women's-right

A majority of men say they haven’t benefited from women’s access to birth control

  • It seems some men are having a hard time finding it in themselves to fight for women’s reproductive rights because, well, they’re having a hard time seeing how it makes their own lives better.
  • A new survey from public opinion research firm PerryUndem found that just 37% of men say they have personally benefited from women’s access to affordable birth control, while 52% say they’ve never reaped such benefits. Read more (3/23/17)
“White guys” vs. Guys Who Happen to Be White

Today an able-bodied, straight white guy in his thirties told me DJT scares him, but added, “It’s important not to drown in fear. After all, what can we do?”

He was totally serious. 

I politely explained that as a woman with a disability who has many loved ones of color and/or in the LGBTQ community, it’s impossible for me to be apolitical. I detailed the ways in which just having a disability renders my entire existence political. 

I explained how my friends and I have been calling our Senators and Congressional Representatives, our Governors, our Attorneys General, our Mayors, our State Legislators, how we’ve been writing them, too, how we’ve been marching for women, for Black Lives Matter, for Seattle Stands with Standing Rock, how I frequently write about disability, how all of us have mobilized, are sharing information, and haven’t stopped. 

Most of us have been politically active for years, but some have only recently begun and, like all of us, they’re learning quickly, sharing information, and working their asses off. 

He struck me as a genuinely sweet guy, but he’d done none of the above. When he asked me, “After all, what can we do?” he was truly flummoxed. 

I’m finding this dynamic among a certain type of white guy, one whose rights are remaining largely untouched–though climate change will kill them, too, but I digress–and it’s as saddening as it is angering.

I live in Seattle, so I encounter very few DJT supporters, but in the four and a half months since the election, I’ve met too many ostensibly liberal or progressive white guys who are sort of shrugging and hoping the midterms go better, but doing nothing in the meantime. 

On the flip side, I know plenty of white male loved ones who are fighting smart and hard on behalf of women, and/or the disabled, and/or persons of color, and/or the LGBTQ community. 

They genuinely care. 

They get it. 

As such, I’ve started making a distinction between straight, able-bodied, white guys and guys who happen to be straight, able-bodied, and white. 

The former are one of the biggest reasons we’re in this mess. 

The latter are helping the rest of us fight our way out. 

The more alliances we build, the better. 

Nineteen months ‘till the midterms: let’s do this!

A PSA FOR WOMEN:

- Causing purposeful bodily harm to your boyfriend is abuse. 😊
- Slapping your boyfriend or “your man” is abuse. 😊
- Hitting a man for saying something you don’t like is not okay and it is assault. 😊
- Women slapping/hitting/beating up men is assualt. 😊
- Women hurting men physically and/or emotionally isnt funny and it’s not okay. 😊

Now you know. 😊😊😊

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The fact the members of the Democratic establishment are considering allowing the Supreme Court to repeal Roe v. Wade should tell you all you need to know because that’s what this is. How do we stand for these people while constantly worrying that they’ll stab us in the back?

The Democratic leadership is still living in the early 90s and believes in the “rational center” and “hearing both sides” against all evidence showing that leads to humiliating powerlessness.