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Urge the Supreme Court to Stop LGBT discrimination

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Mississippi just passed a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT Americans.

And it's already taken effect! 

Sign on right away to urge the Supreme Court to strike down LGBT discrimination.

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October 11, 2017 | Friends, this is really really bad:

Mississippi’s HB 1523, a bill that legalizes LGBT discrimination, has been called the worst anti-LGBT law in the country. 

And now, only the Supreme Court can stop it. 

No!! We need a massive wave of grassroots pressure on the Courts to overturn this horrific legislation.

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Religious fanatics in Mississippi are using “religious freedom” to codify discrimination against our community into law.

This heinous bill permits doctors, lawyers, adoption agencies, schools, and landlords to turn away people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

This is downright toxic. No one deserves to live their life as a second-class citizen, simply because of who they are.

And the sad truth is, this despicable bill has enormous support in the Mississippi legislature. And it’s already taken effect!

But listen -- LGBT activists in Mississippi are fighting back, and HB 1523 could be headed to the Supreme Court. 

Yes!! We still have a shot at striking down this backwards legislation.
But the harsh truth is, it’s going to take an immense amount of pressure to make this happen.



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My Enemy Hugh Hefner's Contradictory Feminist Legacy

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  • Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy
    • Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.
  • Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner
    • The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.
  • Related: Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

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Part 1: Hugh Hefner Was My Enemy

Are we really O.K. with the reality that our girls are being raised in a world that Mr. Hefner made? I’m not.

Susan Brownmiller, New York (NY) Times 

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/09/29/opinion/29brownmillerWeb/29brownmillerWeb-master768.jpgSept. 29, 2017 | On March 26, 1970, I accepted an invitation to appear on “The Dick Cavett Show” to talk about a new movement I was involved with called Women’s Liberation. I knew that our young movement was suspicious of activists who sought media attention, so I roped my friend Sally Kempton, a talented writer, into coming with me. I don’t recall if we knew ahead of time who the principal guest that evening would be. He turned out to be Hugh Hefner.

We were slotted for 15 minutes near the end of show, after the psychologist Rollo May and before the final number by Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. With Mr. Hefner still sitting on stage, Mr. Cavett began by asking us to define Women’s Liberation. “Hugh Hefner is my enemy,” I replied. “Women aren’t bunnies, they’re not rabbits, they’re human beings,” I added. Then, addressing Hugh Hefner directly, I said, “The day you come out here with a cottontail attached to your rear end …”

Susan Brownmiller is the author of “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape” and six other books.

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Part 2:The Contradictory Feminist Legacy Of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner

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The “revolution” he sparked was primarily in service of men’s desires — and specifically his own.

Emma Gray, HuffPost 

09/28/2017 | Hugh Hefner’s life and legacy are rife with contradictions. 

The founder of the Playboy empire, who died Wednesday at age 91, is hailed as a sexual revolutionary, a supporter of LGBTQ and abortion rights, a mogul and an icon who paved the way for modern ideas about sex-positivity. He’s also a man who built his extensive empire by capitalizing on idealized images of women’s bodies; a man who had a rotating cast of live-in young “girlfriends” who, by at least one account, were kept under his control.

As The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes put it in 2009: “To his supporters, [Hefner] is the great sexual liberator who helped free Americans from Puritanism and neurosis. To his detractors, including many feminists and social conservatives, he helped set in motion a revolution in sexual attitudes that have objectified and victimized countless women and promoted an immoral, whatever-feels-good approach to life.” 

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Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson, Emily Peck, HuffPost

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  • A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.
  • Related: This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good
     

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Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

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  • A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.
  • Related: This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good

Emily Peck, HuffPost

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09/20/2017 | It doesn’t matter if you grow up in India or China or the United States ― when it comes to learning what it means to be a girl or a boy, a universal stereotype prevails: Girls are weak and boys are strong.

That’s the dispiriting finding of a comprehensive new study of children and their parents around the world, released Wednesday morning by the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Kids learn this “truth” about gender from their parents, friends and teachers at a very young age, conclude the researchers, who looked at kids ages 10 to 14, the period when they’re just entering adolescence.

Emily Peck, is a senior reporter who covers business, economics and gender inequality at HuffPost.

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This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good, Carla Herreria, HuffPost 

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“I half wonder whether men should be allowed in labs. Could be a distraction to hard working women.”

"And they're so unstable. With all those mood swings, how can they concentrate on intellectual pursuits?"
 

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This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good

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  • “I half wonder whether men should be allowed in labs. Could be a distraction to hard working women.”
  • "And they're so unstable. With all those mood swings, how can they concentrate on intellectual pursuits?"

    Carla Herreria, HuffPost 

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09/03/2017| What if we talked about male historical figures in the same way we talk about female historical figures?

Twitter user @manwhohasitall has thousands of people examining that alternative reality with one genius Twitter thread.

Man Who Has It All is a satirical Twitter account which highlights ridiculous gender stereotypes by tweeting about men’s lifestyle in the ridiculous ways some magazines would write about women. The account inspired a eponymous book published in 2016 titled “From Frazzled to Fabulous: How to Juggle a Successful Career, Fatherhood, ‘Me-Time’ and Looking Good.”

Carla Herreria, Reporter, The Huffington Post, is Hawaii-based. She hides in a cave near the beach, surfs and writes poems about literally everything.

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Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, pictured at a conservative summit in 2010, has been vehemently opposed to federal programs involving contraception. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)(CC-BY-SA)

 

“It’s kind of like building half a skyscraper and then saying, ‘Never mind,’ ” Hettema said. “And there are thousands of health care providers in this country who are winging it in terms of how to talk to teens about unintended pregnancies.”

Jane Kay, Reveal News / Truthdig 

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Jul 16, 2017 | The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration that were designed to find scientifically valid ways to help teenagers make healthy decisions that avoid unwanted pregnancies.

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Series | The War on Children: Where Have All the Children Gone? The Age of Grief, Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch / Portside <http://portside.org>

  • “This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East.
  • A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children

 

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Catholic Women and Holy Orders: The Time Is Now

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Left to right: Episcopa (Bishop) Theodora, St. Praxedis, Virgin Mary, and St. Pudentiana. Titular basilica of St. Praxedis, Rome, A.D. 820

  • Women have been excluded from the sacrament of Holy Orders based upon Church teachings that do not stand up under scrutiny. These teachings build upon erroneous assumptions and rationales that are not in accord with historical facts, sound reasoning, and good theology.
  • Now is the time for our entire Church – laity, clergy, and hierarchy – to recognize and correct these errors.
  • Related: Religion as a Front for Tyranny: A Roundtable on the Timeliness of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

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February, 2017 | 

“The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the [people] of our time ... are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well.”

These opening words from the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes declare that the Church stands in solidarity with all people. For Catholic women, however, this declaration has not materialized into practice within our Church. For many Catholic women, grief remains unacknowledged. Though qualified by Baptism and called by the Holy Spirit, women cannot receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and serve the Church as deacons, priests, or bishops. The Council of the Baptized urges priests, bishops, and lay people to champion the full inclusion of women at all levels of the Church.

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We have only to look at how Trump conflated Christianity with white nationalism and threw in a pinch of opposition to reproductive freedom to see how far someone who is skilled at manipulating religion can get.

 



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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves

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It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

Alice Pettway, the Progressive

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May 12, 2017 | rump’s first 100 days are over, and it’s been a “fascinating, terrifying” ride, said Amy Friedrich-Karnik, senior federal policy advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Speaking in a webinar Thursday, she urged advocates to stay strong.

“There’s been a tremendous response to this administration,” observed Friedrich-Karnik, “people are engaged at levels we haven’t seen before.”

Alice Pettway is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in over 30 print and online journals. Currently, she teaches creative writing in Bogotá, Colombia.

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