At least 100,000 Texans of reproductive age have attempted to self-induce an abortion

At least 100,000 Texans of reproductive age have attempted to self-induce an abortion (on feministing): There’s long been anecdotal evidence that with ever-increasing barriers to accessing in-clinic abortions, many Texans, particularly low-income Latinas living near the US-Mexico border, are turning to self-induced abortions. Now, a new study estimates that 100,000 and 240,000 Texans of reproductive age have ever attempted to […]

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Sex worker healthcare access in Ireland

feminism - (prochoice) never again

Guest post by Georgina Burke, a recently retired sex worker A couple of months ago, I found myself in probably the worst depressive episode I’ve had to date. One of those ones you can see coming for months, but you’re there trying to battle away at general life things and you don’t have the time to deal. It creeps up […]

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#womensstories: women are shouting out their abortion stories on twitter #ShoutYourAbortion

feminism - prochoice (i support people who have abortions)

Women on Twitter are sharing their stories about abortion using the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion. There are some really powerful accounts. And, importantly, a demonstration of agency and absence of shame and stigma. Here are some: Honestly, my abortion at 20 was one of the first responsible, non-self-destructive, grown-ass choices I ever made. #ShoutYourAbortion — Jessica Blankenship (@blanketboat) September 21, 2015 I […]

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Is This the Real #WaronWomen? Looking at Porn’s Effects

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More on the detriment of porn. On this one, Diana Stancy (@DianaStancy) argues that pornography is the real war on women. Pornography is the public health crisis of the digital age. This is what a panel of experts concluded at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Capitol symposium as they discussed the harmful ramifications of pornography. Specifically, they evaluated pornography’s […]

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pornification: “the girls in the videos all appear to like it, so girls think that’s just how sex is”

feminism - pornography online

Experts say teenage girls are copying what they see in pornography and seeking treatment from family doctors for injuries sustained during “rough sex”. They believe it’s part of the dark side of the sexualisation of the internet generation. The problem is that young people — boys and girls — are watching videos that do not reflect “normal” sexual relationships. Young […]

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#todayin: having to state the bleeding obvious: “A study reveals sexism makes women fearful.”

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A study published this month in the journal Sex Roles reveals that some of the sexism women face – from catcalling and sexual harassment to sexual objectification and violence – makes women generally more fearful and anxious. The researchers from the University of Missouri-Kansas and Georgia State University found a substantive “link between physical safety concerns and psychological distress”. We […]

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More Needs to Be Done to Help Male Rape Survivors

criminology - male rape

Important piece on vice: Cases like Paul’s are more common than you might think. According to  ​official figures, around 9,000 British men and boys—​roughly 12 percent of all rape and sexual abuse survivors—are subject to rape or sexual abuse each year. However, just over 1,000 cases are actually reported. Most of the time, men who report their abuse do so years—or decades—after the act […]

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We can’t be complacent about pregnant women’s rights in Britain

feminism (sociology) - motherhood

Heads up, folks. On theguardian.com (emphasis added): This morning, women stood precariously on the last solid ground in the landscape of UK reproductive rights, looking ahead at an uncertain and treacherous footing. The court of appeal rejected the claim for criminal compensation in the case of CP vs Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Thankfully, following this judgment, we still have solid […]

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How Well-Intentioned Public Health Campaigns Can Wind Up Shaming Women

feminism - handmaid's tale (dystopia)

We can all agree that fetal alcohol syndrome is a tragedy. But although American public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drinking while pregnant have good intentions at heart, recent media initiatives have deployed tactics that shame moms while ignoring bigger issues. Instead of helping improve the lives of women and kids, these public action campaigns veer into borderline Handmaid’s […]

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