Roger Goodell’s response to the crisis of domestic violence has been inadequate and incompetent from the start. Team owners need to ask themselves if they really want to start the next season with the same failed leadership. The NFL will remain under a cloud of doubt and mistrust unless Roger Goodell steps down.
Besides demonstrating a woeful lack of understanding about sexual assault and women’s reproductive health needs, the 20-week ban was justified by a tissue of lies. NOW calls on House leaders to stop perpetuating myths and inventing false reasons to justify attacks on women’s reproductive healthcare.
This non-report report is yet another reason why NOW continues to demand for new, competent leadership at the NFL. The league needs a leader who will seriously commit to appointing an independent investigator with full authority to ask the questions that are actually meaningful.
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Article and corresponding video interview from Katie Couric, Yahoo’s Global News Anchor. The article highlights moments from the video interview, in which Katie Couric explores Sprout Pharmaceutical’s drug “flibanserin”.
Article describing the cultural debate surrounding flibanserin, a drug aimed to increase female libido and treat Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD).
“‘We live in a culture that has historically discounted the importance of sexual pleasure and sexual desire for women,’ says Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. ‘And I fear that it’s that cultural attitude that men’s sexual health is extremely important, but women’s sexual health is not so important. That’s the cultural attitude that I want to be sure the FDA has not, maybe unconsciously, imported into its deliberative process.'”
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Author Natasha Chart writes for RH Reality Check: “Modern medicine has given us many wonders. But I think that makes it easy to forget, or to conveniently obscure, that every pregnancy is a risk. We can forget that every pregnancy is so risky that, if it weren’t a pregnancy but a procedure, we would have to sign a thick pile of consent forms and liability waivers to undertake it. If it weren’t a pregnancy, we’d have to opt in for it, rather than have moralizing strangers talk about why we should be forced to stick with it, hell or high water.”
Author Tara Culp-Ressler writes for ThinkProgress: “‘We wanted to give our child every possible opportunity. If she was going to survive, we wanted to give her that opportunity,’ O’Donnell said. ‘So we waited.’”
Stand Your Ground’s Woman Problem: Laws Expanding Self-Defense Raise Questions About Gender as Well as Race
Author Mary Anne Franks writes for The Huffington Post: “A person can presume that a stranger breaking into his house means him harm, and can thus use deadly force against the stranger. A domestic violence victim cannot presume that the person who has been beating her or has threatened to kill her — even a person against whom she has obtained a protective order — means her harm if he enters their home, and she cannot use deadly force against him until the moment he attacks her.”