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A crack in the fortress

May 6th, 2022 7:45 am | By
A crack in the fortress

Well how about that. Strangio manages to retweet Democracy Now using The Word not once but twice.

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Full scorched earth

May 5th, 2022 5:43 pm | By

Alito cited Matthew Hale in his draft. Who? Bess Levin at Vanity Fair has the deets:

As Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern notes, the draft—which could change before a the final ruling, as could the various justices’ votes—doesn’t just lay out the case for why Roe should be overturned, it goes full scorched earth. Alito, Stern writes, “does not seek out any middle path. He disparages Roe and its successors as dishonest, illegitimate, and destructive to the court, the country, and the Constitution. He quotes a wide range of anti-abortion activists, scholars, and judges who view abortion as immoral and barbaric; there’s even a footnote that approvingly cites Justice Clarence Thomas’s debunked theory that abortion is a tool of

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May 5th, 2022 5:21 pm | By

Yet another one.

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May 5th, 2022 4:16 pm | By

Reporter Chabeli Carrazana at 19th News:

In a leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito argued that pregnant people don’t actually need access to abortion to ensure economic mobility — they already have it. 

Except he didn’t, as she immediately goes on to say.

According to the opinion, which was published by Politico Monday night, “unmarried pregnant women” — Alito does not include all pregnant people in his opinion — now have access to pregnancy discrimination protections, “guaranteed” medical leave “in many cases,” and medical costs that are “covered by insurance or government assistance.” 

Yes he does. All pregnant people are women. The normal wording is “pregnant women,” not “pregnant people.” … Read the rest

Sorrow and grief

May 5th, 2022 3:26 pm | By

There seems to be a competition, declared or not, to caption Owen Jones’s selfie from today.

Aw, why so sad, little buddy?

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Supporting survivors of sexual violence unless…

May 5th, 2022 3:00 pm | By

Survivors’ Network is righteously indignant:

Survivors’ Network is a charity supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We support survivors of all ages and genders in Sussex and this includes Trans and Non-Binary people. We are committed to intersectionality, and trans-inclusive feminism is central to our ethos.  

But does that mean women don’t get to have support without men around? It appears it does mean that:

We are disappointed to share that we have recently had legal action taken against us due to our trans-inclusive ethos. The claimant alleges that we have broken equalities law as (they allege) it is not legitimate or proportionate to welcome trans women into our women-only spaces.  

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Over the top

May 5th, 2022 11:50 am | By

Meanwhile Louisiana goes all in:

Louisiana lawmakers advanced a bill out of committee Wednesday that could make having an abortion grounds to be charged with homicide, going far beyond other state-level punishments for abortion, and could take effect whether the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade or not.

The bill “fully recognize[s] the human personhood of an unborn child” starting at the “moment of fertilization” and grants embryos and fetuses the same rights under law as human beings out of the womb.

The fertilized egg is “a child.”

This means having, assisting or performing an abortion would be classified as homicide.

Soon they’ll be executing women for menstruating.

The legislation would take effect immediately even if federal abortion

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How dare NPR?

May 5th, 2022 11:08 am | By

Out of curiosity I looked for other reporting on Kamala Harris’s denunciation of the leaked abortion ruling and oh gee guess what NPR carefully left out all but one of her mentions of women.

Vice President Harris on Tuesday blasted a leaked draft that indicated that the Supreme Court had voted to overturn the landmark abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade, declaring that “women’s rights in America are under attack.”

“If the court overturns Roe v. Wade it will be a direct assault on freedom — on the fundamental right of self-determination to which all Americans are entitled,” she said.

NPR carefully did not quote:

Those Republican leaders who are trying to weaponize the use of the law against

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How dare they tell a woman

May 5th, 2022 10:53 am | By

Kamala Harris still says the W word.

Those Republican leaders who are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women — well, we say, “How dare they?” How dare they tell a woman what she can do and cannot do with her own body? How dare they? How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future? How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms?

She then used a term too few Democrats employ: “freedom.” “We must link arms in this fight. I invite all people to join us,” she said. “If you stand for freedom, for self-determination, for the right to privacy — if you stand for these principles,

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Wyomingans, Idahoans, Wisconsinians

May 5th, 2022 10:07 am | By

Planned Parenthood is strikingly consistent about avoiding the word “women.”

“Oklahoman” is a weirdly awkward substitute for “women in Oklahoma” if you ask me.

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We don’t want to see that kind of thing

May 5th, 2022 6:23 am | By

Intolerance blah blah hate posters blah blah hate literature blah blah.

An Aberdeen council candidate has branded two ‘anti-trans hate posters’ found in toilets at Duthie Park a ‘worrying example of intolerance’.

Martin Greig, who is bidding to represent Hazlehead, Queen’s Cross and Countesswells for a fourth consecutive term, asked city council officials to remove the posters after he was contacted by a constituent.

Intolerant how though?

The posters are critical of the Scottish Government’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, which would make it easier for people to legally change their gender.

The plans have been fiercely opposed by campaigners who claim the move would put women’s sex-based rights at risk.

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Not our crimes

May 5th, 2022 5:54 am | By

The Irish Examiner publishes grotesque lies:

A woman who was being detained in one of the country’s most secure units for severely troubled youths has gone on trial accused of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to her mother, and to a man who had been involved in her care.

Just one small thing: not a woman. The very first two words of the piece are an insulting lie. This is “Barbie Kardashian,” a violent dangerous man.

Barbie Kardashian, 20, of no fixed abode, who has legally changed her gender and name, told staff at Coovagh House, Limerick, where she had been a resident at various points from 2018 to 2020, that she wanted to “rape” and “murder”

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Do female people even matter?

May 5th, 2022 5:35 am | By

Biden says the Supreme Court move to ruin the lives of millions of women might actually matter because hey it might be trans kids next.

Joe Biden has warned of new attacks on civil rights as the supreme court prepares to strike down the right to abortion, telling reporters at the White House that LGBTQ+ children could be the next targets of a Trump-dominated Republican party he called “this Maga crowd” and “the most extreme political organisation … in recent American history”.

Focus, Joe. Never mind the purported next targets, focus on the current targets, the people formerly known as women. Ever heard of them?

“What happens,” the president asked, if “a state changes the law saying that

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The w word

May 4th, 2022 5:04 pm | By

The ACLU too is throwing a heavy black wool veil over the word “women” in connection with the abortion issue. Yes, really, what business is it of women’s whether women can have abortions or not?

Here for instance:

On Monday night, Politico published a leaked draft of the highly anticipated Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The draft majority opinion, penned by Justice Samuel Alito, overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which has been on the books for nearly 50 years and has ensured abortion is a protected federal constitutional right. If this draft decision is issued as the official decision, it would be unprecedented and would take away a fundamental right for

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ACLU lawyer blasts feminists

May 4th, 2022 4:46 pm | By

Meanwhile Chase Strangio’s attempt to incite hatred against feminists angry about the war on abortion rights appears to have attracted almost universal contempt. I say “appears to” in case Twitter is weirdly hiding pro-Chase responses from me.

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Ours, yours, theirs, but never hers

May 4th, 2022 4:29 pm | By
Ours, yours, theirs, but never hers

They’re all doing it.

It’s a human right, our right, the hard won right, but never ever ever a women’s right.… Read the rest

Zero women

May 4th, 2022 12:49 pm | By

Same again – the creepy evasive People replacing women in every sentence.

Meet the Reddit ‘Aunties’ covertly helping people get abortions

But it’s not “people” who need abortions, it’s women.

The Reddit group offers a glimpse into a post-Roe era where people resort to informal networks to assist those locked out of an abortion

Women. If it were “people” there would be no ban.

On the page, volunteers sign up to lodge, transport, assist and care for people needing abortions who are alone or in states where it’s difficult to get one.


A modern day adaptation of underground abortion networks that helped people access care when the procedure was illegal…


The Reddit community, r/auntienetwork, started in

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Don’t say the w word

May 4th, 2022 12:17 pm | By

Even the editorial board of the Washington Post does it.

On Monday, Politico published a draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling declaring that the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to end their pregnancies.

That jolts like a badly-constructed bus hitting a pothole. It’s not “Americans” who had the right to end their pregnancies, it’s American women who did. The Washington Post is not a teenager with tattoos; it should talk like an adult.

What brought the court to its current precipice was not a fundamental shift in American values regarding abortion. It was the shameless legislative maneuvering of Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who jammed three Trump-nominated

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Too much knowledge

May 4th, 2022 9:27 am | By

Matt Gaetz thinks women should not be educated.

There is nothing worse than an over-educated woman.… Read the rest

A bad day for scare quotes

May 4th, 2022 9:08 am | By

Chase takes a moment to shit on feminist women again.

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