of controversy: was it empowering or was it slut-shaming? Was it slut-shaming, or female-shaming in general? Just because there is another ad with a man on it, does that make it okay? I'm still not completely sure. At first I was shocked and disgusted by the ad--it's been traveling the Tumblr circuit recently, which is where I first came across it--because the objectification of the woman (at first) seemed so obvious. I reblogged it and wrote, "yikes. so freaking despicable." A female friend of mine wrote, "gross, dude. Read More
Off-color? Possibly. Inappropriate for an elected official? Maybe. Absolutely awesome? Definitely. At a personhood rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday, Senator Judy Eason McIntyre of Tulsa, earned an audible “You go, girl!” from yours truly when she held up a sign reading, “If I wanted the government in my womb I'd fuck a senator.” Senator McIntyre didn’t bring the sign to the rally herself, but stated that when she saw it, she just had to have a photo with it. Read More
Recently Virginia lawmakers threw their hat in the race for Worst State to be a Woman In when they introduced anti-choice legislation. People across the state responded on Monday, February 20th, when over 1,200 people gathered on the Capitol grounds in silent protest. Despite that message, this week the House of Delegates passed SB 484, legislation which will force women seeking an abortion to undergo an expensive and medically unnecessary (not to mention invasive) ultrasound. Read More

Men Who Trust Women

BY Intern Maura in Feminism

We all hopefully know men who don't think they have the right to make decisions for us (reproductive or otherwise). Some of us even know men brave enough to call themselves feminists. But these men aren't the ones in the news. Women are speaking out against the injustices of having male politicians decide what's right for their bodies; but we're not beyond calling for the help of men who also believe that we have the right to make our own decisions. That's why Chloe Angyal of Feministing started the Tumblr Men Who Trust Women. For too long, it's been women vs. Read More
The South certainly has us buzzing this afternoon! It seems that every day there is a breaking story about a new assault on women's rights. The latest addition to the fray comes from Georgia (my home state: keep up the good work, y'all). Mother of four Nirvana Jennette reports that she was asked to leave church for breastfeeding her child during a service. The incident didn't end there, however, as Jennette claims the pastor compared her breastfeeding to a stripper performing. Read More
  Now that women's birth control is becoming a subject of contention among (mostly male) Republicans in Congress, it seems only fair that birth control for men be put under the same scrutiny. At least this is what a group of female Georgia legislators in the House of Representatives believe--so they've just proposed a bill that would ban men from getting vasectomies.Of course, the proposal of this bill was a response to something more specific than the general, ongoing attack on women's reproductive rights. Read More
  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. Read More
  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!   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video 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. Read More