October 31, 2008

Mother's rights vs. fetal rights: how do we value women?

Brought to you by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women:

Brought to you by the Massachusetts School of Law:

October 29, 2008

How do they measure up on gender-related issues?

Alternet posted a comprehensive voter’s guide to the candidate’s positions on 10 gender-related issues that include:

1. Reproductive choice

2. Contraception

3. Reproductive health and family planning

4. Sex education

5. Domestic violence

6. Equal pay

7. Paid family leave and workplace flexibility

8. Minimum wage

9. Gender-based health disparities

10. Title IX

Check it out and VOTE!

October 28, 2008

Check it out

BBC News reports on the third International Congress on Islamic Feminism.  Click here.

Here’s a great post at Feministing on “pimping the vote” retro style.  Click here.

I’ve been MIA the last few days.  I’ll be back soon.  For now, all I can say is SEVEN MORE DAYS!  SEVEN!

October 22, 2008

Eleanor Smeal to John McCain

Eleanor Smeal, president of The Feminist Majority Foundation, posted an open letter to John McCain on the Huffington Post today.

Dear Senator McCain,

This week you have lashed out against the “Feminist Left.” I understand your frustration. You see that women are not flocking to the McCain/Palin ticket and you don’t understand why. Allow me to illuminate you.

The truth is, Senator McCain, your candidacy is the worst for women in recent history. You thought that women would vote for you once you put a woman on your ticket. But women aren’t fooled by this tactic. Women, Senator McCain, vote on issues important to us, not on whether or not the candidate wears a skirt.

The problem, Senator McCain, is your voting record, platform, and policies. You have consistently voted wrong on issues that directly impact American women’s bank accounts, personal liberties and health.

• You voted 19 times against increasing the minimum wage (the majority of minimum wage earners are women) – before you finally voted for it because it included business tax cuts. You voted to gut the Family and Medical Leave act – and you oppose expanding its coverage.

• You oppose the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would restore women’s ability to fight wage discrimination in the courts – telling women our problem was that we needed to get more education and training.

• You voted NO on the Violence Against Women Act and NO on funding for the Office of Violence Against Women.

• You voted NO on starting the Army’s Breast Cancer Research Program which has funded hundreds of millions in breast cancer research. You voted NO on reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and supported Bush’s veto.

• You oppose a woman’s right to choose, and your running mate Sarah Palin opposes legal abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

• You voted to terminate federal funds for family planning and you have ducked questions on contraceptive insurance discrimination.

• You have stated that you admire the voting records of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and John Roberts, and have stated that you would like to put Justices like them – Justices who want to overturn Roe v. Wade – on the Supreme Court.

We have compared the votes and platforms of Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin on women’s issues and the record is clear. No matter how you look at it – Obama/Biden score close to 100% and McCain/Palin approach a zero on women’s rights and issues.

If credit should be given for consistency, you deserve such credit when it comes to voting against women’s interests. Twenty-six years of voting against women’s rights and issues and you think women, when given a clear choice, won’t notice?

Palin's designer wardrobe

Filed under: Gender,Media,Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — Melanie @ 7:46 am

Amidst claims, that she’s just like all the other working class folks, it has been revealed that over $150,00 has been spent on the Palins’ wardrobe.

“It shows that Palin ain’t like the rest of us,” Tom Matzzie, a Democratic strategist told the Huffington Post, when asked how the party would or could use the issue. “It can help deflate her cultural populism with the Republican base. The plumber’s wife doesn’t go to Nieman’s or Saks.”

Check out the full story here and here.

See how GOP donors respond here.

October 21, 2008

Thanks, FMF. No on 4, California!

Feminists for Obama/Biden

October 20, 2008

Abortion, abortion, abortion…

In the spirit of the upcoming elections, stay informed at: The Culture Wars: Abortion Edition. Laura continues to bring together the important variables.

For the latest tidbits click here and here.

This is the new ad from the “yes for life” campaign in South Dakota. It’s a minute and 40 seconds of a whole slew of (white) doctors sharing their support for measure 11 and imploring the viewer to “stop abortion from being used as a form of birth control”…funny, I thought the bill was a ban on all abortions statewide. Oh I get it, they think ALL abortions are being used as birth control. I guess, in their estimation, no responsible person ever gets pregnant when they don’t want to. I must admit I’m personally offended by this assumption.

My favorite part is the use of a cardiologist, an allergist, and a otolaryngologist (fancy name for an ear nose and throat doctor) to speak out for measure 11. How are these people relevant at all? They happen to be doctors, but their expertise is completely irrelevant. How is a pediatrician relevant for the matter? Abortion is about women’s health, which is not in a pediatrician’s job description.

It just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser as we slide deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole.

Last day to register to vote!

Filed under: Media,Politics — Tags: , , , , , — Melanie @ 10:38 am

Today is the last day to register to vote in the state of California.  Click here for further information.

With prison spending up and education spending down, go to the California Faculty Association’s link to see where the CFA stands on the ballot measures.

October 19, 2008

You're right on this one, McCain.

She doesn’t adhere to the ideology and goals of liberal feminism or to the sense of community momentum and solidarity that feminism offers by providing choice and support for all women.

Thanks to the women at Feministing for today’s post containing the following clip:

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