I’m 19, and this isn’t the first national tragedy I’ve lived through, but it’s the first one that’s rooted itself deep inside me and followed me around. There’s no indoor space I can inhabit now without looking around constantly, breathing too fast and hugging my arms to my body and feeling painfully aware of how unprotected we all are.
Posts By: National Organization for Women
Anti-violence legislation may never be perfect, and many of the neediest women will suffer without ever knowing what recourse the law guarantees them. That’s a tragedy. But when survivors, advocacy groups and legislators can pinpoint ways to expand legal protections and improve programs to those underserved populations, responsible lawmakers should follow through.
Old feminism might be about “cranky white women burning bras,” by my feminism was robustly intersectional and lived in the Petri dish of the Internet.
Today the subject is the Penn State football program, but it could just as easily be the Catholic Church or the U.S. military or any institution that enjoys a faithful following. The many individuals who are the real strength of these institutions — the players, the churchgoers, the troops — are mostly innocent bystanders or collateral damage in these terrible scandals.
The attack on Girl Scouts becomes part of patronizing trend that seeks to discredit programs that empower women to be independent leaders. That is not “religious freedom”. That is fear of strong women. Women who work together, be it to sell cookies or sing songs or make the world a better place.
Freedom of religion is one of the most treasured freedoms in this country. However, some interest groups are distorting this sacred freedom to oppress women’s rights and inflict harm upon women.
Feminism, fem-in-ism . . . feminism. For days, I rolled the three-syllables around in my head, in my mouth. I said it aloud, and it sounded unfamiliar, but not unfitting. After I took the time to learn more, I did it. I took the big leap and decided that I was a feminist. I didn’t want any boys holding the door open for me. I was done with cheerleading; it was objectifying. Pay for my movie? Yeah, right. I didn’t wait tables part-time for nothing.
The USCCB have decided that their religious freedom is in your medicine cabinet, and under attack, and are taking this time to preserve their rights.Over the next two weeks, the summer interns at NOW will blog their responses, ideas and thoughts about some of the issues the Bishops are raising. These responses will include feminists reflecting on their own faith, birth control, and a host of other topics.
Two June 12 victories — in North Dakota and Arizona — have feminists cheering.
President Obama will soon decide whether to approve a broader refusal clause under the new health care law that would allow organizations to deny contraceptive insurance coverage for their employees on religious or “moral” grounds. Regulations adopted earlier this year already contain a sweeping refusal clause for certain religiously-affiliated non-profits, but the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is pushing for more.