Articles, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 02/1/2012

An Interview With Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman is the publisher/editor-in-chief of On The Issues Magazine and one of the most outspoken advocates for progressive and feminist issues.

Merle established Choices Women’s Medical Center to provide abortion services shortly after New York State legalized abortion in 1971. Today, Choices has grown to become one of the most comprehensive and nationally well respected providers of a full range of gynecological services for women, including abortion to 24 weeks of pregnancy, birth control and pre-natal care.

In 1983 Merle began On the Issues Magazine as a newsletter of Choices Women’s Medical Center to communicate with other health care providers, pro-choice activists and the reproductive health care community generally. Within a few years it had developed into On the Issues, the Progressive Woman’s Quarterly, gaining accolades as a motivating,

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Feminism | Posted by Alli B on 05/20/2011

Tales From The Other Side

I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. My parents divorced when I was five years old and after living with my mom and grandparents for two years I moved in with my father who raised me as a feminist. He always told my sister and me to be independent, to not rely on a man for anything, and to get an education and career before ever thinking about marriage. “Books not boys!” he would always tell me as I was growing up.

Then I fell in with a bad crowd and got lost. I had always considered myself a Christian but never really fully believed, just went along with the flow. Then when I turned fifteen I went to a church that my crush went to (stupid reason …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by A. on 03/5/2011

Saturday Vids: Modern Lady Defends Planned Parenthood

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah. There are really no words for this insane action by our government. But there are words for the always awesome people of Current TV’s infomania, as they wittily tackle another social issue- the funding stripped of Planned Parenthood by Congress. Of course, there’s some consolation- NASCAR still gets government funding!

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Feminism | Posted by Marie L on 02/14/2011

Cut Title X? I Don’t Think So.

First the Hyde Amendment, then the reduction in women’s services under the new health care bill, and then the attempt to redefine rape – this is really getting under my hackles. Here comes the GOP men in Shining Armor to clarify to us what rape is…how wonderful. As if as women are just wandering around not knowing what violation feels like or aren’t sure if we really were “asking for it.”

I’m a patron of Planned Parenthood. I walk myself down to the clinic, past the typical protesters, and sit myself in some of their lovely waiting room chairs and I fill out that nice sheet that says I’m a student that lives off loans and work study allotments. I go back and have my pap smear and …

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Feminism | Posted by Marie L on 01/24/2011

In Honor of the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

My awareness of Roe v. Wade goes back to high school (a few years ago) when in a 12th grade English class we were given a list of important events that occurred from 1960 through present day. We were told to investigate and report on one event as “unbiased news journalists.” The supreme court decision of Roe v. Wade was on the list, and I picked it as my research topic. At the time, I had a very scant inkling of what Roe v. Wade was. From what I can remember, I only knew that it meant women were free to choose child-free lives, and at the time, with four siblings, I was all about never having kids – -so Roe v. Wade it was!

I didn’t know squat about …

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Feminism | Posted by Laura H on 11/30/2010

The Beauty of Choice

Being a feminist with a large number of not-so-feminist pro-life friends does tend to give you some perspective. Today, having a heated argument with a friend over abortion, was one of those times I really felt our difference in perspectives.

Later, after the debate, reflecting on the exchange when my temper had cooled off, I found that I was more upset than angry. I really value my friendships and I hate it when issues like this come between us. But the pro-choice cause is something that I care about passionately and there are times when you have to make difficult decisions about your priorities. The only thing you can do is hope that, after all the anger has passed, you can still recognise the people you care about in the …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 10/9/2010

Saturday Vids: Melissa Harris Lacewell on Maddow

I’m basically still in awe of the pure eloquence of Melissa Harris Lacewell. I want to hear much, much more from her. Her commentary starts at about 8:30 minutes in, but the whole video is well worth the watch.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/24/2010

Obvious Child

So recently I got an email from Gillian Robespierre, a filmmaker, letting me know about her short film Obvious Child. I’ll let her take it from here, but before I do I have to say I really, really enjoyed this film. It’s so nice to see a new perspective on an issue that has been handled so singularly in pop culture.

I made a short film earlier this year called “Obvious Child” It stars Jenny Slate (the F bomb dropper on SNL). She plays Donna, a twenty-something living in Brooklyn. After getting dumped she has a spontaneous one-night-stand and finds that she is pregnant. She decides that an abortion is the only option for her. On her way to get the abortion, she happens to run into Peter, the

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