Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fetuses First

Amelia, a 27-year-old Nicaraguan woman, has a ten-year-old daughter. She also has cancer and desperately needs treatment, but is being denied care because she’s pregnant. Abortion is entirely illegal in Nicaragua, even in a case like Amelia’s where she needs … Continue reading

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The Ladies of CPAC

Republicans would like you to know that they aren’t all old white men, and that their movement is actually really hip and young. Why? Chicks! [Anyone have time to do a transcript?] Amanda covered this one pretty well, but I … Continue reading

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Tiger Woods: A Great Role Model

Read it and hurl. I would like to point out that, in addition to lauding men who cheat (and do worse) just so long as they say sorry, the author actually uses the phrase “it’s raining whores.”

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Intentionally flying planes into buildings because you don’t like a particular government: Terrorism or no? Let’s debate.

Newsweek editors and reporters discuss the use of the word “terrorist” and essentially conclude that it’s mostly applicable to foreigners with beards. The conversation is an off-shoot of the story of the IRS “protestor” (as the Wall Street Journal designated … Continue reading

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Healthcare reform march in DC this Wednesday

I feel like I should pass this along for those of you still optimistic we can get something good through Congress… from MomsRising: For the last week, a group of health insurance company survivors has been walking from Philadelphia to … Continue reading

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The Left’s Top 25 Journalists

Glad to see so many awesome new media types on this list, including the always-wonderful Rachel Maddow and Feministing founder Jessica Valenti. Less promising: Only 7 women on a list of 25. And I don’t know the racial background of … Continue reading

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VA State Legislator: Disabled kids are a punishment from God

Well this is a new level of offensive and disgusting. At an anti-choice press conference in Virginia, staged to encourage the state legislature to pull funding from Planned Parenthood, Republican state representative Bob Marshall told the audience that: “The number … Continue reading

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16 and Pregnant

Jessica Grose has a great piece up on Slate today about the MTV show 16 and Pregnant, asking whether it actually deters teenagers from pregnancy or whether it’s simply exploitative (or both). I’ll admit to watching (and enjoying, at least … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Feminism, Popular Culture, Pregnancy | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

Naïveté and Submission

A French anti-smoking ad compares smoking to oral sex, with the slogan “To smoke is to be a slave to tobacco.” The New York Times describes the visuals of the ads thusly: The slogan is bland enough: “To smoke is … Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

You know how this goes. Hope you’re having a marvellous day!

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Thursday LOST Roundtable: The Substitute

Spoilers below! This week was a Flocke & Locke episode – off the island we see Locke struggling to accept his disability at his job and with Helen. Meanwhile, Flocke is trying to recruit on the island and shares some … Continue reading

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Si son de amores vengan derechas

The House of Secrets: The Hidden World of the Mikveh by Varda Polak-Sahm (Beacon Press) One clear evening in Jerusalem, Varda Polak-Sahm shows up alone at her neighborhood mikveh – a ritual bath for Jewish women – to purify herself … Continue reading

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