Sunday, January 31, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (1/31/10)

This has been a huge news week, with the Scott Roeder trial, the one-year anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and more. Let's see what we can sort through.
  • In Kentucky: "Senate passes ultrasound abortion bill." The bill "would require doctors to show a woman an ultrasound image of her fetus and explain how it is developing before performing an abortion." The bill specifies that women (are you ready for it?) are allowed to avert their eyes. The bill now goes to the House. Let's hope that's as far as it goes.
  • The Guardian: "Ireland accused of exposing women to anti-abortion lies." No real surprise there.
  • Detroit News: "Woman broadcasts abortion message despite protests."
  • On Newsweek: "Coerced Reproduction: Experts are studying a phenomenon that brings a whole new meaning to the term 'unwanted pregnancy.'"
  • This is an infuriating story from "Starbucks to Employee Suing Over Sex Demands: You're a Slut." ABC News has a story on it as well.
  • From Fox News (I know, I'm sorry): "California School District Reverses Dictionary Ban After 'Oral Sex' Flap." They seriously banned a dictionary. Because a kid found "oral sex" in it.
  • Check out how your Senators and Representatives rated in 2009 with this handy guide from AAUW. (One of my Senators got 100!)
  • Also on Fox News (again, sorry): "Police: Criminals in Haiti Raping Quake Survivors."
  • From Xinhua: "Children,women most endangered by post-quake chaos in Haiti."
  • The Guardian: "Mademoiselle? Non merci," with the sub-headline of: "Sixty years after the feminist revolution, France should join other countries in updating its social etiquette on honorifics."
  • Real nice* editorial from the National Post in Canada: "National Post Editorial Board: Women's Studies is still with us." *that is sarcasm.
  • More not good news from Canada. In fact, this is awful. From Womanist Musings: "A Pelvic Exam Without Permission is Rape."
  • Lastly, if you're just in the mood to read something beautiful, give this blog post from 2008 a try: "Joyas Voladaras," by Brian Doyle.

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