“Creepy anti women laws” shown in perspective.

Comedian and writer Lizz Winstead puts these creepy laws into perspective:

Winstead launched Lady Parts Justice last week in response to GOP coordinated war on women’s bodies, health,  and privacy. Winstead offers more in explanation:

Look, it’s time to stop being polite and start asking, “What the fuck do you think you are trying to pull here?”

It is time to ask, “Why the fuck are men and women who are inexcusably incompetent continually being elected into statehouses, governorships and THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS? And how the fuck is it that this asshole serves on THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE of The House of Representatives?!

ENOUGH.

Women are not faking rape and they don’t have magical powers to deactivate rape sperm. We are not pregnant before we are pregnant, we can’t have an abortion if we are not pregnant

I’m multiple levels of grateful for this. With this forever election, memory spans in a continuous media cycle get short. Here’s what I remember: I remember a Missouri Congressman running for Senate try to distinguish rape as legitimate and illegitimate. I remember the GOP vice presidential candidate say that rape is a form of conception. While everyone continues to unpack the first presidential debate, assessing the stakes for candidates Romney and Obama, poll creeps that swing right and away from the left, and the brass of Romney to fire PBS while looking Jim Lehrer in the face, my long term memory is in tact. I haven’t forgotten that there’s a conservative platform that wants to legislate my decisions about my body. Small government concentrated at the tip of transvaginal probe.

Don’t get fucked this November. Vote.

SYREETA MCFADDEN is a Brooklyn based writer, photographer and adjunct professor of English. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and Storyscape Journal. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine, Union Station, and a co-curator of Poets in Unexpected Places. You can follow her on Twitter @reetamac.

Syreeta McFadden is a contributing opinion writer for The Guardian US and an editor of Union Station Magazine.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/betholsen/ Elizabeth Marie Olsen

    Brava Lizz, f’ing brava!!!

  • http://feministing.com/members/thebhoypaul/ Paul

    I totally agree with everything said here. I find the attitudes towards women by the GOP quite worrying and on par with “sharia law” nations in it’s moral shame. I was involved in an argument recently between a user on youtube (of all places) in response to a TYT video about the republican who said women have a natural barrier to stop them getting pregnant in cases of rape, where he was trying to legitimise rape as being a misunderstood subject which should not be demonised, reasoning that the victim’s trauma came from not accepting that they where doing a “public service” and suggesting that they should be happy to comply and that their allegations of victimisation where entirely groundless. When I and several others argued the point that rape sufferers are victims of torture, kidnapping and mental and physical abuse they simply refused to acknowledge it. By end of the discussion I simply gave up in sheer disgust as the user simply would not accept that rape is wrong and is rightfully abhorred by all civilised people. It worries me that this kind of attitude can exist in the western world and especially when I see similar attitudes in politics. It’s easy for me as a man to think that womens fight for equality has been won but these kinds of things often show me that there may still be a long way to go.

  • http://feministing.com/members/jemma/ Jemma Howitzer

    “Lady Parts Justice”

    Trans men have pregnancies and abortions, trans women don’t. The idea of calling uteri “lady parts” seems juvenile.

    Am I crazy to want to replace “women” with “people with uteri”?

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Watch the new doc on one doctor’s quest to offer safe abortion where it’s illegal

The new documentary Vessel tells the story of Women on Waves, founded by Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts who sailed the world in an “abortion ship,” offering off-shore medical abortions in the international waters surrounding countries where abortion is outlawed. Her project eventually morphed into Women on Web, which does great, life-saving work by sending abortion pills by mail to people lacking legal access. The film has opened in NYC, and is now available for streaming on iTunes.

Also, be sure to check out this interview with director/producer Diana Whitten on the Community site. As she notes, the story, unfortunately, holds particular relevance in the US today. “Due to recent legislative attacks on reproductive healthcare, the situation for U.S. women in many ...

The new documentary Vessel tells the story of Women on Waves, founded by Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts who sailed the world in an “abortion ship,” offering off-shore medical abortions in the international waters surrounding countries where abortion is ...

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Chart of the Day: Over 200 new anti-choice state laws enacted in the last 4 years

Well, we knew 2013 was bad. And 2012 was almost as bad. And 2011 was actually the worst ever. So it’s no surprise that Guttmacher’s latest tally of state abortion restrictions shows that 231 abortion restrictions have been enacted in the past four years. 

The 26 new restrictions added to the tally in 2014 was out of a total of 335 anti-choice bills that state legislatures considered (so it could totally be worse) and it’s certainly an improvement over the few years prior.

Also on the good news front: pro-choice legislators went on the offensive last year more than they have in decades. State legislators introduced 95 bills to expand access to abortion, according to Guttmacher tally. More ...

Well, we knew 2013 was bad. And 2012 was almost as bad. And 2011 was actually the worst ever. So it’s no surprise that Guttmacher’s latest tally of state ...