Category Archives: Poverty

Tenacious justification of choice does not equal freedom

I will be turning 30 this year and it seems every time I go to a social function another friend is announcing her belly is full of baby. For me it still seems so grown-up and I still prefer to … Continue reading

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Race, class, and street harassment

So, I have to admit – I was a little nervous when posting about street harassment the other day. I was really eager to open up the conversation, especially because it was focused on a queer/gender non-conforming/trans experience and perspective … Continue reading

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You keep on using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means, James Harkin

Talk about missing the point of feminists getting upset about sex trafficking. There’s a big difference between illegal immigrants choosing consensual prostitution and illegal immigrants being lured with false promises and then abducted into sex slavery, moron. Thankfully the commentors … Continue reading

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Life without family planning

A new World Bank report warns that poor countries, wealthy donors, and aid agencies are losing sight of the value of contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health programmes in helping to boost economic growth. The report – Population Issues … Continue reading

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Monday Afternoon at the Welfare Office

The following is a post I originally wrote for the now-pretty-much-defunct Our Word, and then reposted again on my site. It is still extremely relevant: I’m still on food stamps (but not welfare), thousands of moms and their kids are … Continue reading

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Well hello there

Hello to everybody at Feministe, and thanks Jill for this chance to guest-blog. This is a much bigger gig than the one I usually do over at my place, so I’m understandably a bit nervous. So I’m going to calm … Continue reading

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Another post about health care

I’ve seen this anti-Sicko article by Larry Elder a few times in the past week, and it’s so full of bullshit, I just can’t ignore it anymore. Brace yourselves, this is going to be another long one: First, understand that … Continue reading

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NAACP ignores pro-lifers

LOL! Pro-lifers from Georgia are upset about being ignored again at the NAACP annual convention: This July approximately 8,000 NAACP members met in Detroit for the organization’s annual convention. While Saturday’s major theme was improving access to heath care, NAACP … Continue reading

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No sex for the poor

I guess I should introduce myself. Hi. I’m trailer park, a 26-year-old (former teenage) mom living in Austin, TX with my eight-year-old abstinence-only baby and my husband of three years who (shockingly) didn’t mind that his bride wasn’t a virgin. … Continue reading

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Pro-Life Group: “It is shameful that Christians would rally around the physical needs of the poor”

Nope, couldn’t make it up if I tried. The full press release (emphasis mine): “Abortion is an act that takes the life of an innocent human child,” said Erik Whittington, American Life League’s youth outreach director. “It is shameful that … Continue reading

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The Teacher as Advocate.

A recent return to my old high school yielded the belief that public school teachers, already burdened with unforgiving hours, pressures, and low salaries, might also be an untapped resource of effective social advocacy.

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What Financial Equality Really Means

XtinaS passed along this Livejournal post by alchemi responding to Mickey Kaus’s argument that social equality is more important than money equality. And the response begins with “Bullshit,” and continues thus: Yesterday, at work, I was standing in a urinal … Continue reading

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