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Irish Abortion Law Is Targeted

Human rights organizations are on the offensive as groups mobilize pressure against Ireland’s ban on abortion, accusing the government of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and exposing women to undue risk by forcing them to travel abroad for abortions.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Chicks With Lit Edition

Of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 books of the year, none are written by women. In Texas, right-wingers are writing the textbooks. These and other outrageous facts on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Women

I am time-traveling these days because on Jan. 1 I’ll be ending my tenure as a syndicated columnist. During the last four decades, I’ve tracked one story more than any other.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



Pro-Choice Public Education Project / Creative Commons

Oklahoma Abortion Law Stays on Hold

To the ire of anti-abortion supporters, a temporary restraining order has been extended on an Oklahoma law requiring doctors to report the personal information of women seeking abortions to a Web site. 

Posted on Dec 19, 2009 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk / Iranian state television

Gender Trouble in Iran

In a move that seems more apropos to the “girlie men” critique that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once used against opponents, Iran has published an image of a student activist in Islamic chador and maghnaeh in an attempt to humiliate the man.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Brani's fashion dolls

Tiger’s Oppressive Standard of Beauty

Tiger Woods has a Barbie thing so pronounced it suggests his philandering is as much about validation as lust.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Rainy Day Edition

It’s pouring in Larry HQ, which makes it a better time than ever to read about guns and gals, China and America’s inferiority complex, military anthropologists and more. Soak it up after the jump.  Many, many updates

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


Mammogram Backlash Is About Mistrust

Is there such a thing as communications malpractice? If so, we might consider the case of Women v. the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


To Your Health—and Mine

The uproar over mammogram guidelines is proof that health care reform that actually controls costs would be virtually impossible to achieve.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Lipstick on a Rogue

You have to hand it to Sarah Palin. I don’t mean you have to hand her the 2012 nomination. Nor do you have to hand her the $24.64 I overpaid for “Going Rogue.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


The Kiss
Flickr / Thomas Roche

Viagra for the Ladies?

Did you know that there’s a condition called “hypoactive sexual desire disorder,” from which many women suffer? Well, there is, or at least a bunch of scientists have decided there is, and sadly, about 10 percent of premenopausal women grapple with it. Luckily, if unsurprisingly, there might be a pill in the works for just this issue.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


What Option for Afghan Women?

Have you heard this old proverb? Whether the rock hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher. Women are the pitcher in this story.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Michelle Obama Just Gets Better and Better

The first lady entered the White House with no public agenda and with promises to focus on her children, but a year in, she has already made an impact. Her latest project is a mentoring program meant to inspire local girls by giving them access to some of the White House’s powerful women. (continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Opium, Rape and the American Way

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


In Pursuit of Happiness

Women are now less likely than men to report that they are “very happy,” despite the achievements of the women’s movement. Let the predictable debates begin.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Of Laureates and Laundry

“I bet he wasn’t folding laundry.” Carol Greider, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine, on what she was doing at 5 a.m. when the big call came, and her thoughts on learning of President Obama’s prize.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


A Question of Health—and Equality

My favorite moment so far in the health care debate was when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl argued against mandating maternity benefits as part of a basic insurance coverage. “I don’t need maternity care,” he blurted out. At which point, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow quipped, “I think your mom probably did.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Widespread Rape, 157 Dead in Guinea ‘Hell’

A human rights organization reported 157 dead after Guinean troops fired on protesters Tuesday. Widespread rape has also been reported by witnesses. The country’s opposition leader was quoted by the BBC as saying, “I don’t know whether I’m on earth or in hell.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

Army Puts a Woman in Charge

Women make up just 13 percent of the Army, but one of them now oversees the training of every single drill sergeant. That means she also oversees, by extension, the training of every single soldier.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s White House Is Woman and Girl Crazy—in a Good Way

From the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls to the State Department’s global focus on women’s rights, President Obama is scoring points with feminists who worked against him in the primaries.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / David Boyle

Sudanese Women Whipped for Wearing ‘Indecent’ Pants

Lubna Ahmed Hussein went to jail on principle. The Sudanese journalist didn’t feel she should have to pay a fine for wearing pants that a court ruled indecent. She was lucky. Twelve other women were lashed for the same offense.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


David Bowie
hotpot.se

Study: Girlie Girls Prefer Girlie Boys

Here’s an oddball out of the empire: A new British study suggests that a girl’s “visual diet” affects attraction. Girls who attended same-sex schools were found to prefer more-feminine boys. (For boys in all-male schools, there was little or no indication they preferred more-masculine girls.) Maybe it’s a British thing?

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


The Equal Rites Awards, 2009

Every year at this time, we celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage by recognizing those who have done their best over the last 12 months to set back the cause of women.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


patriarchy
radicalrags.com

Gender Inequality 101

Conservatives love to claim we live in a post-racial or post-gender world, but researchers in England are reminding us of the persistent examples of inequality that mark our society. A new study demonstrates that women are less likely than men to be offered enrollment at England’s prestigious Oxford University despite having the same grades as, or even better grades than, their male counterparts.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE



State Department

Hillary Aims for the Global Glass Ceiling

Hillary Clinton’s presidential run thrived on her appeal to women. Now the secretary of state wants to give something back to the finer sex—and not just in America. Women’s rights will top her agenda everywhere she goes, and, in order to elevate them, everywhere she goes she’ll meet with women who “may not even be known by their own leaders,” she explains to
The Washington Post.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE



womenonwaves.org

Abortion Ships Sail Into Troubled Water

After 10 years, the Dutch government may end the voyages of Women on Waves, a flotilla of abortion ambassadors who sail information and pills to countries that ban the practice. Originally designed as a floating clinic, “The ship is [now] a symbol, more than anything,” the group’s founder told Global Post.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / squigglycircle

It Ain’t Over Till the Good Lady Gets Justice

Anna Politkovskaya was such a fine journalist, so brave in afflicting the comfortable, that she was shot. Probably by her political enemies, which included her government. She was the 13th journalistic critic of the government to be shot down by contract killers during Putin’s reign. After the first sham trial led to nothing, the Russian Supreme Court ordered a retrial of defendants in the case, a trial that is now under way and in a brief adjournment.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


RU486
thawstudio.com

Italy Approves Abortion Pill

In the face of strong conservative Catholic opposition, Italy has approved use of the RU486 abortion drug. Italian authorities decided to allow the drug to be administered by a doctor up to the seventh week of pregnancy.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Wesley Oostvogels

Million-Dollar Baby: How Much Would You Pay for a Baby If You Couldn’t Have One?

Is there a fairer way to compensate surrogate mothers? Too often, surrogacy is about a wealthy couple hiring a poor woman to breed for them.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 READ MORE


Palin the Pretender

What fans loved about Sarah Palin was her perceived authenticity. She was repeatedly described as “real.” But now it appears she doesn’t really know who she is. Or what she wants.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


A Trashing as Old as Suffrage

None of Sarah Palin’s numerous shortcomings excuse the sexist cant that she, like Hillary Clinton before her, has been subjected to since she burst onto the national scene.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE



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Designer Vaginas: Is Female Circumcision Coming Out of the Closet?

As a circumcised and sexually fulfilled African woman who has been lectured for years by Western NGOs about the moral implications of my genitalia, you can imagine my surprise learning about the the wind of labiaplasties and genital rejuvenations currently sweeping across Europe and America.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


Berlusconi’s Italians [A Cartoon From Germany]

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Posted on Jun 28, 2009 READ MORE


Myth of the Lone Shooter

It is believed that the shooter acted alone. But Michael Griffin also acted alone when he killed David Gunn in 1993. Paul Hill acted alone in 1994. John Salvi acted alone and so did Eric Rudolph and James Kopp. This suspect is hardly lonely in this murderous cast of lone actors.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die

He was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through enforcement of existing laws.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


A Justice for Us All

President Obama’s nominee said she hopes Americans “will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.” Ordinary people have had a difficult time of it before the current Supreme Court.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on the Cost of Empire

Author, scholar and Truthdig contributor Chalmers Johnson passed away Nov. 20. In his honor, we are reposting this 2009 book review, which, like much of Johnson’s work, remains relevant to this day.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


female soldier
dodimagery.afis.osd.mil

Female Soldiers Battle Sexual Violence

Women at war all too often do battle on two different fronts, as author Helen Benedict says in her new book, “The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq.” There’s the fight they signed up for and the one that can make them targets of their fellow soldiers in the most isolating and devastating ways.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Women Protest Against—and for—‘Rape’ Law

A group of determined Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, suffering chants of “Dogs!” from a much larger crowd in order to challenge a law that essentially legalizes marital rape. The AP reports on a scene that underscores the complexities of that country—there were more women among the angry counterprotesters than in the women’s rights group.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE


Taliban, the Sequel

Ever since the Afghan war began, we assured ourselves that whatever else, we had one moral victory. We’d freed the women from Taliban rule. Now we know something very different to be true.

Posted on Apr 8, 2009 READ MORE


Silence Meets Despair of Afghan Women

Afghanistan’s women are no longer in vogue. President Karzai has just signed a law that forces them to obey their husbands’ sexual demands and in general again consigns them to lives of brutal repression.

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 READ MORE


Inside Bush’s War on Birth Control

A court ruling offers a chilling compendium of accounts by doctors and other FDA professionals who were routinely thwarted as they tried to make the “morning after” pill available, especially to teenagers.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young

Military Rapes Jump 9 Percent

“Military women are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq,” said Rep. Jane Harman in response to the news that the number of sexual assault reports in the military last year increased by about 9 percent to 2,923. The Pentagon believes the actual number of assaults is five to 10 times higher, because most go unreported.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE


It’s Time to Put the Clamps on Tobacco

An idea that has been around for years now has reached that rarest of moments: There is a political environment that should, if reason prevails, produce legislation to require the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE



latimes.com

Saudi Woman, 75, Faces Lashing for Letting In Delivery Men

For the crime of receiving two unrelated men in her home, a 75-year-old Saudi woman has been sentenced to 40 lashes and four months behind bars. Once again, a nation that is both one of America’s closest allies and brutally oppressive of women finds itself in an awkward light.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Walk Away, Rihanna—You’re a Role Model

A favorite of the MTV crowd, the stunning and successful singer now is a symbol of the ubiquity of domestic violence—and the dangerously confused message that celebrity culture sends about it.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Andy Wong

We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 READ MORE


The Man Who Won’t Change

Rush Limbaugh asks why women don’t like him. Well, I think I know why. Pull up a chair, my dears, and I’ll tell you, and him, a sad, sad story.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Finding Peace in the Culture Wars

If President Obama’s primary task is to restore economic growth, he has also been waging a quiet, long-term campaign to ease the nation’s divisions around religious and moral questions.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Rushing Toward Irrelevance

Once, conservatives liked to say that “ideas matter.” Although many of their theories later proved flimsy, they at least attempted to address real problems with fresh thinking. But ideas no longer matter—and in fact they’re dangerous, according to the maximum leader of the right.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


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