Be Safe Out There

A first trimester abortion takes three to five minutes. It is safer than giving birth. There is no cutting, and risk of infertility is less than 1 percent. Yet women come into the clinic all the time terrified that they are going to be cut open, convinced that they won’t be able to have kids after the abortion. The misinformation is amazing, but think about it: They are still willing to sacrifice these things because they know that they can’t carry the child at this moment. [x]

Statistically speaking 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion in their lifetime. And anecdotally speaking I can say that I’ve already had a number of friends tell me their stories, and they’re all healthy, fertile people on the other side of it.

On the other hand, it’s lore in my family that my great grandmother had an abortion after her 5th child was born and my entire family remembers her being sick. Really sick, for a really long time.

Legalizing abortion doesn’t make it more common, just safer.

Politics, Rights, Sex

All Female Panels On Boner Pills

I can’t in all honesty say I’m surprised that the panel at the ‘contraception debate’ looked like this:

because in body politics last year I read this:

Seeking an abortion does not make the uterus’ owner less feminine, or capable of being a fit parent than she was before.

It’s old white, non-uterus-having men who can’t manage to see the irony of an all male panel on women’s rights that perhaps should be classified as unfit.

And it is for this reason that I support protests that look like this:

Because it’s not unfair that women should make decisions for men if they make decisions for women.

“True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women.
And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.”
My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part.”

– Lucy, When Worlds Collide: Fandom and Male Privilege.

And it’s not like our reasoning wouldn’t be just as good (aka ridiculous) as theirs.

Media, Rights

You Go Glen Coco!

I’m a New Yorker (and damn proud) and recently I’ve been confronted with a lot of Anthony Weiner bull.  To say the least.  Wanna know how I feel about it?

For the easy version just listen to the first 11 minutes of this.  I’m going to try to say it in my own words but I guarantee they won’t be as succinct or biting as Savage’s.

Anthony Weiner isn’t guilty of being a sex offender.  He’s guilty of (as with so many people in his generation) underestimating the power of the internet.

He’s guilty of having consensual adult relations with other consenting adults.

And to be honest he’s guilty of being one of the most pro-women and women’s health members of congress.  The only problem Anthony Weiner has is that his opponents are dragging him through the mud for doing things that either they or their children have done or will do.

Since the advent of the polaroid camera home-made porn has sky rocketed.  Who knows how much was made before but I can tell you how much is made now.  A hell of a lot.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stumbling through my friends phones, computers, cameras, Ipods… and came across pictures of them or their significant others in a state of undress.  More than I’d like to say.  Not to mention the leaks of pictures of Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, and even Liv Tyler just to name a few recent ones.

This is not sick behavior.  It’s human behavior.  It’s just futuristic enough for the aging press to be disgusted.  In 3o years congress will be comprised only of people who have posted pictures of their junk on the web.  Either that or we’ll be ruled by the Amish.

What sounds better to you?  This guy who stands for women?  Who fights back for my rights?

Actively on the floor?

Or this guy?

I don’t think it’s a hard choice and I don’t think Weiner should resign.  I think I need him on my side.  And I intend to keep saying it.


You’re The Nicest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

Next time someone heaps their anti-choice bull at me I’m going to call them a fascist.

Being pro-life means that you think I shouldn’t have an abortion because it offends your personal beliefs.  Should we define the word personal?

Or is it that I can’t have personal beliefs because as a walking, talking incubator I can’t be a person.

You know, I really don’t understand the anti-abortion philosophy.
I mean, saying that abortion should be illegal is so ignorant to the wants and needs of A LOT of people.

It’s like saying that your neighbor 4 houses down the street can’t get a cat because you don’t want one.


Rick Dankert


Abortion, Rape, Religion

Come To Jesus

Let’s talk about some Catholics for a minute.  I recently found this.  Read it if you have time.  If not I’ll give you some highlights.

The Catholic Church in Rome made the extraordinary admission yesterday that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns.

The Vatican reports cited countless cases of nuns forced to have sex with priests. Some were obliged to take the pill, others became pregnant and were encouraged to have abortions. In one case in which an African sister was forced to have an abortion, she died during the operation and her aggressor led the funeral mass.

Forced to acknowledge the problem, the Vatican has tried to play down its gravity. In a statement issued yesterday the Pope’s official spokesman, Joaquin Navarro Valls, said: “The problem is known and involves a restricted geographical area. Certain negative situations must not overshadow the often heroic faith of the overwhelming majority of religious, nuns and priests”.

Um, liar liar pants on fire, considering:

While most of the abuse happened in African countries, Sister O’Donohue reported incidents in 23 countries including India, Ireland, Italy, the Philippines and the United States.

She heard cases of priests encouraging the nuns to take the pill telling them it would prevent HIV. Others “actually encouraged abortion for the sisters” and Catholic hospitals and medical staff reported pressure from priests to carry out terminations for nuns and other young women.

One of the most tragic elements that emerges is the fate of the victims. While the offending priests are usually moved or sent away for studies, the women are normally chased out of their religious orders, they are then either to scared to return to their families or are rejected by them. they often finished up as outcasts, or, in a cruel twist of irony, as prostitutes, making a meagre living from an act they had vowed never to do.

Yeah, Catholics, abortion is murder. Well, unless you REALLY need one to save face. The point is, as long as a man makes the decision for you, you’re good. –LoveYourChaos

Rape isn’t about ‘you dress like a slut.’  Rape is about men being trained not to respect women.