First, I want to salute friend and reader Alicia, who is at the North Carolina capitol today. She’s part of the protest against the last-minute attachment of anti-choice provisions to an already-insane anti-Sharia-law bill. The provisions will make it all but impossible to get a legal abortion in North Carolina.
Alicia, we’re all there with you. Thank you for raising your voice.
Now I have a bit of exclusive Vagina News for you, from my first foray into investigative journalism.
Remember the fight to get Facebook to effectively moderate content that advocates violence against women? Remember how the thing that finally worked was showing advertisers that their ads were appearing next to this content, prompting them to pull ad money from Facebook? Well this week, Facebook announced a decision…
To pull ads from pages that advocate violence against women.
A lot of people, myself included, thought that SUCKED. But before reacting, I decided to find out if there was more to it. So I reached out via Twitter to Women, Action, & Media – the organization partnering with Facebook on this issue – to get the scoop.
Here’s what they said.
In a few hours, I’m heading to my first official feminist event… A fundraiser for Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP), honoring Sandra Fluke and Frances Kissling, retired President of Catholics for Choice.
I can’t think of a better week to gather and honor those who are leading the fight for reproductive rights. I’ll take lots of pictures and bring back a full report!
(In the meantime, check out WRRAP and the great work they do!)
I haven’t posted about this because this blog is focused on domestic vagina issues, but this news is too good not to share.
Malala Yousafzai is a 15-year-old female Pakistani activist for the education of women in her country. She spoke out against the Taliban’s campaign of blowing up schools that taught girls, and on October 9, was shot in the head while riding her school bus.
Today, she stood up.
While you’re at it, watch the videos from Meryl Streep and Amy Poehler. That’s a win-win-win.
Please take a moment to sign this petition, asking Facebook to apply its Anti-Hate Speech policy to ‘slut-shaming’ pages.