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tea-and-misanthropy:

baileythebookworm: sparkamovement: whoneedsfeminism:

My daughters should not have a truck grabbed out of their hands by an adult and handed to a male cousin because, “This is a boy toy anyway.”
My son shouldn’t be ridiculed because his favorite color is pink.  

Y E S 

And also is that kid wearing a TARDIS t-shirt? These kids are my favorite people right now. 


i work in a major retail store that, while not selling toys, sells a fuckton of children’s clothes and accessories. every time i have to cashier by the kids’ section, i have a headache by the time i clock out from spending hours seething with rage over gendered clothing that we sell, over parents who won’t buy their daughter an umbrella because it’s spongebob and not dora, over the fact that boys get sunglasses and hats and backpacks marketed to them while girls get disney princess makeup sets, over the way that the girls’ section is entirely devoid of anything having to do with pixar’s cars or the avengers or basically anything that’s not cinderella and sleeping beauty or justin bieber, over the disgustingly noticeable absence of black widow from all of the avengers shirts and merchandise. everything about it is fucked up.

tea-and-misanthropy:

baileythebookworm: sparkamovement: whoneedsfeminism:

My daughters should not have a truck grabbed out of their hands by an adult and handed to a male cousin because, “This is a boy toy anyway.”

My son shouldn’t be ridiculed because his favorite color is pink.  

Y E S 

And also is that kid wearing a TARDIS t-shirt? These kids are my favorite people right now. 

i work in a major retail store that, while not selling toys, sells a fuckton of children’s clothes and accessories. every time i have to cashier by the kids’ section, i have a headache by the time i clock out from spending hours seething with rage over gendered clothing that we sell, over parents who won’t buy their daughter an umbrella because it’s spongebob and not dora, over the fact that boys get sunglasses and hats and backpacks marketed to them while girls get disney princess makeup sets, over the way that the girls’ section is entirely devoid of anything having to do with pixar’s cars or the avengers or basically anything that’s not cinderella and sleeping beauty or justin bieber, over the disgustingly noticeable absence of black widow from all of the avengers shirts and merchandise. everything about it is fucked up.

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Is The Left Just As Bad As Limbaugh?

letterstomycountry:

Kirsten Powers has written an article in which she claims that the American Left has a double standard when it comes to calling out public figures for misogynistic attacks on women:

[I]f Limbaugh’s actions demand a boycott—and they do—then what about the army of swine on the left?

During the 2008 election Ed Schultz said on his radio show that Sarah Palin set off a“bimbo alert.”He called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” (He later apologized.) He once even took to his blog to call yours truly a “bimbo” for the offense of quoting him accurately in a New York Post column.

Keith Olbermann has said that conservative commentator S.E. Cupp should have been aborted by her parents, apparently because he finds her having opinions offensive. He called Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.” He found it newsworthy to discuss Carrie Prejean’s breasts on his MSNBC show. His solution for dealing with Hillary Clinton, who he thought should drop out of the presidential race, was to find “somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out.” Olbermann now works for über-leftist and former Democratic vice president Al Gore at Current TV.

Her conclusion:

[W]hen it comes to high-profile campaigns to hold these men accountable—such as that waged against Limbaugh—the real fury seems reserved only for conservatives, while the men on the left get a wink and a nod as long as they are carrying water for the liberal cause.

David Frum sinks his teeth in:

The cases that conservatives cite as somehow equivalent to Limbaugh’s tirade against Fluke by and large did bring consequences for their authors.

After David Letterman for example made an ugly joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter, he delivered an abject seven-minute apology on air. (To which Palin responded by refusing the apology and insinuating that David Letterman was a child molester.)

When liberal talker Ed Schultz nastily called my dear friend Laura Ingraham a “slut” on his radio show, MSNBC responded by suspending Schultz for a week without pay from his TV show. Schultz likewise apologized in person on air. (Ingraham accepted the apology with grace and humor.)

The exception to the general rule is Bill Maher, who never apologized for calling Palin by a demeaning sexual epithet. But…Limbaugh’s place in American public life is in no way comparable to that of David Letterman, Bill Maher or Ed Schultz.

Letterman is not a political figure at all; and while Maher and Schultz strongly identify as liberals, neither qualifies as anything like a powerbroker in the Democratic Party. I’m sure the Barack Obama re-election effort is happy to have Maher’s million-dollar gift, but I sincerely doubt there is a Democratic congressman who worries much whether Maher criticizes him. A word of criticism from Limbaugh, by contrast, will reduce almost any member of the Republican caucus to abject groveling.

There’s even more to it than that though: To the extent that liberal male commentators are getting a pass for misogyny, it’s probably because they otherwise advocate for policies that are beneficial for women.  Ed Schultz has been a staunch supporter of Women’s reproductive rights.  Bill Maher has satirized Republican attempts to mandate medically unnecessary sonograms before seeking an abortion.  Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, has a long and rich history of opposing the “projects” of women’s rights organizations, and trivializing their political struggles with rank condescension and cavalier sexism.

The reason why Rush Limbaugh’s latest comments were so poisonous is because he wasn’t just insulting women: his comments potentially caused real harm.  Limbaugh’s comments were based on a fundamental misunderstanding of reproductive health issues that is extremely detrimental to women; namely, the fact that birth control is not only prescribed for contraceptive purposes. 

Birth control is frequently prescribed to treat medical symptoms unrelated to sexual activity.  And in the case of the link above, it involves a 16-year old girl who was bleeding profusely due to an irregular menstrual cycle, which was accompanied by psychological distress and crippling pain.  This is who Limbaugh was calling a slut.  This is who Limbaugh was implicitly asking to make a sex tape so he could masturbate to it.  These are the kind of issues that Rush Limbaugh fundamentally does not get.  And by extension, his listeners don’t get it either.

Unlike Ed Schultz, Letterman, or Maher, Limbaugh was not simply taking a cheap shot at an ideological adversary by exploiting a gendered pejorative.  He was denigrating the very real human suffering of women and girls who are in no position to defend themselves from his bilous remarks.  Laura Ingraham cannot claim that Ed Schultz made her life more difficult to live when he called her a slut.  As bad as it may have been, Schultz simply does not have enough influence on the left to make an impact on the thinking of large groups of people.  And Schultz’ remarks immediately offended a large portion of his audience.  The same cannot be said of Rush Limbaugh.

That’s why this time was different.  That’s why there’s no equivocation between Rush’s vile assault on reproductive rights, and the alleged double standard that gets applied to liberal commentators.  There was much more at stake, from a public policy standpoint, in Rush’s comments than there was in the counter-examples from left-leaning commentators.  That’s why it was a big deal this time around.

In 1973, after Roe v. Wade, abortion became legal but had to be performed in a hospital. That of course was changed later. For the first ‘legal abortion day’ I had scheduled five procedures. While scrubbing between cases, I was accosted by the Chief of the OB/Gyn service. He asked me, ‘How many children are you going to kill today?’ My response, out of anger, was a familiar vulgar retort. About three months later, this born-again Christian called me to explain that he was against abortion but his daughter was only a junior in high school and was too young to have a baby and he was also afraid that if she did have a baby she would not want to put it up for adoption. I told him he did not need to explain the situation to me. ‘All I need to know’, I said, ‘is that SHE wants an abortion.’ Two years later I performed a second abortion on her during her college break. She thanked me and pleaded, ‘Please don’t tell my dad, he is still anti-abortion.’

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drst:

The beltway pundit class says the White House is in trouble on this. Reality check, guys, okay? Where the white house is on this issue is here. Hey, women of America, under a Democratic president your birth control pills will be covered by health insurance, and if you don’t have health insurance you can go to a clinic and get subsidized birth control there. If a republican is elected your insurance won’t cover birth control and if your insurance doesn’t cover it, there are no clinics to go to anymore to get birth control pills. Planned Parenthood: defunded. And Title X gone altogether. So you can’t get it from insurance, and you can’t get it from a clinic. You are paying cashing out of pocket retail cost for birth control. On top of what you pay for health care and insurance right now, American women, plan another 600 to $ 1200 a year cash outlay every year if you want to stay on birth control. That’s if you’re lucky, because if you’re not lucky you live in one of the states where birth control has just been declared illegal. do you want a democratic president or republican president, women of America? — Rachel Maddow, 2/7/12

Rachel knocked this one out of the park.

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thedailywhat:

Plan B6 of the Day: Officials at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania were asked to explain their decision to offer students access to the emergency contraception pill Plan B through a vending machine inside the school’s health center.
“We had some conversations with them and did a survey of the student body and we got an 85 percent response rate that the students supported Plan B in the House Center,” said Ship’s Vice president of Student Affairs, Dr. Roger Serr.
One dose of the so-called “morning-after pill,” which can legally be purchased over-the-counter by individuals 17 or older, will set students back $25. The university says it uses money made from sales to purchase more pills. Some 350 to 400 doses are sold each year.
“The vending machine is just a way to dispense it,” said Dr. Serr. “It’s provided, it’s not necessarily promoted on a large scale.”
[wtae / poo.]

thedailywhat:

Plan B6 of the Day: Officials at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania were asked to explain their decision to offer students access to the emergency contraception pill Plan B through a vending machine inside the school’s health center.

“We had some conversations with them and did a survey of the student body and we got an 85 percent response rate that the students supported Plan B in the House Center,” said Ship’s Vice president of Student Affairs, Dr. Roger Serr.

One dose of the so-called “morning-after pill,” which can legally be purchased over-the-counter by individuals 17 or older, will set students back $25. The university says it uses money made from sales to purchase more pills. Some 350 to 400 doses are sold each year.

“The vending machine is just a way to dispense it,” said Dr. Serr. “It’s provided, it’s not necessarily promoted on a large scale.”

[wtae / poo.]

(Source: thedailywhat, via philtippett)

In an alternate universe back in 1974, a girl named Jane C. Hines was born. Her family moved to Michigan when she was four years old. She grew up with a little brother, had a three-legged black lab named Silver (after Long John Silver), and wanted to be a teacher, a veterinarian, a psychologist, and ultimately an author. …

Jim C. Hines - Jane C. Hines

In which a male author neatly summarizes what male privilege looks like in his particular sphere.

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I’m not sure what it means that I found myself silently crying after reading this blog post.  Other than, of course, that I think you should go read it, too.

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The irony of the last point in the context of the number of notes on this post is not lost on me.

(via lemdi)

and … guess who is about to read everything by this author?

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partyprofessor:

This is pretty disgusting.

“A medical problem versus a choice to have sex”; because when men have sex (that’s what Viagra is specifically for, assisting men in having sex, not solely a medical problem apart from sex) it’s not a choice, but if women need birth control, they could just choose abstinence. So why can’t men with sexual dysfunction choose abstinence? 

(Source: lunagemme)