#womenstories: “More than 95% of American women who have had ended a pregnancy aren’t sorry that they did” – @JessicaValenti

SO THERE. @JessicaValenti/ @Guardian: This week, the wife of a Republican legislator did something you might find shocking: she wrote about having an abortion. Stephanie Chatfield, who is married to Michigan’s state representative Lee Chatfield, posted on Facebook about ending a pregnancy in high school after she was sexually assaulted at a party. “To tell you the truth, I desperately wish […]

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#womenstories: “Husbands can divorce any time, without reason. A woman can’t divorce unless her husband doesn’t give her food or clothes.”

“Husbands can divorce any time, without reason. A woman can’t divorce unless her husband doesn’t give her food or clothes.” Afghanistan, domestic violence and divorce: one woman’s harrowing story theguardian.com (emphasis added, as always) Sune Engel Rasmussen, in Herat: Seventeen months after Setara’s husband cut her face and chest with a knife, disfiguring her for life and only narrowly failing to […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “Revenge porn so insidious and pernicious because one of the places where men still maintain power”

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Well, men still maintain power in most places but revenge porn is an example of male violence against women at its most devious, abusive and destructive. #smashthepatriarchy @theguardian: What makes revenge porn such a sinister crime? Eva Wiseman (emphasis added, as always): Revenge porn victims say they’ve suffered “significant emotional distress” after an ex posted their nude photos online. When we all carry broadcast-quality […]

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#womensstories: The women forced to perform DIY medical abortions in Ireland (by @normcos)

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Michelle had her abortion alone in a small apartment in Limerick, Ireland. The 25-year-old postgraduate student waited until her flatmate had left for the weekend before swallowing the pills she’d gone to Belfast to collect earlier that week. “I didn’t know her that well,” she says. “I didn’t know really anyone in the city. I’d just started my Masters and […]

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#womensstories: Enforcing Northern Ireland’s new Swedish-style sex purchase law (via @RuthJacobs/ @roomofourown)

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Cross-posted from: Ruth Jacobs, originally published: 19.11.14. A rainy night in Belfast. Cold and wet with a wind whipping round the corners of the barren streets where women used to stand. How things have changed. A decade ago, even on such a horrible early winter’s night, there would have been activity, but the law changed and drove the women away. Many moved inside, others […]

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#todayin: who would have thunk it! Study finds women denied abortions negatively affected (from @feministing)

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Findings: women who were made continue a pregnancy they did not want were less hopeful about their future (e.g. education and employment), had worse physical health, were more likely to be living in poverty and were more likely to find it difficult to escape abuse. The study is ongoing and explores the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of being denied an abortion. Write-up […]

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#todayin: I did not know that: Abortion is still (sort of) illegal in Britain, thanks to this Victorian law

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The best thing about a (slight, it’s all under control) addiction to reading all of the Internet daily is that you really do learn something new every day. OK, so the headline on The Conversation is a little misleading but nevertheless: take this for example: abortion is still illegal in some circumstances in Britain because of a clause in the […]

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#todayin: misogyny: Why Revenge Porn Works

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But for women today it couldn’t be more different. We don’t get taken seriously in the corporate world if we’re deemed to feminine or sexy; we have to avoid being the dumb blonde. Wearing a short skirt reduces us to being labelled as bimbos or sluts- targets for pick up artists and slut shamers. Never mind criticising military strategy in […]

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#HERstory: Invisible Women: The Real History of Domestic Workers in America

MotherJones presents a concise account of domestic workers’ (mainly women, of course) struggles for rights in the US. As the push for immigration reform continues, the Senate Gang of Eight’s plan includes measures that would make it easier for farmworkers—who play a role of “utmost importance in our nation”—to gain citizenship. Meanwhile, another major immigrant labor group that bolsters the US […]

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16% THINK IT’S OK FOR A MAN TO HIT HIS WIFE? [tw]

[Trigger warning for violence.] This piece from alternet.org really doesn’t require much additional comment. A report  (link to PDF) from a group called UN Women has revealed some frightening views on violence towards women,  and includes data on, for example, the massive gender pay gap (particularly between white men and women of colour) and sexual violence against women of colour. […]

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