And don’t forget that the GOP and all the others who want to kill Planned Parenthood are against Planning For Parenthood. They don’t want us to be able to plan our pregnancies. They want to force us to bear unwanted pregnancies; they want to keep us poor, and unfree, and oppressed. Here’s what one woman … More Celebrate Easter by Protecting Women’s Rights to Their Own Bodies
Here’s what she wrote to one of her constituents, who published this letter on his website: Dear Mr. Colletti: Thank you for contacting me to share your support for women’s reproductive rights. It was good to hear from you. One of my top priorities as a Senator – and as a mother – is to ensure that all … More I wish US Senator Patty Murray were my Senator, I think
I was glad to see that the NYTimes had the sense to publish this letter from TAINA BIEN-AIMÉ, Executive Director, Equality Now, about a recent article that misrepresented women’s rights in Yemen. “Offended Yemeni Women Protest President’s Remarks” (news article, April 17), you noted that Yemen’s conservative customs concerning women are not legislated as in neighboring Saudi … More Yemeni Women’s Rights
Many people celebrate the return of the growing season at this time of year without understanding the historical origins of the rituals they observe. This post revamps a column Lefthandofeminism wrote last year at this time to explain how men pushed women out of these holidays. Christians have a feast day called “Easter,” on which … More Blood and Eggs at Passover and Easter
Jennifer Collins wrote the following column about the tragic flaws in the system that supposedly protects victims of domestic violence. The story she tells is distressingly common. Find the original story at this excellent website. The Holly Collins Case: recognizing the Family Court Crisis in the US A few months after Holly Collins turned … More The Family Court Crisis in the US
The horrific summary appeared in the Guardian: When they assessed her case, British immigration officials knew that Katya, a vulnerable 18-year-old from Moldova, had been trafficked and forced into prostitution, but ruled that she would face no real danger if she was sent back. Days after her removal from the UK, her traffickers tracked her down … More Katya’s Story
The bishops are all hot and bothered about women in the church again, and, as usual, it is a nun who has driven them to distraction. People who believe in divine revelation universally agree that revelation is received through language. Language expresses and is shaped by the culture in which it is spoken. Language reflects … More Catholic Bishops Actively Oppose Equality of Women, Again
Well, they’ve finally sorted it, but it’s still a bloody mess. Tea-Party GOPers never really cared about balancing the budget, only about pushing their social agenda down our throats. And on that note, I love this photo: So they didn’t quite manage to shut down Planned Parenthood, but you know they’re gonna try again. Let’s … More Battle of the Budget
These hilarious and poignant pointers come from my favorite spinster aunt: Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work 1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks. 2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone. 3. If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape … More Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work
Joseph Stiglitz makes a lot of sense in this editorial about the growing gap between the rich and the poor in our country. Really good stuff. Thanks, Echidne of the Snakes, for directing my attention to it!
Where are the brave, feminist women and men who helped to bring down Mubarak in Egypt, and who have long been agitating against Saleh in Yemen, now? About a quarter of the million protesters who brought down the Egyptian dictator were women. Tawakul Karman, who has led anti-government protests at Sana’a University for years, … More Whither the Revolution for Women in Egypt and Yemen?
Did you know that “Sufism provides answers to some of the most complex issues in the contemporary Muslim world, where youth comprise the majority of the population”? This is great news. Listen to this: Moroccan youth are increasingly drawn to Sufism because of its tolerance, its fluid interpretation of the Qur’an, its rejection of fanaticism … More Sufism May Save the World
The quotation from Schiller, “Kannst du nicht allen gefallen durch deine Tat und dein Kunstwerk, mach’ es wenigen recht; vielen gefallen ist schlimm,” loosely translated, reads “If your deed and your art do not please everyone, do it as well as you can; pleasing everyone sucks.” The painting scandalized bourgeois Viennese art viewers because it … More Naked Truth
I have just thrown away an entire dumpster full of notes and essays related to the book that I’ve been working on for more than 10 years and that I am having some trouble giving up. I have carted these papers around -from Arlington, Virginia to St. Louis, Missouri, and then on to Pittsburgh and … More The Author on her Book