July 21, 2014 - 10:50 am
Republicans are offering a bill that they claim protects a woman’s access to contraception. But it’s a poison pill that would reframe contraception not as a medical service, but as a luxury good that should only be available to those who can afford the cost of it.
July 14, 2014 - 12:15 pm
The BBC was recently told it needs to value scientific accuracy over having “all sides” represented. U.S. media should do the same thing, especially when it comes to debates over reproductive rights.
June 30, 2014 - 10:02 am
The Hobby Lobby case is not some odd outlier regarding “religious freedom.” It’s just one of the many ways the anti-choice movement is trying to chip away at women’s access to contraception and instill the idea in the public’s mind that contraception is controversial.
June 23, 2014 - 10:30 am
A parent’s freakout over the possibility that her teenage daughter might talk to a doctor without a parent present is an important reminder that adolescent rights to medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.
June 16, 2014 - 10:33 am
Anti-choice activists and other social conservatives routinely argue that men are dogs whom women need to bring under control, usually by withholding sex in hopes of extracting a wedding ring. But this strategy is completely unnecessary, and there’s no evidence it works.
June 9, 2014 - 11:24 am
Last week, three Michigan Republicans joked in a photo that they “understand” women because they read fashion magazines. But the gag is proof of how deeply they hold women in contempt.
June 2, 2014 - 10:43 am
A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls’ yearbook photos to cover more skin. This story gives insight into the various ways “modesty” is used to police girls, make them insecure, and pit them against each other.
May 27, 2014 - 11:12 am
Rick Santorum recently made remarks suggesting that he’d prefer having everyone’s contraception covered by the government instead of by insurance plans. That might seem like a good idea on its surface, but in reality it would reduce access to contraception.
May 19, 2014 - 10:30 am
As a recent Mother Jones article about gun control shows, men with hang-ups about their own masculinity and women’s power are destroying rational political discourse on many issues, most obviously when it comes to reproductive rights.
May 12, 2014 - 10:54 am
What’s most fascinating about the reactions to Emily Letts’ video of her abortion is the role fantasy plays in
criticisms from the right, and what that generally says about the state of debate over abortion in this country—specifically, the fantasy that there’s a “baby” or even a “fetus” involved in an abortion like Letts’.