Affirming that contraception is something women must have “to control her own destiny,” she said she didn’t think the five male judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby really understood the ramifications of their decision. They seem to have the same kind of (suspiciously woman-shaped) “blind spot” the court had when it ruled against Lilly Ledbetter in 2007. Read More
Esquire has a wonderful profile of Dr. Willie Parker, one of the two doctors who flies in from out-of-state to work at Mississippi’s sole embattled abortion clinic. Parker, whose decision to become an abortion provider is deeply rooted in his Christian faith, quit his obstetrics practice to do the procedures full-time after Dr. Tiller was assassinated five years ago. These days, he travels around the country providing abortion care in areas where access is most limited and is an eloquent advocate for reproductive justice. Read More »
Today a bipartisan group of Senators introduce legislation to combat campus rape.
Oklahoma moms stage mass breastfeeding protest in a public park.
“Telling victims of domestic abuse to consider how they can prevent further violence is as ludicrously redundant as telling a tightrope walker he should think about how to prevent falling.”
No shit study of the day: Fathers can care for children just as well as mothers.
An awful tale of a rape at a Keith Urban concert.
The recent White House focus on combating rape on college campuses and criticisms of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative have raised some serious questions about how we are addressing sexual assault as a broader issue affecting the lives of women across class, race, and education boundaries–specifically black women and girls from poor and working class communities.
Infographic: There have been no women of color protagonists in top grossing sci-fi and fantasy films
Given that women and people of color are so underrepresented in Hollywood generally, this analysis revealing the diversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy films is not entirely surprising.
But some small, uncynical part of me thought that just maybe a genre that is entirely, utterly unbound to current realities would be slightly more diverse. Syreeta recently quoted the great Octavia Butler, whose sci-fi novels Hollywood should be adapting for the big screen all the time: “There are no real walls around science fiction. We can build them, but they’re not there naturally.”