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January 9th, 2012

Women Speak Out: Protest Health & Human Services’ Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill…

Women Speak Out: Protest Health & Human Services’ Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill Access

When: Thursday Jan 12, 2012 at 1pm – If you work in Manhattan, reserve your lunch break!
Why: Join us to protest HHS’s outrageous and unprecedented decision to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to expand access to the Morning-After Pill to women of all ages.
Women will testify about why immediate and unrestricted access to this safe form of birth control is crucial to our lives.
Where: Manhattan,
26 Federal Plaza <> , on Broadway at Worth St., 1,2,3, J, Z  to Chambers; N,R to City Hall; 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge
Sponsored by: National Women’s Liberation <> . For more information, email <>  or call Brooke Eliazar-Macke at 352-514-7769.

Please forward widely and invite your friends on Facebook <>  

Why has Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to expand access to the Morning-After Pill?

On December 7, 2011, after years of feminist pressure, the FDA finally recommended that the prescription requirement for women under 17 be removed.  This meant that millions of young women could get the Morning-After Pill (also known as “emergency contraception” or Plan B One-Step™) over-the-counter without going through a doctor.  This change would have benefited all women - the pill would no longer be stuck behind-the-counter.  Women would not have faced the sexist insult of showing ID for birth control or answering questions about their sex life in a drugstore line. Instead, the pill would have been on the shelf at any time of day, at any convenient store, bodega, gas station or drugstore, just like condoms.  But this victory was short lived due to HHS’s unprecedented decision to overrule the FDA’s decision.

We are outraged!  In this case, the Obama Administration is just as willing as the Bush Administration to put anti-birth control politics over science.   

The HHS decision is an attack on women’s reproductive freedom and self-determination. Join us on January 12th.

More Background:

National Women’s Liberation <>  has led the grassroots fight for unrestricted access to the Morning-After Pill in the United States. From sitting in at the FDA <>  to filing a lawsuit against the FDA, NWL members have been at the forefront <>  of this struggle.  We won a huge victory when the FDA first ruled that no prescription was needed for women ages 18 and up, and another when our lawsuit resulted in no prescription requirement for ages 17 and up.

On December 7 when the FDA  “determined that the product [Plan B One-Step] was safe and effective in adolescent females” we were ready to celebrate, like feminists all across the country. But that excitement was quickly squashed by Kathleen Sebelius’s unprecedented decision to overrule the FDA. For more context see the New York Times article <> .

The Morning-After Pill (MAP) is widely recognized as a safe and effective means of preventing pregnancy for any woman or girl who has had unprotected sex. MAP is available without a prescription in over 46 countries around the world for any woman who needs it. For more on the pill see <> .

Supporting women of color and Indigenous women’s right to decide:
If and when she will have a baby and the conditions under which she will give birth
If she will not have a baby and her options for preventing or ending a pregnancy
Parent the children she already has with the necessary social supports in safe environments and healthy communities, and without fear of violence from individuals or the government

January 9th, 2012


January 9th, 2012

"These things are true and sad. A painter used to live here. Lives here still but it is complicated…."

“These things are true and sad. A painter used to live here. Lives here still but it is complicated. Tonight I am alone but for the flowers the painter left for me to discover in the kitchen, the living room, my office, the bathroom. The years we were together the painter thought I did not like flowers. I am unsure why the painter ever came to this conclusion. In this month after our breakup we have learned so much about each other. We are like new people. Tonight the painter is in Philadelphia. Tomorrow the painter will be in New Jersey. There will be a show. Tonight I am at my desk where I will write for the first time in many months while listening to James Blake. I will drink seltzer water and check my phone. I will smoke cigarettes in the rain. Unable to sleep, I will try to read. I will sit uncomfortably while my fingers remember what it feels like to touch these keys. I will trim my nails because it is difficult to type when they are too long. When I do not write, my nails grow long. My nails are a reminder of difficult times. My fingers worry over their own disuse. My hands do not know what to do. My wrists feel tight. My forearms rest heavy. My elbows are bony knobs on this desk. My shoulders hunch. My neck hurts. My throat hurts. My eyes hurt. I read these words and yet I continue to write. I go on writing because what else is there to do but remember this poem about a painter, his flowers, and what used to be his walls.”

- Molly Gaudry (via adessive)
January 9th, 2012

girlgangzine: the knife – pass this on, 2003


the knife - pass this on, 2003

January 9th, 2012


January 9th, 2012

Reblog if you want your followers to tell you one thing they secretly think about you.

Do it.

January 9th, 2012

seriousladies: We certainly enjoyed stem cell researcher Joanne…


We certainly enjoyed stem cell researcher Joanne Kurtzberg’s righteous indignation on 60 Minutes tonight. We enjoy (what seem to be her signature) overalls and turtleneck even more.

January 9th, 2012

A word on misandry



The responses to this doofus picture compel me to post about the concept of feminists hating men. Within those notes, there are a number of comments about how real feminists don’t hate men, or how everything on the left is okay except hating men, or how the picture is wrong because it doesn’t acknowledge that men can be feminists too (and therefore, presumably, are not worthy of hate).

I often say that I hate men. It’s false in the sense that there are men I love and care for dearly. Men as a group, however, antagonize me, and I do hate a lot of what falls under masculinity and manhood. When women say they hate men, it is not a simple statement. Women hate men because they are abused by men, because they are raped by men, because they are marginalized by men, because they are murdered by men, because they must live their lives constantly being judged by men. Moreover, it is male-dominated society that teaches us that all of this can be avoided by becoming submissive to men, by being nice and quiet, by letting them into our spaces, by giving them access to our bodies, by making ourselves attractive, by giving due consideration to their opinions no matter what they are. It is exhausting and overwhelming. I do not blame any woman who reacts with hatred, because such reactions are often the product of years of exhaustion. No woman is rewarded for airing her hatred of men. She only invites more judgment upon herself.

Many women reject the idea of hating men as valid for two reasons; one, because the patriarchy itself tells us only ugly, hopeless dykes do that (and they have taught us that being an ugly dyke is a horrible thing), and two, because we fear it is like hatred of women. Consider, however, why men hate women. They hate women for not being sexually available. They hate women for not being attractive to them, or inaccessible to them if they are. They hate women for not dressing the way they would have them dress. They hate women for being smarter or more successful than them. They hate women who have authority over them. They hate women who challenge them. They hate women who have no intentions of yielding to them. They hate women who have no interest in men. They hate women for not handing over full control of their bodies and minds. They are conditioned to do this from childhood. It is socialized behavior that is regularly rewarded. It is not the product of suffering, and it is not comparable.

Finally, I would add that I do not believe men can be feminists. Men can most assuredly be loving and considerate supporters of women who challenge misogyny and sexism. However, allowing them to assume the title of feminist is dangerous. It places any woman who challenges or disagrees with them in the absurd position of looking anti-woman. It allows them to air their opinions side-by-side with women, and asserts that their opinions on sexism and the needs of women are just as valid. It also undermines a very important factor critical to the success of women; i.e., it deprives them of a space in which they can fumble and grow without the judgment of, or competition from, men. Men who truly understand sexism understand the need not to interfere, and recognize that they will never fully understand what it is to be the target of it. Feminist ends cannot be achieved if men are not willing to surrender space, power and their egos. A man who is truly acting out of love for women accepts this, and does not require a special title or recognition to maintain his commitment.

In short: stop having kneejerk reactions to women who openly and unreservedly air their anger about how they and the women they love have suffered at the hands of men, because what the hell do you think sexism is, when you get right down to it? Consider why your first reaction is one that works to appease and protect the feelings of men, rather than recognizing the validity and origin of some women’s emotions and reactions.



Bolding one bit because 1. I have actually thought, “If a guy I’m dating/potentially might date read my tumblr, would he, to use a loaded word, be intimidated?” It’s something both shameful and realistic to worry about, I guess. 2. Someone with similar concerns said to me, “I am a straight woman who hates heterosexual men. What am I going to do?” No wonder bisexual men are so hot right now.

I know some women roll their eyes at this worry and accuse some feminists of pandering to men in order to avoid the “man-hating” epithet but this is different, I think.*

And where do our trans* friends locate themselves in this double binary? In a movie I can’t remember the name of but will soon, a documentary about transition, one of the people being profiled said, echoing the above with wonder, glee, and rueful acknowledgement of the quandary, says, “I can’t believe I am going to be a straight white man! I hate straight white men! I can’t wait!” I want to figure out how to  respect their bodies in this conversation.

Social constructions of masculinity and femininity—white masculinity and femininity—are imposed on WOC and POC in ways that this white lady does not want to presume to articulate.  Imposed, even, kind of reeks of privilege. I don’t want to say forced, although it is violent. I am just going to shut up. It’s more important to listen.

*SCHYWZER, Yes Means Yes, Slutwalk, etc., etc.