The Lone Star State’s War on Latinas

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Texas has become the latest battleground on the larger Republican War on Women. However, because of the state’s demographics Latinas are disproportionately in the cross-hairs of this war.

The Culture Wars are Alive and Kickin’

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Joseph Palermo: In Texas, Governor Rick Perry, the Religious Right, and their Republican allies, following Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis’s courageous filibuster last week, are literally working overtime to criminalize women’s reproductive rights.

Pink Sneakers Cushion a Will for Women’s Rights

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Walter and Rosemary Brasch: State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat and a 50-year-old Harvard graduate lawyer, put on a pair of comfortable pink sneakers this week, and talked for more than 11 hours to block an oppressive Republican-sponsored bill to kill almost all of the state’s medical abortion clinics and impose their governmental will upon all women.

California NOW Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code

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Patty Bellasalma: California NOW is waging a very public campaign to call on Gov Brown to remove the provision in the budget bill that eliminates domestic violence enforcement.

Women Leaders: Make Closing Walmart Loophole Top Priority

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Sara Flocks: Today in Sacramento, women leaders in the legislature came together with women workers and California NOW to declare protecting women’s health by passing AB 880 a top priority for women this year.

5 Ways Congress Is Trying to Curb Military Rapes

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Christie Thompson: Political momentum to address the problem has been building since the Pentagon released statistics last month showing that sexual assault increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Congressional Dems Battle Anti-Choice Industry’s Chronic Deceptions

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Julie Driscoll: The anti-choice industry has learned that deception and lies and astonishingly misleading medical information about abortions (abortions cause breast cancer! you’ll never bear children again! you’ll grow hair on your palms!) works just as well as the truth.

LA Feminists Protest Temporary Limit on Morning-After Pill Sales

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Dan Bluemel: Women’s rights advocates entered a Walgreens pharmacy this week in downtown Los Angeles to protest the Obama administration’s efforts to restrict access to the emergency contraceptive commonly known as the morning-after pill.

Amnesia: Feminism’s Poison Pill

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Feminism Poison Pill – what good is a Women’s History Month if we don’t bother teaching women’s history in the first place? #LibCrib #UniteBlue

There’s No Recess on Violence Against Women

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Tom Gasparoli: Where are the men across America – of either party or independent-minded guys – rallying to keep their wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and children safer from the violence perpetrated by abusers?

Women in Movies and Life

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Steve Hochstadt: Alison Bechdel published a comic strip entitled, “The Rule” in 1985 that sets a standard to determine if a movie is worth watching. The Bechdel test is just a reality check for whether a film portrays life as we know it.

Condi’s Augusta National Membership Nothing to Celebrate

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Dave Zirin: I’m sure it’s tempting to look at today as an advance for women in sports. But it’s very difficult think that today’s national celebration of a multi-billionaire and a war criminal has anything to do with women’s liberation.

“Return” of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the American imagination, Black women are the poster children for disreputable irresponsible motherhood and Latina “illegals” a close second.

Silence Still Equals Death: Sexual Violence and Young Women of Color

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Until we change the self-hating mindset of many young black women, silence—as the HIV/AIDS activist saying goes—does equal death.

Right-Wing Supreme Court Judges Join GOP War on Women

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Brent Budowsky: If the Supreme Court throws out the healthcare law as unconstitutional it will foment a powerful political backlash and escalate the judicial front in the war against women.

Can New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Fix GOP Ladies’ Problem?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Its going to take more than seeing a fellow woman on the presidential ticket to woo Independent and Democratic leaning women, but then again didn’t the GOP already learn that lesson?

Most Read Led by Jasmyne Cannick’s “White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women”

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This week’s top 10 most read was led by Jasmyne Cannick’s White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women, which points out how major liberal feminist organizations were slow in chastizing local radio hosts when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho.”

White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women

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Jasmyne Cannick: why have these two female powerhouse organizations been missing in action on the two Los Angeles talk radio hosts who offended women, particularly Black women, when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” three days after her death?

Controlling Women’s Bodies

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Ruth Rosen: What neither side wants to say is that this is a counter-reformation, an attempt to return women to the early 1960s, before birth control pill existed and the Supreme Court established the right of contraception in the United States.

A Scary and Sad Santorum

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Carl Matthes: If Rick Santorum were Pope, nuns would would be given veils. If he was President, women would be brought into the bedroom only for procreation.

Friday Feedback: No Decline for Women?

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Friday Feedback: The idiocy of thinking that our species can continue to multiply on a globe of limited size seems a rather simple concept to get, which involves all of our survival.

Give Karen Santorum Author Credit for Co-Writing Her Husband’s Book

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Tina Dupuy: Sure it “takes a family” to write a book – but it “takes a woman” to make you look less like a sad desperate relic.

The Decline of Women in America

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Nomiki Konst and Lindsay Bubar: In 2012, women are seeing vicious attacks on basic (some might say “unalienable”) rights. How did this happen? How, in the 21st century, are we having conversations that move the debate further away from equality?

On Komen, Progressives Were Looking the Other Way

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Julie Driscoll: We trusted Komen to have the best interests of women at heart, until the “best interests of women” Komen had previously played up turned out to be denying poor women much-needed breast cancer screenings.

Republicans Ramp Up War on Women

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Tanya Somanader: Republicans in Congress and across the country are introducing a variety pack of extreme anti-abortion bills — including personhood initiatives, heartbeat bills, and fetal pain bills — that saw some success last year.

Latina Moms in the 2012 Election

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Mamás will be a particularly important electorate for President Obama. While women across the board approve of the President at higher rates than men, the President’s approval is strongest among Latinas.

Ohio’s “Heartbeat” Bill: A Flagrant Violation of Roe v. Wade

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Julie Driscoll: It’s mind-blowing in the extreme that states – such as Ohio, Mississippi before it, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma and others – believe they can just do the big blow-off of Roe v. Wade and strip women of rights that are guaranteed under federal law.

Ohio’s “Heartbeat” Bill: A Flagrant Violation of Roe v. Wade

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Julie Driscoll: It’s mind-blowing in the extreme that states – such as Ohio, Mississippi before it, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma and others – believe they can just do the big blow-off of Roe v. Wade and strip women of rights that are guaranteed under federal law.

Fox News’ Muslim Women

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Julie Driscoll: Leave it to that bastion of “yellow journalism,” Fox “News” to plow forward with an absolutely unsourced article simply to further its anti-Muslim sentiments.

Teenaged Nightmare: Violent Masculinity and Young Women of Color

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Anti-feminist messages that a girl or woman is “nothing” without a man still pervade mainstream American culture with particularly insidious effect on teen girls of color.

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