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To celebrate Mother’s Day, Time Magazine decided to stir the breast-feeding/attachment parenting pot because apparently pop culture was not doing enough to divide women against each other. Annie Urban unpacks the faux-controversy brilliantly here noting the many challenges and missed opportunities with the piece.
One such problem with the Time Magazine piece is despite all the “conversation” around breast feeding, there remains very little support for mothers in that conversation.
Also celebrating this weekend: birthmother’s day.
In Georgia a pregnant woman was kicked in the stomach by a police officer and ended up having an emergency C-section. The officer involved claims he had no idea the woman was pregnant. He also has a history of excessive force and disciplinary problems.
The debate over renewal of the Violence Against Women Act shows no signs of easing up, which does not bode well for a final passage.
The fact that renewal of the bill is even a debatable point shows how naturalized domestic violence and rape culture are. Need more proof. What about this. Here’s how one Men’s Rights advocate celebrated Mother’s Day: by advocating domestic violence, naturally (TRIGGER WARNING).
Missoula, Montana has become known as the rape capital of the country and the feds have decided to figure out how that came to be.
Without apparently the slightest hint of irony, the former head of the Family Research Council says President Obama has a woman problem while Bay Buchanan announced that the “war on women” has come only from the White House.
First the Catholic Bishops went after the nuns for promoting a “radical feminist” agenda. Now they’re targeting the Girl Scouts.
Phyllis Schlafly launched another straw-man attack against “taxpayer funded abortions” with a proposal that could allow emergency rooms to turn women away if they think her medical problem is an “abortion complication.”
A little league baseball team in Arizona forfeited the state championship game rather than face, and possibly lose to, a team who has a girl starting at second base. Arizona continues to keep it classy, huh?
Nancy Keenan, head of NARAL Pro-Choice America announced she will leave the organization at the end of her term in 2013, providing the organization with an excellent opportunity to expand its leadership and reach among young women, women of color, and the LGBTQ communities. Now more than ever feminism needs to be broad and it needs to be inclusive. It must recognize the multitude of challenges and perspectives facing women and feminism and here’s a great chance to set that on the right course for future generations.
Finally, join in and support the domestic workers bill of rights.
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