I will most likely not be watching the Super Bowl today, but I will definitely be watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, complete with the Kitty Half-Time Show and the hamster-run blimps! Cutest thing on TV all year. I think it starts at 3:30 EST. Until then, some Sunday reading:
Susan Hill, an abortion rights advocate and founder and CEO of the National Women's Health Organization, died Jan. 30 of breast cancer. After a moment to thank her for all the work she's done over the years, check out this interview with her in On The Issues. Also check out the post on RH Reality Check. And the movement lost another great advocate just days before that, Ruth Proskauer Smith (pictured), who died at age 102. She helped found what is now NARAL Pro-Choice America, along with her many other accomplishments. RIP.
This is absolutely a must-read speech by Sen. Al Franken, given as the keynote address at NARAL Pro-Choice America's Roe v. Wade anniversary luncheon. He makes so many excellent points, but this stands out: "So this is my pledge to you: I will be unwavering in my support for women’s choice and women’s rights." Thank you.
And speaking of Franken, good news on an issue he has worked to correct: "Pentagon Acts to Ensure Military Women’s Access to Emergency Contraception," from NARAL.
Another must-read story comes from the Gender & Sexuality Law Blog (at Columbia Law School): "Running Like A Girl: Sex-Stereotyping in the Olympics." The recommendations being made for how the Olympics should deal with gender are unbelievable. Just read it.
From the Kansas City Star: "Obama budget targets women amid complaints."
News out of Rhode Island: "RI sued for details on handling pregnant inmates." It's always suspicious when you won't release the information requested.
The Sexist asks "Why Do So Many Men Die As A Result of Domestic Violence?" The answer will no doubt surprise a couple people.
I'd be remiss not to mention this atrocious story, though I know many people have already read it, from Care2: "Bikinis Blamed for Rise in Rape in Goa, India." If anyone doesn't know this fact, let me share: Bikinis don't cause rape. Rapists do.
A great post on Her Authority: "Living In A Rape Culture." This really got me: "You know you live in a rape culture when, if you're a survivor, you can't live through one god damn day without someone ripping open your wounds."
Interesting post on The Abortioneers: "Against abortion? You know what to do ..." (I love this, because I've long said men need to be held accountable for pregnancy, too.)
From AP, via Raw Story: "Conviction angers anti-abortion militants." That'd be the Scott Roeder conviction. Shocking, I know.
Ms. Magazine reports "Lawsuit filed to Force 'Personhood' Vote in MS." I vote that if ever a state falls for this and votes for "personhood," that state instantly becomes the "former 50th state of the United States." Who's with me?
From the Boston Globe: "Women, start your campaigns." Seconded!
We knew this day was coming, but according to the New York Times, "Women Now a Majority in American Workplaces." Not really good news, considering it's only come about because so many men have lost their jobs.
The HPV vaccine is now available for men and boys. Read about it at Black Voices.
A story out of Seoul from the Yonhap News Agency: "Women's groups blast abortion crackdown."
From the New York Times: "Gay Marriage Puts Mexico City at Center of Debate."
A Canadian band with the name Sexual Assault is causing a bit of controversy.
Have you checked out Gender Across Border's "Hip Hop, Resistance, and Feminism" series? You should!
And finally, it's not often I read a book review that instantly grabs my attention and makes me really want to read the book, but this NYT's review of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot did just that.