May 4, 2012
"It’s funny because in a way I think making that one decision for myself helped to shape me into the person I am now. When I make decisions I always try to make ones that I can live with. After all my own virginity had nothing to do with my parents, teachers, friends or God.

It’s my damn vagina. They can get their own."

http://www.virginitymovie.com/2012/04/first-person-miranda-its-my-damn-vagina-they-can-get-their-own/

May 4, 2012
"While it is often said that women have no interest in politics, studies of 18 Latin American countries show that though women make up only 19 percent of the leadership of political parties, they make up 52 percent of the membership. “Tell me that women are not interested in politics,” Ms. Lasagabaster said, laughing. “No way.”"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/world/americas/02iht-letter02.html?_r=1

May 4, 2012
"I guess some of this mad right-wing love comes from the idea that in America, anyone can become a Rich Guy if he just works hard and saves his pennies. Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-fucking-American is what it is. I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that—sorry, kiddies—you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay—not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Governor Christie’s words, but to pay—in the same proportion. That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/30/stephen-king-tax-me-for-f-s-sake.html

May 4, 2012
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"Money is fungible, and taxpayer subsidies — even if ‘earmarked’ for nonabortion activities — free up other resources for Planned Parenthood to spend on its mission to promote elective abortions … (because ‘[m]oney is fungible,’ First Amendment does not prohibit application of federal material-support statute to individuals who give money to ‘humanitarian’ activities performed by terrorist organizations)."

The “federal material-support statute” that Abbott mentions [above] makes it a felony to give money to a terrorist organization, even if the funds are specified for nonterrorist activities. Abbott makes the argument that giving Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, pap smears, STD testing and birth control is akin to giving a terrorist organization money for humanitarian activities.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/texas-ag-planned-parenthood-terrorist_n_1468838.html?ref=mostpopular

May 4, 2012
Stfu, Pro-Life!: 11 Facts about Sex Education in the US

sex-ed4everyone:

  1. More than two thirds of all public school districts have a policy to teach sex education. The other 33% of districts leave policy decisions up to individual schools or teachers.
  2. Of all public school districts, 86% require that abstinence be promoted in their sex ed…

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May 4, 2012
"The New York Times would like to know, what’ll it be, ladies? Motherhood or feminism? I don’t know, I think a better question might be: Are you freaking kidding me?"

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/01/the_nyts_ridiculous_motherhood_debate/

May 4, 2012
"People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse."

— Excerpt from Teju Cole’s essay “The White Savior Industrial Complex”.
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May 3, 2012
cognitivedissonance:

Published 1949. Yes, we’re still here. (Taken with instagram)

cognitivedissonance:

Published 1949. Yes, we’re still here. (Taken with instagram)

May 3, 2012
stfuhatemongers:

And that’s another one. Parents saying “why does she know what a penis is?” and they’re simply horrified. But they’re my kids and i’ll totes teach them any words for anything I want. That’s something all parents have been able to do since humans invented language. Haha. Why are people so into giving advice the second we reproduce? This is why I prefer child free people. When they give advice it’s either useful or not done in a preachy way.

**TRIGGER**
Children who know the correct names for their body parts are less susceptible to sexual predators. They are less likely to be tricked into “games” with “cutesy” names and have the vocabulary they need to recognize and report “grooming” behavior (i.e,. actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, to lower the child’s inhibitions in preparation for sexual activity with the child, or exploitation).
http://www.stopitnow.org/dont_wait_everyday_prevention

stfuhatemongers:

And that’s another one. Parents saying “why does she know what a penis is?” and they’re simply horrified.
But they’re my kids and i’ll totes teach them any words for anything I want.
That’s something all parents have been able to do since humans invented language. Haha.
Why are people so into giving advice the second we reproduce?
This is why I prefer child free people. When they give advice it’s either useful or not done in a preachy way.

**TRIGGER**

Children who know the correct names for their body parts are less susceptible to sexual predators. They are less likely to be tricked into “games” with “cutesy” names and have the vocabulary they need to recognize and report “grooming” behavior (i.e,. actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, to lower the child’s inhibitions in preparation for sexual activity with the child, or exploitation).

http://www.stopitnow.org/dont_wait_everyday_prevention

May 3, 2012
"In this way—because women’s lives are most authentically represented in the hands of women themselves, and because truthful media forces all of us to enter an experience outside our own—the female collaboration that emboldens fair representation really is a matter of life and death."

http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/guest-post-collaboration-not-competition?page=1

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