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The de-fund Planned Parenthood bandwagon has rolled east, and New York has jumped on. New Yorkers, contact your representative and stand up for Planned Parenthood today.

Texans, do the same! Planned Parenthood TX is also facing de-funding!

Jennifer Thorpe makes the connection between fracking and feminism.

Hugo Schwyzer on why men should join the SlutWalk.

Our own Courtney on why gender equity drops off after graduation.

In the UK, an anti-abortion and pro-abstinence group has been included in the government’s new Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/folktronic/ Rob

    Am I the only one slightly irked by Hugo’s piece?

    For instance, I’m curious as to why he felt the need to distinguish “straight men” in this article. I understand his pov that he is writing from but he misses the point of the Toronto walk’s message of diversity across a spectrum of gender identities and sexualities.

    I also question the logic of men becoming better people simply for the sake of female bodies- seems to reinforce that straight men are responsible for the safety of women’s bodies. Sexual assault exists across all spectrums of gender identity. The Toronto Slutwalk organizers ask that this be acknowledged in their statement.

    Cisgendered men, male-identified, trans men, and everyone else should be part of this movement to denounce their perceived hypersexuality, to denounce sexual assault committed by men and denounce sexual assault committed on men.

    I’ve always felt somewhat disenfranchised with masculinity blogs as they always fail to acknowledge cisgender privilege or that cisgendered men (full disclosure, cisgendered gay male here) can learn from radical masculinity discourses.

    This kind of soft activism reminds me of that movement where straight men, with their girlfriends in tow, “come out” as gay-rights supporters.

  • http://feministing.com/members/vscarpato/ Vicki

    While there is always (regrettably) a social impact to the community as a result of changes in industry in an area, and the piece on fracking and feminism explores this a bit, there is NOT always a proven link between an hydraulic fracture stimulation and all those things the author claims. As a former frac engineer myself I can confidently say that once you understand the physics involved, in most cases (if the well has been constructed properly) it is impossible for frac fluids to cause the sorts of damage to the local water sources as the author suggests.

    Yes frac jobs do require A LOT of water on surface to build the fluids, and sourcing that water responsibly (and disposing of it responsibly) is always an issue, but it is one that has become more and more central to the industry, both as water supplies diminish and as frac jobs increase in size.

    As far as all the additives ending in “ethyl”, yes there are those too. And the formulation is often proprietary. But I would be willing to be that if anyone were to audit a Shell location (or one of any other major international oil company) they would find MSDS sheets for every single one readily available.

    I’m happy to discuss the technical side of fracking if anyone is interested, and I promise I’ll do my best to make it as understandable as I can.

  • http://feministing.com/members/markkernes/ Mark Kernes

    I think Amanda Marcotte has the “skinny” on the Right’s push to defund Planned Parenthood: It’s not really about abortion, it’s about contraception and sexual freedom:

    http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/05/15/contraception-goes-viral