Are Pregnant Women Persons? The Assault on Women’s Subjectivity

Trump signs gag rule, harming women world-wide.

  My uncle Lars (not his real name) was troubled for much of his life.   He had three daughters by two mothers.   Well after his daughters were grown, with children of their own, he impregnated a young Mexican woman--let's call her Elena--and then had her imprisoned on charges that she was harming "his" … Continue reading Are Pregnant Women Persons? The Assault on Women’s Subjectivity

Hunger Pains

It's only 11:28 AM and I am hungry.  When the hunger pains intensify, I remember that Nasrin is suffering much more than I am. Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, described her conditions in solitary confinement, saying, “There are no facilities in solitary confinement. She was just given a book, her eyeglasses, and a heating pad. She is currently … Continue reading Hunger Pains

Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman

At last the New York Times wakes up to the revolutionary action going on in Yemen.  But there is nary a word about توكل كرمان, Tawakul Karman, the feminist activist and head of Women Journalists without Chains, who on January 23 was arrested (without a warrant) and jailed by the authorities for organizing a protest against … Continue reading Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman