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Category: Feminism

Stop Peeing on My Leg

A recently passed law in the great State of Mississippi is on hold. It requires abortions performed in a clinic to be performed by a OB-GYN with the privilege to admit patients to a local hospital. A judge has extended a hold on the law because it may possibly place an undue burden on or substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions. That would be a constitutional violation according to the U. S. Supreme Court’s 1972 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision.

Nonsense, say state officials:

State officials said the privileges help protect patients by ensuring they have continuity of care if a woman needs to go to the hospital. They also note that while the clinic might have to wait to get hospital privileges, “inconvenience is not ‘irreparable harm.'”

It’s just an inconvenience for  Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion provider in Mississippi. All they have to do is put in a request at the local hospital . . . Read the rest of this entry »


The Guys You Don’t Want to Talk About

Dear JT and other assorted nice guys¹ and Nice Guys™

Thank you for your concern about whether your behavior makes women¹ in the secular movement uncomfortable. Here is my solicited advice: don’t be one of the bad guys. You know, the ones you don’t want to talk about.

In order to determine if you are one of the bad guys, ask yourself this question:

Do you use manipulation, deception, social pressure, intimidation, isolation, intoxication, high through-put² solicitation, lewdness, or persistence as strategies to gain intimacy with women?

YesYou are one of the bad guys. You are The Problem. Stay home. We do not want you in our movement, not on the local, regional, national, or international level. Do not darken our podiums, seats, or elevators until you improve yourself as a human being.

Only when I drink→Do not drink at our events.

Only on this one girl I like→That is still a yes. That is horrible. If this is how you treat people you like, how do you treat people you aren’t fond of? Stay home.

No→Congratulations. You are not one of the bad guys. You are not likely at all to gain the reputation of a skeeze. Not being The Problem is a necessary, but not sufficient, part of being part of the solution. You may still unintentionally contribute to the problem. You may occasionally make women uncomfortable or reinforce cultural assumptions and norms that allow the bad guys to operate without deterrence.

I appreciate your eagerness to overcome your possible unintentional contributions to the problem and become part of the solution. In order to advance this discussion to concrete steps you guys can take in order to do that, we first have to address an issue in how this discussion is framed. Read the rest of this entry »

Not So Great Expectations

This is making the rounds in my Facebook universe:

I know that this is supposed to be funny. Here- I’ll even put in a bunch of laughy emoticons to prove it: Read the rest of this entry »

In This Country, the Testamony of Two Women is Worth Less than the Good Conscience of the Community

According to the newspaper, this is what happened.

Late Thursday night, 19-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews was hanging out at the home of his friend, Nakita Wright. At about a quarter to one in the morning, Nakita and her cousin, Tudia Simpson, decided to take a walk. Marcellus stayed behind on the porch.

The two women hadn’t even walked a block when trouble started back at the house. Read the rest of this entry »