Entries in Komen foundation (6)

Saturday
Mar172012

40% of Working Wives Outearn Husbands | 75% Americans Reject Birth Control Compromise As Anti-Religion | Vatican & Komen

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Reuters shares the first major article written about the Catholic bishops putting pressure on the Susan G Komen Foundation. Komen founder Nancy Brinker shared her love of Pope Benedict XVI writing about his papal blessing of a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for her breast cancer charity.

“He took my hands and blessed me for my work. I couldn’t help myself. I burst into tears,” she recalls in her memoir, “Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.”

Komen’s relationship with the Catholic Church has been complicated in a mutual exchange of funds between the two groups. Reuters writes that Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of its donations to US Catholic universities, hospitals and charities — none of which provide reproductive health care services to women.

Catholic bishops of Ohio flexed major muscle with Komen in 2011, with 11 bishops announcing a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen. As Catholic bishops today investigate Girl Scouts, a similar position could happen in the coming years.

After Ohio, North Dakota bishops forbade Catholic support of Komen.

Observers say the local bishops’ focus on Komen and other social issues reflects a larger conservative shift within the American church since New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan became chairman of the Conference in November 2010.

Arizona Lawmakers Target Planned Parenthood Funding AzCapitol Times

Arizona is poised to follow Texas in banning any federal government funding of Planned Parenthood under a bill that received preliminary approval from the state House on Friday.

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Is Silence Going extinct? NYTimes Magazine

‘50 Shades of Grey,’ a Self-Published E-Book, Is the Future of Publishing The Daily Beast

Moms Judge Other Moms, But One Says She’s Sorry TIME

Extra Girly Genes Boost Male Sex Drive Live Science

Texas Sues Federal Agency Over Women’s Health Program Austin American Statesman

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With all the aggressive noise against women in America these days — including talk of banning contraception in many states and making it legal for doctors to lie to pregnant patients about ultrasound results — almost 40% of working wives out-earn their husbands, notes Liza Mundy, author of “The Richer Sex” this week’s TIME cover story and a new book.

Mundy shared her research at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women breakfast, an audience of women with seven-figure salaries and househusbands. Mundy’s research shows women are out-earning men in most U.S. metro areas. In Dallas and Atlanta, the average young woman earns $1.18 and $1.14, respectively, for every dollar earned by a male.

Unless Republicans, Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders succeed in returning women to homemaker status with no access to birth control, the trend will escalate. Today, women make up 60% of US college classes, earning more advanced degrees then men. In professions like veterinary medicine, law and medicine, women will dominate these fields.

Can men, bred to be providers, live happily in a world where women may not need them for support? An optimist, Mundy believes that many men will cede control as breadwinners.(One bit of evidence: Marriage rates for high-income women are rising, as overall marriage rates decline.) Moreover, society will adapt by “broadening the definition of masculinity,” she contends. Masculinity will include cooking as well as hunting, and child care as well as golf. via Fortune

Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate Bloomberg

Both genders overwhelming reject the argument that the Obama Administration’s policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage violates religious freedom, with more than 75% saying the topic shouldn’t even be part of the national political debate.

While President Obama continues to lead Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney among women voters in the Bloomberg National Poll, his margins aren’t large.

The poll also indicated that most Americans aren’t comfortable mixing religion and policy. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed — including almost half of Republicans — say a president’s religious beliefs should never influence his policy decisions compared with a quarter who say they should sometimes, and 14 percent who say they should most or all of the time.

Sunday
Feb122012

Google's New VC University | The Evolving Human Brain | Culture Wars Updates on Komen, Contraception & Bishops

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Quanitta Underwood boxes in the lightweight division, one of the three weight classes to be contested in the London Olympics this summer. Justin Edmonds for The New York TimesQuanitta Underwood is regarded as America’s best hope for a medal in boxing at the London Olympics this summer. Today Underwood is at the US Olympic trials for women in Spokane, Wash. The 27-year-old five-time national champion, “a lickety-split puncher ranked fourth in the world in the lightweight division (123 to 132 pounds)”, writes the New York Times Magazine, wants to win big for another reason.

Underwood wants to be a symbol of healing and hope to anyone who has ever been sexually abused. Asked to speak in detail about sexual abuse at the hands of her deeply religious, Pentacostal father, she has agreed. I’ve read the entire article, and it is a very well written, fair and honestly told American story.

Google’s VC University

Google Ventures, which calls itself “the most operational venture capital firm in Silicon Valley” is expanding its Start-Up University program, moving into a 12,000-square-foot building, writes the Wall Street Journal.

“We’re not trying to enable the next generation of online casinos,” Google Ventures Managing Partner Bill Maris said. “We’re looking for stuff that’s transformational. … We’re looking to make a dent.”

The hands-on support stem for start-ups is stunning. For every investor at Google Ventures, there are six industry veterans and experts serving as high-level staff members “whose sole purpose is to help portfolio companies get over hurdles.”

Brain Enhancements

Recently a team of ethicists from Oxford released a paper on the implications of using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) to improve cognition in human beings. In his most recent book Better Than Human,  Allen Buchanan, a professot of philosophy at Duke University and a consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics argues “that its critics often proceed from a deeply flawed understanding of human nature. ” The Atlantic Monthly spoke with Buchanan about the ethics of deep brain stimulation, the history of cognitive enhancement, and what a world of cognitively enhanced human beings might look like.

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Energizer makes batteries, writes NPR, but in the midst of the Komen/Planned Parenthood battle, the company found itself dragged into the abortion wars by social conservatives. “Energizer — like many other companies that have been big donors to Komen — found itself fending off thousands of negative emails and comments on its Facebook page.”

“No company ever wants to do something which polarizes its supporters and stakeholders,” says Jim Ziminski, chief marketing officer for Energizer Global. The company has donated $1.2 million to Komen since 2007.

Related: Komen Found Nancy Brinker’s Mysterious Expense Report The Daily Beast

The Culture Wars Update

Gay Marriage:

Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire’s signature to legislation legalizing same-sex marriage expanded a list that also includes Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, New York and the District of Columbia. In New Jersey, the state Senate passed a gay marriage bill which is slated for an Assembly vote on Thursday.

Obama Contraception Plan:  

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are satisfied with changes announced last Friday and will break with Republicans seeking to derail the plan. The Catholic Health Association, representing more than 1200 Catholic health care sponsors, systems, facilities, and related organizations and servics is also supporting the compromise. Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Hospital Association, announced her support Friday evening. Catholic Charities has accepted the compromise.

Catholic bishops remain totally opposed to the compromise. Media groups weighing in on the bishops specifically are TIME, who writes that Catholic Bishops have lost their grip on US politics and their flock.

While Catholic bishops in the US were taking the moral hgh ground in America, a papally endorsed symposium is now underway in Rome. The focus is on how the Church has to change if it wants to prevent sexual abuse crises in the future.  The TIME article criticizes media that fails to distinguish that Catholicism is not a monolithic American institution.

Friday
Feb102012

Men Dominate Cable News Birth Control Talk | Sister Carol Keehan of US Catholic Health Assoc Supports Compromise

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Karen Handel says Planned Parenthood launched “a vicious attack.” John BazemoreRecently-resigned Komen head of public policy Karen Handel does a boo hoo with The Daily Beast, calling Planned Parenthood a “gigantic Bully, using Komen as its own personal punching bag”. Handel is furious, saying that Planned Parenthood had agreed to keep quiet about losing their funding.  It was a ladies agreement that Planned Parenthood would keep quiet, saying Handel without considering for one moment why they would do that. Several Beast commenters write that Handel sounds delusion, and we agree. Planned Parenthood is viciously under attack and Handel thinks they should graciously roll over and not make a ruckus.

“Two dozen Catholic bishops were saying not to support Komen,” she (Handel) continued. “We needed to find some options for moving to neutral ground. I was tasked with doing that.” She added, “An inordinate amount of staff time was spent trying to manage the controversy. We should be able to focus on our own mission and not be distracted by the controversy of another organization.”

Planned Parenthood sees the issue differently, countering that the news of the Komen defunding was first reported by “anti-choice outlets”. This is our sense of the evolution of events as well, although facts must be checked.  Bottom line, at least Handel admits that the Catholic bishops were really on Komen’s case, telling parishioners not to support the charity because of its relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Silent Majority Goes Social

Republicans apparently launched the term ‘silent majority’ when Richard Nixon was president. He misguidedly believed that the majority of Americans supported the war in Vietnam and his administration’s infamous Deep Throat shenanigans.

“And so tonight—to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans—I ask for your support.”

Writing for Forbes, Peter Himler reminds us that Nixon got it wrong. The silent majority wasn’t on his side. Himler goes on to cite three recent events that have changed the political landscape: the Komen reversal, the SOPA defeat & BofA’s withdrawal of it $5 debit credit card fee.

In each case the ‘silent majority’ wasn’t so silent at all. Republicans joined Democrats, young and old, male and female, moms and no kids, progressive and liberal — not sure about conservatives — in an Internet roar, forcing 180-degree changes in policy.

One of the biggest questions stemming from the Komen backlash, heading now straight into the wall of America’s Catholic bishops and their permanent war on contraception is: will women rise up again? It occurs to me that women — and the men who support them, minus the Catholic women who embrace the Catholic patriarchy — could change church doctrines in a heart beat. It’s about the money, honey.

Related: Apple’s Brand Is at Stake as Customers Demand Better Labor Practices GOOD

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Sister Carol Keehan, President of US Catholic Health Assoc supports Obama accommodation on birth controlToday the Obama Administration shifted access to fully-paid birth control for employees in religious institutions to health care insurers and not the religious institution.The Catholic Church’s position is that use of contraception is a mortal sin, although the majority of Catholic women use birth control.

“Religious liberty will be protected, and a law that requires free preventive care will not discriminate against women,” Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room as he sought to put the political furor to rest. via Reuters

Aetna Inc said it will comply with the policy but needs “to study the mechanics of this unprecedented decision before we can understand how it will be implemented and how it will impact our customers.”

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops called it a “first step in the right direction” but is reserving judgment.

Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, welcomed the move, saying she was “pleased and grateful that the religious liberty and conscience protection needs of so many ministries that serve our country were appreciated.”

On Contraception, Cable News Says Men Know Best

Out of a total of 146 guests who discussed contraception, the cables invited 91 men compared to 55 women as commentators. In other words, males comprised 62 percent of the total guests who commented on contraception. Fox was the most gender stratified network – on the Business network, 10 of 11 guests were male; on the News side, male pundits took up 65 percent of the guest lineup (28 men vs. 15 women). Sixty percent of MSNBC’s lineup was male (44 men vs. 31 women). And while CNN was more evenly balanced, it was still slightly tilted in favor of male perspectives (9 men vs. 8 women). via ThinkProgress

Elle’s Women in DC Power List

Lovely & Amazing: The Women in DC Power List interviews Savannah Guthrie; Kathleen Parker; Dana Perino; Maureen Dowd; Stephanie Cutter; Debbie Shore; Michelle Rhee; Linda Daschle; Lisa Jackson and Jaci Reid.

Anne of Carversville

Eva Mendes | Txema Yeste | Marie Claire US March 2012 | Hot & Bothered

AOC Private Studio

Ilva Hetmann | Stefan Milev | Derzeit Magazine #6 Winter 2011/12 | ‘Apocalypse Postponed’

Rosie-Huntington Whiteley, Julianne Moore, Helena Christensen, Erin Wasson, Elizabeth Olsen & Shailene Woodley | Cover Vs. Magazine S/S 2012

Mariacarla Boscono | Patrick Demarchelier | Vogue Italia February 2012

Leelee Sobieski | Michael Donovan | Bullett Winter 2011 | Never Been Kissed

Rooney Mara | Glen Luchford | Dazed & Confused January 2012 | Who’s That Girl

AOC Style

Josefine Nielsen | Sean McMenomy | Dansk Spring/Summer 2012

Sensuality News


SN Living

Lydia Hearst | Yu Tsai | Glamour France March 2012 | Skin Tonic

Lydia Hearst | Yu Tsai | Glamour France March 2012 | Sensuel Pastel

Lydia Hearst | Yu Tsai | Glamour France March 2012 | ‘Bombe Baroque’

Won Kyoung Kim | Ji Yang Kim | Dazed & Confused Korea February 2012 | Self Mosaic

SN Provocateurs

Georgie | Karla Majnaric | Factice Magazine #10 | ‘Georgie’

Eliza Sy | Yiorgos Mavropoulos | Xenia | The Creatives

AOC Apple Valley

Europe’s largest urban mall will convert energy from people’s footsteps in time for London’s summer Olympics, writes CNN. It’s hoped that the 20 tiles will supply half of the mall’s outdoor lighting needs.

The recycled rubber “PaveGen” paving slabs harvest kinetic energy from the impact of people stepping on them and instantly deliver tiny bursts of electricity to nearby appliances. The slabs can also store energy for up to three days in an on-board battery, according to its creator.