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Lots o’ media this week

I don't want to knock down the post below on the outrageous sex lies of 2011,  but I figured you were owed few notices about some media I've done and/or are doing this weekend: Yesterday, I was on the Michael Slate Show on KPFK in Los Angeles, talking about the…

How much damage can culture warriors do?

Exciting news, everyone: Despite his Google problems, Rick Santorum is announcing his run for President today. That raises the Republican field to 95% batshit, which may actually be a new record, historically speaking, though then again that's iffy if you consider the Goldwater question.  There are many ways Santorum is just…

Chooooooiiiiiiiiiice

Man, lots of stuff about reproductive rights to discuss! I spent the entire weekend in a fury over how the mainstream media kept calling funding for contraception, STD treatment, and other forms of reproductive health care that isn’t abortion “abortion funding”, so I wrote a primer for journalists at RH…

How did the GOP get so radical on contraception?

When pro-choicers like myself highlight the fact that the anti-choice movement to which the Republican party is beholden is not just anti-abortion, but anti-contraception, we generally meet a sea of skepticism. “Nuh-uh,” it usually goes, “A lot of them just really believe that stuff about fetuses being people. The ones…

Are some anti-choicers losing their stomach for opposing contraception?

The more I think about this story, the more I think it may end up being a really big deal. As has been extensively covered here, opposition to abortion with the Christian right has been grounded since basically forever in an authoritarian desire to impose the patriarchal family by force,…

How effective is fact bombing?

As I reported this morning, I jumped in on Twitter last night and started, with the help of others, to flood #livetweetingabortion with cold, hard facts. Today, I decided to experiment, and stayed on #livetweetingabortion most of the day to see what could be done by trying to stick to…

Well, at least he admitted it’s about opposing contraception

What’s interesting in this otherwise stunningly dishonest op-ed column by Ross Douthat about sex ed is that he casually admits that abstinence-only education is about attacking contraception, a practice that 98% of American women have engaged in at some point in their lives. And by virtue of this, that means…

Common ground and the dangers of assuming good faith on the part of those who don’t have it

I can imagine that people like Will Saletan, who sincerely want to believe that there’s a possibility of separating “pro-life” opposition to abortion from “pro-life” opposition to contraception and sex education, might actually be shocked at this news that should shock no one who admits that anti-choicers are and have…

Another attempt to grant sperm more rights than women

The sperm-worshipping crowd managed to sneak in a victory almost under the radar yesterday when the state house of North Dakota passed what will probably prove to be a complete ban on abortion, and quite possibly on most female-controlled types of contraception. Because anti-choice nuts can’t fucking breathe without lying,…

I can’t stop thinking about this

Update: It’s officially out. I’ve literally spent all day, on and off, obsessing over the way that Republicans have made an issue out of contraception funding in this stimulus bill. It looks like it’s coming out, since Obama is firm about not letting this small issue stop the bill. His…

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