reproductive rights

Bunk Documentaries (1 of 2): The Right to Confuse

What's wrong with this picture? (Hint: it's not the competing fonts). This still, taken from the trailer of the film South Dakota: A Woman's Right to Choose might be the first time I've seen "a woman's right to choose" accompanying an in utero photo. Those are both articles of rhetoric from... Read more »

Adopt-ation: A feminist take on the state of the adoption industry

Do a quick search on the Internet and you'll see that there are lots more people waiting to adopt a healthy newborn these days than there are babies out there ready to be adopted. Gone are the (ahem) "good old days" when a pregnant woman finding herself in less than optimal circumstances could be... Read more »

Open Thread: Health Care Reform and the Stupak Amendment

On Saturday night the House of Representatives narrowly passed a health-care reform bill, changing the way Americans will access health insurance. Included in the bill was an amendment from Bart Stupak (D-MI... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Testimony of an Abortion Addict

Irene Vilar's extraordinary and incendiary new memoir, Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict, is a potential launching pad for a discussion about abortion that is more personal than political. Having terminated fifteen pregnancies in sixteen years, Vilar turns her experiences into... Read more »

Law & Order to air episode based on Dr. Tiller's murder

Tonight’s Law & Order episode will be based on the murder of Dr. George Tiller: a late-term abortion provider is murdered while attending church. The episode, titled “Dignity,”... Read more »

How did you celebrate Pro-Life Cupcake Day?

Here's how I spent mine: - Being disappointed upon discovering it wasn't Pro-Cupcake Life Day - Eating leftover cupcakes from Bitch's clothing swap/supporting a woman's right to choose - WONDERING WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE The Cupcakes for Life... Read more »

I Can Has Feminizm?

Ah, the weekend. A time to unwind and have some fun. This particular weekend, I am in New York for my friends’ wedding . And you know what the best way to celebrate a wedding (or any special occasion, really) is, don’t you? With LOLz, of course!!! The first special occasion we’re... Read more »

New short film is cute, quirky, and candid. And it's about abortion.

Quiz: Is this still from...a) Jenny Slate's new short Eff-You you Effing Eff-wad?b) a promo from the 2009 Quirkfest Filmfest? or c) Juno II: All Grown Up? It's actually from Obvious Child, a short film by Gillian Robespierre which combines a little of all of the above, but with one... Read more »

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: Is No Sex Still Sex Positive?

  A brilliant and counter-intuitive comment from reader jordanb in the "Rear Ended by Porn" comment thread is the inspiration for today's post. Check it out: Becky I'm interested to know if you've ever thought about abstinence from a sex positive feminist... Read more »

Beaker Bitch: Freak Outs, Not Facts, Dominate Abortion Talk in Healthcare Debate

The healthcare debate this week has certainly been a lot of fingerpointing. In an effort to quash false rumors surrounding Obama's new healthcare plan (please let's never discuss the phrase "death panels" again), the White House went so far as to launch a... Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »