News you can relate to

Some stories that caught our eye this week:

Dee Gordon, a Major League All-Star, lost his mother to domestic violence when he was six years old. Now he reaches out to other kids in the same situation: “I went through it, and when I went through it, I didn’t have anybody,” Gordon said. “Nobody could relate to me. So now I just want to relate to kids and give back my time.”

Finally, someone is trying to make guns as difficult to access as abortions: “Since Missouri holds the rank as one of the strictest abortion regulation states in the country, it is logical we borrow similar restrictions to lower our horrific gun violence rates,” said Senator Stacey Newman.

Imagine how discouraging and offensive it must be to have strangers who know nothing about you assume that you aren’t capable of parenting your own children: How a disabled pregnant woman handles insensitive questions.

I stand with you

StandWithPPIn September, my Facebook feed became saturated with the #IStandwithPlannedParenthood campaign. People I haven’t seen or heard from in over 10 years were talking about going to Planned Parenthood and how it helped them. I wasn’t surprised by all the support—Planned Parenthood has helped me too. But I was surprised to see a post from one of my closest friends where she shared her experience going there for an abortion. I realized that during that time period I had seen her almost every day. I had sat with her in class, done homework with her, and gone out for meals, all the while having no clue that this was going on in her life.

I debated for a long time whether or not to bring it up, but I eventually did. I told her how bad I felt that I hadn’t noticed that something so difficult was going on in her life. She said it was hard to go through alone, but didn’t talk about it because she was ashamed, embarrassed, and thought no one would understand. Of course that made sense to me, I’ve had those times too. I felt that way about the time a guy I was dating in college assaulted me, even though I know that’s fairly common. It was a sad moment when we realized that we could have been supporting each other. Then we got mad. Why didn’t we feel comfortable talking to each other? Gah, patriarchy had been wining!

But ever since that time, we’ve been using our experiences to fight against the patriarchy. She’s using her experience to demand that health, reproductive care, and options are widely available. My experience has been a slow burning fire that keeps me committed to my work in the domestic violence movement. Instead of standing by ourselves, we are standing side by side.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

Please don’t threaten my son when he dates your daughter

“It’s not ‘funny’ to threaten my son. It’s not ‘cute’ to treat your daughter as if she has zero common sense.”

Pregnant, Parenting , and Pro-Choice

“I can’t imagine how awful and horrifying it must feel to go through this experience against your will, and to be unable to do anything to stop it. It’s the difference between consensual sex and rape.”

Policy makes Plan B more accessible to American Indian women

“Just because you rely on the federal government for your health care doesn’t mean you should be subjected to a different standard that makes access more difficult.”

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

I always love buying Real Change, but I’m even more excited than usual about the newest issue, which features  a story about our project that helps domestic violence survivors avoid homelessness.

Fear of death or injury can keep many women in abusive relationships, but for Latina women in particular there is an added fear: deportation.

Most media coverage leads you to believe that abortion evenly splits the nation. But it turns out that pollsters just aren’t asking the right questions.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

When survivors tell their stories, they can seem cold or indifferent, get details wrong, or be unable to remember everything that happened, which is then used as a reason to disbelieve them. But these are all common, predictable responses to trauma.

Become a Racial Transformer today! “Racial Transformers don’t fixate on who’s a racist or whether someone intends animus. For they know that the deepest racism lies not just in the hearts and minds of individuals, but in the roles and rules of big institutions.”

Two powerful stories of abortion, pregnancy, and parenthood: “I had such severe postpartum depression that I was afraid my baby’s head would fall off.” And “I really was not prepared to quietly accept a bunch of non-Black people using my race to guilt me out of getting an abortion.”

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

“Prostitutes might be called victims, but they’re still arrested, still handcuffed, and still held in cages.” A look at the gap between the good intentions of the anti-trafficking movement and the reality of the justice system.

A nuanced article that touches on Leelah Alcorn, the NFL and head injuries, and Gamergate, pointing out the similar silencing responses to each.

“Every time I tell my story, someone else will come up and tell me theirs”: How the 1 in 3 Campaign is turning abortion stories into art.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

Up-and-coming Democrat refuses to be shamed about her abortion. “The Democratic nominee, a state representative in Nevada, bucks a stunning array of expectations that people have for politicians: Lucy Flores grew up poor, dropped out of high school, has done time in prison, and has a regrettable ankle tattoo. Oh yeah, and she’s open about having had an abortion.”

Thinking about calling someone with a disability ‘inspiring’? Don’t do it.I don’t want to be your inspiration. I don’t want to ‘put things into perspective’ for you or remind you of everything you ‘take for granted’. I don’t want to prompt you to think long and hard about how ‘lucky’ you are to have a fully functioning body and mind.”

This guy lets his son wear a dress…and gets in on the action. “Maybe it’s a stage. And maybe it’s not. But either way, I don’t want him to ever feel like he wasn’t able to express himself because his parents didn’t support him.”

 

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

Vancouver’s homeless benches puts London’s anti-homeless spikes to shame.

The Atlantic tells the story of an ulcer drug that’s become a lifeline to women who are denied access to abortion.

Check out these fun illustrations cheering on women who enjoy and own their bodies.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • September is Abortion Access Month, highlighting the struggles women, especially poor women, are forced to go through to be able to actually exercise their reproductive rights.
  • A great debate online this week on the tension between expecting girls to be ‘modest’ and expecting boys to be responsible for how they treat girls.