Weekend reading

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Graphic essay: What the Civil Rights movement can teach us about surviving Trump

Jeff Sessions fights for racist outcomes. Who cares what’s in his heart?

The vain, counterproductive myth that there’s no way most Americans can be racist 

Many mass shooters have a history of domestic violence. It’s time to pay attention.

A century of abortion onscreen, 1916-2016

These online services offer birth control without visiting a doctor 

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Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them

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It has certainly not gone unnoticed that women’s reproductive freedom has been at the mercy of mostly male politicians who have never had to grapple with the real impact of access to reproductive healthcare (except perhaps when arranging an abortion for a mistress). Just this past week, we saw two examples of men in power who are aggressively ignorant about the reality women deal with in this country and how abortion and birth control affect our lives.  Continue reading “Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them”

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A hilarious take on “dad feminism” from The Toast.

It’s not just police departments–some school districts are reportedly getting free military gear from the Pentagon.

A video from the World Science Festival shows how unreliable eyewitness identification is.

How many women are in prison for defending themselves against domestic violence?

9 tips for police to prevent civilian shootings.

A student and a faculty adviser are suspended from the school newspaper for refusing to print a racist sports team name.

25 famous women on not having children.

Worst father of the year award goes to the Missouri lawmaker who is suing to deny his daughters birth control access.

Weekend reading

A performance artist satirizes the use of scantily clad women as accessories.

John Oliver and some muppets explain the US’s broken prison system.

More discrimination in the name of religion: the Department of Education grants a religious exemption for a university to deny on campus housing to a transgender student.

A chart that shows the rapid rise in incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

Fill up your Netflix queue with 50 essential feminist films.

“I’m terrified of dying like Eric Garner.”

A luxury apartment building in New York is creating a separate “poor door” for low income residents.

The Detroit Water Project lets you help poor residents who have had their water shut off by directly paying their bills.

A nurse-midwife who refuses to dispense birth control sues a family planning clinic for not hiring her.

A new documentary series honors “Queer Black Visionaries.”

Birth control is related to sex, and we should talk about that

“Respectability politics” is a concept that plagues many social justice movements. Members of marginalized groups feel the need to prove that they are worthy of certain rights they want to be granted in order to win victory in mainstream society. It’s an understandable impulse, but it often ends up hurting a cause as well as the people fighting for it. Irin Carmon takes this on in the context of birth control access and makes a strong case against the overemphasis on medically necessary contraception:  Continue reading “Birth control is related to sex, and we should talk about that”

Weekend reading

A pro-choice activist has some fun at her local Hobby Lobby.

Dahlia Lithwick on how the Supreme Court “chose not to see women this term, or at least not real women, with real challenges, and opted instead to offer extra protections to the delicate women of their imaginary worlds.”

Jezebel skewers a ludicrous Esquire piece on the newly-found desirability of 42-year-old women.

Birth control saves a lot of money.

Sad, but not surprising: the NSA has been retaining a lot of irrelevant information about innocent people and spying on Muslim-Americans.

Kelly Williams Brown expands on the right’s caricature of young women as “Beyonce voters.”

 

Weekend reading

Kyle Buchanan at Vulture looks at the trend of casting women as mothers in age-inappropriate ways, and what it would look like if Hollywood did the same thing with men.

All of the NSA revelations to date in one chart.

10 ways men can combat sexist entitlement.

The Hobby Lobby ruling offers yet another reason why we shouldn’t have an employer-based health insurance system.

A map of which countries subsidize birth control pills or offer them for free.

Despite protestations that the Hobby Lobby ruling was narrow, the Supreme Court has ordered lower courts to rehear cases on denying coverage for any type of contraception.