Obama won’t protect repro rights in health reform

As you may have noticed, right now there’s some major political wrangling going on over health reform. Not only has the public option been jettisoned, but news broke today that anti-choice Democrats are really upset
at the prospect of low- and moderate-income women receiving federal subsidies to access insurance plans that cover abortion.

Rather than declare his support reproductive health coverage, Obama is basically telling congressional Democrats, “Hey, work it out amongst yourselves.”

Meanwhile,

Abortion-rights supporters say such a restriction would all but
eliminate from the marketplace private plans that cover the procedure,
pushing women who have such coverage to give it up. Nearly half of
those with employer-sponsored health plans now have policies that cover
abortion, according ...

As you may have noticed, right now there’s some major political wrangling going on over health reform. Not only has the public option been jettisoned, but news broke today that anti-choice Democrats are really upset

State Rep. Emmer pulls a Michele Bachmann

What is up with the hypocritical bullshit right wingers are pulling with their usage of pro-choice language to oppose health care reform? In a New York Times article on lawmakers who are seeking a ban on mandates for health insurance, Minnesota State Representative Tom Emmer is in the featured pic, with his quote in the caption:

“All I’m trying to do is protect the individual’s right to make health care decisions. I just don’t want the government getting between my decisions with my doctors.

He’s also described his proposed legislation allowing the state to refuse a federal universal health care system as an amendment that would “protect the freedom of personal choice in health care.”
And yes, ...

What is up with the hypocritical bullshit right wingers are pulling with their usage of pro-choice language to oppose health care reform? In a New York Times article on lawmakers who are seeking a ban ...

Margaret Thatcher: China’s (only) favorite woman

Of the “60 Most-Influential Foreigners Shaping the Last 60 Years of Chinese Development“, the China Global Times decided that Margaret Thatcher was the only woman who made the cut. 70 percent of the finalists were selected by readers, while 30 percent were recommended by “academics”.
Margaret Thatcher is best known as Britain’s shining example of virtue, who opposed the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. She earned a spot because she gave Hong Kong back to the People’s Republic of China. Meanwhile, even Michael Jackson and the former soccer coach for Yugoslavia made the list.
A China-friendly choice would be Svetlana Orlova, who led a delegation of Russian women to China ...

Of the “60 Most-Influential Foreigners Shaping the Last 60 Years of Chinese Development“, the China Global Times decided that Margaret Thatcher was the only woman who made the cut. 70 percent of the finalists were ...

The feminists are coming! The feminists are coming!

I just love it when conservatives get all riled up ’bout little ole us.

Our girl Phyllis Schlafly contended at the conservative conference, “How To Take Back America,” this weekend:

I submit to you that the feminist movement is the most dangerous, destructive force in our society today. [...] My analysis is that the gays are about 5% of the attack on marriage in this country, and the feminists are about 95%. [...] I’m talking about drugs, sex, illegitimacy, drop outs, poor grades, run away, suicide, you name it, every social ill comes out of the fatherless home.

She was later presented with the “American Hero of the Century” award, in which Mike Huckabee stood up and said “God bless you – and ...

I just love it when conservatives get all riled up ’bout little ole us.

Our girl Phyllis Schlafly contended at the conservative conference, “How To Take Back America,” this weekend:

I submit to you that the feminist movement is ...

Yet another reason to love Michelle Obama


When asked about motherhood in an interview for Prevention magazine, she said she actually learned what not to do from her mom, which is to sacrifice your entire being for your kids:

“She’d say being a good mother isn’t all about sacrificing. It’s really investing and putting yourself higher on your priority list.”
“Throughout my life, I’ve learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me. . . So I have freed myself to put me on the priority list and say, yes, I can make choices that make me happy, and it will ripple and benefit my kids, my husband and my physical health.”
That’s hard for women to own. We’re not taught to ...


When asked about motherhood in an interview for Prevention magazine, she said she actually learned what not to do from her mom, which is to sacrifice your entire being for your kids:

“She’d say being a ...

Detroit considers banning lap dances

Last week the Detroit city council proposed an amendment to more heavily regulate the “adult entertainment” business. Here are the major highlights: it would ban lap dances, require exotic dancers to stand significantly further away from patrons, and require other workers at clubs to be certified in their positions. This proposed amendment just goes to show you that people can sometimes propose laws that trample on people’s personal freedoms without offering concrete solutions to address the root of the problem.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not giving strip clubs a get-out-of-jail-free card. Strip clubs have their issues and can be sites of exploitation especially during economic times like these. And then there’s the sexism inherent in this discussion. I ...

Last week the Detroit city council proposed an amendment to more heavily regulate the “adult entertainment” business. Here are the major highlights: it would ban lap dances, require exotic dancers to stand significantly further away from ...

Holy Gross of the Day


A recent article in the UK’s Times Higher Education magazine has caused a bit of an uproar, and understandably. In the feature about the “seven deadly sins of universities,” the vice chancellor of Buckingham University claims that female students are a “perk” of the job and should be enjoyed.
Funnily enough, Terence Kealey insists the piece was “highly moral,” probably because he encourages his fellow professors to look but not touch. Instead, just use her “curves” to fantasize about during sex with your wife. No joke.

Normal girls – more interested in abs than in labs, more interested in pecs than specs, more interested in triceps than tripos – will abjure their lecturers for the company of their ...


A recent article in the UK’s Times Higher Education magazine has caused a bit of an uproar, and understandably. In the feature about the “seven deadly sins of universities,” the vice chancellor of Buckingham ...

What We Missed

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the ban on women serving aboard submarines should be lifted.
A pilot is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend…from the air.
Nancy Folbre at The New York Times weighs in on why health care reform is a women’s issue.
When Texas says that abstinence-only education isn’t working, you know that shit is done for.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the ban on women serving aboard submarines should be lifted.
A pilot is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend…from the air.
Nancy Folbre at The ...

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