MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” to air special on abortion tomorrow

Nearly a year after Jessica and others asked the question, “Why are there no abortions on 16 and Pregnant?”, MTV has decided to take the issue to task. The fact of the matter is that nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion, so portraying all of the realities of unintended teen pregnancies is critical — especially in support for whatever decision these young women make.

No Easy Decision will air tomorrow night on MTV at 11:30 EST, and will profile three young women’s stories about their decision to have an abortion. It’s incredibly rare that abortion is depicted in a realistic way on television (or, I should say, it’s rare that the issue is televised ...

Nearly a year after Jessica and others asked the question, “Why are there no abortions on 16 and Pregnant?”, MTV has decided to take the issue to task. The fact of the matter is that ...

In mourning of Renetta Lowe AKA Magnolia Shorty

If you visited a lounge or a club this weekend and have noticed that the usual southern crowd isn’t quite getting down like they used to, it’s probably because they are still in shock from the news regarding Magnolia Shorty. Via Nola.com:

The shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of Bridgehampton Drive, police said. Officers found a man and a woman, 28, shot inside a car that had crashed into the gates of an apartment complex.

Additional details on the shooting were not immediately available. Both victims had been shot several times, according to police. They were dead at the scene, police said.

Many claim that Nicki Minaj’s recent stardom represents the return of women to hip hop. But ...

If you visited a lounge or a club this weekend and have noticed that the usual southern crowd isn’t quite getting down like they used to, it’s probably because they are still in shock from the news ...

Bishop revokes AZ hospital’s Catholic status over life-saving abortion

Here’s one biggie we missed last week: Remember the nun who was excommunicated earlier this year after approving the life-saving abortion for a critically sick patient? It looks like that wasn’t good enough to be make an example of, and Bishop Thomas Olmsted revoked St. Joseph’s Hospital Center of its Catholic status entirely because it “violated Catholic moral teaching”:

Linda Hunt, president of St. Joseph’s, said the woman was in imminent danger of dying unless the procedure was performed. “If we are presented with a situation in which a pregnancy threatens a woman’s life, our first priority is to save both patients,” meaning both the woman and the fetus, Hunt said. She added, ...

Here’s one biggie we missed last week: Remember the nun who was excommunicated earlier this year after approving the life-saving abortion for a critically sick patient? It looks like that wasn’t good enough to be ...

What We Missed and Happy Holidays!

The Feministing crew will be taking the next few days off to celebrate the holidays. We here at Feministing wish you all the happiest, most feminist of holiday seasons! Posting will resume on Monday. (*Note: We’ve also been receiving emails about user registration problems, so for those having issues, we’re looking into it and will hopefully be resolved soon!)

Amanda Hess on why all of a sudden folks like Bob Marshall care about “unwanted sexual advances” in the military, after the repeal of DADT.

Amanda Marcotte on the retelling of the same misogynist fairy tales in the new book “Man Whisperers.”

A touching story at Colorlines about interracial families.

via Jessica Wakeman at the Frisky writes about this ...

The Feministing crew will be taking the next few days off to celebrate the holidays. We here at Feministing wish you all the happiest, most feminist of holiday seasons! Posting will resume on Monday. (*Note: ...

Wednesday Links: Student Perceptions of Rape; Awesome Consumer Activism

Like many of you, I have been bogged down with finals for the past week. But as I’m finishing up (Tonight! Finally!) I wanted to highlight a few stories that I found today.

Amanda Hess has great coverage over at TBD of a new report from the George Washington University School of Medicine and the Younger Women’s Task Force, “Understanding Sexual Violence at a Large, Urban University.” The report explores findings from surveys of 5000 GWU students, surveys that asked not only about students’ experiences with sexual violence but also about their knowledge of GWU’s resources and procedures I recommend checking out Amanda’s analysis of the report (which has an interesting ...

Like many of you, I have been bogged down with finals for the past week. But as I’m finishing up (Tonight! Finally!) I wanted to highlight a few stories that I found today.

Amanda Hess has ...

Quick Hit: Congrats to Dr. Susan Herbst!

For all those political science majors, MPP pursuers or policy wonks who suspect that their academic efforts may never pay off, guess again. It is possible to have your best efforts and sleepless nights recognized. The brightest shining example of this comes in the form of the appointment of Dr. Susan Herbst as the 15th president of the University of Connecticut. And if that isn’t enough of an accomplishment she would be the first woman UConn president in the nearly 130-year history of the university! Via the New York Times, check out this awesome story:

The board of trustees unanimously selected the administrator, Susan Herbst, at a special meeting, calling her an exceptional leader in higher education who ...

For all those political science majors, MPP pursuers or policy wonks who suspect that their academic efforts may never pay off, guess again. It is possible to have your best efforts and sleepless nights recognized. ...

Paucity of women on the ballot in Ghana may stifle pursuit of 2015 MDGs

When the country “Ghana” comes to mind one might first think of their impressive World Cup win against the US this summer. Or folks may remember that Ghana was one of the first African countries President Obama visited in 2009 on account of Ghana’s smooth democratic elections in recent years and economic growth. However, this week Ghana remains a hot topic because they have joined the ranks of countries producing oil on a commercial basis and is projected to rake in $1.2 billion annually for the next 20 years.

While oil and gender issues may seem like apples and oranges, these oil revenues will enable the country to meet the UN Development Millenium Goals by ...

When the country “Ghana” comes to mind one might first think of their impressive World Cup win against the US this summer. Or folks may remember that Ghana was one of the first African countries ...

Obama signs Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal


Pic via Evan Vucci/AP

This morning, President Obama signed into law the repeal of the 17-year old discriminatory military policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He stated, “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie.”

Pam’s House Blend has full remarks here, including reactions to the signing and an interview with Dan Choi, who was at the signing.

While it will actually be a couple of months before the repeal goes into effect, this is one historic day of DADT’s end.


Pic via Evan Vucci/AP

This morning, President Obama signed into law the repeal of the 17-year old discriminatory military policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He stated, “No longer will tens of thousands of ...

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