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Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Aneesa Ahmed of Maldives at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department
Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton with awardee Aneesa Ahmed at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony. [Via]

Yesterday was the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. Providing abortions shouldn’t be brave, but it is. They deserve our thanks every day.

Are you a slut? This flowchart will tell you.

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota school district for failing to protect LGBT students from harassment.

Bitch has a great link roundup for International Women’s Day.

Watch Loretta Ross on Democracy Now talking about the latest attacks on reproductive rights in Georgia and across the country.

“The triumph of women in the workplace has been one of the great success stories of last 100 years.”

Australian toughens restrictions on wearing the Muslim veil.

Gov. Perry claims Texas is somehow going to find $35 million to fund the women’s health program itself after losing federal funding because it excluded Planned Parenthoood.

An International Women’s Day letter to women from Michael Kaufman.

An analysis of M.I.A.’s new “Bad Girls” video.

WTF. The Arizona Senate passed a bill that makes it legal for doctors to lie to women about birth defects to help prevent abortions. Kansas is considering a similar bill.

Two sisters who were fired from their jobs as Hyatt housekeepers for protesting sexual harassment are fighting back.

The Center for American Progress analyzes the economic “man-recovery.”

Hundreds of feminists marched to the Egyptian parliament to demand that women make up 50% of the constituent assembly.

A roundup of satirical state bills targeting men’s health proposed in response to the assault on reproductive rights.

Shameless explores which kinds of feminist messages resonate on Tumblr.

In New Mexico, a pregnant student was kicked out of school and then publicly outed to the entire student body.

Iceland is the best country in the world to be a woman–and other interesting facts.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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9 Comments

  1. Posted March 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    As you get into higher levels of math, is it normal to forget how to add?
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/mathochism-its-the-little-things/

    How beastly tests can undermine even the most tenacious student’s confidence:
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/mathochism-crash-and-burn/

    How does one deal with a professor who gives tests far harder than the lectures and homework might suggest?
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/mathochism-at-an-impasse/

  2. Posted March 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s still Endometriosis Awareness Month, and I’m still posting an endo fact per day. (A lot of them include me being cynical about chronic pain.)

    For International Women’s Day, I wrote a letter to my younger body, what I wish I’d known to tell me 20 years ago.

    This might not be a piece with broad interest, but I am writing a series on my transition to minimalist (maybe toward barefoot) running.

    And I get pissed when people claim to be in favor of women’s health while working to remove access to women’s health.

  3. Posted March 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I took a second to share Rush Limbaugh’s creepy obsession with Sandra Fluke.

    Later in the week, I talked about how Nick Kristof missed the mark in his recent post about state-level attacks on abortion.

  4. Posted March 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Blogging for International Women’s Day: a world where girls matter.

    So we should accept Rush Limbaugh’s apology and stop ganging up on the poor little asshole? Here’s my apology to Bill Maher. Sorry, Bill. Really.

    An open letter to young women during International Women’s Month.

    The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: protecting our ladybits during foreign travel.

  5. Posted March 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    A piece about some of my experiences working as an art model, and some things it may be good for others to be aware of. (Also with a journal comic):

    http://jennydevildoll.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/462011-art-model-confidential/

  6. Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    they’re putting restrictions on the veil?! wtf?! like that isnt a little racist and won’t stir up more islamophobia. it’s like “hey gotta memorise your face in case something that threatens national security happens”. urgh.
    and michelle & hilary would do well to remember that it is international working womens day not international womens day.

    i’ve been following the MUNZ dispute with the bosses after 300 workers were sacked and the strike in solidarity by the MUA:
    http://www.mua.org.au/news/auckland-port-confident-sackings-are-legal/
    http://www.mua.org.au/news/fight-on-as-auckland-wharfies-made-redundant/
    http://www.isonz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/we-support-maritime-union-on-ports-of.html
    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/aust-us-unions-back-auckland-port-workers-20120310-1uqxe.html
    http://www.mua.org.au/news/mua-delegation-rallies-in-auckland-in-solidarity/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTsm90fuXdM&feature=youtu.be
    http://www.mua.org.au/news/dp-world-industrial-action-order-2012/
    oh how i hate the fair work act.

    & israel is oppressing people again. (whats new?):
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/03/201239235251961119.html

  7. Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Southern Poverty Law Center Names Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) as Hate Group

    “In its latest quarterly publication “The Year in Hate and Extremism” (Issue 45, Spring 2012) the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, names Men’s Rights Activists as a hate group, citing the MRAs’ — alternately known as “Father’s Rights Activists” — virulent misogyny, spreading of false anti-woman propaganda and applauding and even encouraging acts of domestic terrorism and extreme violence against women and children, up to and including murder.”

    http://radfemworldnews.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/southern-poverty-law-center-names-mens-rights-activists-mras-as-hate-group/

  8. Posted March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    In moderation…?

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