This excerpt from Thursday’s All In features great lively discussion among Chris Hayes, Rebecca Traister and Vanita Gupta on the Kavanaugh hearings. Rebecca notes that his testimony included language designating contraceptives as “abortion inducing drugs” and reminds us that birth control was only legalized by the Supreme Court for married couples in 1965 and for single women in 1972! Also some reflections on the committee’s response to the continuing protests and disruptions. [Read more…]
By Laura Clawson / Daily Kos
In the age of #MeToo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is poised to set a policy that lets colleges off the hook for taking sexual harassment seriously and makes life much easier for accused rapists and harassers. DeVos previously rescinded Obama-era guidelines on campus sexual assault because they were supposedly unfair to rapists, and now she’s ready to take the next step with regulations of her own.
The DeVos rules would allow perpetrators to cross-examine their victims during mediation and would “also allow the complainant and the accused to have access to any evidence obtained during the investigation, even if there are no plans to use it to prove the conduct occurred.” Because it’s not already hard enough for assault survivors to come forward—now their assailants will have free rein to dig through their lives and intimidate them in person. [Read more…]
Katherine Johnson, one of the Hidden Figures “human computers”, turned 100 years old this Sunday, August 26th. The Daily Press notes that on Saturday she visited her alma mater, West Virginia State University, for the unveiling of a 7-foot statue in her honor and the creation of an endowed scholarship in her name. During an interview when asked what she thought was the key to such a long and healthy life, her reply was “I’m lucky. Very lucky.” (h/t to AGD) [Read more…]
By Julia Conley / Common Dreams
While President Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that the nomination process for his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh would be a “beautiful thing to watch” over the coming weeks, progressive advocacy groups say they will leverage their collective political will—and the tens of millions of their outraged members—to stand against the president’s far-right and extremist choice.
Calling Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh a “five-alarm fire,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, Color of Change, and other groups announced a mass mobilization against the right-wing judge’s confirmation, including a nationwide day of action planned for August 26. [Read more…]
By Dartagnan / Daily Kos
Between 2007 and 2015, the rate of teen pregnancies in the United States dropped approximately 50%. Much of the credit for that goes to federal and state educational programs that teach teenagers about birth control and making informed choices about sex. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, implemented in 2010 during the Obama Administration, was one of the most effective of these efforts, providing annual grants totaling 200 million dollars to the states to operate and evaluate their public health programs aimed at preventing unwanted teen pregnancies.
These programs are vital because more than 25% of American girls become pregnant by age 20. Many of these pregnancies are neither expected or wanted. The drastic negative economic and social implications of that fact–to women and American society— should be obvious. The real beneficiaries of programs such as the TPP are women because it is women (in this country at least) who have been burdened socially with major responsibility for contraception. It is women’s lives and futures that are impacted the most by an unwanted pregnancy.
In August of last year the Trump Administration, through its Department of Health and Human Services, effectively ended funding for the TPP program two years before it was to be re-authorized. In its place, the Administration specified that any recipients of grants from the TPP must follow one of two “abstinence-based” agendas, de-emphasizing birth control as a method of preventing pregnancy. [Read more…]
As summer approaches, this seems an apt time to consider the dilemma presented by Helen Plumb in one of The Barbican Centre’s series The Art of Change: Feminism // A Prickly Subject. Helen reflects on the question of whether or not, as a woman, to let one’s body hair grow and provides a visual accompaniment to her exploration. [Read more…]
By Rosy Miner, Isaura Garcia, Odett McAdams, and Debbie Principe
We are former employees who worked under Mickey Kasparian, President of UFCW Local 135. For more than a year, we have stood with our sisters: Sandy Naranjo, Isabel Vasquez, Anabel Arauz, and more recently Melody Godinez, who all filed lawsuits with serious claims involving our former boss.
We have firsthand knowledge of what it is like to work for Kasparian, and we have volunteered for several Democratic candidates over the years.
Our Party has failed us in its handling of – or refusal to handle – him. [Read more…]
By Jen Hayden / Daily Kos
A variety of important information about breast cancer and breast cancer screenings has gone missing from the Department of Health and Human Services women’s health website. The Sunlight Foundation tracks changes to government sites and they published a report on the now-vanished information.
The “Breast Cancer” website and related pages were removed from within the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) website. While content about mammogram breast cancer screening remains, informational pages and factsheets about the disease, including symptoms, treatment, risk factors, and public no- or low-cost cancer screening programs, have been entirely removed and are no longer found elsewhere on the OWH site. Among the material removed is information about provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require coverage of no-cost breast cancer screenings for certain women, as well as links to a free cancer screening program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The office did not proactively announce or explain the removals. [Read more…]
This week’s Canny Resistance Award goes to John Oliver, who deftly stole Mike Pence’s family’s homophobic thunder by, hours before the release of their children’s book profiling their pet rabbit Marlon Bundo’s “Day in the Life of the Vice President,” released his own “Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” – who is, gasp, gay.
Oliver announced the book Sunday night on his Last Week Tonight show after an angry, lengthy look at Pence’s bigoted history, including his long association with the anti-LGBTQ, conversion-therapy-loving wingnuts of Focus On the Family. Oliver admitted the only thing he likes about Pence is his rabbit Marlon Bundo – or at least he did until learning that the book created in his honor, which was written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen, was being promoted in partnership with Focus on the Family to underline the notion that family-friendly means not, ewww, gay.
“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit,” Oliver smilingly told his audience. [Read more…]
In honor of Women’s History Month, Laurie Metcalf joins Samantha Bee to give us a brief history of women’s constant, apparently untreatable pain through the ages. [Read more…]
Tens of thousands of Brazilians have protested across the country to mourn the apparent assassination of a well-known police critic.
Marielle Franco, a councilwoman from Rio de Janeiro, was shot along with her driver on Wednesday night.
The 38-year city councillor had become a voice for gay and black rights, as well as fighting against police violence in poor areas of the city. [Read more…]
How International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world: The Guardian provides glimpses of events in Paris, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, Kosovo, New Delhi, Karachi, and Rio de Janeiro. [Read more…]