Category Archives: Women’s issues

Life Begins When?

Abortion is such a polarizing issue and hard to talk about with those that disagree. Leave it to the funny people with John Stewart to add some levity while making a point. At issue is the recent bill in the Oklahoma state senate that passed declaring that life begins at conception. The implications of this bill obviously would relate to abortion and birth control laws. Most women don’t know the moment that they become pregnant, so this bill covers something happening inside of women’s bodies that a woman is likely still unaware of. Several female state lawmakers have proposed bills in response to this far reaching legislation and the imposition it means for women. In Oklahoma a bill was put forth that got some men a little miffed.

Check out the video: Bro-Choice.

Go ahead, I’ll wait (the video is not compatible with this format, so I couldn’t provide it here, but it’s really funny so take a few minutes to watch).

It is funny hearing a Republican representative making the argument for men that is made for women when talking about personal liberty and privacy. The “investigative” comedian is hilarious and gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves.

Truly the jesters are the only ones who can tell the truth, point out the obvious, and mock the stalwarts and get away with it.  One unspoken value of America is our comedy. We’ve got all varieties and a whole lot of it isn’t funny, but it takes all kinds. Laughing together, at ourselves is one link to our shared humanity. Thanks to the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, SNL, and lots of others for bringing us together for a giggle. Long live the jesters!

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Nuclear Resistance – It’s da Bomb!

If you don’t take over your country now, the earth is doomed.” So says Helen Caldicott, Nobel prize nominee and long time nuclear crisis educator. She is the world’s most informed (and vocal) person on how radiation effects the human body. Thirty eight years after quitting the private sector, Dr. Caldicott is still traveling the globe trying to get the message out: radiation kills. Slowly for some, quicker for others, but radiation will build up in this planet and never go away (for human practical purposes). It is killing us now and will only concentrate more and more in our children and grandchildren. Radiation gets on the ground, into the water, and into the air, it is sucked into plants, eaten by animals and is concentrated more and more as it makes its way up the food chain – to land in human bellies. Radiation may incubate for years before causing a cancer so it is hard to trace it to a direct cause, but it only takes one one millionth of a gram of plutonium to create cancer.

Because we don’t know how to handle radiation in a safe manner, nuclear power and weapons must stop being created and the issue of waste must be focused on.

Helen says that if she could get a half an hour with Obama, she thinks she could convince him to turn away from nuclear power and perhaps begin disarmament. She wants the face time, but says that she alone can’t do it, she needs the American people to wake up and pressure the powers that be. Basically her message was the same that Obama had for the country before he took office – we cannot wait for a Savior if we want to change the way things are. Continue reading

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Violence Against Women – Do Republicans Care?

“The War on Women” at first seemed like a bit of an exaggerated meme of what has been going on in the Republican party this election season. I can’t remember at exactly what point the field of candidates decided to target specific women’s issues. Was it Gingrich’s poor record on Republicans family values (written about here) that spurred a reaction, Santorum’s rise in popularity with his regressive gender role attitudes, or a bishop whispering in someone’s ear. Republican’s haven’t exactly been champions of women’s issue for a long time, but anyone can see that the heat has been turned waay up and fiery discourse has ensued. Republicans are now refusing to support the “Violence Against Women Act” , it’s the latest front in the battle to secure women’s rights and health. Continue reading

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Viagra and “State Rape” – Sex and Violence Still Sell

We cannot keep our collective minds off of other people’s private parts. It is strange that on the one principle both parties can agree on – a government respecting an individual’s personal privacy – yet, Republicans do want to legislate those private parts and Democrats can’t help but react. We’ve had some one-upsmanship going on in the Ohio State Legislature, and some comic relief that isn’t funny at all.

Gary Trudeau, the cartoonist for the long running comic strip, Doonesbury, has made a statement around the systematic push of the Republican party to make birth control less accessible and abortions seekers subject to unnecessary violations. He sums up the situation pretty well:

“Ninety-nine percent of American women have or will use contraception during their lifetimes. To see these healthcare rights systematically undermined in state after state by the party of ‘limited government’ is appalling.  In Texas, the sonograms are the least of it. The legislature has also defunded women’s health clinics all over the state, leaving 300,000 women without the contraceptive services that prevent abortions in the first place. Insanity.”

In Trudeau’s strip that will run in his syndicated slot this week (published today), he pushed the envelope as to what to call the latest Republican approved procedures during the already painful process of making a decision about an abortion. The U.K. Guardian article describes it: Continue reading

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