Sunday, December 6, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (12/6)

Happy Sunday everyone! Remember, today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
  • Latin American Herald Tribune: "Brazilian Doc Charged with Illegal Abortions Found Dead." Extremely sad story. Most abortions are illegal in Brazil. Even so, according to the story, "More than 230,000 women were admitted to Brazilian hospitals in 2008 for complications from illegal abortions." Two hundred thirty thousand women. Obviously that number doesn't account for all the women who had abortions and didn't end up in the hospital. Women need doctors like Neide Mota Machado (pictured).
  • Talking Points Memo: "Nelson Crafting Abortion Amendment 'Nearly Identical' To Stupak's." You've probably heard about this by now. Remember, you can sign the petition against such legislation at Stop Stupak. Want a somewhat different take on the abortion debate? Check out The Christian Science Monitor's piece, "Stupak, Hatch, and health care: Government shouldn't answer the abortion question."
  • In other health care reform news, the Mikulski amendment passed in the Senate a couple days ago. Check out this article, "Victory for Women's Health: Senate Passes Mikulski's Women's Health Amendment" on RH Reality Check. Here is the New York Times story.
  • In other abortion news, from the New York Times: "Abortion Battle Shifts to Clinic in Nebraska."
  • RH Reality Check: "Pregnant in Colorado? One Reporter's Search (and Failure) to Find Maternity Coverage."
  • AlterNet: "Ehrenreich: The Pink-Ribbon Breast Cancer Cult." Highly recommend reading this, even if you disagree. Personally, I think she's on to something with this question: "Has feminism been replaced by the pink-ribbon breast cancer cult?" Here's a related column on DC Progressive.
  • New York Times op-ed: "Bo-Tax backlash." Some (somewhat) surprising people speak out against the proposed tax on elective cosmetic surgery.
  • Couple stories about Afghanistan, including New York Times' "Rape In Afghanistan A Profound Problem, U.N. Says," and AFP's "Women's groups want long-term US presence in Afghanistan."
  • Nhan Dan: "Vietnam pledges support for protection of women’s rights."
  • abyss2hope: "Rapist's Lies Just Bad Judgment If Rapist Drunk?" Excellent post.
  • TPM: "Senate GOPers: It's Al Franken's Fault We're Being Attacked For Votes Against Anti-Rape Amendment." This is rich.
  • Daily News-Miner: "Governor aims to end Alaska sexual assault 'epidemic.'" I wish him success.
  • AP: "Poll finds sexting common among young people." Not exactly new news, but the article does reveal that "Those who sent nude pictures of themselves mostly said they went to a boyfriend, girlfriend or romantic interest. But 14 percent said they suspect the pictures were shared without permission, and they may be right: Seventeen percent of those who received naked pictures said they passed them along to someone else, often to more than just one person." And as I've discussed before, that can be a problem.
  • Broadsheet: "Young, thin, white and disabled: The problem with 'Britain's Missing Top Model,'" a reality show featuring women with disabilities.
  • Beautiful You: "PETA's double standards." I'd like to add another double standard to that post: You know how women are always posing nude for PETA ads? Why is it that Amar'e Stoudemire, an NBA player, gets to wear shorts in his PETA ad? (I wonder if his belt is leather.) Also in PETA news, the organization has basically been classified as a terrorist threat.
  • Jezebel: "Ladyblog commenters ruin everything." Unreal story.
  • This is a really cool story from the LA Times: "Nailing a trade at Rosie the Riveter High," about a charter school in Long Beach named after Rosie the Riveter. Broadsheet covered the story as well.
  • UPI: "Women ski jumpers pushing Olympic bid." You know, I didn't even realize women weren't part of ski jumping in the Olympics. Shame on me.
  • Something that should be of interest to everyone who takes part in writing and/or blogging: "Sens. Feinstein's and Durbin's attack on citizen journalism," on Daily Kos.

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