Even in 2010 women are still grossly underrepresented in the literary arts. As VIDA writes, "We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity." Click here for the numbers that reveal this disparity.
The idea of a uterus police.
State Rep. Bobby Franklin of Georgia introduced a bill in his state last week that, if made into law, would require women who suffer miscarriages to provide proof that the loss of the baby occurred naturally and without intervention. If she can't prove this she could face felony charges. So a woman devastated by the loss of her child would now have to be "investigated" while she's grieving. Good job, Bob. Daily Kos has more and a link to the bill.
Rush Limbaugh calling my first lady fat.
On a recent segment of his radio show Limbaugh called Michelle Obama a hypocrite saying that, while she advocates healthy eating, she "doesn't look like [she] follows her own...dietary advice" because she was once caught eating ribs (gasp!) and because she "does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you." The Huffington Post has more. I would like Michelle to release a statement telling him to kiss her fat ass.
The House voting to cut funding for Planned Parenthood
Last week the House of Representatives voted to eliminate Title X funding, which supports clinics and programs that provide contraception and basic gynecological care to low-income women. The bill includes an amendment that specifically targets Planned Parenthood, denying the organization federal funding. But why? The argument that this is about ending abortion is simply not true. Federal funding of abortion was banned long ago. The only thing this move would do is deny millions of women access to routine gynecological examinations such as cervical cancer tests, tests that can save lives. Many women, including yours truly, have used Planned Parenthood for health services that have nothing to do with abortion, and as Ann Friedman says in the interview below, all women should feel personally attacked by