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Film ‘Gulabi Gang’ depicts group of pink sari vigilantes who fight for women’s rights in rual India

A gang of women vigilantes, who fight for social justice in rural India and are famed for their pink saris and sticks, are the subject of an award-winning documentary opening this week. The Gulabi (Pink) Gang battles for women's rights across a handful……

Sri Lanka bars U.S. women’s rights official entry into country

Sri Lanka has refused a top US women's rights official entry to the country, just days after another senior envoy alleged Colombo's rights record was deteriorating, the US embassy said Tuesday. US ambassador at large for women's issues Catherine Russell……

No, Ross, Misogyny Does Not Make Women Happier

Ross Douthat’s utopia: Weeping couples hauled to the altar. I know I’m a bit late to the party in mocking/criticizing Ross Douthat’s lame column once again arguing, as he likes to do, that many to most of the world’s problems could be solved if women stopped fucking. Launching off a…

In Chile, women politicians rise, but women’s rights lag

“In Chile, the skirt’s in charge,” blared the headline of Santiago tabloid La Cuarta the day after Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei advanced to a second round in the country’s presidential race. Voters today will pick between the two life-long politicians in the first presidential election in Latin America where…

Why Is The Religious Right Intensifying Attacks On Women?

Why now? That was the question that I decided to answer when I set out to write this speech for this year’s Skepticon about the religious right’s war on women, which—in case you haven’t noticed—has been turned up dramatically in recent years. I’ve done a lot of written and spoken…

The War On Women is just a siege you just didn’t notice until now

Parental notification. Waiting periods. Mandatory ultrasounds. Zoning laws specifying closet size. Databases listing identifying data about women who seek abortions. The slow erosion of a woman’s right to choose and gain access to her choice has been going on for years, just under the radar of the mainstream media, because…

Ron Paul: ‘Entitlements are not rights’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed on Sunday that Americans don’t have a right to entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. During a debate hosted by NBC, WHDH’s Andy Hiller asked Paul: “In your opinion, what services are Americans entitled to expect to get from government?” “Entitlements are not rights,”…

If you thought they’d stop at harassing women having abortions, you were naive

A group of self-appointed moral guardians decides that there’s a cancer on society that only they really understand. People are “killing babies”! Obviously, killing “babies” is so wrong that extreme methods are justifiable, right? Such as showing up at clinics and harassing the customers and employees, and playing innocent when…

Gah, part two

Here’s the first part of the post. I thought I had saved it without publishing, but I guess not, and there’s already a bunch of comments, so I’ll just finish it here. So, I was saying I doubt that many wingnuts realize how far out of their grasp total victory…

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