Month: 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…

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…

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.”

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…

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…

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…

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…