“First, the facts. While it is satisfying to know that Maine has a staggeringly low teen pregnancy rate, this would likely change were this bill to pass. A study conducted by Dr. Madeline Zavodny in 2003 concluded that imposing parental consent requirements for contraceptives appears to raise the frequency of pregnancies and births among young women. Further, a study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association two years later made the very same conclusion, adding that this would also lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases among teens.”—
The White House on Friday is set to host a meeting on trans issues (Blade file photo by Michael Key)
Transgender activists intend to discuss federal policy issues at an upcoming White House meeting that will be the first ever held by the Office of Public Engagement to focus solely on trans issues.
Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, said the meeting, which is set to take place Friday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, will include transgender leaders who work on federal policy.
“OPE routinely holds meetings with various stakeholders to discuss various policy issues,” Inouye said. “Friday’s meeting, like most OPE meetings, will be closed press and off the record.”
Additionally, Inouye said the meeting will be the first ever for the Office of Public Engagement where transgender issues are the sole focus of discussion.
“While transgender issues have been covered in previous OPE meetings, and transgender leaders have been included in other OPE meetings, this would be the first time OPE has held a meeting solely focused on transgender issues,” Inouye said.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said she plans to attend the meeting.
“This is the first president who has allowed trans people — really allowed LGBT people — to bring forward problems and then advocate for them,” Keisling said. “In the Bush administration, we couldn’t even do that. They wouldn’t even listen to us. They didn’t care what our problems were. In fact, they were making most of our problems.”
“Yes! Release his Occidental (College) records! Release his high school records! Why won’t Barack Obama release his elementary school report cards? We need to know if he played well with others! Did he bring gum to class? And if so, did he bring enough for everyone? I certainly hope not — because that would be socialism!”—STEPHEN COLBERT, on Donald Trump’s call for President Obama to “release his Occidental records,” on The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
“In fact, “atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist.” We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”—
Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation (via cocknbull)
“[Minorities] earn less than white people because they don’t work as hard and have less initiative. We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”—Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, speaking about eliminating affirmative action in Oklahoma.
Unless you have been living on another planet, you know there’s a royal wedding about to happen. The world is waiting for the moment when the bride steps out of her carriage at Westminster Abbey on her way to wed her prince. I can’t help but be drawn to such a fairy tale, and neither can many others. Despite forty years of feminism telling us otherwise, most women still want to marry their handsome prince.
Penny Young Nance,CEO of Concerned Women for America, for Fox News
While America’s criminalization may have a number of contributing causes, it coincides precisely with the rise of organized feminism. “The women’s movement became a vanguard of conservative law-and-order politics,” Gottschalk writes. “Women’s organizations played a central role in the consolidation of this conservative victims’ rights movement that emerged in the 1970s.”
Gottschalk then twists her counterintuitive finding to condemn “conservatives” for the influx, portraying feminists as passive victims without responsibility. “Feminists prosecuting the war on rape and domestic violence” were somehow “captured and co-opted by the law-and-order agenda of politicians, state officials, and conservative groups.” Yet nothing indicates that feminists offered the slightest resistance to this political abduction.
Feminists, despite Gottschalk’s muted admission of guilt, did lead the charge toward wholesale incarceration. Feminist ideology has radicalized criminal justice and eroded centuries-old constitutional protections: New crimes have been created; old crimes have been redefined politically; the distinction between crime and private behavior has been erased; the presumption of innocence has been eliminated; false accusations go unpunished; patently innocent people are jailed without trial.
Oh, obviously rape isn’t a real crime, it’s just feminism ruining the world again. DUH!
By the way, this Stephen Baskerville guy is a fucking loon. He’s a professor of government at Patrick Henry College. You know, that scary Christian college that trains fundamentalist teenagers to infiltrate the U.S. government to enforce their crazy religious beliefs on the country?
If you aren’t familiar with Virginia’s most embarrassing college, you should take the time to watch this documentary for free online. Warning, it’s pretty terrifying…
“Female fat [as] a moral issue is articulated with words like good and bad. If our culture’s fixation on female fatness or thinness was about sex, it would be private issue between a woman and her lover; if it were about health, between a woman and herself… A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but one about obedience.”—Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth (via ephemerals)
Representative John LaBruzzo of Louisiana (R-Metairie) has filed legislation that would ban all abortions in the state. The bill would subject both a woman who has an abortion and her doctor to charges of feticide. Penalties range from 5 to 15 years in prison.
LaBruzzo claims the bill is designed to take on Roe v Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. He said he does not think the proposal is controversial. “When it comes to abortion and guns, even the Democrats are on the same page with the Republicans,” he said. In 2008, LaBruzzo proposed paying poor women $1000 each to have their Fallopian tubes tied. He also suggested providing tax incentives to higher-income couples to have more children.
Julie Mickelberry, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast said, “It is time for elected officials to stop playing politics; we don’t need laws that threaten women’s health.”
House Bill 587 is scheduled to be addressed during the regular session which begins today. It is assigned to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.
“Man was not made subject to woman, nor should woman be subject to man. Neither men’s rights nor women’s rights should be considered, but human rights, — the rights of each, the rights of all.”—Phebe Hanaford (Universalist, educator, minister, suffragist)
In 2008, Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (DBCC) decided to designate itself an Open and Affirming Community of Faith, signifying its “commitment to full acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation,” and this decision keeps it in line with those values, church leaders said.
AWESOME. Kentucky and its surrounding states get a bad rap, but I think they are the first state to have a church openly do something as bold as this. Way to go!
For those who were wondering, because obviously everyone is intensely interested in my personal life: Joe and I are not getting married in a Catholic church because of our ideological disagreements about homosexuality and abortion.
“[Today], every girl is expected to have: Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes. Everyone else is struggling.”—
Converting marijuana to hashish could land Oklahomans a life prison sentence under a bill approved in the Oklahoma Senate.
The Senate voted 44-2 for the bill on Wednesday, which now heads to the House for final consideration.
The bill was requested by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, which says the state has seen few cases of hash manufacturing in Oklahoma.
OBNDD spokesman Mark Woodward says the goal of the bill is to “send a message” that illegal drugs won’t be tolerated in Oklahoma.
Conviction of a first offense of cooking hashish would result in a prison sentence from two years to life in prison. Sentences would be doubled under a second offense, and those convicted would not be eligible for a suspended sentence or probation.
A man is facing life in prison for having a non-lethal drug that the Founding Fathers probably grew in their yards. THIS THIS THIS is why you should be pro-marijuana legislation. I’d love to ask the legislator who’s “sending a message” how much it’s going to cost the taxpayers to feed and house this guy for the rest of his life.
“Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions.. for safety on the streets… for child care, for social welfare… for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist,’ I ask ‘Why? What’s your problem?’”—Dale Spender (via earlyfrost)
Don’t let the growing numbers and overwhelming footage to desensitize you to the tremendous amount of pain and grief Libyans continue to suffer every day. These people are not army men. They are not killers. They’re students. Doctors. Lawyers. Teachers. Storekeepers. They’re parents and children. And while we mourn the lives of the incredibly brave journalists, we need to also remember that there are people dying who do not have the benefit of national attention.
“Here’s a formula for both the collapse of our economy and our democracy…
There’s so many wars going on, you could rename this town WAR-shington. Money for bombs, no money for books. Money for missiles, no money for new moms. Money for jet fighters, no money for crime fighters. Money for an empire that is as broad as our fears, no money for an America that’s as large as our hopes. Just money for unnecessary wars.
We don’t want Apocalypse Now, we want peace, now. We want jobs, now. We want prosperity, now. And we want the leadership to provide it. Now.”—Rep. Dennis Kucinich, speaking on the US House floor April 6th, 2011 and dropping some serious truth bombs regarding what’s killing our budget via cognitivedissonance (via omnivory)
Watch out — the war being waged on women, the middle class and the poor just took another dark turn. Those connecting the dots will recognize the progression from the calamitous shock to the economy perpetrated by Wall Street to the systematic looting of public assets and families’ pocketbooks by conservative lawmakers in Washington and various states.
…We hear repeatedly that the ‘serious’ approach to reining in the U.S. deficit and lowering this nation’s debt is to slash spending. But that ignores the revenue side of the budget, conveniently drawing attention away from the need to require multimillionaires and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes and to generate income-tax-producing jobs. This is not rocket science: Jobs mean income; income means income tax; income tax means revenue to pay down the deficit. Seriously, who doesn’t get this?
But the forces at work here don’t give a hoot about lowering the debt or creating jobs. They are too busy making the ridiculously rich even richer while decimating government programs that give women and other disadvantaged people a chance at a decent life.
“There is a country where the leading cause of death of pregnant women is murder by a partner. In this same country, more than a million women were raped in 2008 and women are much more likely to live in poverty than men. Local laws don’t protect their right to bodily freedom and integrity; some rape laws even state that once a woman initially consents to sex, she doesn’t have the right to change her mind.
“But within the space of a year, Republicans went from passively ignoring the anti-contraception demands of the far right to making the issue a number one priority. Suddenly you have Rush Limbaugh, lover of Viagra and serial marriage, agreeing that the only form of birth control he finds acceptable is closing your legs. The conservative blogosphere came out with full-throated support for the argument that healthy sex should only be a luxury for those who can pay for it. And of course, you had the entire Republican party moving on this newfound hatred of contraception, and using it to nearly shut down the federal government.”—Now the GOP Is Going After Sexual Health and the Pill — And the Battle Is Just Beginning | Sex & Relationships | AlterNet (via standupforwomen)
“Anyone who thinks ending war is naive hasn’t put enough thought into it. What’s naive is to think that wars can continue and humanity will survive. It’s naive to think the planet is a limitless resource. It’s naive to think that we can create ever more powerful means of killing each other and not destroy the planet.”— Veteran Paul Chappell (via changingmyperspective)