The Best and Worst News for Women in 2012

As a political junkie coming off a surreal election season, I can offer only the faintest apologies for skewing American. I’m sure for every pick I made, there are three I had to leave out. I invite you to show me the error of my ways–and your bests and worsts–in the comments section below. Happy New Year!!!!

The Best

1)   President Obama Wins Reelection
Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC promo pretty much says it all: ”We are not going to have a Supreme Court that overturns Roe vs. Wade. We are not going to repeal health reform. We are not going to give a 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires. We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay people from getting married. We are not eliminating the Department of Energy. We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt. We are not vetoing the DREAM Act. We had the choice to do that and we said ‘no.’” No president can do everything, but without Barack Obama in the White House, we’d have to do so much more.

2)   The Affordable Care Act Was Upheld
The entire country held its breath, and we progressive folk were the ones who got to exhale! Surprising everyone, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the court in a 5-4 decision, ruling that the vast majority of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act—and most notably, the individual mandate—was constitutional and would move forward.
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News Roundup

The Abortion Looking Glass – On The Issues
How Does HIV Cause AIDS? – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona
Reproductive Rights as Human Rights? – RH Reality Check
Talking About Abortion with My Local Barista – Abortion Gang

When Will We See a Female U.S. President?

Even though the 2012 presidential election was only last month, speculations concerning the next election in 2016 are brewing. According to an interesting article from ABC News, a majority of voters (57 percent) have stated that they would back Hillary Clinton in the next election. As noted, the article does mention that Clinton’s popularity and approval would depend to a great deal on the candidate running against her, but in terms of voting patterns, we notice that there’s quite the divide based on gender, age, and ethnicity when it comes to supporting Clinton.

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When in Doubt, Go for Sexual Abuse

WARNING: This post contains explicit, offensive, and sexual language.

The past week, a lot of people were talking about Chris Brown and his Twitter fight with comedian Jenny Johnson. Brown apparently deleted his Twitter account after sending of a series of sexually implicit and very vulgar tweets to Johnson when she posted a response to one of his tweets.

Brown posted a picture of himself and commented on his Twitter account that he looked old, despite only being 23. Johnson answered (with the assault of Rihanna in mind), “I know! Being a worthless piece of shit can really age a person.” Instead of ignoring her comment or providing a clever answer, Brown went straight for a sexual abuse approach: Take them teeth out when u sucking my dick HOE.” Brown also tweeted that “Mom says hello … she told me not to shart in ur mouth, wanted me to shit right on your retina” and “Don’t run for support now … Lol. Ur a comedic writer!!! If u can take a dick, u can take a joke.”

Brown does not seem to be the most articulate person out there, but it is both offensive and rude (and upsettingly common) to try to shut a woman up by referring to sexual abuse or sexual activity and by making crude sexual comments. It also appears typical to put a woman down by using masculine power and sexual dominance. For example, we know that most men are much physically stronger than most women and therefore the threat of sexual assault is often a real concern to women. Perhaps this is why Brown attempted to scare Johnson with violent and sexual behavior. Since Brown has obviously been violent before the threat becomes more genuine than if he had not.

Photo of Chris Brown shared by flickr user Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer under a creative commons license.

International Roundup: Let Contraceptives Live!

On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with UNFPA and other partners hosted a groundbreaking summit for a global policy, financing, commodity, and service delivery commitments to support the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies, without coercion or discrimination, by 2020. For this occasion, here are some news about reproductive rights, its relentless struggles, and the progress to be made.

Contraceptive use averts more than 272,000 maternal worldwide deaths from childbirth every year, a new study has claimed.

The Billionaire Melinda Gates Launches Global Crusade for Contraception

Aljazeera Opinion: Let them have contraception

Liberia: Baby Blues – No Policy for Pregnant School Girls

No contraceptives  available for 1.7 million Rajasthan women

Roundup: Women and Science

After watching the E.U.’s Breathtakingly Sexist Science Video, I decided to go on the Internet in order to see how other countries and/or other media talk about women and science.

China’s first woman astronaut takes the starring role
New York’s ‘Girls Who Code’ to Train Women for Tech Jobs
A greater role for women in sciences in Arab societies
USAriseup talk about encouraging women to all races & ethnicities to obtain science degrees
It is time to stop worrying about female brain and get smarter

Women in science are the solution to solve the wrong equation of stereotypes!

International Roundup: Mother’s Day Around the World

Mother’s Day honors mothers and their influence in society; it also celebrates the maternal bond. While the United States celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, it is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May. And depending on the country, Mother’s Day can reflect one of the worst moments of its history, or serve a current women’s struggle:

In Mexico, Mother’s Day is serious business

A Times of India group fetes mothers

A look at the origins of Mother’s Day

In Taipei, mothers work to close nuclear power plants

Opinion: Mother’s Day in Africa

Pro-Choice News Roundup

U.S. Nuns Face Vatican Rebuke for “Radical Feminism.” Democracy Now!

Ruben Diaz Compares Abortion to Holocaust. Huffington Post.

Georgia bans most abortions after 20 weeks. Chicago Tribune News.

EEOC covering gender identity discrimination is a big effing deal. Feministing.

The GOP’s New Sneak Attack on Abortion Rights. Mother Jones.

Anti-Abortion group says it has patient records. The Daily Tribune.

STD Awareness Month: International Roundup

STD awareness month in the USA is the occasion to recall that all inhabitants of the Planet are concerned by STDs. Even if what is at stake can change more or less, depending on the countries, STD awareness stays intrinsically linked to the woman’s condition. There are too many laws which the only purpose is to control human body. Sexual education is a pivot in this awareness: when people don’t receive an appropriate sex education, they are much exposed to STD.

What is at stake:
USA: Sex, Teens and Risk: Conservatives Have It Wrong
Africa: Study Notes Strategies to Lower HIV Risk for Sex Workers
Brazil: Brazil’s economy may be thriving, but its attitude towards children shows it is still lagging behind

Sex education:
USA: Utah’s Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill is Dangerous for Teens
Asia: China introduces sex education in primary schools

Pro-Choice News Roundup

Doc-lawyer uses both trades to fight abortion laws. Boston.com.

Tavi Gevinson: “Feminism is not a rulebook but a discussion.” Feministing.

Abortion law shows society’s ignorance. Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Video Timeline: Mitt Romney on Abortion. BuzzFeed.

Cecile Richards named one of TIME Magazine’s Most 100 Influential People in the World. eNews Park Forest.