Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Ty S on 02/10/2014

Help the Obama Administration Fight Sexual Assault On College Campuses

Universities have a responsibility to protect students from violence, discrimination, harassment, and assault. When something violent happens to students on or off campus, universities have a responsibility to handle these cases in an appropriate way that keeps the campus community and the victim safe. Given this extremely basic responsibility that schools owe to their tuition-paying students, it’s incredible how frequently students’ rights are violated after reporting sexual assault. It’s incredible how incapable universities have been at protecting students who have been assaulted. It’s incredible how often victims of sexual assault also become victims of illegal institutionalized rape apologism.

In response to these universities’ failures to protect victims, there’s been a wave of students bringing their cases to the federal level. Victims across the country have been reporting their universities’ illegal …

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Feminism | Posted by Gina S on 09/5/2012

A Take On the U.S. Presidential Election from Across the Pond

I am not someone who attacks others for their personal beliefs. I do not openly ridicule people for having a specific belief system…unless that belief becomes a law by which I am forced to live my life.

I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the current hot topic of women’s reproductive rights in the American presidential race. I’m sure you’ve gathered that there are many Republicans who are in favour of not only making some types of contraceptives illegal, but also banning abortion, despite whether the pregnancy was due to rape and/or incest — and I hope you’re angry about it. I consider myself lucky to live in the UK, because while our government is in no way perfect, they’re not telling me what to do with my body, either.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/26/2012

Saturday Vids: Obama at Barnard

Obama at Barnard. My favorite line? “Fight for your seat the head of the table.”

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Feminism | Posted by Shirley Kailas on 12/23/2011

The Plan B Decision: Sacrificing “Change We Can Believe In” for Expediency?

Like every other rational individual in our country, I was in a state of utter shock when I heard the news that, for the first time in history, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had overruled a fact-based decision by the FDA. While this type of nonsensical anti-choice maneuver is something pro-choicers have had to deal with in the past, the fact that it was carried out by a Democratic administration was nothing less than devastating. The administration ignored sound evidence (and women’s basic rights) and did what they are quickly becoming best known for, sacrificing “change we can believe in” for “never mind what’s right, I will shirk away from anything that could possibly be considered controversial and cost me a vote in my …

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Feminism | Posted by Kirsten M on 07/14/2010

Unnatural Causes: Feminism and Health Care

Health care reform is on everyone’s radar these days after we’ve watched Obama’s plan go through change after change before being passed this year. It’s been on my radar as a feminist because of the ways that it affects women and their bodies, especially pertaining to the right to choose. Recently, though, a new aspect of healthcare in the U.S. has been brought to my attention that I’m very concerned about, and I was looking for the feminist community’s reaction.

The disturbing aspect is this: unequal societies have worse health outcomes than healthier societies no matter their health care systems. Unequal is defined as having a larger gap between the rich and the poor. The data are represented in a bazillion places – life expectancy, maternal and infant mortality, the …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/16/2009

the U.S. as an asylum for battered women

The Obama administration recently created a new policy that allows foreign women who are the victims of severe domestic violence to receive asylum in the United States.

The policy outlines that to receive asylum, women must show that they are:

“treated by their abuser as subordinates and little better than property…and that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in their country. They must show that they could not find protection from institutions at home or by moving to another place within their own country.”

One such moving story is that of L.R. (identity protected), a Mexican woman who, according to San Francisco court documents, had an abusive partner who:

“made her live with him, and forced her to have sex with him by putting a gun or a machete to her

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 07/13/2009

Dr. Regina Benjamin Obama’s Surgeon General Choice

Today, Obama announced that Dr. Regina Benjamin is his official choice for Surgeon General.

While the position does require senate confirmation, Dr. Benjamin has accomplished such impressive feats as being the first person under the age of 40 to sit on the board of trustees of the American Medical Association, served as the associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama’s College of Medicine and as president of the State of Alabama Medical Association.

Dr. Benjamin is truly an amazing woman – having devoted most of her medical career to treating those who could not afford to receive it any other way. Though her office was destroyed several times by hurricanes and a fire, she rebuilt every time, continuing to offer care to Bayou La Batre, Alabama’s …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/22/2009

Father’s Day: Obama Style

Okay, I know Father’s Day has come and gone, but I just gotta add this one thing that  would really be relevant at any time.

 

 

President Obama wrote an article for Parade Magazine in honor of Father’s Day, in which he describes his own relationship with fatherhood and the importance of having present, caring fathers involved in their children’s lives. I encourage everyone to read it: it just makes you think “I’m glad our country finally did something right.”

Some highlights:

“That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.”

“We need to set limits and expectations. We need to

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