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Imagine this conversation with your employer:
YOU. Hey, it looks like my paycheck is $25 short.
EMPLOYER. Oh, no, that’s for Kitten Day.
YOU. I’m sorry?
EMPLOYER. Once a month, we bring in kittens for everyone in the office to cuddle for a day. Studies show that it reduces stress. It’s adorable.
YOU. I’m sure it is, but you’re paying for it out of my paycheck.
EMPLOYER. Yes. Kitten Day is part of your overall compensation package.
I’ve been writing about it over at Cosmopolitan.com. Here’s the basic summary of the case. Here are 13 of the biggest misconceptions about the case (this one is especially helpful for Twitter / Facebook / family dinner table fights). And, finally, how the right-wing reaction to women with opinions on Hobby Lobby is a pretty good illustration of how this is all about misogyny and hostility toward female sexuality, not religious beliefs. Continue reading
Hormonal birth control isn’t for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that it’s part of a patriarchal capitalist plot to force women to work while menstruating (WORK WHILE MENSTRUATING?!?! IMPOSSIBLE). Yet that’s the argument from a feminist writer in her new book Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. Lindsay Beyerstein handily addresses her arguments in Slate:
A warning to all uterus-havers who are on hormonal birth control: That uterus of yours is absolutely filled with tiny dead babies. Lots and lots of little babies. You’re basically a microbaby graveyard, says conservative radio host Kevin Swanson, a.k.a. That Snoring Guy In The Back Of Sophomore Biology Class, or alternately That Guy Not In Biology Class Because He Was Biblically Homeschooled and now promotes godly homeschooling and a Biblical worldview, and that’s just medical science. Continue reading
A South Dakota bill that would have given women easier access to contraception and taken substantial steps to decrease the unintended pregnancy and abortion rate was defeated in the state senate — by “pro-life” legislators. The Birth Control Protection Act … Continue reading
A New York hospital may be scrapping its women’s health program — if it merges with a Catholic hospital. The women’s health program offers such Satan-affirming services as counseling, contraception and tubal ligation surgery. Catholic hospital mergers are a significant … Continue reading
Nigerian law is pretty much in line with what anti-choice activists would like to see in the United States. Abortion is illegal. Contraception is rarely used. The birth rate is high. And 1.5 million Nigerian women have illegal abortions every … Continue reading
The state senate passed the Compassionate Care Bill — the law that would require emergency rooms to offer emergency contraception to rape survivors — by a huge margin of 32 to 3. Connecticut Local Politics has much, much more, so … Continue reading
With Emergency Contraception. Feministing has more.
To visit the Museum of Contraception and Abortion. And its founder sounds pretty badass. I hear there’s some other stuff to see in that city, too.