1. Myth: Women regret their abortions.

Concern trolling is one of anti-choicers’ favorite methods for attempting to shut down arguments in favor of reproductive rights. The fallacious suggestion is that women who have elective abortions suffer painful psychological consequences ranging from depression to anxiety to guilt to social isolation (aka the Won’t someone think of the women? argument). But in study after study, when women who have had abortions are allowed to speak for themselves (and really, they should know better than anyone), the opposite turns out to be true.

2. Myth: Abortions are unsafe.

The myth that abortion is a dangerous procedure proliferates in anti-choice circles, and is propagated by the same. It’s a fairly pernicious lie that is intended to make women considering an abortion literally fear for their lives. But it couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, a 2012 study assessing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Guttmacher Institute found that actually giving birth is far likelier to kill a woman than having an abortion. In the words of researchers, “risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortion.” First-trimester abortions have a complication rate of less than .05 percent, making it one of the safest procedures available. Having a colonoscopy puts one’s life more at risk than an abortion by a factor of 40 times. Time magazine noted last year that the CDC reported, “.67 deaths per 100,000 abortions” between 2003 and 2009, a year in which eight women died as a result of the procedure.

3. Myth: Abortion causes breast cancer.

Although this claim has been thoroughly disproven by a little thing called science, anti-choicers continue to use it to prop up their reasons for opposing safe, legal abortion. In most cases, they ignore the glut of research by well-respected medical groups (including studies by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists , National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School) in favor of studies that fail to properly employ the scientific method in order to arrive at the conclusion they prefer. (For a great, detailed explanation of the many fronts on which one of their most referenced studies fails, check out this Joyce Arthur piece on the RH Reality Check blog.)

4. Myth: Abortion, particularly multiple abortions, can cause infertility.

This is, apparently, a belief that grew out of some now-dated ideas once rooted in truth. A 2010 Jezebel article investigating infertility and abortion found that procedural changes in how abortions are performed explain why the connection no longer exists. More specifically, while abortions up until the late 1960s used D&C (or dilation and curettage) to terminate pregnancies, by the early 1970s, vacuum aspiration became — and today remains — the predominate abortion method. The reduction in scarring and other complications that resulted from this shift helped eliminate infertility as a risk of abortion.

5. Myth: Abortions are happening more than ever.

Women are having fewer legal abortions than they’ve had in 25 years. The number of legal abortions performed across the United States each year has been dwindling since the 1980s, and is currently down 12 percent from as recently as 2010. The Atlantic attributes this decline to a number of possible reasons: expanded access to birth control and sexual health resources and information; a precipitous drop in the teen pregnancy rates; millennial attitudes toward abortion (one study finds a surprising 42 percent against); and the astonishing number of recent anti-abortion measures put in place.

6. Myth: Outlawing abortion means women will stop getting abortions.

According to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, “[e]stimates of the number of illegal abortions in the 1950s and 1960s ranged from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year.” Because these abortions were primarily conducted in secrecy through underground channels, they were impossible to regulate, and the back alley abortion industry often employed methods that sound horrific to modern ears. (A gynecologist who practiced in the late 1940s and early ‘50s and often saw women hospitalized after experiencing complications from illegal abortions, paints a vivid and disturbing picture of procedures using coat hangers, “darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.”) The human cost of these abortions, undergone by desperate women, was nothing short of tragic.

7. Myth: Abortion is racist.

It seems odd that conservatives express such outrage and concern about racism and its effects on fetuses of color, since they oppose pretty much every policy that might actually help African-American babies living outside the womb. In any case, much of this oft-repeated claim is rooted in the words of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood who was possibly a racist and definitely into eugenics. (Read her words for yourself and decide. The point is moot in relation to where I’m going here.)

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your mother will look at you
differently; the way her mother
looked at her when she did the 
same thing. your mother will seem
cold and distant and like she disapproves,
your mother will seem angry, and 
you will be confused. baby girl, she is
not mad, she is sad; she is sad for you,
for the cold steel you felt inside you, 
for the pain that felt like a knife, for 
the looks you will get every time you say
you had an abortion; for the disapproving 
quiet from the people you love; for the shame - 
baby girl she is sad; for not protecting you better,
for the fact you had to grow up so fast; for the
fact that she had to, and her mother had to,
and most of us have to. she is sad,
and her sadness is so great it feels like anger.
she is sad, so she might not tell you this the way
she needs - none of this is your fault and you made
the right choice. there is nothing to forgive yourself
for; you made the right choice, your choice.
—  marina v., look at your daughters with love.
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The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem
Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Unfortunately, if you’re a black woman in the United States, that’s a likely reality. Read more »

“Black women were paid 64 percent of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2013. That means it takes the typical black woman nearly seven extra months to be paid what the average white man took home back on December 31. That’s even worse than the national pay gap for all women, 78 percent, as reported in AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap. Think about how that adds up in the course of a career, and we’re talking about losing a daunting chunk of change over a lifetime.

Watch our video on how the gender pay gap affects women of color.

What Can You Do?

  1. Get the facts and share them. The pay gap is no myth, and the more people are empowered with the data to back it up, the sooner we can close the gap.
  2. Watch and share our video on the faces we want to see on #TheNew10 bill.
  3. Urge Congress to raise the minimum wage — a move that will help all women and especially black women, who make up a disproportionate majority of these workers.

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More posts on the Gender Wage Gap on Profeminist

Vocal fry is not a problem. It is merely another excuse to dismiss, ignore and marginalise women’s voices, both literally and figuratively. And it’s just the latest in a long history of finding excuses not to listen to what women, especially young women, say…

So when Naomi Wolf urges women to change their vocal patterns to regain their strength, she merely addresses a symptom. She suggests those women who are raising their voices should change the way they speak… It is the listeners, not the speakers, who are the problem.

And the listeners will continue to find reasons to dismiss women’s voices. They might be too high or too squeaky. They’ll dismiss art that tells female stories as trash or niche, while lavishing praise on men who describe the domestic realm. They will say they listen to music created by male artists because female voices don’t sound as good to them. They will continue to find any excuse not to listen.

Stop telling women how to speak. Instead, listen to them.

— 

Erin Riley, “Naomi Wolf misses the point about ‘vocal fry’. It’s just an excuse not to listen to women”

If Naomi Wolf is going to continue calling herself a feminist, she better get her shit together and stop policing women into her brand of correctness. Read her initial remarks here.

Vintage Comic Book Mash-Up Portraits by Sandra Chevrier

Canadian artist Sandra Chevrier uses various techniques to compose portraits of women covered in Marvel comic strips, called “Cages.”  By paying homage to vintage superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman among many others, she creates an intriguing, edgy and dramatic composition with a satirical and feminist message. By using the comics, which are usually a male-driven source of entertainment, as a mask on her subjects’ face, Chevrier conveys the oppressions and struggle women endure about beauty and perfection. The corruption of physical beauty in each portrait by the use of a mask is a reminder from Chevrier that women naturally become superheroes in society. 

anonymous asked:

My parents say I can't be a physicist because I'm a girl. How do I get them to change their minds???

I’m just going to refer you to this tweet by the amazing Emma Watson:

You do what you want to do. Show them that you can become a physicist and that you are not limited because you’re a girl. Change their minds by showing them that they’re wrong.

Me on a date
  • Me:So what do you think about feminism?
  • Them:Really pissed honestly
  • Me:*grabbing breadsticks* I have plans I have-
  • Them:I just wish most of the modern movement would get back to the core of feminism, and I'm very upset with radical feminists it's like almost everyone thinks THEIR experience is the only one that matters. All feminists need to work on being more inclusive to Trans women and stop ignoring the needs of disabled and neurodivergent people. The way we as a movement are excluding people we think we're above is the opposite of true feminism. I wish more of us would believe that sex workers and strippers and everyone need our help not our disgust. Sometimes I'm ashamed to be in the movement but as a whole, I just want to be the change I want to see in feminism.
  • Me:okay, I can do that thing later, in the meantime- do you wanna get married or something (or whatever lol)