Month: March 2010

Bits and Pieces

First, a bunch of must-reads on the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal. Tim Fernholz writes a personal piece about why he will not be attending Mass this Easter. Amanda points to the victim-blaming and molestor-coddling coming from some high-profile conservative writers,…

Transgender Day of Visibility

Today’s International Transgender Day of Visibility. Started last year as a movement on Facebook, the goal of today is to increase visibility and celebrate transgender identity: “I went on Facebook and I was thinking… whenever I hear about our community,…

Happy César Chávez Day

For those who don’t know, today is César Chávez Day. Chávez was a migrant worker from a young age and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with the ever-awesome Dolores Huerta. (The NFWA would later merge with the Agricultural Workers…

Bits and Pieces

On average, each African woman will experience seven unsafe abortions in her lifetime. In Nigeria alone, where abortion is illegal except to save the pregnant woman’s life, there are 760,000 abortions annually. Unsafe abortion is one reason why Nigeria has…

David Brooks has a question.

He would like to know if you would rather win an Oscar and be stuck with a cheating husband, or have zero personal or professional accomplishments but have a really happy marriage. If you take more than three seconds to…

Contribute to Connie Saltonstall

She’s running against anti-choice Democrat Bart Stupak in the primary, and she needs all the financial help she can get. During the health care reform debates, and now that reform has passed, pro-choice women have been livid at conservative Democrats…

Cutting the Cost of Being a Woman

At least health care reform does that. Until now, it has been perfectly legal in most states for companies selling individual health policies — for people who do not have group coverage through employers — to engage in “gender rating,”…

Bits and Pieces

Lucky Girl: A must-read piece about being one of the “lucky ones” who could actually get an abortion when the procedure was illegal. The new Erykah Badu video, Window Seat, is pretty awesome. Matt Taibbi asks, in a predictably provocative…

The Rage Is Not About Health Care

But the explanation is plain: the health care bill is not the main source of this anger and never has been. It’s merely a handy excuse. The real source of the over-the-top rage of 2010 is the same kind of…