Tag Archives: Reproductive Health

Too Many Know-Nothings

I keep meaning to polish a piece on the many potential, disastrous TrumpCares, but the health care news changes too fast for a day-gigging TfH to keep up! Today, though, a li’l gem came through the nethole quick enough for a brief day gig break:

DT has appointed a White House health care adviser that believes that birth control constitutes medical malpractice.

The only technology besides the printing press that singlehandedly enacted massive social change. The technology that let women work outside the home. Effect self-determination. Find meaning in an identity that is not exclusively maternal. Experience pleasure without consequence (obvies that’s the god squad’s actual problem with repro health).

Our economy relies on the pill because we need two incomes to even barely try to stay afloat.

Plus also BIRTH CONTROL PREVENTS CONCEPTION, WHICH IN TURN PREVENTS ABORTION. If you want to end abortion, give everyone a LARC. Unless abortion-hate itself masks the real belief: that women shouldn’t have sex. Which is the only way I can understand any of this.

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Sometimes Women Have Jobs and Children Part 2

Some joker wrote a silly piece on how having just one child enabled the writerly success of some important women writers. Like Joan Didion.

It’s too silly even to take seriously. But people do. As they do any ol’ think piece giving off the subtlest whiff of “Mommy Wars” (perish the phrase, seriously, it makes me want to fling feces at my cage).

But Rebecca Mead took it seriously, as did prominent women writers with more than one child.

The only thing to say about it, really:  “The key—nothing so occult as a secret—to their ability to marry motherhood and writing has been adequate child care, which remains the desideratum of every working mother, whether she’s a writer or something else.

Also, no one’s counting up the number of children dude writers have.

Also, please shut up about women and the choices they make for their uteruses. Just shut up. Stop it.

I don’t want to see a single article ever again, ever, about women’s choices about when and how to load up their uteruses with whatever they want to load them up with. Whether or not they have jobs while making whatever choice they want to make about their uteruses and the loading therein.

Unless it’s an article about how the Supreme Court and every single legislature in our country acknowledges that what a woman chooses to do, or not, with her uterus is her own damn business and no one else’s.

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Good News for Women

And everyone who cares about eliminating unwanted pregnancies.

Plan B is now available over the counter, no matter how old a womanly customer is!!!!!! So, you know, a 15 year-old who made a mistake or whose condom broke or who was raped or whatever—really, I don’t care why she needs it—can get what she needs without finding a doctor to get her a prescription within the 36 hours of potential conception.

In related news, I came across this fantastic infographic on how to teach kids body safety and sexual safety. Send it to all your friends!

 

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Ladies Get in Free

It feels good to be blogging again, let me tell you. It’s like that first leg shave after a long, cold winter. Or that first ridiculous news item about women that caught your eye after taking a break from ridiculous news about women. (But does one ever take a break from that?)

Before my pseudo-hiatus I had a long exchange with Sacrucensis about who gets to decide what’s up with the cell-clusters that sometimes form after hetero sexytime. I’m quite proud of the exchange! Here’s why.

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The First Family of Purity

I remember when I first heard about the Colorado Springs-based Father Daughter Purity Balls. The sun was setting over the California coast. A cool breeze rippled my surgical gown. I was getting my monthly abortion at Planned Parenthood, right before my date with my drug dealer. So when I learned of the family that would destroy my ability to murder babies carelessly and routinely (it’s just like tossing out a tampon you guys!), I waged permanent war on all those that would stand in my way.

Because this so-called culture war? Some people think of it as an actual war.

You choose either Jesus or Satan, locked in timeless struggle over your soul. Which side are you on?

Abortion rights is central to an ongoing political struggle between the religious right and everyone else. Everyone with any skin in the game sees abortion as the tip of a political-cultural iceberg, founded on the Constitution, the role of religion in public policy, the health care system (over a sixth of our GDP), the economy, race, class, ability. And, oh yeah, women.

Women’s and girls’ bodies are both the weapons and the spoils of this “war.”

This is one context for Mirjam von Arx‘s provocative documentary, Virgin Tales, which I was lucky to see at the Denver Film Festival this weekend.

Just a routine family photo sesh

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Opinion Journalists On Fire

Seriously, folks. I’ve been reading so much great stuff today that I feel like the excitable, sycophantic Chester in the old cartoons about big ol’ bulldog Spike and Sylvester the cat.

Woudja like that, Spike!?!?

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