How can they be queens when they got no jewels?

Check out the brief but good article from the Village Voice, “Where The Welfare Queens Went”, a simple reminder of the failure of our current welfare reform system. Jarret Murphy writes:
“The people who left AFDC could be different from the folks who’ve recently enrolled in SSI or Food Stamps. And even if they are the same people, getting Food Stamps or SSI might be an improvement over receiving AFDC. But it doesn’t seem like the ‘self-sufficiency’ the White House boasts about. It seems like welfare reform has done no better than welfare at curing the underlying problem, which, once upon a time, was called ‘poverty.'”

Check out the brief but good article from the Village Voice, “Where The Welfare Queens Went”, a simple reminder of the failure of our current welfare reform system. Jarret Murphy writes:
“The people who ...

Boy, do I wish I was there.

Did y’all hear about the NYU student who blew up Justice Antonin Scalia’s spot in the middle of a Q&A session at the NYU Annual Survey of American Law? NYU law school student Eric Berndt asked him, “Do you sodomize your wife?” Awesome.
Berndt first asked Scalia to explain his disagreement in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court case that overturned Bowers v. Hardwick and eliminated the nation’s sodomy laws. When Scalia bullshitted around the question, Berndt popped the big question. His microphone was turned off immediately. Check out the letter that Berndt sent to his fellow students in NYU in explanation for his behavior, reprinted by the Nation. Here’s a little section:
Although my question was legally ...

Did y’all hear about the NYU student who blew up Justice Antonin Scalia’s spot in the middle of a Q&A session at the NYU Annual Survey of American Law? NYU law school student Eric Berndt asked him, ...

O Canada!


It is now official. On Tuesday, Canada approved the sale of emergency contraception Plan B without a prescription. This is the 34th country to make EC available over-the-counter.
For the next few weeks, provinces and regions are to decide whether Plan B will be sold in front of the counter, allowing “totally unrestricted” sales of the pills. In the meantime, we are dealing with our own pharmacy war — not only to get EC over-the-counter status, but to stop this crazy movement o’ pharmacists from rejecting our ladies of their reproductive rights.
This bullshit has been going on for long enough. To take action, click here.

It is now official. On Tuesday, Canada approved the sale of emergency contraception Plan B without a prescription. This is the 34th country to make EC available over-the-counter.
For the next few weeks, provinces ...

Karzai urges fundamentalists to stop forced marriage

Afghan leader Karzai is urging Islamic fundamentalists in his country to stop forced marriages of young girls. Reuters reports, In some parts of the country, girls of 12 or younger are still given in marriage to settle tribal disputes, especially in southern areas bordering Pakistan which are home to ethnic Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s biggest tribe.
Karzai’s hope is that Afghan religious leaders will follow the path of Saudi Arabia where they declared forced marriage un-Islamic.
“In this fatwa they mentioned that forced marriages of girls is unjust in Islam. We have similar problems in Afghanistan. I hope that the noble Afghan Ulema issues a similar fatwa like the Saudi Ulema to end the oppression of Afghan women and girls.”

Afghan leader Karzai is urging Islamic fundamentalists in his country to stop forced marriages of young girls. Reuters reports, In some parts of the country, girls of 12 or younger are still given in marriage to ...

Must Repent TV


Check this article on Salon about this creepy new television show called Revelations. It seems to be aimed at religious audiences, touching on many recent themes from the media such as the Terry Schiavo case.
Some snippets…
Welcome to the latest nugget in a hailstorm of fundamentalist invective, from “The Passion of the Christ,” to Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ bestselling “Left Behind” series, in which skeptics and agnostics are left to fight for their lives against the forces of the Antichrist (centered in Baghdad, led by the head of U.N.), while true believers are whisked away to the comfort and safety of heaven like the lucky winners on “The Apprentice,” whisked off to shop for ...


Check this article on Salon about this creepy new television show called Revelations. It seems to be aimed at religious audiences, touching on many recent themes from the media such as the Terry Schiavo ...

End of Feminism’s 3rd Wave?

This is an article published in Ms. a while ago, but I just came across it and wanted to get some feeback. It is written by Lisa Jervis, the co-founder of Bitch magazine and she talks about what she considers a dated term–“wave” when refering to feminist activism and thought. She believes that in our attempt to distinguish ourselves as “third wave” feminists, we have caught ourselves in the belief that there is a singular way to be feminist.
In her reluctance to answer questions about “third wave” ideology, she responds…
This reluctance isn’t just me being cranky and not wanting to answer any hard questions. Here is the reality: We’ve reached the end of the ...

This is an article published in Ms. a while ago, but I just came across it and wanted to get some feeback. It is written by Lisa Jervis, the co-founder of Bitch magazine and ...

Finding That Spongeworthy Someone Just Got Easier…


Yesterday, the FDA approved the Today Sponge contraceptive, which had been pulled from the market in 1995 by its former manufacturer due to difficulties in meeting more stringent FDA guidelines. After being revamped by its new manufacturer, FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan yesterday confirmed that, “The product was found to be safe and effective.”
The Today Sponge prevents pregnancy by covering the cervix and releasing spermicide. While heralded as one of the most popular forms of birth control, remember that the sponge does not protect against STIs and is not as effective at preventing pregnancy as other contraceptives.
The A.P. reports that the contraceptive will be available in the U.S. in two months through ...


Yesterday, the FDA approved the Today Sponge contraceptive, which had been pulled from the market in 1995 by its former manufacturer due to difficulties in meeting more stringent FDA guidelines. After being revamped ...

One More Voice On Why Choice Matters

Check out Donna Brazile’s reflections on Why Choice Matters for Ms. Magazine.

“With more vocal conservatives now in firm control of Congress, brave Democrats will begin to work with the anti-choice majority to seek some middle ground. Before this occurs, we must proactively stake our claim to the principle of freedom, and hold firm to our values. We must define the issues this time, instead of remaining on the defensive. We must control the dialogue and message.
The language used in defending our support of abortion rights makes some pro-choice supporters uncomfortable in discussing the issue. I know why many of these lawmakers have become weary.
As a black woman and abortion-rights activist (and former board member ...

Check out Donna Brazile’s reflections on Why Choice Matters for Ms. Magazine.

“With more vocal conservatives now in firm control of Congress, brave Democrats will begin to work with the anti-choice majority to seek ...

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