reproductive rights

No Kidding: How We Talk About Choice and Intentionally Small Families

As someone who writes about choosing to not have children, what I seek are equitable conversations about honoring and giving space to all sorts of reproductive options—in a way, I suppose I want "choice feminism" to extend to us all. In the end, I simply want Bill McKibben's... Read more »

Sex and the Fat Girl: You've Got to Fight for Your Rights

Reproductive rights for all U.S. women came under attack this month with the introduction of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R. 3) by Republican leaders in the House. Once again, a light is shone on the state of women's health in our... Read more »

On Our Radar

Happy Friday, readers! Here's some of what we've been reading this week at Bitch HQ: At both Native Appropriations and ... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative hidden-camera hijinks. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Lila Rose, a 22-year-old whose... Read more »

No Kidding: Where's My "No Baby" Shower?

When I think about the idea of celebrating children, I come back to the same question again and again: Why shouldn't an intentional choice be celebrated? When feminists talk about reproductive justice, it's often within the context of not just the ability to, say, have an abortion, but to raise a... Read more »

Race Card: Will Memphis

The astronomically high pregnancy rate in... Read more »

Love for the Women of MTV's "No Easy Decision"

You know how we've all been wondering how MTV could continue to air Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant while avoiding the... Read more »

Bristol Palin and The Situation Bring Us the World's Most Awkward PSA

In one of the weirder zeitgeist-y mashups we’ve seen in a while, Bristol Palin and The Situation have teamed up for a “Pause Before You Play” PSA for Candie’s. While well-intentioned I’m sure, the result is painfully awkward to behold: Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

The launch of the blog series Bechdel Test Canon begins with reflections on 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel created a three-part criteria for movies in her seminal comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Adopted as the Bechdel Test, movies... Read more »

Tube Tied: "Teen Mom" and the Problem With Social Realism In Reality Television

MTV's been having a good summer. In part, that's because the second season of its reality series Teen Mom has been generating huge ratings for the network—it is this summer's third-most-watched original cable... Read more »

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »