Sunday, April 18, 2010

Suggested Sunday reading (4/18/10)

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First up: A petition you might be interested in signing. The Women's Rights blog at Change.org has partnered with the Feminist Majority Foundation and RH Reality Check to launch a campaign against Crisis Pregnancy Centers' false advertising: "Don't Be Fooled By Fake Clinics." The petition, which can be found here, "tells Congress to support legislation that would stop CPCs’ deceptive advertising practices, require that accurate medical information is provided, and eliminate ALL federal funding for CPCs." Need more info about those false advertising practices? You can start here.

In other reading:
  • Feministe: "We Are the Dead: Sex, Assault, and Trans Women." A guest post that's part of a series about National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • San Francisco Chronicle: "Bill would increase sex-crime penalties."
  • New York Times: "Maternal Deaths Decline Sharply Across the Globe." Perhaps they have declined sharply. Even so, about 342,900 women died in 2008 from pregnancy or childbirth. That is not an acceptable number.
  • Washington Post: "'Baby Emma' case puts state adoption laws between father, child." This article raises all kinds of questions (like why does Utah has such a problem with single fathers?) and exposes a number of problems with adoption in this country. I really feel for the father in this story.
  • Ms. Blog: "In Prison, Toilet Paper Is the New Tampon." I'm not exactly sure how any prison can get away with not providing any pads or tampons.
  • AP: "NJ school: We didn't tell your boys to cross-dress." Ugh.
  • USA Today: "Working at home: Family-friendly? Technology may not be so liberating after all." I get what they're saying, but OMG guess what? Parents have to work. Sometimes just one parent, sometimes both (sometimes there is only one parent), and raising kids costs money, and you get money by working. Yes, it might suck, for everyone involved. But there's nothing anywhere in the future that's going to allow people to have kids and not work.
  • Washington Post: "Obama extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners of gays." Baby steps.
  • National Partnership for Women & Families: "Va. Faith-Based Pharmacy Closes Due To Financial Losses."
  • Reporters without Borders: "Iranian journalist Jila Bani Yaghoob wins "Freedom of expression" award." (I wish I could read her blog.)
  • The Guardian: "Nawal El Saadawi: Egypt's radical feminist." This is must-read. She's inspiring.
  • Slate: "Nebraska Feels Your Fetus' Pain: The real problem with the new Nebraska abortion ban."
  • McClatchy: "Supreme Court takes up religious group's rights on campus." I, for one, am very interested to see how the justices rule in this case.
  • Change.org: "British Clothing Chain Pulls Padded Bikinis Aimed at Young Girls." I can't come up with one reason that young girls need padded bikinis. Or padded bras. Or a pole-dancing kit.
  • Techland: "DC Comic's First Openly-Gay Character Gets Her Own Series."
  • Salon: "The Tina Fey backlash." I completely agree with this. I even wrote a much shorter comment along these lines on Tumblr.
  • On a related note, from Newsweek: "Leslie Knope, Liz Lemon, and the Feminist Lessons of NBC's 'Parks and Recreation.'"

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