In an earlier post, Tolerating Bad Behavior, LWP Christine describes how men in powerful positions have the ability to control and manipulate women and get away with it. The lingering question is: how can women address this sort of behavior and maintain/regain control of themselves and their environment? In this week's blog, @LWPJanet works to answer these questions, reflecting on her experiences at the South By SouthWest film festival in Austin, and the large selection of films focusing on issues faced by girls and women around the world. She also discusses recent behavior by Rush Limbaugh - a potential role model - and his attack on progressives via a woman's ability to have birth control covered by her health care provider - deemed as "slutgate". She then talks about ways to rebound from such incidents. After reading the blog, leave us a comment letting us know your stories, and how you think men and women can work to change this dynamic and put an end to tolerating bad behavior!
Milestone Monday: Young, Smart Accomplished Women Under Attack by Conservatives
This week's Milestone Monday recognizes Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke and investigative journalist Tracie McMillan, who have been verbally abused by Rush Limbaugh, simply for being female, it appears. (In the past, Rush has said that women are "emotional" voters, who have it easier than men and has gone as far as to call Hillary Clinton the "sex-retary" of State - see the McMillan article for references.) Both women are young, smart and extremely accomplished. They are also not afraid to stand up for what they feel is right, and necessary. LWP gives big shout outs to Sandra, Tracie, and other women across the country who, like them, are weathering the storm and holding their heads up high in the face of adversity.
Last year the Texas legislature voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, because the network of women's health clinics provides abortions. While bad enough on it's own, the effects of this measure could be devastating to the thousands of poor women in Texas who rely on Medicaid for free health exams and access to contraceptives. Why? Because the Texas vote violated the rules of Medicaid, and will result in the withdraw of federal funding for a Texas program providing over 100,000 poor women with access to birth control and other health services.
Are We People?
An article in Time magazine, published on International Women's Day, attempted to answer a question that women may have been struggling with, given recent anti-Women actions across the U.S. - Are Women People? The unfortunate conclusion, drawn from the opinions of various members of the opposite sex: we are rocks! Whoo!