Donna de Varona at the Tokyo Olympics inspired my enthusiasm for women’s Olympic swimming. (Check-out the fabulous picture of her at the link to: “Olympics swimming.”)
Later, I became fascinated by the Olympics’ gymnastics competition. I loved it this year because of the performances of #Gabby Douglas and #Aly Raisman. That was on top of loving the women’s swimming, especially Missy Franklin’s races.
In Winning the Race for Choice? We Need Missy “the Missile” Franklin’s Gold-medal Strategy for RH Reality Check and On the Matter of Gabby Douglas’s Hair, or for That Matter, My Kinky (Jewish) Hair for Huffington Post Style, I wrote about Douglas and Franklin, two women who embody the characteristics I most admire: grit, discipline, intelligence and a commitment to a cause larger than themselves.
#Chris Jansing shared their stories, and those of these Olympics’ other great women, in a piece #Brian Williams aired last night, which he summed-up this way: “Strong is the new pretty.”
As I admit in this post for RH Reality Check, I’ve been out-of-pocket for a few weeks, working feverishly to get my book off-the-ground. But, I was feeling seriously trashed when I read the Forbes piece (discussed at the link above) about us old-timey feminists, which seemed to suggest the new generation of feminists is oh-so-much hipper. So, pen to paper I went.
Besides the fact that being hipper really isn’t the point, here is an excerpt from what I just had to say:
“And this is exactly why the new networked feminism is just like the old networked feminism. Back-in the-day, we were fighting to cripple anti-women hate-mongerers (See #Rush Limbaugh), too. We, too, called-them-out, pressed their sponsors to disaffiliate, spread our message to like-minded sisters (and brothers). It’s just that we did it with telephones and copiers and fax machines, not social media.
“But the impetus to action–by both generations of women activists–is exactly the same: Beat back and organize against injustice, inequality, and sexism, not to mention against just plain haters.”
I hope you’ll click on the link above, and read the whole piece. Meanwhile, check the accompanying image out (see above and the RH Reality Check home page slide show); it’s very cool.
I was dumbfounded by the President’s decision to prevent over-the-counter access to safe, emergency contraception for sexually-active teenagers (16 and under; there are lots of them), especially when all the docs, up to and including his FDA director, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, told him such access would be a good idea.
After thinking about the decision for a while, I realized what’s also at-play in this decision: the willingness of two progressive, pro-choice women public officials, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (unabashedly), and Dr. Hamburg (so far), to go along with the President’s decision.
There’s been a hue and cry all over the place about this decision, both from a public health standpoint and a political standpoint (whose votes does this decision garner, really; for starters, surely not independent women voters with teenage children, who the President needs and wants, badly).
Here is my solution to this sorry state-of-affairs, in which people in important political positions ignore the needs of the less-fortunate among us, in favor of advancing their own careers: Elect more women.
Of course, any woman won’t do, but the more in-place, the more chance the rest of us will have to lobby them to do what’s right for their sisters.
And while we’re at it, let’s hold the ones already elected and appointed to a higher standard, i.e., a standard that doesn’t sacrifice the health of young women to the desire to placate conservative men.
I hope you’ll share this link on your Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. accounts and also join me @RebeccaSive, aka #Political Girl.
Thanks for reading.
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Jodi Jacobson, editor of RH Reality Check, asked me to write a piece about the latest contretemps over access to birth control.
Yup, can you believe it: We’re talking about access to birth control in 2011! Well, that’s exactly the point of the piece. Pathetic, really, the times we’re in.
You can find the piece at the link above. I hope you’ll share it and encourage friends and colleagues to do so, as well as to make their feelings known to official Washington and to their Catholic voter-friends.
Can I tell you that “I’ve had it up to here” with the current national strategies for securing women’s rights, and positions of greater power for pro-choice women, in American politics?
The proverbial march isn’t the answer, but we sure have lost our way. Here are my current thoughts on the matter:
(with a new website at: http://www.rebeccasive.com/; I hope you’ll check it out.)