What We Missed

Public Health researchers released a study noting what many of us have long suspected regarding what happens to women after they are denied abortion care: “When a woman is denied the abortion she wants, she is statistically more likely to wind up unemployed, on public assistance, and below the poverty line.” *and* “[Women] were more likely to stay in a relationship with an abusive partner than women who got abortions.”

Despite some serious strides in the last week, the U.S. is only ranked  79th in the world for female political participation.

UPS is no longer supporting the Boy Scouts due to their anti-gay policies.

G.D. thinks the line for journalistic integrity may have been crossed in Jezebel’s expose of racist teen tweets.

While this slut shaming fool wants us to believe that ‘Broadwell threw herself at Petraeus’,  there are so many other military scandals that are far worse than adults having consensual sex:  “Only 240 cases of sexual assault in the military were prosecuted in 2011, out of more than 3,000 reported cases. The Department of Defense estimates that the number of actual sexual assaults in the military each year is closer to 19,000.”

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.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/malaise/ Malaise

    Ugh. For whatever reason, consensual sex always seems to leave many quick to deride the participants as horrible people, while non-consensual advances somehow never garner the same sort of backlash from the masses. I think the most stark contrast for me was during the Herman Cain campaign, when the numerous reports of sexual harassment were brushed aside by much of the media, but the same reporters when faced with the same man who had a Consensual sexual relationship were suddenly swift to accuse him as a horrible person and declare him unfit. So I guess it doesn’t surprise me that in our military, consensual sex between adults is somehow seen as much worse than constant non-consensual sexual harassment/assault/etc., but it sure is depressing.