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Tuesday
May152012

Feminism & Men of the Left | Donors Leave Heartland | 40% of Youth Say When It's Your Time to Get Pregnant, You Will

Three generations of Seattle family women unite together on April 28 Unite Against the War on Women Rally. Image credit: Laura Walker

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Feminism and Leftist Men

Latha Pollitt takes up the much-needed discussion of women and the left for The Nation. At this spring’s Left Forum, only 15 of 440 panels even touched on a feminist issue. The problem is class, say leftist men, not feminism.

Funny. The leftist men of the 70s said exactly the same thing. “Trust us, girls, your boat will rise along with ours. Now be a good girl and get me some coffee. After all, activism is man’s work.”

Reproductive health isn’t a topic that Occupy will take up, writes Pollitt. She argues that with one in three women having an abortion in her lifetime and almost every woman on contraception at some time in her life, reproductive health should be a core concern of the Occupy movement.

And having just attended my first NOW meeting in decades, Occupy Philadelphia got a much more favorable review for being very supportive of “women’s issues” in this town.

A woman’s right to control her fertility is not confined to the ‘culture wars’. There is no issue more statistically associated with a woman’s lifetime earnings and lifestyle than her ability to control her fertility and childbearing years.

In New York, Women Occupying Wall Street is planning a Feminist General Assembly for May 17 at 6:30 pm in Washington Square Park.

Women Voters

Politico asks if finally this is the year that America’s women voters will determine the election results.

For 220 years, picking the president has remained, at least in terms of statistically provable results despite the 19th Amendment, a man’s prerogative. But this may finally change in 2012.

Meanwhile, the latest polls suggest another important shift: Younger women may be the kingmakers — offsetting Romney’s gain among older white men angry at their fate in this struggling economy.

Will the ‘War On Women’ Make Feminism Fashionable?

Writing for The Washington Post, Rebecca Traister says that Republicans have all but buried the image of the feminist as a mirthless, hirsute, sex-averse succubus — that grotesque stand-in for real women like the three generations of females above, photographed at Seattle’s UniteWomen rally.

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Heartland Institute

ThinkProgress directs us to ClimateWire, who published a story last Friday saying that the anti-global warming campaign billboard like the one above — featuring unibomber Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro — came as a surprise to Heartland’s board of directors. However, the board supports the tactics, except for a single resignation.

Yesterday, news broke that Eli Lilly, BB&T and Pepsi will no longer support the Heartland Institute, supporting State Farm, GM and at least 150,000 individuals who have signed petitions condemning Heartland.

Young Adults & Birth Control Knowledge

Guttmacher Institute reports that an astounding 50% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 told researchers that contraception doesn’t matter because “when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen.” This group of women has the highest rate of unintended pregnancies and also abortion rates in America.

The new report is far from the first study to point out the educational gap that is often a consequence of abstinence-only education. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported teen pregnancies in 2010 dropped to the lowest rate since 1940, it found that states with abstinence-only policies continue to experience higher rates of teen pregnancies.

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US International Family Planning Assistance

The $35 million designated for the United Nations Population Fund brings contraception to 31.6 million women and couples:

  • 9.4 million unintended pregnancies, including 4.1 million unplanned births, are averted;
  • 4 million induced abortions are averted (3 million of them unsafe);
  • 22,000 maternal deaths are averted;
  • 2.8 million fewer healthy years of life (DALYs) are lost among women; and
  • 96,000 fewer children lose their mothers.

Anne of Carversville

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld | Mario Sorrenti | i-D Summer 2012

AOC Private Studio

Ellen von Unwerth | Chantal Thomass Lingerie Fall/Winter 2012 ‘Carnival’

Eva Herzigova | Philip Gay | Zoo #34 Spring 2012 | ‘Who Put the Bomp’

Alyssa | Jean-Claude Lussier | Elle Canada June 2012 | ‘Black Magic’

Marcelina Sowa | Kevin Sinclair | Grazia UK June 2012 | ‘Nomad Royalty’

Cristiano Miretti for Vanity Fair Italia May 9, 2012 | ‘Usi & Costumi’

Jacqueline Fernandez | Tarun Vishwa | Harper’s Bazaar India May 2012 | ‘Charting Her Course’

Malgosia Bela | Greg Kadel | I-D Summer 2012

AOC Style

Jin Jung Sun | Kim Youngjun | Singles Korea May 2012 | Wuthering Heights

Riley Hillyer | Roberto d’Este | Grazia Italia May 2012 | New Romantic

Zuzana Kopunkova | Robert Orlandi | Grazia Italy April 2012 | ‘Desperate Housewife’

Emily Ruhl | Leda & St. Jacques | Elle Canada June 2012 | Floral Fantasy

Erin Axtell | Norbert Schoerner | Condé Nast Traveler Spring 2012 | Enter Tangier

Sensuality News

SN Living

Henrietta Hellberg, Elsa Brisinger, Becca B & Patti P | Elisabeth Frang | The Creatives | ‘Chill Time’

Alyona Subbotina | Chad Pitman | Numero Tokyo June 2012 | Neighborhood Watch

Claudia Michels | Jacques Dequeker | Elle Brazil May 2012 | The Big Show

Amanda Nørgaard | Tomas Falmer | Cover Denmark May 2012 | Flash Light

Sarah Jordan | Leda & St. Jacques | Elle Canada June 2012 | ‘Pinup’

Anna Lundgaard | Stephanie Pfriender Stylander | Grazia Italia May 2012 | Fascino Navy

Claudia Michels | Jacques Dequeker | Elle Brazil May 2012 | The Big Show

Monday
Feb062012

The End of Wall Street As We Know It? | Komen Controversy Moves to Stem Cell Research

America lost about a third of its managed honeybee colonies from October 2009 to April 2010. The little-understood event is called colony collapse disorder.

In 2010 Vancouver resident Jon Betz, associated with the Portland nonprofit film production and distribution company Collective Eye Inc. produced ‘Queen of the Sun.’ Among the beekeepers featured were Jacqueline Freeman and Sara Mapelli.

In this opening highlight from the film Mapelli used a queen-bee pheromone to attract 12,000 honey bees, the second time she’s done a honeybee dance. The artist admits to being stung six times while covered in bees to film ‘Queen of the Sun’, although she wasn’t stung at all in her first dance.

Mapelli describes dancing with bees as “magical.”

“It’s a duet,” she said. “We’re working together. It’s a really amazing, meditative experience.” Learn more about Queen of the Sun project on their website. information via The Columbian

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New articles on honey bees

Are Pesticides Behind Massive Bee Collapse? Discovery 1-11-12

Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security The Telegraph 2-6-12

Collapsing Honey Bee Colonies: Blame The Parasites? NPR 1-7-12

Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’ The Guardian 1-13-12

Photo: Howard Schatz. An homage to Robert Longo. Model: Michael Scirrotto; Styling by Nikko Kefalas; Grooming by Danielle Cirilli.“There’s no other industry where you could get paid so much for doing so little,” says a former Lehman trader, quoted in this week’s New York Magazine article Is This the End of Wall Street As They Knew It? Paul Volcker agrees. “They made a lot of money trading with each other with doubtful public benefit.”

Mama Mia!

Pamela Druckerman’s new book “Bringing Up Bebe,” catalogs her observations about why French children seem so much better behaved than their American counterparts. We read about Druckerman’s new book via Wall Street Journal.

More DFR Komen News

A few social media types are complaining that the liberal media just won’t let go of the Komen defunding of Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings, and then changing course at the end of last week.

(Please be advised that Komen is denying that this story, launched by LifeNews.com is true. We will know more in the morning.) That’s because we’re just getting started with Komen, now that we know the organization quietly cancelled $12 million in research funding last November, dollars contributed by vast numbers of Americans walking for the cure who embrace stem cell research. Very quietly Komen blowed to social conservatives pressure and big-time leaning by America’s Catholic bishops,  cancelling all breast cancer research grants that used embryonic stem cell research.

America’s top universities like John Hopkins were hit by the change in Komen policy. Let me be clear that AOC’s position is that Komen can donate funds however they wish. But corporate and individual supporters of Komen should be fully informed that Komen no longer supports cutting-edge, breast cancer research. Critics of Komen have long criticized that only about 20% of funds raised really goes for research. And now the amount will drop even further, if Komen refuses to fund the best scientists.

When TIME magazine writes Planned Parenthood vs Komen: New Win in the Culture War, yes this IS what social-media engine looks like and we’re just getting warmed up with Komen. The digging on behalf of women with breast cancer is just beginning, because we don’t like what we see so far.

More Komen-related articles

The Politics of Absolutely Everything Gail Collins for NYT

How a GOP Win Could Spell the End of Reproductive Health for Global Women Michelle Goldberg for Daily Beast

Surprises in Komen-Planned Parenthood dustup: How cancer screening is done and who pays for it The Washington Post

Komen Also Stops Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research Centers LifeNews.com

Catholic Bishop Drops Komen Support Over Planned Parenthood Ties LifeNews.com 7/13/11

Friday
Dec232011

In 2010 Germany Made Double America's Cars at 2X Workers' Salaries | Madonna's Truth or Dare Ad | Is Ron Paul Racist?

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Lips Are Sealed

Things got pretty darn heated between Ron Paul and CNN’s Gloria Borger this week, when she pressed the Republican presidential candidate over his old, inflammatory newsletters. “I didn’t write them, I didn’t read them at the time, and I disavow them. That’s it,” Paul snapped, before walking off the set.

Is this how Paul expects to answer questions in the White House Briefing Room? Does libertarian Ron Paul believe in free speech or not?

At the Atlantic, The Story Behind Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletters

The Christian Science Monitor writes Racist newsletters put Ron Paul on the defensive for first time

Salon’s Alex Pareene sums up Paul’s brand of libertarianism this way:

Ron Paul’s libertarianism has plenty of room for nativism and racism because so much of it does sound like a Pat Buchanan-style call for America to return to a golden age of white privilege. Paul isn’t a futurist … He’s a goldbug. He’s a deeply religious anti-abortion small-town country doctor who basically wants the government to operate as it did in 1837.

More reading: Angry White Man The New Republic

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German vs American Workers

American workers are told that they need to get real, that they are “an unsustainable relic in the face of a hyper-competitive, globalized marketplace”, writes Remapping Debate, picked up by Forbes.com.

In 2010, over 5.5 million cars were produced in Germany, twice the 2.7 million built in the United States. Average compensation (a figure including wages and employer-paid benefits) for autoworkers in Germany was 48.97 Euros per hour ($67.14 US), while compensation for auto work in the United States averaged $33.77 per hour, or about half as much as in Germany, all according to 2007 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For Germany-based auto producers, the U.S. is a low-wage country.

The German constitution actually provides for “works councils” in every factory, guaranteeing that management and employees work together on matters like shop floor conditions, assembly lines and work life. This mandated alliance fosters cooperation, rather than antagonism.

Occupation in Italy

In Rome alone there are 33 ‘centri sociali’. After this fall’s riots in Rome, the government and media has turned on the centers — which are dependent on private citizens for funding — calling them anarchist breeding grounds. Good takes a look at This Homegrown Youth Movement Is Occupying Italy.