Sunday, February 14, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (2/1410)

If you celebrate Valentine's Day, then a happy one to ya. For those who don't (self included), happy Sunday. Let's get to this week's suggestions, of which there are many.

Have you been following the story of the anti-abortion billboards in Georgia? The ones that say "black children are endangered species?" Be sure to check out related posts on Womanist Musings and two on RH Reality Check, here and here. Some of the comments offer good insights, too.

Continuing with reproduction rights-related news:
  • The Columbus Dispatch: "Ohio House speaker denies girl spotlight for anti-abortion group's award." See, it's not controversial to introduce this, it's just controversial to deny it. Love my state, really.
  • Huffington Post: "Parental Notification Laws for Abortion Cause Physical and Emotional Harm."
  • Some Ecards has a response to the Tebow Super Bowl ad, and it's a good one. Also worth reading: "Was the Tebow ad much ado about nothing?" on
  • The Guardian takes on Scott Roeder's ability, even after his conviction in Dr. George Tiller's murder, to post hate-filled rants on YouTube, and whether YouTube should be giving Roeder a platform.
  • On "Pregnant Iowa Woman Arrested for Falling Down." This should have every single one of us worried, on many levels.
In other news:
  • Costa Rica has elected its first woman president, Laura Chinchilla. According to the story: "Chinchilla is the fifth woman to be elected president in Latin America in the past two decades, a sign of slowly growing female economic and political clout after centuries of subservience. She followed Argentina's Cristina Kirchner, elected in 2007, Chile's Michelle Bachelet, elected in 2006, Panama's Mireya Moscoso, elected in 1999, and Nicaragua's Violeta Chamorro, elected in 1990."
  • The Pixel Project has put out its latest Violence Against Women e-News Digest. Lots of good stuff here.
  • Again, with the love my state: Feminist Majority posts "Study Indicates Ohio is Hub of Sex & Labor Trafficking."
  • From The Sexist: "'I’m Claimed By This Pervert': One Woman Who Reported Her Grope." This is part of a series on groping, something I'd guess every single one of us has dealt with. There are links to the rest of the series at the end of the story. It's all good reading.
  • Want to take part in Ada Lovelace Day? Join me and sign up here. And on a related note, check out Broadsheet's "Girly and Geeky, Together at Last."
  • The NY Post has a story about supermodel Gemma Ward and the industry's reaction to her weight gain. You can imagine how this one goes. (h/t to Frockwriter, who has more on this story.)
  • From the BBC: "Afghanistan's Sikh heroine fights for rights."
  • Vanity Fair has a long piece on John Hughes. It's worth your time if you're a fan of Hughes' work, like I am.
  • The Wall Street Journal has the mother of all cautionary tales about student loan debt, in which one woman's $250,000 in loans for medical school have now become $555,000 worth of loans that will take her until she's about 70 to pay off.  (My loans are like pennies compared to those figures and it still feels like I'll be 70 when they get paid off.)
  • And finally, if you haven't seen this yet, please watch it, because the last line is just perfect. It's a response to Dodge's horrible "Man's Last Stand" Super Bowl Ad (via The Frisky):

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