Feminism

On June 29, the Supreme Court overturned a law that restricts abortion access in Louisiana. The Los Angeles Times reported that the law was expected to close all but one of the abortion providers in the state, since it requires that doctors obtain credentials to admit patients at nearby hospitals, making it harder for patients and clinics in rural areas to receive and perform abortions. Abortion advocates refer to these types of admitting privileges as “TRAP laws,” which impose burdens on clinics under the guise of...
Following many other shows, Hulu pulled an episode of Golden Girls for referencing blackface. In the episode, Dorothy was introduced to her son's fiancée, an older black woman. Blanche and Rose donned mud masks when they met the fiancée for the first time. "This is mud on our faces. We’re not really black." Rose says in the episode. A lot of comedy shows from the early 2000s and 2010s have been reexamining their racist episodes. A few episodes from Scrubs that also featured blackface were...
On June 24th, Mary W. Jackson, the first Black womxn engineer at NASA, got the recognition she deserves. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be renamed after her. You may remember Jackson from Hidden Figures, the exhilarating science flick following the three Black womxn who were the brains behind NASA’s launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit – one of them being Jackson, portrayed by Janelle Monaé. Jackson was a #STEMsetter in a myriad of ways. “Mary never accepted...
It’s always Tennessee. The southern state’s latest attacks on basic human rights come in the form of an astounding 23-5 majority vote to effectively pass the fetal heartbeat bill, a bill that aims to ban all abortion as soon as a heartbeat can be detected on a fetal monitor. This phenomenon can occur as early as 5 ½ to six weeks into a pregnancy, long before most people even realize they are pregnant. The bill has now passed. The most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country....
Here’s what we know about Joe Biden and abortion rights. In 1977, he voted against a 1977 compromise that expanded Medicaid funding for abortions to survivors of rape and incest, in addition to individuals with health risks. In 1981, Biden voted again to remove the rape and incest exceptions in what was the most far-reaching ban on federal funds ever enacted by Congress. And in 1983, Biden voted to prohibit federal workers from using health insurance on abortion services, except in specific instances in which abortion would be physically life-saving. For...
Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, which commemorates the freeing of enslaved people in Texas. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas in order to enforce the new amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation. While the Emancipation Proclamation had already been signed and in effect for a year and a half, it had very little effect on Texas and other Confederate states due to the fact that there weren’t many Union soldiers there to enforce it. People also tried...
December of 2018 witnessed an ugly trial following the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, whose killer claimed that her death was an “accident” resulting from her consent to be strangled during sex. Intimate details of Millane’s sex life and her interest in BDSM were brought up in court in her murderer’s defense – a tactic termed as the “Rough Sex Gone Wrong” or “Fifty Shades of Grey” defense. The Rough Sex defense was also employed in the trial of John Broadhurst, who was sentenced to...
DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an Obama-era law that protects immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. On Thursday, a huge win for DACA recipients (also known as Dreamers) came when the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program in a 5-4 ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the Supreme Court’s four liberal judges, wrote the majority opinion in which he stated that “‘the wisdom’ of those decisions 'is none of our concern.' We...
Famous actor and comedian, Chris D’Elia, has been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment involving multiple teenage girls. On Tuesday night, a woman, Simone Rossi, accused D’Elia of making advances toward her when she was 16 and he was 34. Rossi started out by pointing out the irony that D’Elia had been cast as a pedophile in the Netflix series You. D’Elia plays Joshua “Henderson” Bunter, a comedian who is secretly a child molester. In an episode titled “To Friend A Predator” from Comedy Central’s Workaholics,...
On Monday, June 15, Vox published an article describing the experiences and concerns of pregnant essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. While there have been discussions about the threat the virus might pose for pregnant folks and essential workers, what about the essential workers who are pregnant? Although the research and data about the impact coronavirus might have on pregnancy is scarce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that pregnant people are no more susceptible to contracting the virus than those who are not....