This is my brain on school [and its many entities]  and Jezebel:


What will it be like when there is no school to block out the rest…I need a job.

Pill Popping: New Law Restores Affordable Birth Control For American Women.

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law a new appropriations bill that will let college and community health centers sell birth control at extremely low prices once again.

The price of birth control at family planning clinics and college health centers shot up following the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, a federal law designed to save taxpayers money on Medicaid reimbursements for drugs reports U.S. News and World Report. The bill dissuaded drug companies from offering discounts to clinics, and for the past two years many women have been paying up to 10 times more each month for contraception.

Cheap Birth Control (Once Again) For College Women [U.S. News And World Report]
Spending Bill Reduces Cost Of Birth Control Pills On Campus [U.S. News and World Report]
Planned Parenthood Press Release [Planned Parenthood]
Nonie Wainwright’s Blog [RH Reality Check]

[I wrote a non-fiction piece about this in Fall 2007, how the Deficiet Reduction Act of 2005 and those that followed like it, would never have happened if Barbie was President].

Clips: Larry King Panelists Discuss Why Domestic Violence Isn’t Just A “Women’s Issue”.

Last night Larry King Live guest host Joy Behar moderated a discussion about domestic violence and pointed out that some people are saying Rihanna provoked Chris Brown to attacking her. [Watch the clip in the link]

In the clip at left, Robin Givens, who was physically abused by Mike Tyson, and Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, talked about how labeling a violent incident as “domestic abuse” makes some people take the attack less seriously because they assume the victim did something to provoke the attacker. Victor Rivers, who saw his mother being abused as a child, says that the way to end domestic violence may be to get men involved. “There is still this misconception that domestic violence is a woman’s issue,” says Rivers. “It needs to be everyone’s issue.” You can watch the rest of the discussion here.

Bad Feminists: Blogger Annoyed By Drunk, Pole-Dancing, Workaholic Women Writers.

Blogger Debra Dickerson is tired of young feminists talking about the present and future state of abortion rights as if they actually care about them.

Dickerson, who once denied Barack Obama the right to describe himself as black, says, in her blog on MotherJones:

Today’s feminists need to blog less and work more. If women want reproductive choice to remain more than rhetoric, they’d better stop assuming these clinics will be there when they need them.

Apparently, we should also stop appreciating irony, like when a blogger tells other bloggers to stop writing so much.

But wait: Debra has a plan.

But you young chicks maybe need to go the Northern Exposure route, sending folks to med school in exchange for a few years running an abortion clinic.

Question: Who exactly is she talking about? Perhaps this will clear up the confusion!

Pole-dancing, walking around half-naked, posting drunk photos on Facebook, and blogging about your sex lives ain’t exactly what we previous generations thought feminism was. We thought it was about taking it to the streets.

Yes, critiquing the feminist “cred” of other women is exactly like taking it to the streets. (I’m sure Debra was the only feminist currently writing on the web today who was on the Mall in 2004, handing out tens of thousands of stickers for NARAL during the March for Women’s Lives.)

She adds:

Tell me exactly what today’s feminists are doing for the struggle. Besides posting disses against old chicks like me. You got that covered.

Okay, Debra: Shall we start here?

The Future Of Abortion Providers [MotherJones]
Passing The Repro Rights Torch [Feministing]

Law & Order: SVU : Reproducing Rape Myths Or Working Against Them?.

Shakesville‘s Melissa McEwan has a great piece about the television series Law & Order: SVU. She concludes that the negative aspects of the show greatly outweigh the positives. I’m not so sure.

Almost all of the issues brought up by Melissa can be easily dismissed with the simple excuse: it’s television, and television is ridiculous. She calls Special Victims Unit unrealistic, but in an age where “reality” TV is about as close to real life as an episode of Lost, bemoaning lack of accurate representation seems almost beside the point. The same can be said of her other issues: producers’ ridiculous tendency to put a huge twist into every episode that completely changes the original case? Necessary for entertainment value! The absurdly attractive victims (including cherubic children)? Well, on American TV, even a character named “Ugly Betty” is played by a stunning actress, so what else would you expect?

However, these things that wouldn’t bother me, that would be easy to dismiss in almost any other show, become problematic when pretty much the entire premise of the series is about sexual assault. McEwan notes that SVU has some very good episodes, which deal with surviving and prosecuting rape in a honest and helpful way, but the writers also frequently rely on plot twists that discredit victims and vindicate the wrongly-accused man. She’s right in pointing out that SVU is designed to exploit victims’ stories, but so is the rest of the Law & Order franchise. The fact that SVU deals primarily with “sex crimes” (some episodes are about child neglect/abandonment, not sexual abuse), makes it difficult to enjoy even a single episode without feeling vaguely uncomfortable about the whole thing.


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