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The big thing this week was the 41st anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. Some of us remember life before Roe - most women my age either needed or knew someone who needed, an illegal abortion. I have friends, family members (including my grandmother), colleagues who had illegal abortions.

Here's the link to Daily Kos Radio on the subject.

This site has three whole documentaries about Roe as well as a number of mini-docs. I watched the shortest of the full-length films, which I strongly recommend. It has some history of abortion law, and first person accounts from women who had abortions when they were illegal and from people who gave them care. Women who don't remember what life was like in those days should definitely watch it.

And now for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

The Childbirth Coalition has joined with the National Partnership for Women and Families, making both groups stronger, and adding childbirth to the issues of women's health that the National Partnership works for.

Did you know a gathering of starlings is called a murmuration? Here's a video from two women who went canoeing.

Wendy Davis outraised her Republican opponent by $12 million. Of course, they're pulling out the heavy guns against her now. If you want to help her and other women candidates, go to Emily's List.

Mom's Rising is holding a telephone town hall you can sign up for. It will include congressional allies, and will discuss issues that concern women and families.

The Bad

US Evangelicals are not happy just to mess things up here, but are exporting their brand of intolerance to Russia as well. h/t to Dave in Northridge.

What would you do if the principal of your school said "Modest is hottest" and the old favorite "Boys will be boys?" Here's what one girl did.

The state of South Dakota continues to take Sioux children into foster care in non-Indian homes, refusing grandmothers' efforts to foster their grandchildren, in violation of federal law. The Sioux nation is asking to begin their own social services agency to deal with placing of children on the reservation. You can support the effort here:

After last week's wonderful diary last week about harassment, stalking, and threats online, the petition site has a petition that would require police to have a basic understanding of social media, so no one else reporting being terrorized on Twitter will be asked "What's Twitter?"

For those of us who watch Downton Abbey, Anna's rape was shocking and the aftermath continues as she reacts but refuses to tell Bates what is the matter. Here is Joanne Froggatt discussing her role as Anna:

The Ugly

What else but Mike Huckabee would fit into this category? So much emphasis has been put on the stupidity of his comments about women, libido, Uncle Sugar, etc., that we haven't even noticed that the whole thing is based on a lie - that the government will be providing the birth control. (shakes head in disbelief)

Originally posted to This Week in the War on Women on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 04:55 PM PST.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

    by ramara on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 04:55:05 PM PST

  •  I did know about a murmuration of starlings (6+ / 0-)

    posted the video here before...
    Amazing nature with the two women being amazed and amused.

  •  41 years, wow (9+ / 0-)

    and still fighting the same battles.

    The young woman who confronted her principal over the "Modest is hottest" & "Boys will be boys" remarks has a very bright future ahead of her.  Here's a taste from your link:

    Being a boy refers to your gender. That’s all.

    It does not make you constantly sexually aroused, animalistic, or sexually uncontrollable, but for some reason society has come to the conclusion that you are this stereotype. This is extremely sad. This gender stereotype is unfair to all men. By telling them who they are as a man you are absolutely taking away their moral agency. “But he’s a teenager. He’s raging with hormones.” You don’t think I’m raging with hormones as well? Believe me I am. Men are not stupid. They are not unable to see when someone is not consenting to sex. It’s not ‘in their nature’ to rape because they are a man, it’s not ‘in their nature’ because IT’S WRONG TO RAPE SOMEONE. Raping someone is a cognitive choice. (how modestly the victim dresses does not affect them being raped). When the few people that do sexually harass people happen to be male and you use the excuse “Boys will be boys.” you are not only excusing their behavior, you are condoning it. It’s this “Boys will be boys.” mentality, culture, and attitude that condone sexual assault. Whenever the excuse “Boys will be boys.” is used, it’s just an exercise of male privilege. It’s this attitude that condones sexual assault. You are giving them a free license that makes it okay for them to be sexually violent, that says “Well I’m a boy, it’s just who I am.” Sex needs to stop being about “no no no bad dirty gross shameful” and start being about “Yes. Let’s have consenting sex because I want to.” Consent. THAT’S what you should be teaching, not “Well you know how they are… Boys will be boys!”

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 05:14:03 PM PST

  •  I have children, by choice (6+ / 0-)

    and my son has NEVER been allowed to use the "boys will be boys" excuse in any fashion.  I fought and continue to fight, my own mother, my MIL, some of his friends, other parents and his grade and high school teachers.  It's just not an "excuse" for anything.

    As to modest is hottest, I was once told that the sexiest thing to wear was a black turtleneck long-sleeved, floor length dress.

    ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

    by Arianna Editrix on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 05:30:42 PM PST

  •  Please include this in your "ugly" section: (7+ / 0-)

    Tea Party Republicn Spews Vile Sexist Twitter Attacks at Wendy Davis

    Warning: the things this man says on twitter really are vile, violent and disgusting.  Click at your own risk.

    But maybe Huckabee is right; we're just making up all this "War on women" stuff.  Right?

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 05:34:50 PM PST

  •  My take: (10+ / 0-)

    Forty-one years later, forced-birthers relentlessly work to weaken Roe v. Wade however they can. An excerpt:

    The campaign to terminate women's right to make their own decision regarding pregnancy has over the years included fire-bombings of clinics, assassinations of abortion providers, verbal and physical harassment of clinics and clinic clients, creation of phony crisis pregnancy centers and a steady increase in laws that force women to travel longer distances, pay more money, listen to lying lectures, and undergo humiliating procedures and medically unnecessary delays to obtain abortions that the Supreme Court ruled nearly two generations ago are legally theirs.

    New laws have also been passed to hamstring clinics and doctors with unreasonable restrictions on everything from the size of closets to admitting privileges at local hospitals.

    There is a move on this year as part of the Republicans 2014 mid-term elections game-plan to stop all tax funding of abortions, an effort that has been going on at some level ever since the Hyde Amendment was first passed in 1976 and renewed annually ever since to keep women from using their Medicaid coverage to pay for the procedure. This is, of course, a heightening of the class war that has always been a powerful aspect of the undermining of reproductive rights. The affluent have other options.

    But the attacks on abortion cross class lines. The Republican legislation to cut tax funding also would require an IRS audit for rape victims who take medical deductions for abortions undergone for conceptions resulting from rape. Clearly, there are no boundaries too far for the twisted ideology that supports the war on women.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 05:39:18 PM PST

    •  It also effected foreign aid (5+ / 0-)

      and hampered third world attempts to attend to the issues that lead to infant mortality and death in childbirth.

      There's a quote in the film I watched where a woman who did have an abortion says that a woman who is pregnant and does not want to be will do anything, even risk her life, to end the pregnancy. That same woman, at a different time, will risk her life to protect her pregnancy.

      We have to do everything we can to make that risk less under both sets of circumstance.

      Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

      And thanks for the wonderful diaries you have written about this.

      Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

      by ramara on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 06:05:41 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Now they've run a REAL sneak attack (9+ / 0-)

      with the Marlise Munoz case. The hospital's whole argument there was that the potential-life of a 14 week old fetus overrode ALL other considerations, including that its mother was dead by generally accepted legal standards.

      They played God in an effort to force recognition of the "rights" and "personhood" of fetuses, if not from the moment of conception, at least from the moment that a pregnancy could be detected.

      Apparently their attempt has backfired horribly - not so much because keeping a dead woman artificially vented as an incubator is inexcusably heinous (WHICH IT IS), as because there will be no bright healthy cute normal baby to excuse the horror. Serious abnormalities have been reported, including either anencephaly or hydrocephalus (depending on which reports you read), massive deformation of the lower limbs to the point that gender could not be determined, and possibly a heart defect. It is highly questionable whether such a thing could even survive being C-sectioned, let alone have any kind of "quality of life" to speak of.

      Even some of the Texas lawmakers who passed the stupid "must support fetus at all costs" law have been screaming, "But we didn't mean THIS!"

      Latest report is that a Federal judge has agreed that the law was never intended to apply to dead pregnant women, and that all artificial support must be withdrawn no later than Monday 5 pm.

      It is not yet clear whether the hospital will appeal, or file for an injunction, or any other time-wasting move they can pull to continue the obscenity.

      Make no mistake, if they get away with it this time, it WILL be tried again.

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 06:14:22 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Schedule (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peregrine kate, ramara

    Feb 1 - Laura Wnderer

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    Feb 15 - Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

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    Please join us and take a week!  We're always happy to have more voices in this series.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 05:47:37 PM PST

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