Soraya L. Chemaly is a feminist and satirist whose work focuses on cultivating feminism through humour. She writes about gender, and gender absurdities, for The Huffington Post, Alternet, Role/Reboot, The Feminist Wire, BitchFlicks and Fem2.0 among others. www.sorayachemaly.tumblr.com or Twitter @schemaly.
Last month's CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.
The student argued that the school should focus less resources on developing a new mascot, and more on addressing the potentially frightening culture within the school's athletic program. UConn's athletics aren't alone in that regard.
"We want to build a national monument to survivors, because we want to live in a country that holds public and supportive space for survivors to heal," adds co-founder of FORCE, Hannah Brancato, "Because we want to live in a country that believes rape can and must end."
The Pope's rationale is that his "age means he lacks strength to do job." You could use the exact words to describe the nine-year old girl the Pope excommunicated for having a life-saving abortion after being raped and impregnated, with twins.
Roe also acknowledges a related fact: until its passage women’s bodies, legally speaking, functioned like production facilities, holding tanks, regulated environments, the property of the men who impregnated them.
A lot of what we call "social issues" could simply be called "sex issues:" gay marriage, abortion rights, birth control and even issues like stem cell research. And "sex is good" just won. Young voters in particular influenced Barack Obama's victory and the success of progressive ballot measures nationwide.
#1billionrising is a global movement whose audacious goal is to end violence against girls and women on the planet, one in three of whom will be raped, beaten or killed...as the result of being female.
Akin's statement and the GOP's anti-choice positions aren't just an election year "war on women" narrative. They are part of a reactionary, fundamentalist backlash to modernity. It's a war on science. It's a war on facts. It's a war on critical thinking. But, really, consider it a war on democracy.
Bei Bei Shuai's case means that all pregnant women are potential criminals and that their bodies can be treated as potential crime scenes. How the "pro-life" movement is threatening to imprison a depressed woman for up to 45 years for attempting suicide.
This speech was given at the WomenUnite Rally in Washington, DC on April 28, 2012, one of 53 events that took place in 45 cities around the country. The marches recieved little or no national coverage, despite the fact that thousands of people participated in a grassroots movement of more than 50 events co-ordinated by volunteers in fewer than 10 weeks.
What are you, as a woman, or as a man related to one, willing to trade when you vote for a presidential candidate who signed the Personhood Pledge or a legislator who supports anti-choice "personhood"-based bills?
Rush Limbaugh’s limp quasi-apology to Sandra Fluke isn’t good enough. Clear Channel Communications, the largest radio station owner in the US, should fire him and establish a precedent whereby media commentators understand that misogynistic language and attitudes are unacceptable and career-ending.
Would you chose external gestation if you could? What do artificial wombs mean for reproductive rights - including abortion, equality and the role of women in society? The moral, ethical, legal and societal consequences are profound and we are unprepared for them.
Abstinence-only programs, with their emphasis on purity, marriage, and heterosexuality, create hostile environments that perpetuate the growth of rule-enforcing bullies, one slut-shaming, homophobic class at a time.
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