not intended as a factual statement, amiright, Jon Kyl?

Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex


“I was ‘raped’ and I joke about it”

XOJane–read it. Remember Jane magazine? Possibly the thing that made me be like, hey, I’m a feminist? Jane’s back with an online mag that I really recommend. I just got around to reading this article, which is really wonderful–a woman who has been criticizing for joking about the rape attempt on her, and why she thinks it’s okay for her to laugh about it. It’s good stuff, with a paragraph in particular that I really love:

Lynsey Addario (who, by the way, is a total badass) had this to say: “What happened to Lara was horrible, by all accounts. There’s no question. And when I was in Libya, I was groped by a dozen men. But why is that more horrible than what happened to Tyler or Steve or Anthony — being smashed on the back of the head with a rifle butt?”

The answer of course, is because we expect, and in some way, glamorize, that sort of thing happening to male war reporters.  Men make jokes about other men being raped all the time (like in every movie remotely involving even the specter of jail) and nobody bats an eye, because nobody sees men as being irrevocably damaged — that is to say, tainted by it.  

I refuse to buy into this idea that rape is the Ultimate Bad Thing that can happen to a woman (worse than murder, or poverty, orpoverty, or in a lot of places, what comes after the rape — i.e., her devaluation by society and often physical danger) because it a) gives too much power to some shithead, fuckhole rapist and b) perversely buys into the archaic, subconscious notion that a woman’s sexual inviolability is her most priceless and irreplaceable asset.

Home Births: yay or nay?

We hear a lot in the feminist community about home births and how great they are; movies like “The Business of Being Born” make it sound like the only natural option for childbirth. But it’s becoming less and less popular world-wide, and many doctors believe that it’s overly dangerous. This article in the Guardian has a good overview of the for and against sides and the dialogue between them; it also has one woman’s experience detailed in depth. It doesn’t really end on a decisive note, although it made me think a little harder about my instinctive yay home birth reaction; what do you guys think? Ps there are pictures yaaaaaaaay!

The problem with gBear

For me, the transition from Barnard webmail to gBear went pretty well. People complain about it sometimes but it’s a good email platform and, you know, if anyone would explain to me what “Google groups” means, I’m sure that’s really helpful. But this article points out a real problem with the new system: it is not accessible for blind students. The article points out many of the problems; here are a few of them:

For those with sight problems, screen readers are invaluable. Gmail has an “HTML view” option that offers compatibility with screen readers; however, the primary language must be English and the view has limited features compared to standard Gmail. Missing features include such items as spell check, rich formatting, and management of filters and contacts.

For Google Calendar, the screen reader passes over appointments, merely reading the hours and table counts of the calendar. For other programs like Google Groups and Chrome, the screen reader can’t read updated posts, certain buttons, and headers. Such limits make it difficult for vision-impaired students to collaborate and communicate with their peers.

The National Federation of the Blind has also posted several videos on its website that demonstrate accessibility issues with Google.

So I get it; this saves money, is more efficient, our corporate overlords are beaming down on us. But it’s not okay, right? Come on!