Wednesday, April 27, 2011
First they came after my womb:
Nine bills introduced this session to curtail abortion rights
Then they came after my friends:
DFLers ding GOP for social issue ahead of budget shortfall
Now they want.....MY SON??
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
If you didn't know that already, check out this short video, made by the kind folks at The Uptake to make plain the differences between the two groups that gather at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood on Good Friday every year.
Spending the holiday at Planned Parenthood is something of a family tradition, as I wrote last year for MPR News, in a commentary called "A Clash of Family Values outside Highland Park Clinic." Appropriately enough, the photo that introduces the clip is of MY FAMILY! I'm surrounded by my father, my son, my daughter, my nephew, and my niece. My adorable nephew, Aidan, is the cutie at the end of the clip who very excitedly asks the camera operator if he's going to be in the newspaper. The internet is better! we tell him! Wooooo!
But my bio-fam is not the only one that comes out on Good Friday. My extended feminist family was also there in great numbers. Sarah Johnston, Hamline student and MN NOW's fantastic office intern, speaks eloquently at :58, and longtime MN NOW activists Lee Janisch and Linda Green speak at 2:12. Below is a photo of my adoptive mama Barbra, my new big sister Kriss, and a feminist who would make a FABULOUS representative from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, Sergeant Daniel Fanning.
THIS is what family values look like!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
On the tape below, MSNBC Lawrence O'Donnell says, "I have friends who depend on Planned Parenthood." I do, too. When I was uninsured, I depended on PP myself. I've never had an abortion, but I've had lots and lots of sex. You have, too. And so have your friends and everyone else you know. Sexual health requires responsibility, including regular exams, STI tests, and contraception. If you know anyone who's DONE IT, you know someone who's utilized the services of Planned Parenthood.
You dirty skank.
"Stop just a second," says Glenn Back on the the clip below, reacting to O'Donnell's totally unshocking revelation. "Hookers? Who? Who depends on Planned Parenthood? (whines) I've got 400 abortions that I HAVE to have.... I'm DEPENDING on Planned Parenthood."
If you can stand it, give the boys a listen, will you? You'll understand so much about how entitled, right-wing white men feel about women. In their universe, any woman taking control of her sexual health is a prostitute--and that's A Bad Thing. A burn-in-hell kinda thing.
Adding to the moral confusion, these white men proceed make fun of people who need condoms, then they will make fun of people who want to take the Pill instead of using condoms, and THEN they will make fun of people who don't want to wear condoms. Huh?
Monday, April 4, 2011
I am so damned annoyed that Sonya Huber and I never met while we attended Carleton together. Happily, MySpace succeeded where Sayles-Hill failed, and I was able to interview her about her 2010 book Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir. Sonya not only gave birth to Ivan and changed his diapers, she managed to write a great book about class warfare that has a half-naked person on the cover. You should buy it.
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO NEWS:
Idiots in my legislature, most (but not all!) of them male, inspired this commentary piece: Concern for the unborn, not so much for the born but homeless. Even my 11-year-old knows that "pro-life" doesn't include all life--especially not life that's kinda yucky looking.
In my review of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Claudia Welch, I reveal that, like the glamorous lady pictured above, I have lost my hormones and do not know where to find them. Welch thinks they might be hiding in some Ayurvedic herbal concoctions, but I'm not so sure. I'll just have to keep looking.