Dispatches From The War On Women: Fifty Shades Of Grey Not That Hot

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

Leading off in the not helpful category is Newsweek. Its cover story, by anti-feminist Katie Roiphe asks the question “if working women are so liberated, what’s with all the submissive sex pop culture they’re consuming these days”?  Not surprisingly, Roiphe gets a lot wrong in the piece, but we expect Roiphe to get a lot wrong when writing about feminism and especially when she’s writing about feminism and sex. If Newsweek was interested in an adult conversation about women and sex they should have looked here.

When it comes to the mommy wars, it seems just about everybody is missing the point.

Keeping on theme, Mitt Romney let slip that as president one of his policy initiatives would be to eradicate the Department of Housing and Urban Development–the one federal agency created to address poverty, fight predatory lending practices and combat discrimination in housing.

One precious excerpt from Mitt Romney’s book seems relevant again: nonworking parents produce ‘unproductive’ children.

Speculation of a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run increase but for some reason the press won’t stop talking about her hair.

Then again, what can we expect with New York Times trend pieces like this.

Men’s Rights Groups have a horrible new anthem to help spread their hate.

Mississippi may become the first state to be “abortion free” as of July 1.

Last but not least, voter photo ID bills threaten to disenfranchise women at disturbing rate. Maybe that’s the point.

And because I’m determined to end on a good note, one Rhode Island lawmaker introduces a “keep government out of pregnancy” bill in response to the mandatory ultrasound under consideration in her state. Preach.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

use birth control and speak your mind. we can be liberated if we step up

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Sometimes "we" get forced into breeding against our will, like happened before the birth control pill was invented. It's called rape. Sometimes in POOR countries the POPE "controls" society and FORBIDS BIRTH CONTROL and some women HAVE THEIR CHOICE TAKEN AWAY. Most of the women in the world have been treated exactly like barnyard animals for thousands of years. They couldn't "just say no", they were trapped with a bunch of rug rats. IN FACT, isn't that spousal "rape" law really new? I always thought American Catholic women were intelligent and forward thinking until I found out that they stood silently by while their priests were anally raping their children for 2,000 years. Why? Why would they offer up their own CHILDREN to these pedophiles year after year? Did the women "ask for it"? Did the children "ask for it". This was not just a "few bad apples". This was an integral part of the Catholic "religion" or it wouldn't have gone on so long. This current war on women is just a GOP attempt to TAKE AWAY WOMEN'S BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS THAT WERE HARD WON IN THE 60s. The GOP needs more babies for their war machine.

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

If we women are so liberated-- why are we still allowing our bodies to be used as a stem-cell research lab supply warehouse????
Come on women-
Use birth-control -not abortions
This just makes me sick!
I used "real" birth control - do not let your bodies be used!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

The specimen labs where I once worked in GA=-send the "contents of uterus" - out to stem cell research labs- and GSA labs for food research. These companies then donate huge sums of money to Obama's re-elections funds.

They are making huge sums of money off -uneducated and unprotected women who come to these abortion clinics after they did not protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy.

Why should I be made to pay for anyones sex life?
Go think on the above leak of knowledge-- Obama wants the funds- he does not care about womens rights!!

Donna Dixon- MT-ASCP

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Ya, the women who rock the cradle SHOULD rule the world but they have been brainwashed
so long they don't have the guts to stand up for their rights. Men were successful physically keeping women under control since day one and then after that mentally. There isn't a woman alive today who WANTS to be called a WHORE. That religious BS was a great trick that men
played on women and it's STILL WORKING. Men are the WHORES of the WORLD, the RAPISTS of the world and yet women still haven't realized they have been SCAMMED.

Stefanie D.
Stefanie D.5 years ago

imagine all the people (parents and children) who are discriminated against from even being allowed to be 'productive' or 'work' in the first place (and thus find themselves unemployed or severely underemployed).

the greedy powerful want all the potential earnings or wealth to be exclusive to themselves, the few, who really do not contribute much relative to their efforts in the form of any real work.

this is REAL Sodomy... of Sodom... in a Neo-Sodomy form of today (those greedy rich thugs who trick, steal, rob, rape, and even murder, anyone globally (directly or indirectly) those who want to have a fair and equal chance to be included for being productive.

Virginia R.
Virginia R.5 years ago

Great - now Mississippi will have more babies dumped at their hospitals. Hope they are planning to build orphanages to keep them in. I don't like abortion, but it has always existed. When I was growing up they were illegal ,so women went to secret places in the middle of the night by some unknown stranger or Mexico if they had the money. Ultrasound before an abortion would prevent half of legal abortions - the rest are up to the woman - she knows what her circumstamces are and what she can handle. The Repubs are stupid - they are going to lose the vote of a huge number of women as well as Blacks and Hispanics,etc. An old saying is that the women who rock the cradle rule the world. Hope so - we are the only ones who seem to understand the real issues of life.

Philip Amos
.5 years ago

I managed to listen to that song, and I don't know which was worse: the sheer nescience behind the naive misogyny or the sheer crappiness of the song. Reminds of what Alan Jay Lerner said about Lloyd Webber's productions: "I could eat alphabet soup and shit better lyrics than that." I'm a retired historian, so I'm not going to write about the oppression of women here -- if I started, I'd never stop. But apart from that, it dumbfounds me, given the legislation proposed by the Republicans if nothing else, that there are people on here who would argue women are not subject to oppression. They need to cancel their accounts, go away and do some reading -- newspapers, internet sites, history books -- and then come back, hopefully whistling a different tune.

Linda Couch
Linda Couch5 years ago

If everyone who badgered the BDSM D/s lifestyle really knew what it was all about they would be keeping their mouths shut. Come on people it's not about abuse or even the man taking over the women. It's about consent........yes CONSENT. It's a choice people make on how they choose to live their lives together. It's a choice on sexual preference. And not to surprise everyone but it goes the other way too and there are men who give all the control over to the females cuz that's how they are wired......
So now are we going to call them weak or label them as pussy's.
People read and educate yourself before you start judging others. Quit being ignorant.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

When you try and vote the party of NO out you better make sure that you can vote. Some States have changed their voter registration laws so that even if you wanted to vote you won't be able to. PLEASE CHECK the voter registration laws of the States that you live in NOW, so that you can have the right ID when it comes time to vote. PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this, especially students, seniors, immigrants and the poor. I am sure that the 1% will be flocking to the voting booths so that they can retain their power and money. The 99% had better start THINKING about what will happen if the republicans get in again. For example, no contraceptives which will lead to more people. Right now 7 BILLION PLUS. No abortions even for sick babies, unwanted babies because of rape or incest. No Jobs, undrinkable water because of fracking, war with Iran, no health care. Abstinence programs only, which do not work and many others. Sex Education is needed so that unwanted pregnancy and abortion can be lessened along with STD’S that can KILL your child. So if you don't vote and get as many as you can to vote along with you and the republicans get into power this may and probably will happen. Here is an idea, car pool with a car full to the voting booths (saves gas) and after you vote, have a party and KNOW that you have done your best for your country. Have a designated driver. PLEASE REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.