anonymous said:

my condom broke last night and I had to spend $53 on the plan b emergency contraceptive this morning, and THAT'S why I couldn't take my mom out to lunch today. She'll never know.

OH MY GOD

honesty hour

Watch on 12-51istherighttime.tumblr.com

1-7\09 - Band of the Week - Bombay Bicycle Club - NME Awards Tour 2010

1. Emergency Contraception Blues 

2. Dust On The Ground 
3. Open House 
4. Cancel On Me 
5. Autumn 
6. Magnet 
7. Evening/Morning 
8. How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep 
9. Always Like This 
10. What If 

school sux pt.2 - a melancholy back to school playlist (pt.1)

1. tap out - the strokes 2. emergency contraception blues - bombay bicycle club 3. brother - mac demarco 4. island in the sun - weezer 5. prove yourself - radiohead 6. where is my mind - pixies 7. how soon is now? - the smiths 8. gfc - albert hammond jr 9. you keep showing up - drowners 10. stuck on the puzzle - alex turner 11. matilda - alt-j 12. heroes - david bowie

listen

When…the United States is a country where we’re still having an incomprehensible debate about contraception and reproductive freedom, it becomes clear women are dealing with trickle-down misogyny.
—  Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist: Beyond the Measure of Men

anonymous said:

As a guy, how do I be a better feminist?

An important thing to remember is to just be aware that no matter how well-intentioned you are about women’s issues such as abortion, contraception, ect., the opinion of women on that particular issue will always be more valid than yours. You can’t walk around expecting women to roll out a red carpet for you just because you consider them equals, as I’ve seen many “male feminists” do. Just be a decent human being! Treat everyone equally and never assume someone’s thoughts are less valid just because of their gender. That’s all there is to it. C:

the us government loves to make it hard to access affordable/safe contraceptives and then allow protestors to harass you when as a result of their policies you have to get an abortion

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.

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Fox spent much of its VMA coverage questioning Beyonce’s ability to promote feminism while being "extremely sexual."  

Megyn Kelly labeled Beyonce’s message and lyrics as “skanky,” while a FoxNews.com article claimed the singer “seemed to ensure her behind was the focus on each song, all the while educating young viewers about feminism.”

On The Five, Fox hosts suggested “she’s auditioning for a future husband,” and Greg Gutfeld announced that ”the greatest thing about pop culture is convincing women that acting like strippers is empowering.” 

What Fox failed to recognize is that expressing sexuality does not automatically remove a woman’s right to discuss equality. Instead, the network righteously shamed Beyonce and used her performance as basis to attack feminism as a whole. In reality, such policing of women’s sexuality has harmed progress toward equality. The very same mindset has been used to dismiss women’s need to access contraception, and blame rape survivors for their own assaults. 

If anyone is going to be shamed, it should be Fox and its irresponsible coverage of women’s issues. 

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Eight female state senators in Georgia walked out of the Senate chambers on Wednesday to protest two bills that hinder access to abortion and contraceptives. All eight female democratic senators left the chambers together after two bills they oppose passed the Republican-led Senate. From Atlanta’s WXIA, the legislation:

  • Prohibits state employees from using state health benefits to pay for abortions
  • Does not allow employees of private religious institutions to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives

"We stood together to protest what we feel is absolutely a war on women here in Georgia and we want to sound the alert to Georgians," said Sen. Nan Orrick.

Republican state senator Joshua McKoon said of the legislation, “What I would say is the war that’s being waged is on a religious minority in this country that has strong beliefs that are protected by the First Amendment.”

The bills now heads to the House, where both are expected to pass.

The senators who walked out: Sen. Gloria ButlerSen. Gale Davenport, Sen. Nan Orrock, Sen. Freddie Powell SimsSen. Donzella James, Sen. Miriam Paris, Sen. Valencia Seay and Sen. Horacena Tate. Looks like I’ll be spending my Friday night emailing these senators to thank them for taking a stance on an incredibly important issue.

Woman v. The Government (with a twist)
  • Woman:I cannot afford to have a child right now. Can I have birth control?
  • Government:No.
  • Woman:I got pregnant but I cannot afford to have a child and I'm not ready to be a parent. Can I have an abortion?
  • Government:No.
  • Woman:I had the child, but I cannot afford to raise him. Will you help me out?
  • Government:No.
  • Woman:I guess I'll have to give my child up for adoption.
  • Barry and Steve:We would love to raise your child. We have been in a committed relationship for 15 years. We have steady careers and are very successful and financially stable. We love children and wish to provide a loving nurturing environment for your child. Would you be willing to give your child to us?
  • Woman:Sure, as long as it's ok with the government.
  • Government:No.
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“Nine months from now the only thing I’m expecting is to be more awesome.”

We’re absolutely in love with these illustrations done by Kate Bingaman Burt for Bedsider.org as part of the Thanks, Birth Control campaign. The National Campaign is challenging the nation to have an open, honest conversation about birth control.

Why? Because, in a recent survey, 55% of sexually active women ages 18-22 said that they’d feel more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way.

Join in saying “Thanks, Birth Control” and share these postcards. Or use the hashtag #ThxBirthControl.

Kate was also the very first speaker at CreativeMornings/Portland! Check out her talk here. →

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