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by Katherine L. Record Last week, the Supreme Court attracted lots of attention when it heard arguments about whether a corporation can exclude mandatory preventive benefits from its employee health plan, based on a religious objection to certain types of healthcare. This is a tale as old as time; religion has long been the basis for opposition to reproductive (i.e., women’s) health – including the preventive healthcare now in question, contraception. Yet this argument has nothing to do with government infringement on the practice of religion. In fact, the corporation, Hobby Lobby, covered two of the four contraceptive devices in dispute until its lawyers were actually arguing the issue in court, apparently to little detriment to the company’s faith in God.

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MOMocrats™ It all started with a smart, heated post cross-posted to the MOMocrats from Advocates for Youth (AFY), lambasting the Obama administration and the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ decision to override the FDA’s recommendation to offer Plan B as an over-the-counter drug. Plan B, of course, is known as the “day-after” pill, preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb, much as can happen randomly in any woman’s cycle without influence by any medicines. In backchannel emails, we each weighed in. Glennia: I'm all done making excuses for Obama. I can't even begin to describe my disappointment with Sebelius right now. ...I would have written something, but Kate said it all [in the Plan B post on MOMocrats], as far as I'm concerned. Julie: This is a lot of how I feel too.

The Feminist Summer Reading List Last week, an interview with Senator Al Franken inspired a list of feminist fictional heroines in books and movies that sparked quite a debate. But it’s summer now, and lots of people are looking for good books to wade into while they relax, vacation, or take in some sun. We’ve compiled a list of good feminist reads from the members of Women Action and the Media (WAM!), who had enough great reads to keep us busy summer after summer for the next few decades at least.General Feminist Non-Fiction:Backlash: the Undeclared War on American Women – Susan FaludiThe Body Project – Joan Jacobs BrumbergCatfight! – Leora TanenbaumClick: When We Knew We Were Feminists – Courtney Martin and Courtney SullivanEnglightened Sexism – Susan J. Love This?

Total Leadership » Reduce Stress by Pursuing Four-Way Wins The pendulum is finally swinging back from the apogee of complete immersion in work as the business ideal. A great hue and cry now strains to contain our out-of-control culture of overwork. We know it reduces productivity, destroys civic engagement, and produces all manner of stress-related health problems. The Feminist Theory Website: English Introduction The Feminist Theory Website provides research materials and information for students, activists, and scholars interested in women's conditions and struggles around the world. The goals of this website are: 1) to encourage a wide range of research into feminist theory, and 2) to encourage dialogue between women (and men) from different countries around the world. Hopefully, this will result in new connections, new ideas, and new information about feminist theory and women's movements.

work+life fit, inc. What an exciting week! It was an honor to participate in the #DoingItAll series on the TODAY Show in support of Maria Shriver’s important, groundbreaking, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. Many of you have asked for links to the segments and key takeaways…so here you go! World Wide Status of Women Each year, 1/2 million women die from pregnancy complications and 100,000 from unsafe abortions. A pregnant woman in Africa is 180 times more likely to die than in Western Europe. In the US, a woman is beaten every 18 minutes and raped every 6 minutes. More women are injured in domestic violence incidents than in car accidents, rapes, and muggings put together. Reports from France indicate that 95% of its victims of violence are women, 51% at the hands of their husbands. From 1/5 to 1/2 of women worldwide experience domestic violence during marriage.

Top 10 Websites - 2012 TED City 2.0 thecity2.org In a surprise move, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the influential thought-leader lecture series, awarded its annual prize, meant to spotlight and reward "exceptional individuals," not to a person, but to an idea. The "recipient" of this year's $100,000 prize money and traditional "One Wish to Change the World," is the City 2.0, the "inclusive, innovative, healthy, soulful, thriving" future of the city. Transgender Girl's Parents Lobby for Her Right to Use the Bathroom The Mathis family, with Coy, far right. (The family let the kids dye their hair for fun over the summer.) Photo: …The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl who has been banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her Fountain, Colorado public school have filed a formal discrimination complaint with the aid of a lawyer—and are using the opportunity to speak out publicly in support of their child. More on Shine: Dad Protects Son From Bullies by Wearing Skirt. Guess What?

The Juggle Credit: Anne Joyce Alison Heller, the author, wrote her first novel while juggling parenthood and her full-time job. by Alison Heller In 2010 I ran my own business – a divorce mediation practice — and had two children under three. On most weekends, my husband and I buckled our toddlers into their car seats and drove to visit my father, who was in the final year of his life. When I signed up for a writing workshop, in the midst of all I was doing, I kept it quiet.

Handy Reference Guide to Identifying Oppressive Silencing « sisters of resistance To assist you in identifying and resisting dominant and unequal power relationships in your life, we’ve compiled a list of common phrases people in historically dominant roles have been conditioned to and may use to try to silence oppressed others, particularly when they perceive their dominance to be challenged. The quotations below were used by men against women and are thus patriarchal; however, one could expect to find similar strategic dismissals and silencing of the accounts and concerns of people of color, working class and poor people, queer and LGBTQI people, young people, fat people, disabled people, and other marginalized folks in the discourses of those who discriminate against them. The simultaneous and intersecting nature of oppression is also considered here.

The XX Factor Thanks to the BuzzFeed quiz, we now all know which city we should live in (Paris), what kind of sandwich we are (grilled cheese), and which Twin Peaks character we are (Agent Dale Cooper). BuzzFeed quizzes exploit our urge to belong, to categorize ourselves into an identifiable group that we are instantly a part of. (Oh, you’re a Miranda? Me too!) Which is why the latest BuzzFeed quiz, “How Metal Is Your Period?” is such a masterpiece of the form. My High School Needs Feminism, and Yours Does, Too ‹ Feminspire “You’re a feminist?” a fellow student asked me the other day, with the kind of incredulity that I reserve for asking someone about their membership in the Church of Scientology. When I told him that yes, in fact, I am, he brilliantly quipped, “So, if I held the door open for you, you’d get mad at me?”

The Web Celeb 25 - Forbes.com On the Internet everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, but some people get a whole lot more. A kid with a webcam can become a movie star; an entrepreneur with a smart idea can get on Oprah; a tech blogger can reach a bigger audience than a bestselling novelist. For the Forbes Web Celeb 25, we track the biggest and brightest stars on the Internet, the people who have turned their passions into new media empires. From stay-at home-moms to geek entrepreneurs, these are the people capturing eyes, influencing opinion and creating the new digital world.

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