I want you to imagine something. (Trust me, it’s safe.)
Now imagine I asked you to re-draw Minnie Mouse with the intention of giving little girls body image issues.
It would probably look something like what’s in the link
This year, Barney’s will feature ultra-skinny Minnie (also
Daisy Duck, Snow White, Goofy, Cruella, and Princess Tiana) in their “Electric
Holiday” campaign, set to debut at their Madison Avenue flagship store on
“The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin
dress,” said Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman, describing the design
decision. “If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11
Personally I’ve always preferred The Muppets to Disney, and
this has just become another reason. Miss Piggy never has trouble finding
couture in her size – and she can do karate while wearing it.
First, a quick fact. Only 1.4% of abortions take place after
the 20th week of gestation. At that point, the choice is often made due to
serious complications that endanger the health of the child, mother, or both. So,
Georgia’s HB 954. In short, it bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Supporters call it the “fetal pain bill”, because the justification is that
fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. (There is no medical evidence to support
this.) Opponents call it the “women as livestock bill”, because… Well, you’ll
Here comes the crazy. Be careful, it sneaks up on you.
Crazy – The original version of the bill made no exception
for rape, incest, health of the mother (you know, the usual), OR viability of
the fetus. Many serious birth defects can only be detected after 20 weeks, so
the main effect of the bill would be to force women to carry a non-viable (or
non-alive) fetus to term and delivery.
Crazier – The bill got national attention because State Rep.
Terry England expressed his compassion for women in this situation thusly;
“I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive — delivering
pigs, dead and alive. … It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.”
He’s not unsympathetic, see? He feels for us ladies, just like he felt for
Craziest – The version that passed – aka, is now law – made
a compromise. The idea is to keep the fetus alive as long as possible, even
when the reason for the abortion is that it has no chance of survival. Here’s
the solution; If the doctor determines the fetus is not viable (the mother gets
no say) and it’s been over 20 weeks, she can have an abortion. But first, she
has to deliver the child vaginally or have a C-section – the abortion has to
take place outside the mother’s body. And if the doctor thinks vaginal delivery
might endanger the fetus on its way to abortion, that doctor is legally
required to perform a C-section instead, regardless of the woman’s wishes, or
face jail time.
I told you.
Google ‘Georgia HB 954’ or ‘fetal pain bill’ to learn more.
“On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, establishing a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The action follows a multi-year campaign by activists in Canada and the United States. In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has signaled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.”
That word gets thrown around a lot, so I looked it up to make sure I’m using it right. It means hatred of women or girls. A serious accusation. So why do I aim it at Facebook?
They take down photos of breastfeeding because they violate company policy on content containing nudity.
They do not take down pages or profiles with the following
names, despite their policy against content that is threatening, hateful, or
that incites violence:
– [Satire] Kicking a slut in the vagina and losing your foot
– [Humor] Roses are red, violets are blue… I’ve got a knife,
get in the van
– I kill bitches
– Seeing a Pregnant Woman and Wanting to Punch Her In the
Defending that, while refusing to tolerate images of women
using their bodies to love and nurture another, sounds like the very definition
of hatred to me.
To learn more and help make your voice heard, Google
‘Facebook misogyny petition’.
As of this posting, this petition only needs 43 more
e-signatures. I’d love for Vagina News to get it
there. Click and sign.
I’m not going to post every time a politician says something incredibly stupid about rape, abortion, or other vagina-related issues. If I did, I’d have no time for any other posts, or… you know… life activities. It’s really a matter of what strikes me as ‘news’ vs ‘same old shit’.
So why does this strike me as ‘news’? I think it’s the
stunningly cavalier, ignorant spin on a sexist classic.
Dear friends, if there happens to be a politician near you,
please remind him (or her, but probably him) that statutory rape is illegal,
both the day of and the day after, and it’s never the tantalizing minor’s