Planned Parenthood

I Stand with Planned Parenthood

It's hard to be a woman in America. It's like every day is a million little paper cuts, then just when you've gotten used to them, someone comes along with a chef's knife and goes to town. Days like today... they're the chef's knife. I don't know why this particular one has hit me so hard, but at one point Brett had to turn the news off, because I was crying hysterically and shouting at the TV. 420

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Requiring parental consent for birth control hurts young women

There's several articles floating around today discussing recent comments made by Bristol Palin about birth control programs in Washington state that allow young women and girls to get birth control without parental consent. Many of these articles make beautiful points about the statistical effectiveness of giving young women birth control for low or no cost... points I've made before myself. Because of that, I don't feel compelled to make any of those same points again. What I want to talk about are the impacts that parental

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In Defense of SCOTUS: My thoughts on McCullen v. Coakley

I'm going to premise this outright, by saying that I'm not a lawyer. I'm someone who is very interested in the law, and thus I try to know a lot about it, but I am by no means an expert, or even close to one. That said, I'm going to shock a few people and say that I am actually only half-convinced that SCOTUS made the wrong decision in McCullen v. Coakley. If you haven't been following the news, or otherwise have your head under a rock, McCullen v. Coakley was a decision handed down by the Supreme Court yesterday, which struck

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War is fucked up, and we’d do well to remember that.

This week we got the news that the last American prisoner of war being held in Afghanistan was coming home, and in typical American fashion, the news became a scandal within 24 hours. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing in June of 2009. He was on deployment in Afghanistan at the time, and was captured by the Taliban. He's been their prisoner for the last five years. On Saturday, it was announced by the White House that he was coming home. In exchange for his release, we had agreed to release five POWs that we've been holding

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Yes, All Men

I've been ruminating about writing this post for a week or so, but I was never able to cement the ideas floating around in my head until this morning, when I had a discussion with Brett about the exact problem I'm hoping to address here. In the aftermath of the Santa Barbara shooting, there's been a huge outpouring of women telling stories about the violence, harassment and humiliation that they've endured, just for being women. All of this has centered around the #YesAllWomen hashtag on Twitter, which aims to express the idea

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A middle road between mental health and misogyny

Two days ago, May 23rd 2014, an insane person and student at University of California at Santa Barbara killed seven people on the UCSB campus before being killed himself. The murderer, identified as Elliot Rodger, had posted a video online not long before his shooting spree in which he announced his "Day of Retribution." Retribution for what, you may ask? Well, for all those "blonde sluts" who never slept with him. In the days following this event, we're going to hear a lot of things from the media on both sides of the

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Emily Chance

Emily Chance

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