White House refuses to state position on contraception

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In a press briefing last week, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan completely refused to answer a pretty goddamn important question: is Bush opposed to contraception?
Q There are news reports this morning that parents and children who were guests of the President, when they visited Congress, wore stickers with the wording, “I was an embryo.” And my question is, since all of us were once embryos, and all of us were once part sperm and egg, is the President also opposed to contraception, which stops this union and kills both sperm and egg?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President has made his views known on these issues, and his views known —
Q ...

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In a press briefing last week, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan completely refused to answer a pretty goddamn important question: is Bush opposed to contraception?
Q There are news reports ...

Scrabble study reveals women are lazy

John Tierney elaborates on his genius “women aren’t competitive” theory with an even more illuminating argument: women just don’t want it bad enough. But don’t worry; Tierney came to this conclusion using the most advanced method possible for studying gender differences: Scrabble.
…But if you think that leveling the playing field would eliminate gender disparities, consider an unintentional experiment conducted in the Scrabble world, which is hardly a hostile environment for women.
For a quarter-century, women have outnumbered men at Scrabble clubs and tournaments in America, but a woman has won the national championship only once, and all the world champions have been men. Among the top-ranked 50 players, typically about 45 are men.
The ...

John Tierney elaborates on his genius “women aren’t competitive” theory with an even more illuminating argument: women just don’t want it bad enough. But don’t worry; Tierney came to this conclusion using ...

Women firefighters battle more than blazes


The Associated Press reports that women firefighters still face significant barriers and discrimination, most notably in New York.
…Of roughly 296,000 professional firefighters [nationally], about 6,500, less than 2.5 percent, are women. That’s up from zero as of 1972, but “nowhere near the point where you lose your token status,” said Terese Floren, director of the Madison, Wis.-based Women in the Fire Service.
Firefighting forces are more than 10 percent female in several big cities; two of them, San Francisco and Minneapolis, also have women as fire chiefs.
The Seattle Fire Department has 91 female firefighters, a little over 9 percent of the force, said Helen Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for the department.
But in Boston and ...


The Associated Press reports that women firefighters still face significant barriers and discrimination, most notably in New York.
…Of roughly 296,000 professional firefighters [nationally], about 6,500, less than 2.5 percent, are women. That’s ...

Sperm Rules!

Make sure to check out Katha Pollitt’s Stiffed, which takes on Viagra, Medicare, contraception and the sexual double standard.
My fave part:
And what about sex aids for women? Where’s that female Viagra they’re always promising us? Most newspapers didn’t even report that in December an FDA panel turned down Procter & Gamble’s application for Intrinsa, a testosterone patch intended to raise libido in women whose ovaries have been removed. The problem wasn’t that Intrinsa didn’t work (the panel voted 14 to 3 that the manufacturers’ trials showed a meaningful improvement in desire and pleasure); the issue was health risks as well as the potential for “off-label use” by women who had simply lost their mojo. A “lifestyle ...

Make sure to check out Katha Pollitt’s Stiffed, which takes on Viagra, Medicare, contraception and the sexual double standard.
My fave part:
And what about sex aids for women? Where’s that female Viagra they’re always ...

Vicente Fox says media shouldn’t “reheat” Juarez murders

From Reuters:
Mexican President Vicente Fox accused the media on Monday of rehashing the story of a 12-year spate of women’s murders on the U.S. border, minimizing a tragedy seen as among the nation’s worst crime outrages.
His comments came just weeks after two girls, aged 7 and 10, were sexually assaulted and murdered this month in Ciudad Juarez, an industrial city across from El Paso, Texas, where more than 340 women and girls have been strangled, battered and stabbed to death since 1993, 17 of them this year.
“We must attend to the case of Juarez and we are, but it must also be seen in its proper dimension. These murder cases have been solved,” Fox said, ...

From Reuters:
Mexican President Vicente Fox accused the media on Monday of rehashing the story of a 12-year spate of women’s murders on the U.S. border, minimizing a tragedy seen as among the nation’s worst ...

New UNICEF head won’t change condom policy

Concerns that Ann Veneman, new head of UNICEF and a former member of the Bush administration, would implement a more conservative policy on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual health and condoms were quelled last week when she announced that policies would remain as they are.
“We’re not going to change UNICEF’s position,” Veneman, a former U.S. Agriculture Secretary, told Reuters late on Thursday at a feeding centre in Malawi where the U.N. is feeding AIDS orphans and other vulnerable groups.
Veneman raised concern in January when she said she believed social issues such as reproductive health were “irrelevant” to UNICEF’s mission, a remark some interpreted as signalling a change in UNICEF’s drive to promote family planning.

Let’s hope ...

Concerns that Ann Veneman, new head of UNICEF and a former member of the Bush administration, would implement a more conservative policy on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual health and condoms were quelled last week ...

Another little thing in Washington State

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft failed to support an anti-discrimination measure in Washington State and caused the bill (which would protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination in work, housing, etc) to fail passage in the state legislature. But soon after Microsoft changed its decision because of all the pressure from employees and gay rights groups.
In Friday’s message, Ballmer seemed to suggest that input from employees had helped persuade Microsoft officials to renew their backing of the measure. More than 1,500 employees had signed an internal petition demanding the company support the bill, and scores had written in protest to Ballmer and Gates.
A Microsoft executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that after Microsoft’s turnaround ...

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft failed to support an anti-discrimination measure in Washington State and caused the bill (which would protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination in work, housing, etc) to fail passage in ...

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