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Here are the source articles from most of the small tidbits and facts I dropped all semester long. Many of you will find some fantastic supporting material for your Final Projects in this post. I also want to remind you to hit up the Resources tab here on the blog as there are other great links posted there. And don’t forget that you can also use our chat transcripts as a source.

Feminism is not your expectation.
This link for links to many, many feminist related blogs and articles.

Video: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth While Shackled

New Oklahoma law will publicy post details of women’s abortions online.
On Nov. 1, a law in Oklahoma will go into effect that will collect personal details about every single abortion performed in the state and post them on a public website.

New guidelines push back age for Pap smears
Women in the United States should start cervical cancer screening at age 21 and most do not need an annual Pap smear, according to new guidelines issued on Friday that aim to reduce the risk of unnecessary treatment.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Applauds Passage of Women’s Health Amendment
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) today hailed the passage of the important Women’s Health Amendment, offered by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The amendment will guarantee health insurance coverage for women’s basic preventive care and screenings at no cost to the patient.

Abortion Battle Shifts to Clinic in Nebraska
The national battle over abortion, for decades firmly planted outside the Kansas clinic of Dr. George R. Tiller, has erupted here in suburban Omaha, where a longtime colleague has taken up the cause of late-term abortions.

The Evolution of Birth Control

Mail-Order Abortions
In August 2004, Gabriela Flores, a 22-year-old farmworker in Pelion, South Carolina, learned she was pregnant. Flores already had three children—one living with her and two back in her native Mexico—and told a friend that she did not want to have another baby. Less than two months later, according to police reports, she took five pills that her sister had sent from Mexico. Six hours later, she miscarried her five-month-old fetus in her bedroom.

Purity Ball (Colorado Springs)

Did the Pro-Choice Movement Save America?
In her new book, How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex (Basic Books), Cristina Page boldly declares that the pro-choice movement is “doing a better job at what the public understands to be the pro-life agenda than the pro-lifers are”: that is, not only dramatically reducing the number of abortions in the United States, but also putting forth (and achieving) a truly pro-family, pro-child vision of life in America.

Screening for Breast Cancer
The USPSTF recommends against routine screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49 years. The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient’s values regarding specific benefits and harms.

Pregnancy, STDs on the Rise Again Among U.S. Teens
Birth rates among U.S. teens increased in 2006 and 2007, following large declines from 1991 to 2005, according to a new U.S. government study.

Improvements in Sexual and Reproductive Health of Teens and Young Adults Slowing
After a period of improvement, trends in the sexual and reproductive health of U.S. teens and young adults have flattened, or in some instances may be worsening, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I’m Too Sexy for My Onesie
The raunch culture that’s inundating our boys from babyhood

Exposure to chemical may feminize boys’ play
Preschool boys exposed in utero to high levels of certain chemicals called phthalates (prounounced “thal-lates”) may be less likely to play with male-typical toys and games, such as trucks and play fighting, according to a small pilot study published in the International Journal of Andrology. Girls’ play behavior was not associated with phthalate levels in their mothers, the study found.

Unveiling the revolution
The world has been shocked by young Iranian women fighting on the front lines, but their rebellion is nothing new

Icons of the New Iran
As Iran’s government lashed out today at its foreign critics, people around the world were lighting candles and laying flowers at makeshift shrines to the political opposition’s first “martyr” in the battle against the hardliners of the Islamic Republic. In every way the unwitting victim, Neda Agha-Soltan, has become a powerful if tragic icon of a new Iran. She was a young woman of 26, and she died Saturday wearing tight jeans and running shoes, her head uncovered as she fell from the gunshot that killed her. Male strangers rushed to help her, ignoring draconian religious taboos.

Iran’s Women’s Revolution
An underreported part of the Iranian protests is that women are leading the way. Dana Goldstein on why Iran’s feminists decided they’d finally had enough.

The dos and don’ts of defending Muslim women

While the defense of the rights of Muslim women from all faiths and from all corners of the globe is laudable, it’s important to call non-Muslims out on their privileges and prejudices about Muslim women’s lives and manifestations of faith, and the arrogance in how they speak about and interact with Muslim women.

Is There Feminist Discourse Beyond The Veil?

Yemeni Child Bride, 12, Dies in Labor
A 12-year-old Yemeni child-bride died after struggling for three days in labor to give birth, a local human rights organization said. Fawziya Abdullah Youssef died of severe bleeding on Friday while giving birth to a stillborn in the al-Zahra district hospital of Hodeida province, 140 miles west of the capital San’a.

Ridiculous Life Lessons From New Girl Games
Some parents worry that videogames might cause their children to become violent and antisocial, but what if the opposite were true? What if games could make kids exceedingly likable and fashionable? A wave of new games for tween girls seeks to do just that, serving up innocuous gameplay designed to let players become perfect little princesses. Aimed at that lucrative, Hannah Montana-fueled intersection of childhood and adolescence, these games might give 8- to 12-year-olds their first experiences with fashion, make-up, popularity … even boys.

Is the princess stereotype harming our daughters?
Lizzie Gorham is in love. Her passion influences what she wears, how she decorates her room, and her dreams. Sounds scary? It depends who you ask. After all, Lizzie is not yet 4. She’s also not alone. Lizzie’s world — like that of so many other little girls — is full of royalty, tiaras and beautiful dresses. And, like the other girls, her focus is not the prince, but the woman he woos: a Disney princess.


Fox Anchor Cries Foul On Fat-Shamer
Stuart Varney had “anti-obesity advocate” MeMe Roth on today to talk about Northwest Airlines’ flight attendants’ fight to get uniforms larger than a size 18. And then he did what every sane person longs to do: he publicly shamed her.

Forced to Be Fat
In Mauritania, where big is beautiful and stretch marks are sexy, young girls are brutally force-fed a diet of up to 16,000 calories a day–more than four times that of a male bodybuilder–to prepare them for marriage.

A (Chat) Room Of One’s Own For India’s “Third Sex”
In Tamil, “Thirunangai”, means “most respectful woman.” Which is still a distant hope for India’s “third sex.” But the world’s first transsexual marriage site is hoping to change that.

NB hockey team battles homophobia on the rink
In early 2009, the Woodstock High School Lady Thunder hockey team was undefeated on the ice, but after word got around that two of its players were gay, taunts and harassment toward the team flooded the rink and the internet. Right-winger and assistant captain Sierra Paul, 16, and centre Alyssa McLean, 17, told their teammates about their sexual orientation and received nothing but support. Another team in the league, however, posted anti-gay messages on Facebook and refused to shake hands after games.

A Disease for Every Pill
An anonymous woman tries to disentangle a shopping cart from an interlocked row of them, outside a suburban store. She is frustrated and angry. She becomes even more exasperated when another shopper enters the frame, calmly unhooks a cart and glides smoothly on her way. Watching this TV advertisement unfold, it might look like the woman is experiencing little more than a normal bout of tension or stress. But the folks at the drug company Lilly know better. This woman may need a powerful antidepressant because she is suffering from a severe form of mental illness known as PMDD. “Think it’s PMS? It could be PMDD,” intones the voiceover.

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