Feminism

There’s a new blog that has us in stitches, and you need to check it out if you wanna get your daily laugh on. The Tumblr “Is This Feminist?” features what stock photos of women doing regular things-- laundry, science experiments, eating salad-- and asks the burning question of each: is this feminist? The blog votes every photo as either "representing feminism" or "problematic." One problematic candidate is the woman below doing laundry. Is this feminist? Hells no. “As much as we admire the expression of...

Planned Parenthood officially has a Tumblr account! It's nice that while politicians and radio nut jobs are trying to minimize their influence, we can now access them through the wonder of social media. The blog seems really cool and super helpful, too; they answer user-submitted questions, post interesting health-related infographics, and promote body positivity – it’s all about sex without any of the shame. Check it out and follow 'em here! (Also: browse the “LOL” tag. You won’t be sorry.) ...
  Yesterday evening, the White House released a statement saying that the President will likely veto HR 4970, the House Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The Senate recently passed its version of the VAWA, updating it to include protection for Native American women, LGBT victims, immigrants, and college students. The Senate’s bill was passed 68-31, with 15 Republicans voting for it. The House bill will not only retract these additions, but also eliminate some of the confidentiality currently afforded to immigrant victims (i.e., abusive...

Last month, Texas lost the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which formerly served 130,000 low-income women by funding clinics that provided preventative care. (BUST blogged about this issue before the cut was made.) This care included cancer screenings and contraception--some of the affected clinics were Planned Parenthood-affiliated, but none of the federal money contributed to abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided that no government funds should be allowed to go to Planned Parenthood anyway, and tried to have them excluded from the funding. But Medicaid...
Reports being published both domestically and abroad are contending that international aid money from the United States and the United Kingdom has been used to fund forced sterilization in India. The so-called “family planning” initiatives of this kind of First World aid are an attempt to curtail the ballooning population of the Indian subcontinent—a staggering 1.2 billion people, according to the Guardian. The forced sterilization is being excused in the name of climate control, as a world population that’s gotten out of hand intensifies fears of...
  This week's Time magazine cover story about Bill Sears has everyone up in arms. Even though the article is about Sears himself, the cover image shows a woman breastfeeding her large child, and the headline "Are you Mom Enough?' seems to be screaming "Lady, you are a freak!"  Even though the boy on the cover is apparently 3 years old, he looks to be about 5 or 6. Folks are saying this is pedophilia, and perverted. While everyone knows "breast is best" my biggest worry...
Just a few days after Vice President and lovable uncle Joe Biden announced his support of same-sex marriage, and a day after the North Carolina amendment banning same-sex marriage was passed, the POTUS himself declared that his views on the issues have "evolved." In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, he described his opinions and how they have changed over the years, and the conversations with his wife, daughters, openly gay service members, and staffers that have guided him to officially affirm his support of same-sex...

Save the Children has released their 13th annual Mothers' Index as part of the 2012 State of the World's Mothers report just in time for Mother's Day here in the states. The organization surveyed 165 countries and analyzed factors like maternal death rate and years of formal schooling for women to compile the list. A mother and her child in Kyrgyzstan  The top 10 countries are, as expected, wealthy and developed nations, all of which are European except for Australia and New Zealand. The bottom 10--the "worst...
  Yesterday, the state of North Carolina voted in favor of Amendment 1, a constitutional civil rights violation of a bill that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. The amendment formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the rest of the language of the bill is notably vague, leading to concerns that the rights of unmarried straight couples would also be in danger. The concerns stem from the line stating, "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only...

Sometimes I read something so thoroughly puzzling that I need to take a break, have a sandwich, and return to it later. Such a piece was birthed into the media jungle of the Interwebz today, ladies, and I offer it to you now. Have a sandwich at the ready for the pondering period. I think you'll need it. Marie Claire, in an article called "The Vagina Dialogues" by Faye Penn, heralded this moment in history as the time when "vaginas have never had it so good."...