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Jan
23
2012

Reblogged from stfuconservatives :

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Specifically to the requirement that a woman would need to see ultrasound images before having an abortion — I think I can sort of understand what the anti-choice side thinks they’re doing. They think that women don’t understand, and that it’s going to change their minds. But in my experience, that’s just not the case. Women know why they feel the need to have an abortion, and seeing an ultrasound image doesn’t change the facts of their lives. They don’t feel ready for a baby, and having an ultrasound doesn’t suddenly make them ready. Again, it comes back to that respect for the responsibility of motherhood and the wish to do it well. It’s misguided to say that being shown an ultrasound will change your whole life. No! It won’t! In many cases this is a very difficult choice, let alone for people who wanted the pregnancy but now have to terminate.


And I think that it’s important to see that even if abortion were no longer safe and legal, women would still do it. Which is why thinking about the anniversary of Roe v. Wade … my entire medical career has been after Roe. I have to think back to the things that my mentors taught me in residency — the old graybeards who were almost all men, but who became ardent feminists when they saw what was happening to women, and who advocated for the decriminalization of abortion. In medicine, if something is an intern’s task, it means it’s kind of — repetitive, not particularly important, kind of menial. And what interns end up doing is sometimes telling of how things are considered to be important in medicine. I had an old graybeard attending in residency who told a story from his residency, pre-Roe, in an inner-city hospital in Detroit. The intern every morning had to mix up the IV pressors for the women who would come in septic after an abortion, and they would use these pressors to avoid dying. The ward where they put them — gallows humor, you have to deal somehow — they called the septic tank. And that’s what he saw as a trainee. He saw women incredibly sick and incredibly maimed, dying, and dead. All because of their determination and recognition of “I am not ready to be a mother. I cannot do this.” Women will take really frightening risks when they don’t have access to safe care.

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Dr. Nancy Stanwood, OB/GYN, knocking it out of the goddamn park at The Hairpin. (via floodedwithcarbonlight)

(Source: morequasar)

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Oct
24
2011

Reblogged from feminist-blackboard :

feministblackboard:

Did you heat that Thailand has just elected it’s first female Prime Minister? Her name is Yingluck Shinawatra. She is 44, a member of the Pheu Thai Party and is married with one child. It is a tumultuous time in which she was elected. There has recently been a car bomb scare. Also, there were threats of grand punishments for all individuals supporting candidates with the use of social networking services.The previous Prime Minister was actually her older brother, a man in exile. Many believe her politics will widely be moved and shaped by his presence. Another woman in power to watch. It will be interesting to see what she does in her time.

feministblackboard:

Did you heat that Thailand has just elected it’s first female Prime Minister? Her name is Yingluck Shinawatra. She is 44, a member of the Pheu Thai Party and is married with one child.

It is a tumultuous time in which she was elected. There has recently been a car bomb scare. Also, there were threats of grand punishments for all individuals supporting candidates with the use of social networking services.

The previous Prime Minister was actually her older brother, a man in exile. Many believe her politics will widely be moved and shaped by his presence.

Another woman in power to watch. It will be interesting to see what she does in her time.

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Oct
24
2011

Reblogged from flyingvortexofmodernliterature :

I’m glad everyone likes our poster campaign :)

hunglikearainbow:

saucy-sarah:

There’s more:

Students Teaching About Racism in Society is a Student Org at Ohio University. I’m the President, any questions… MESSAGE ME! :)

Loving these!

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Oct
24
2011

Reblogged from sarcasmking :

"If you’re pro-choice, shouldn’t you respect my choice to be pro-life?"

rabbleprochoice:

bebinn:

tragicoptimism:

stfuconservatives:

bebinn:

It’s like when people say, “If you’re supposed to be tolerant of everyone, shouldn’t you be tolerant of my misogynistic, ignorant beliefs based on paternalism and my own sense of smug superiority?”

Welcome to the reproductive rights debate, where we discuss reproductive choices. Pull up a chair. I can tell it’s going to be a long night.

Every damn time.

Hey, how about this.  (Warning: This might be too revolutionary for narrow-minded thinking.)  Let’s just show respect to everyone and not hate any other human being for his or her personal beliefs!  

There’s a difference between “hating” and legitimate criticism, but some people prefer to label any criticism as “hating” so they don’t have to question their beliefs.

And oh, if only they were just their personal beliefs! Too bad those beliefs translate into actions, such as shaming, spreading misinformation and lies, voting, protesting, signing petitions and joining activist groups. See, then those actions aren’t just *personal beliefs* (as if those were immune from criticism in the first place), but actively oppressive actions in the name of your own personal morality.

I’m not going to respect anyone who doesn’t respect me, my privacy, and my right to my own body. You get what you give.

Emphasis mine.

Love,

Rabble

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Oct
24
2011

Reblogged from janeturenne :

"In Rome a vagina is una fica, a term deriving from the fig, a great thing, a delightful gift, a ribboned fruit. Among young Romans, the expression fica is a way to convey something extraordinarily good, akin to “cool.” They even make it into a superlative—fichissimo, meaning that something is the “cuntest” and very good indeed. Una fica is not only a sexually attractive woman, it is anything worthy of possession or experience. Imagine an American guy saying: “Wow, that is so vagina!” You can’t."

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Oct
17
2011

Reblogged from janeturenne :

"Most 18-34 males actually have much broader tastes than the old white guys making this shit, and in cases where they don’t support female-centric media, it’s often because that female-centric media is such condescending bullshit that even many women consider it unforgivably misogynistic (Twilight, Sex in the City, etc.). By contrast, My Little Pony (of all things) has cultivated such a crossover fandom that even the virulent homophobes of 4chan have become “bronies.” Quite seriously, if you can’t manage to make superheroes cater equally to both genders, without alienating one or the other, when fucking MY LITTLE PONY can do it, you’re too goddamned dumb to deserve to even a fraction of the big bucks that the people in charge of these franchises are earning to premise over their ever-shrinking audiences."

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Sep
13
2011

Reblogged from stfuconservatives :

"Over the past 25 years, Muslim majorities have elected five women as heads of state in the Muslim world (Tansu Ciller in Turkey, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, Hasina Wajed and Khaleda Zia in Bangladesh, and Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia). Notwithstanding our verbiage of female empowerment and liberation, we have yet to elect a single woman as president in the US. The Quran is the only sacred text that devotes an entire chapter to the rights of women. In fact, women in Europe could not inherit property independent of their husbands up until the 18th century. Islam over 1,400 years ago gave women the rights of inheritance, work, and hold public office. But the misperception of a Muslim woman that is veiled and oppressed guides our thinking."

Dr. Ali M. Nizamuddin is a ISPU Fellow and an associate professor of political science at the University of Illinois Springfield. (via ffeimo)

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Aug
31
2011

Reblogged from sarcasmking :

brilliantknitwit:

A project I’ve been helping with - please feel free to join in and share! 
Love Is Better ( www.loveisbetter.org/about ) is an organic, virtual public-art project that pays tribute to the many Canadians who are standing up and saying what we all intuitively know: love is better.
   The Love Is Better project was born from a simple concept: choose love over anger, and we’ll change the world.   In the wake of the saddening news of Jack Layton’s passing, there has been an unexpected, heart-warming, and distinctly Canadian story emerging on our facebook pages, along our twitter feeds, through our email inboxes, over skype, and within countless other mediums.   A conversation, seeded by many varied voices has been sparked. While this conversation is not new, it is reaching new heights. Though this conversation is dynamic, one unifying theme has surfaced and it’s message is clear: now is the time.   Transformation happens in many ways and in the briefest of moments; we are all part of co-creating the world we want. We believe that the most amazing thing about this movement is that a conversation which started in the abstract is now becoming real to so many of us. As we begin to notice that this conversation is populated by our peers, or colleagues, our families, and our friends, we gain the courage to join in that conversation ourselves. For as Maryanne Williamson writes in A Return To Love, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.  Love Is Better (the public-art project) is a dynamic collaboration that has emerged from the recognition that we all have a story to tell and a role to play in this growing movement, and that by having the courage to join in, we inspire others to do the same.  Love Is Better (the concept) is a simple life philosophy, which, if implemented, can have great impact. As Mr. Layton so eloquently put, changing the world can be as simple as actively choosing love over anger, hope over fear and optimism before despair.   We invite you to join us in using this as a place where we can share our ideas, and as a place to come when we need the inspiration of knowing that our voice is echoing amongst countless others.   Warmly, the Love Is Better collaborators  www.loveisbetter.org 

brilliantknitwit:

A project I’ve been helping with - please feel free to join in and share!
 

Love Is Better ( www.loveisbetter.org/about ) is an organic, virtual public-art project that pays tribute to the many Canadians who are standing up and saying what we all intuitively know: love is better.

 
The Love Is Better project was born from a simple concept: choose love over anger, and we’ll change the world.
 
In the wake of the saddening news of Jack Layton’s passing, there has been an unexpected, heart-warming, and distinctly Canadian story emerging on our facebook pages, along our twitter feeds, through our email inboxes, over skype, and within countless other mediums.
 
A conversation, seeded by many varied voices has been sparked. While this conversation is not new, it is reaching new heights. Though this conversation is dynamic, one unifying theme has surfaced and it’s message is clear: now is the time.
 
Transformation happens in many ways and in the briefest of moments; we are all part of co-creating the world we want. We believe that the most amazing thing about this movement is that a conversation which started in the abstract is now becoming real to so many of us. As we begin to notice that this conversation is populated by our peers, or colleagues, our families, and our friends, we gain the courage to join in that conversation ourselves. For as Maryanne Williamson writes in A Return To Love, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.
 
Love Is Better (the public-art project) is a dynamic collaboration that has emerged from the recognition that we all have a story to tell and a role to play in this growing movement, and that by having the courage to join in, we inspire others to do the same.
 
Love Is Better (the concept) is a simple life philosophy, which, if implemented, can have great impact. As Mr. Layton so eloquently put, changing the world can be as simple as actively choosing love over anger, hope over fear and optimism before despair.
 
We invite you to join us in using this as a place where we can share our ideas, and as a place to come when we need the inspiration of knowing that our voice is echoing amongst countless others.
 
Warmly,
the Love Is Better collaborators
 
www.loveisbetter.org 

Link
Aug
30
2011

Reblogged from stfuconservatives :

Study finds daycare is more expensive than college

stfuconservatives:

But no, please, continue to restrict abortion access AND cut programs for the poor.

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Aug
22
2011

Reblogged from stfuconservatives :

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What I am vexed with is the idea that, by having an abortion, a woman is somehow being unfemale and, indeed, unmortherly. That the absolute essence of womanhood and maternity is to sustain life, at all costs, whatever the situation.

My belief in the ultimate sociological, emotional and practical necessity for abortion became even stronger after I had my two children. It is only after you have had a nine-month pregnancy, laboured to get the child out, fed it, cared for it, sat with it till 3am, risen with it at 6am, swooned with love for it and been reduced to furious tears by it that you really understand just how important it is for a child to be wanted. How motherhood is a game you must enter with as much energy, willingness and happiness as possible.

And the most important thing of all, of course, is to be wanted, desired and cared for by a reasonably sane, stable mother. I can honestly say that my abortion was one of the least difficult decisions of my life. I’m not being flippant when I say it took me longer to decide what worktops to have in the kitchen than whether I was prepared to spend the rest of my life being responsible for a further human being, because I knew that to do it again - to commit my life to another person - might very possibly stretch my abilities, and conception of who I am, and who I want to be, and what I want and need to do - to breaking point. The idea that I might not - in an earlier era, or a different country - have a choice in the matter, seems both emotionally and physically barbaric.

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How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran

This is quite simply one of the single most honest, touching and convincing pro-choice arguments I have ever read.

(via petitefeministe)