From sexual health, mental wellness, relationships, and everything in between, these are some of the news highlights that have happened this week:
President Obama punks the GOP on contraception, creating a compromise that addresses their concerns about religious institutions how having a say in the birth control debate, but without actually reducing women’s access to contraception. Kudos.
And does it seem like the discussion of birth control on cable news is dominated by men? You’re not imagining it - check out this graphic by Think Progress.
..and here’s a question for GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul: Sir, what the hell is “honest rape”?
Good news: Teen pregnancy rates in the United States are the lowest that it’s been in over 40 years.
Not good news: While teen pregnancy is down in the US as a whole, the rates for Black and Latino youth are 2-3 times higher compared to whites.
Florida: A man is sentenced to taking his wife out on a date to Red Lobster and bowling after being charged for domestic battery.
Did you watch the Super Bowl this past Sunday? Did you noticed some of the sexist ads that popped up during the commercial breaks? Here’s how some Twitter users responded to the sexist ads.
After a month of intense protests and advocacy, the makers of LEGO are meeting with SPARK to discuss how they can go back to offering all LEGO toys that challenge boy AND girls creatively and intellectually.
Here’s a beautiful insight on how we should love our daughters from the inside out.
Meet Adora Svitak, the winner of Women’s Media Center’s Girls State of the Union Address contest.
Are you cutting funding to Susan G. Komen for the Cure?
And speaking of Komen, social media played a huge factor in the decision to restore funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening services. Here’s proof why social media is #winning. (Also: the woman behind the Komen debacle has resigned.)
Women are telling Facebook to grow up & stop banning pics of women breastfeeding.
Reporter Lara Logan shares her very personal piece about her sexual assault in Egypt.
Nebraska: Journalism students, instructors and state educators in Nebraska are raising awareness of the contributions of Native American women to their tribes, communities, and the country. Check out Native Daughters.
Tennessee: Two Planned Parenthood affiliated (Middle and East Tennessee and the Greater Memphis Region) are under attack, this time with the impact being on the affiliates’ HIV/STD prevention services.
Here’s some interesting research on “obstetrician-gynecologists’ beliefs about when pregnancy actually begins.
And speaking of the medical profession, 11 doctors explain why all employers should cover birth control.
Communities of color are affected by mental health illness too.
Washington, DC: Women’s Information Network (WIN) is having its annual Young Women of Achievement (YWA) celebration, recognizing young, Democratic, pro-choice women who are making a difference in their communities. Purchase your tickets here.
Check out this racist memo from the House judiciary committee: Abortion is the leading cause of death in black community.
Texas: People’s Community Clinic continues to find ways to provide services amid state funding cuts.
Minnesota: Tell Minneapolis police to drop charges against black transgender woman who survived a hate crime.
How will reproductive rights affect in 2012 presidential election?
Pennsylvania: FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!) is now accepting applications for Sister Action Media, a free after-school program for teen girls in Philadelphia.
Radical doula Miriam Perez shares her personal story of coming out in a Cuban immigrant family.
California: Proposition 8, the law banning same-sex marriage statewide, is ruled unconstitutional.
…and it’s not just about marriage. Check out some of the other LGBTQ rights and fights happening around the country.
Washington, DC: Students at Georgetown University are experiencing delays and denials of birth control on campus.
Sexism by a brown face is still sexism: Professor Cornell West goes off on Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is accepting applications for it Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy training. Apply now!
Oklahoma: “Every Sperm is Sacred" clause is added to the state’s personhood bill. Very clever.
Our Bodies, Ourselves takes a closer look at breast cancer marketing.
The Republicans are begging their party to drop fight over contraception before it turns into a complete disaster.
Older women are having sex, but condom use is still low.
A woman gives birth to the biggest baby in Chinese history.
Target thought it would be clever to sell stalker-like Valentine’s day cards in their stores. Tell Target to cut it out and remove the cards from the shelves!
JC Penney stands by their decision to keep comedian Ellen Degeneres as their spokesperson.
And finally: For the first time in history, a US flight is by an all female African American crew.
Until next week…
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