This Week in Ladybits
Speaking of which, why aren’t TED speakers allowed to talk about abortion?
And a much-needed entry in the win column for sanity. The Virginia Senate has voted to repeal its cruel, punitive ultrasound law. Getting the repeal past the House of Delegates may be a trickier one. Unless, you know, a bunch of women (and men, and people of other genders) firmly and unashamedly speak their minds about it.
This Week in Thinky
Molly Knefel wrote about growing up gender non-conforming for Toast.
Minimum wage, women, and the fight for Senator Mitch McConnell’s seat.
One of the largest studies ever done on mammography does not show any value in screening mammograms over manual breast exams—and seems to show that women who have them may be more likely to have unnecessary procedures. (The manual breast exams, it should be noted, were conducted by trained health professionals; they weren’t just home exams.)
And Pussy Riot would like you to know that Nadia and Masha of Pussy Riot are no longer a part of Pussy Riot.
This Week in Ugh
Shesus, ladies, when you invent a time machine, you’re supposed to go back in time and kill Hitler, not bring someone forward to write this.
Won’t anyone out there be bold enough to publicly defend bigotry yet so cowardly as to pretend they’re not? Yup. Way to be craven hateballs, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT).
The Kansas legislature has moved a bill forward that would allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples. Normally I disapprove of making out in restaurants, clothing stores, and auto-body shops, but I believe I can make a statewide exception. Seriously: This law is monstrous.
Oh, and shut the fuck up, Mattel. We’re busy.
This Week in Awesome
Young animator, activist, and businesswoman Maya Penn will make you feel good about where the world is headed. (Via The Mary Sue)
Image via TV Guide via The Mary Sue
The once-again-great (or at least getting there) Commonwealth of Virginia had its same-sex marriage ban struck down. The downstriking is stayed pending appeal, but so what? That just gives us time to get Former Governor Bob McDonnell time to plan us one of his famous chicken dinners.
Meetup for ladies who want to marry other ladies but are as yet uncommitted in front of Bob’s house as soon as the snow melts, OK?
Image courtesy of Freedom to Marry, Via Facebook
Even a terrible corporate marketing entity can lead the way on doing a good thing every now and then. Welcome to the 58 genders of Facebook. Being able to say who you are without cramming yourself into someone else’s box can be a really big deal. Nice going.
And, wow, it looks like Ms. Marvel #1 isn’t just well-intentioned, it’s really, really good. I haven’t made it to my local comics shop yet — anyone out there read it?
Images courtesy of Marvel.com
Have a great weekend. Get out there and do whatever the hell makes you happy.
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