What We Missed

NARAL Virginia made this video called What I learned at a Virginia Crisis Pregnancy Center. Transcript downloadable here.
Last night Lifetime premiered the movie Pregnancy Pact, inspired by the real life story of the Gloucester High students who got pregnant in 2008. It got a lot of discussion on Twitter, and here is one Feministing reader, Leah’s take on the film.
Shakesville has the scoop on a California school district that has banned the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for containing a definition of the phrase “oral sex.” I totally remember looking up words like “sex” in the dictionary at my elementary school library…

The New York Times has an article
about how the NYC courts are getting used to processing name changes for trans folks. It’s about time!

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  1. ShellyB
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    just to clarify, the story the movie was based on turned out to be a hoax!

  2. Kathleen Hagerty
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    The Virginia Pregnancy Crisis Center video is truly sad and disturbing. It’s sick that these people pray on scared, confused women like that. Disgusting.
    The only comment that kind of makes sense, although it is worded in a very strange way is:
    “STD’s can hide in the vagina, crawl up into the fallopian tubes and
    make you infertile.”
    STD’s don’t “hide in your vagina,” but some of them, like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, if left untreated, can lead to infertility in women. For this reason, we should all use condoms and get tested after every new partner.

  3. Anita
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    James Seidel of the Detroit Free Press and his “no Facebook” contract with his daughter. In some regards it’s supposed to be satirical and funny…although poorly written. However, it leaves me with an unsettling disgusted reminder of promise rings.

  4. paperispatient
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I remember everyone looking up SEX in our computer encyclopedia in third grade. My teacher caught us all giggling, sat us down, and read us the definition. It was all about sperm and eggs and was not the least bit titillating, and I feel confident in saying that none of us were corrupted by that moment!

  5. Marisa
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Yup, hoax! I’m from the town right next to Gloucester and there was no pact, a bunch of girls got pregnant and said they would raise the babies together but that was the furthest extent of any kind of “pact”

  6. Leah
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the linkage! It’s an honor.

  7. a Piece of Work
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I remember looking up rape and adultery in the dictionary when I was about 10 years old. It was our home copy of the dictionary.

  8. sophia b
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    my family had a a really old dictionary that defined masturbation as self abuse. maybe that district should find some of those ones?

  9. MandyV
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    I am looking to interview people who are or have been reluctantly married (read: didn’t want to marry or were opposed to marriage in principal, but got married anyway to please family or obtain immigration papers or get health insurance, etc.). Send me an email (mandyvandevenATgmailDOTcom) if this describes you and you want to tell me your story. And pass this info along to others.

  10. kandela
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    A new study finds teachers may be passing on anxiety about maths to girls: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-math26-2010jan26,0,1152085.story?track=rss

  11. that girl
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Seriously, would you rather your kid look up “sex” in the dictionary or search it on Google? They’re going to look anyway, so they might as well learn the basic facts.

  12. PamelaVee
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Well, with this video, we can at least re-affirm that these people do not care about women in the least. That’s disgusting.
    Our 8th grade nurse told us the same thing about condoms, by the way. We went to a poor school with a somewhat high pregnancy rate. COMPASSION AND ETHICS FAIL.

  13. uberhausfrau
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    i have to wonder if CPCs use statistics and stories from women who have lost children to adoption and just switch them over to “abortion horror stories.” Mothers who have lost children have triggers, too – many cant be around children the same as theirs, they can also experience secondary fertility, technically they are also at an increased risk for breast cancer because of lost opportunities to nurse, guilt, depression, suicide, etc.

  14. uberhausfrau
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    whoops, i mean secondary infertility.

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