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How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement
UPDATE: Welcome readers from facebook and elsewhere! Please subscribe through the buttons at the right if you enjoy this post. The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in that movement. I was raised in the sort of evangelical family where abortion is the number one political issue. My views on fetal personhood and women’s bodily autonomy have shifted since that day, but when I first started blogging a year and a half ago I was nevertheless very insistent that the pro-life movement should be taken at its word when it came to rhetoric about saving “unborn babies” from being “murdered.” I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong. As a child, teen, and college student, I sincerely believed that personhood, life, rights, and the soul all began at fertilization. What about the Zygote?

The Odds That a Panel Would 'Randomly' Be All Men Are Astronomical Thousands of Chinese investors who have sunk an estimated $6 billion into Fanya Metal Exchange are trying to get their money back through public protests and even, at one point, kidnapping the exchange’s founder and turning him in to the police. The government has mostly ignored their plight, despite the fact that China’s state banks recommended Fanya to customers, its national television stations tacitly endorsed the exchange, and local regulators approved it. Now these investors, along with experts in the global metals industry, are starting to wonder: Did Fanya ever really buy, sell, and trade billions of dollars of rare metals, as it claimed—or was it, as one Chinese analyst says, a Ponzi scheme? Quartz spoke to investors, industry experts, analysts, and Fanya’s business partners about the company. The bottom line: When new investment opportunities are created in China, “government supervision always comes afterward,” Tang said. A short history of Fanya A “parallel universe”

16 Moving Images From Trayvon Martin Rallies Across The Country By Igor Volsky "16 Moving Images From Trayvon Martin Rallies Across The Country" Thousands of Americans across the country protested the George Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, “chanting, praying and even fighting tears” after the jury acquitted the neighborhood watchman of all criminal charges for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Though some pundits predicted race riots in the aftermath of a not guilty verdict, the rallies proved overwhelmingly peaceful and deeply moving: NYC, NY via AP NYC, NY via @shokufeyesib NYC, NY via @IrvingDeJohn Miami, FL via AP Oakland, CA via @shadirahimi Milwaukee, WI via AP Newark, NJ via AP Atlanta, GA via AP Detroit, MI via AP Seattle, WA via seattlepi.com Milwaukee, WI via @ShantTHEGREAT Jacksonville, FL via AP Chicago, IL via ‏@soit_goes

8 Myths That Fuel the Assault on Abortion Rights The ink is barely dry on the bill Scott Walker signed outlawing abortion for Wisconsin women, including victims of rape and incest, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In Georgia, Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is trying to introduce legislation that would halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood after a deceptive and misleading “sting” video went viral. In June, murder charges against Kenlissia Jones, who terminated her pregnancy using pills bought on the Internet, were finally dropped after much public outcry. And Paul Joseph Wieland, a local Missouri state representative and current holder of the Most Embarrassing Dad of the Year Award, is trying to get a court to block his adult daughters’ insurance from providing them with birth control. I’m leaving a lot out. So let’s clear up a least a few of these. 1. Concern trolling is one of anti-choicers' favorite methods for attempting to shut down arguments in favor of reproductive rights. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

8 Things Some A$$#ole Says in Every Debate About Sexism #4. The Nicer Detonator Alexander Bedrin/iStock/Getty Images Assholes act as if anger in response to centuries of systematic oppression is equal to centuries of systematic oppression, and the two cancel out. "Maybe if you were nicer about asking," they say, and it's impossible to respond properly, because only comic characters can scream so loudly it ruptures their eardrums and pulps their skulls. Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images0Though exposure to such bullshit may cause women to evolve a Naturschrei organ. "Maybe if you were nicer about the constant stream of poison you're subjected to, I'd consider not pissing into it." It's another way of reframing an urgent discussion of sexual equality as a patriarchal indulgence. Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images"I'll shove this cone through your cornea, you patronizing jerk." The kicker is that deploying the nicer detonator is the best possible way to trigger an explosion of anger. #3. Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images #2. Digital Vision. #1.

XY Bias: How Male Biology Students See Their Female Peers Over the last three years, Sarah Eddy and Daniel Grunspan have asked over 1,700 biology undergraduates at the University of Washington to name classmates whom they thought were “strong in their understanding of classroom material.” The results were worrying but predictable. The male students underestimated their female peers, over-nominating other men over better-performing women. Put it this way: To the men in these classes, a woman would need to get an A to get the same prestige as a man getting a B. “A lot of people make the assumption that issues of gender in biology are gone because so many women enroll,” says Eddy. Her study is the latest to show the challenges faced by women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The causes of this attrition are manifold, but sexual discrimination is an indisputable part of it. It begins early. Performance? The team also found that the ‘celebrities’—the three students in each class with the most nominations—were all men.

The Impossible Demands of Dating Under the Pressures of Rape Culture Panel 1 (A computer is shown open to “datedate.com,” with the messages section showing.) Person 1: So I’m looking forward to finally meeting you this weekend! Robot Hugs (RH): Me too! Where should we meet? Person 1: Where do you live? RH: Actually, let’s meet downtown. There’s a bar I like on College Street – or is there somewhere you’d prefer to grab a drink or a coffee? Person 1: It’s no problem. RH: I’d really rather meet downtown in a bar or something. Person 1: …Wow, I think it’s pretty messed up that you’re just default assuming I’m a creepy rapist or something. Panel 2 RH: (sitting at their computer) Sigh. Panel 3 Text: Sometimes, in my head, we have a conversation about this. RH: (speaking to Person 1) That’s a really tone-deaf and unfortunate thing to say. Panel 4 RH: One thing I have to think about, even though I’d rather not, even when I just want to have a date with someone who seems pretty cool, is risk. Panel 5 Panel 6 Text: Here’s an example risk calculation! Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 9

The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles. But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. We didn’t set out trying to prove anything, but rather compile real data. Let’s begin by examining dialogue, by gender, for just Disney films. In January 2016, researchers reported that men speak more often than women in Disney’s princess films. This dataset isn’t perfect. Methodology For each screenplay, we mapped characters with at least 100 words of dialogue to a person’s IMDB page (which identifies people as an actor or actress). 2,000 Screenplays: Dialogue Broken-down by Gender All Genres Action Drama Comedy Horror Each screenplay has at least 90% of its lines categorized by gender. Across thousands of films in our dataset, it was hard to find a subset that didn’t over-index male. Why we made this

Ectopic pregnancies, exploding gifts from God at some Catholic hospitals An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. It occurs in approximately 1% of conceptions. It typically grows in the fallopian tube, but rarely an ectopic pregnancy can grow in the ovary or cervix. A pregnancy has trophoblastic tissue, the purpose of which is to invade deep into the wall of the uterus and set up a system of nutrient and oxygen delivery from the mother to the embryo. This is how women die from ectopic pregnancies, they bleed to death. The recommended treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is surgical removal or systemic methotrexate (a cancer drug that kills the rapidly dividing trophoblasts, which are in many ways like cancer cells). An ectopic pregnancy is not destined to be a baby. Yes, some Catholic ethicists argue that the catholic “Directives” preclude physicians at Catholic hospitals from managing ectopic pregnancies in a way that involves direct action on the embryo. How common is this practice? Like this: Like Loading...

5 Reasons Why We Need to Stop Thinking of Skinny-Shaming as 'Reverse Discrimination' Author’s Note: This piece is not in defense of skinny-shaming. Body-shaming in all forms is inexcusable. Rather, this piece aims to point out the ways in which fat-shaming entails an extra layer of oppression – fatphobia – that skinny-shaming lacks. I have a very complicated relationship with the concept of skinny-shaming. I’m a body image activist who attempts to work in solidarity with the fat acceptance movement, an eating disorder survivor who still harbors body and food issues, and a person of average size who talks openly about thin privilege. Of course I have a complicated relationship with skinny-shaming. But something that I see coming up a lot is the idea that skinny-shaming (making rude or snide remarks about thin bodies) is “reverse discrimination.” Some say that if we want to curb body-hate, we can’t participate in body-hate. That, I’m into. But then there are the people who say that “skinny-shaming is the same as fat-shaming” – which simply isn’t true. 1. It isn’t. 2. Ouch. 3. 4.

I'm Not Your Feminist Mommy & I'm Tired of Holding Your Hand I am tired of talking about feminism to men. I know that I’m not supposed to say this. I know that as a good little third-wave feminist I’m supposed to sweetly explain to you how much I love and value men. I’m supposed to trot out my husband of nearly five years, my son, all of my male friends and relatives and display them as a sort of badge of honour, proof that I am not a man-hater. But still. I’m tired of explaining to men that the feminist movement will, in fact, benefit them as well as women. I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings. I spoke today on a panel about rape culture, and while the whole experience was fucking fantastic, I was totally disheartened by how many of the other presenters went out of their way to convince the men in the room that rape culture affected them, too. “I’m so fucking tired of teaching boys how to not treat me like shit”–Rape Revenge, “I’m Not Your Fucking Mother

Aisha Tyler: Choosing Work Over Family Is A 'Completely Valid Choice' Aisha Tyler has spoken out about her struggles with infertility before, and she wants other women to know that it's alright to abandon a fruitless effort to conceive. When Tyler dropped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to chat with host Nancy Redd about the latest season of "The Talk," she said that women who choose "work over family" should know they made "a completely valid choice, and no one should ever feel embarrassed or regretful about that." The comedian said she always saw herself as strictly a professional woman, and she never wanted children. But when she and her husband decided to give it a try and began hitting roadblocks, Tyler decided not to put her body through rigorous steps toward getting pregnant. "When we found out that [getting pregnant] was going to be difficult to impossible, it really was a choice to stop," she said. Tyler added that expensive fertility treatments aren't typically realistic for everyday couples.

S.E. Cupp on nude photos: Don’t own things other people want if you don’t want to have them stolen! Conservative columnist S.E. Cupp has weighed in on the recent theft of famous women’s photos by writing a passionate pro-thievery column for the New York Daily News. In this helpful column, she instructs people to not own things that other people may want, lest someone steal them. (This is real talk. Everyone is too scared to tell you this real talk. Everyone except S.E. But it’s a little hard to understand just how into stealing Cupp is when she uses the word “hacker” instead of “burglar,” so I fixed that for her. I think it really helps make her strong stand for theft much clearer! After stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande were quite literally exposed on Sunday by burglars who broke into their homes and then publicly posted hundreds of nude photos from their private photo albums, a pseudo-intellectual debate of sorts emerged (where else?) And there’s this! And this! And here’s Cupp at her most pro-theft! And let’s bring it home!

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