So I have this list of things that I've been thinking about using for post ideas. But I mostly just want to share them and ask some girly questions. So here goes:
- Here, we are arguing whether women get to have abortions or use birth control. In China, they are arguing whether to continue forcing women to have abortions (even as late-term as 7-months) as they enforce their historically anti-girl one-child policy. Either way, the mostly-male governments would really, really like to be able to tell women what to do. The good news is that China has undermined its own progress by short-sightedly messing with its gender dynamics and age dynamics. 123 boys to 100 girls under age 4. How's that going to work out for you in 20 years, guys? One thing about democracy: you end up talking about things a whole lot before you do them. But which argument is more anti-girl? Why do governments spend so much time trying to control reproduction? Is there a better way to have this conversation?
- Washington Monthly would like to know Where Are All the Women Wonks? I'm not sure, maybe we're at home with kids. Maybe we're working for the wonks who get to go out and testify. Here's what I do know: we aren't wearing shirts like this one, are we?
- A 17-year-old girl was sexually-assaulted by two guys after she passed out at a party. Then the boys shared pictures of the assault with their friends. They made a plea deal that she thought was not enough of a punishment (the terms are private, so we don't know what their punishment was, but they pled to First degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism). The terms of the plea agreement said that the victim could not publicly identify her attackers. The victim went on Twitter, identified her attackers, and said "There you go, lock me up. I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell." She now faces a contempt charge. Is it fair to ask a sexual assault victim not to name her attackers? What if (as in this case) they are juveniles? Can a guy make a moral comeback from this kind of behavior, or are these guys just a-holes for life?
- John McCain says he didn't choose Mitt Romney as his VP running mate because Sarah Palin was a better candidate. Now, come on, control yourself, your boss or kids will hear you guffawing. But was Sarah Palin really a better candidate for McCain's VP? Does John McCain actually think that is true? And why hasn't Sarah Palin been invited to the Republican Convention? Also, does she approve of the homophobic mouth on her grandson?
- And hey, more women should run for public office. Just maybe not so much this one: