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Gerda Lerner, a founding member of NOW, passed away this week.


What’s it like to run an abortion hotline in a country where abortion is completely illegal?

Turns out fat people are healthy, and are not actually even fat.

Sex doesn’t sell, Voco, at least not if you consider sex to be disembodied women’s body parts.

A California court overturns the rape conviction of a man who snuck into a woman’s bedroom at night and pretended to be her boyfriend when he started raping her, because California law doesn’t protect unmarried women in such cases. Sweet fucking Jesus.

A Hollywood script making waves has Hillary as a fabulous young thing trying to choose between her boyfriend (some dude named Bill) and her career. Who will play our heroine?

Logan Smith, the guy behind the brilliant @YesYoureRacist Twitter account, details what he’s discovered in three months of tracking racists on Twitter. Mainly, they don’t think they’re racist.

Young pro-life feminists. They exist, and they are gathering.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink
  2. Posted January 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Don’t look at the comments sections of the articles related to the Voco ads and the pro-life feminists — they will make you want to not live on this planet, anymore.

  3. Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Notes in the California case:
    1) Its only that once specific law which doesn’t include that sort of fraud. The law should be changed, but there are other laws in California that could have used that law.
    2) The Court did reach the right decision. We can’t be retroactively making changes to laws for obvious reasons.
    3) MOST IMPORTANT: Pretty much every state in America lacks laws about preventing rape by fraud. If you are shocked with the problem in California your going to be really surprised with 48 other states.

  4. Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    One of the things people haven’t considered with the VOCO ads is what the company is assuming about it’s target market. They’re assuming that the decision makers are geeky guys who only get attention from women if their spending money. Check out our booth babes because that’s the only time you’ll be able to talk to a pretty girl.

  5. Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    One of the arguments I’ve heard for the pro-life position being THE feminist position is that the right to abortion acts as a panacea, which allows us to avoid correcting societal problems. You don’t want to address women’s breast pumping, sick leave for child care, or the reasons that mothers have difficulty advancing in the work force. Fine, let women abort. The argument is that abortion rights actually serve to subjugate women.

  6. Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who is “pro-life” (gag at loaded phrase), beyond simply choosing not to have an abortion, is not a feminist.

    • Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      Right, the moment you start legislating what OTHER women are or aren’t allowed to do with their own bodies, you are taking their rights, and are therefore not feminist. As for the tissue-paper thin argument that abortion is the one thing standing in the way of addressing other issues in regards to parenting and feminism, all that would prove is that our world still has a long way to go in realizing how necessary feminism is in the lives of all women, no matter what their life choices.

      (But personally I don’t believe that’s true and that it simply demonstrates that some anti-feminists are very good at gaslighting . )

  7. Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Both your summary, “Turns out fat people are healthy, and are not actually even fat,” and the NYT article itself are huge misinterpretations of the results in the JAMA study. Many commenters on the NYT site point out flaws in Campos’ interpretation. Yes, the study found that grade 1 obese people have a lower mortality rate, but it also found a significantly higher mortality rate for grades 2 and 3 obesity. What does that say about your “fat people are actually healthy” conclusion? I would encourage people to read the actual JAMA article (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1555137&atab=7) before believing the interpretation that “grade 1 obese people have a lower mortality rate” = “fat people are healthy.”

    That said, Campos is right that we shouldn’t automatically categorize someone as “unhealthy” just because they are obese, without taking the rest of their health decisions into account. There are plenty of healthy fat people, and plenty of unhealthy thin people. Obesity should not be viewed as the sole indicator of poor health– it is only one of MANY factors that increase risks of disease and mortality.

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