Weekly News Round Up: Let’s tweet it out

Is it me or did SO MUCH happen this week? As always Twitter was the place to be throughout all of it.

At OK4RJ this week, Mel reflected on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and shared some of her family history and personal experiences with us.

The VMAs happened Sunday. Poor Gaga’s sea shell outfit did not stand a chance against Miley’s performance in a contest for media attention. Folks were hand-wringing over the overtly sexual nature of Miley’s performance. Others rightly critiqued the hand-wringing as slut-shaming. But there was more happening here, and if feminist publications didn’t discuss or even mention the racial implications of Miley’s performance (looking at you, Jezebel), well, as Flavia Dzodan first said, your feminism must be intersectional or it will be bullshit.

In the past, Miley has said of her new persona: “I want something that feels black.” Welp.

this Santana reaction gif is the appropriate reaction gif to 90% of things, including Glee hey-o

this Santana reaction gif is the appropriate reaction gif for 90% of things, including Glee hey-o

Cate at BattyMamzelle discussed Miley’s association of blackness exclusively with ratchet culture as problematic. Additionally Cate said Miley’s performance reinforced racist stereotypes of black women as jezebels. Here’s further explanation:

what Miley has done here is indicate that 1. She wants to be sexual and 2. She needs to associate herself with black bodies to do it. By doing this, she in inexplicably intertwining the idea of sexuality as part and parcel of black womanhood; that is, that black women cannot exist without sexuality and vice versa, and that the only acceptable way to be sexual, is to “be black”. That idea plays into deeply racist ideas about black womanhood, the idea being that black women are wanton and lascivious, and cannot control their expressions of sexuality.

The entire blog is worth reading, so you should do that.

Fuse asked bounce queen Big Freedia what she thought of Miley’s performance. Among other things, she explained:

But it’s offensive to black culture and black women who’ve been twerking for years. Every time we do something, people want to snatch it and run with it and put their name on it. And they still don’t even have the moves down yet. Just get me and Miley together so I could give her ass some lessons.

Instead of asking Bid Freedia for her expert opinion, ABC hilariously employed a fitness “expert” to contribute to “Twerking: a Scientific Explanation.” This resulted in well-deserved mocking on Twitter via the #ABCinvestigates hashtag.

In news that did not involve string bikinis and giant foam fingers, Texas is gearing up for October 29th, when HB 2 takes effect. HB 2 is anti-abortion legislation which is predicted to reduce the number of abortion clinics in the state from 42 to 5. The Department of State Health Services met this week to discuss the interpretation and implementation of HB 2. Many opponents of the bill attended. As Jessica Luther put it, “at this point, the law is the law”:

After many reproductive rights, health, and justice advocates testified, DSHS did not second the motion on the rules of HB 2, which Luther says is unprecedented:

 

 

 

 

The action of DSHS may not seem significant in the wake of harm that will come from HB 2’s implementation. But we’ve got to remember, anti-abortion advocates have been working in states like Texas for decades. Any movement toward reproductive justice is significant in these states, and more dramatic change will not happen over night.

Finally, Rep. Doug Cox (R-Grove) thinks Oklahoma needs better sex education. Our infant mortality rate has declined over the last few years but is still above the national average. Women, Action & the Media’s campaign to get Clear Channel to air radio advertisements for Wichita’s South Wind Women’s Center was successful. And fast food workers went on strike in 60 cities across the U.S. yesterday, calling for a higher minimum wage and the right to unionize.

The video this week comes from rapper Le1f who also made the news for something said on Twitter. Ending the round up on theme! Yes!

Mallory almost feels like a real person again, four weeks after sitting for the July bar.

You can always come home again.

Lovelies, lovelies, my precious sweets, how are you? How is your summer treating you? Have you spent enough time lounging fabulously poolside? Have you eaten your weight in tomatoes directly off of the vine? Are you tired of hearing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” every hour, on the hour?

MMMHMM.

My summer, since we’re on the topic, has been pretty excellent. I’ve had the good fortune of working at a job that sends me into the field to talk to queer folks about mental health and substance use issues. This means that I take day trips to smaller towns in New Mexico that most folks visiting the 505 don’t venture into, like Socorro, Gallup, and Farmington. Farmington reminds me a whole hell of a lot of Oklahoma, from the ubiquitous Ford F250s motoring down perfectly paved roads to the alarming number of pro-life signs strewn across the town.  On one of the days that I was in Farmington, I made it a game to count the number of no-don’t-that-fetus-is-a-baby-bearing signs that I saw.

what if you cited your sources?

what if you cited your sources?

I stopped at ten.

I also had the good fortune of being in Oklahoma last week to visit family and friends, and generally take in everything excellent that the Sooner State has to offer (read: STEAK SANDWICH SUPREME). While I was in town, two super exciting things happened.

First exciting thing: There was an event at the state capitol to recognize the call for a National Day of Action to Defend Abortion Rights. I’m not really sure who organized the Oklahoma event, but given the number of fists used as Facebook profile pictures by the organizers, I’m going to guess it was some dudes from the ISO. Personal grumptastic feelings about ISO aside, it was really great to be standing in the rain with about thirty other Oklahomans concerned about the erosion of reproductive self-determination.

Rain can't stop this Oklahoma grit.

Rain can’t stop this Oklahoma grit.

OK4RJ’s own Sandra Criswell was invited to speak, and she was shockingly NICE (What?! It’s like I don’t even know you anymore!). Sandra spoke about the relevance of reproductive justice for ALL people, not just cis-gendered women, and the ways in which the struggles in Texas over HB2 are not, as all those coasties in glass houses would like people to believe, a total loss for reproductive rights. Red state organizers are used to having these types of legislation introduced and passed, and Sandra delivered a necessary reminder to our scrappy crowd that we are some resilient motherfuckers.

Ricky and Sandra, precious baby angels for life. (photo courtesy of Lauren Zuniga)

Ricky and Sandra, precious baby angels for life. (photo courtesy of Lauren Zuniga)

Also, I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention that honorary OK4RJer Lauren Zuniga performed some of her well-worn and well-loved poems at this rally. Seriously: If you aren’t completely smitten with this woman, I question your taste level.

Make. It. Work.

Your taste: Make. It. Work.

Second exciting thing that happened while I was in Oklahoma: The first meeting of TransOK, a support group for transgender Oklahomans between the ages of 16-30, took place at the Cimarron Alliance Equality Center (CAEC). A handful of gender variant Oklahomies came together to share our experiences, ask questions, and learn from one another. Rumor has it that these meetings will now take place weekly, on Saturdays at CAEC, from 5 to 7pm.

TransOK? TransOk!

TransOK? TransOk!

Y’all, I cannot even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. For far too many years, I had myself convinced that I could never come back to Oklahoma, that it would never be “home” again, because there just wasn’t space for this Jewish genderqueer transmasculine butch dandy switch to be loved, supported, and affirmed. WELL, it really looks like things are changing thanks to some fearless and dedicated individuals.

I mean, “Same Love” came on KJ103 while I was driving through Norman. I may or may not have had to pull over because I couldn’t see through my tears.

This summer has given me so much to be happy and excited about! I’m just so goddamned proud of the ways that Oklahoma surprises me every time I go home. I’m proud of the work that’s being done to make things better for everyone, and I’m especially proud to call the folks enacting this change friends.

Is this a great state or what?

Ricky would like you to know that their coverage is more local, more meaningful.

Whose Voices, Whose Lives?: Homogenizing Activism and SB5

Addressing Texans after their awesome victory two weeks ago, Jessica Luther quoted a woman who said, “It’s good to see that women that aren’t of color were there to represent those who couldn’t be there because of work or childcare. If you couldn’t do the drive [to the capitol on] Tuesday, you certainly couldn’t do the drive if you needed an abortion.” The lack of diversity at the event is pretty evident from Instagram coverage alone. Texans have been getting out and telling their legislators what’s up for at least six large-scale events in the past month, but the folks who have time, location and funds to attend them are not the women of color or the poor, indigenous, and/or rural folks that will suffer the most due to this bill. In sight of this skewed representation, it’s all the more crucial to recognize those who were present.

A prime example is our queen, Senator Leticia Van de Putte who, despite her awesome contributions to her own Latino community, her constituents (for almost 25 years!) and The Filibuster, is still relatively unknown. This is a particularly poignant way in which these events were a microcosm of larger power dynamics. It was VdP, not the usually credited Davis, who asked the Senate president, “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”

GET IT GRL

This detail appears finicky without the context of the question. Before Van de Putte spoke, Davis was losing the floor at about 11:50 and every other senator had run out of ways to support the filibuster. Immediately after, the orange-shirted supporters in the gallery started cheering–and didn’t stop until the session was timed out, invalidating the Senate’s vote in that session. Van de Putte’s words were what allowed Texans to keep the bill from passing. If that catalyst hadn’t existed, maybe they’d have pushed the clock some other way. The fact is, that is exactly how it happened.

Some conventionally white and male-dominated groups, namely Occupy and ISO, claim to have radicalized and rallied the crowd. These folks are wrong. They are warping media coverage and damaging the reality of folks who prevented SB5 from passing that night. Organizers that have documented histories silencing, ignoring and violating marginalized folks are typically also co-opting their movements, organizing and tactics. This is no different. While it is reprehensible that individuals in these organizations would claim this moment as their own, dismissing all the work other organizers had put into the weeks before the filibuster, as well as that of Senators Van de Putte and Davis, it’s hardly unexpected.

if you think this is an acceptable protest outfit GET ALL THE WAY OUT THE GALLERY

This is not OK. Calling the victory of the SB5 hearing related to Occupy in any way homogenizes the individuals who worked against the bill, attempts to characterize any LOUD ACTIVISM as their own and gives media outlets a fallacious cop-out definition for an organic, crucial moment in Red State activism. Simplifying this conversation does a disservice to any Texans present, ignores the sizable contribution of the one woman of color who was allowed to speak that day and plays into regional hierarchies of activist strategies. Preserving the reality of this night is vital in order to understand and learn from it. Effective organizers recognize that. With another session in swing, there is no time for this ridiculous posturing. Activists should focus on one thing – working thoughtfully with those who can’t afford to lose.

Elly spent the whole weekend sweating, dancing, and glaring at bros in Iowa. THANKS IOWA!

The Devil You Say

fuzzy wigglersIf you were following the events at the Capitol in Texas last week, or just like to hang out on Twitter, you may have seen a strange phenomenon- the hashtag #HailSatan began trending. What started as a joke became yet another cheap accusation for the anti-choice side to level at pro-choice activists. While I’m not sure who first tweeted about it, I first became aware thanks to Abby “Embellish Like Crazy or Just Make Some Shit Up” Johnson. Initially, I laughed so hard that I almost dropped my phone in the bathtub. (Yeah, I followed Texas news all day, even in the tub. Like a boss.) Then I discovered that she wasn’t the only one making the claim.

It turns out that while some blue-shirt anti-choicers were singing “Amazing Grace,” members of the orange-shirt pro-choice crowd nearby were chanting, “Not the church, not the state, women must decide their fate.” After the singing wrapped up, a guy filming the sing-a-long turned the camera towards a teenage girl who sarcastically shouted, “Hail Satan.” Pretty funny in my opinion, but the blue shirts were not amused. The story began to morph. Word spread that a whole group had chanted “Hail Satan” to drown out the Godly singers. It went on all day! They even formed a human pentagram!

Throughout the day, anti-choicers tweeted about the pro-choice crowd finally showing their true colors. (Gee, I’m so glad we can finally share our love of His Royal Darkness, y’all.) Online “news” sites like Life News began picking up the story. Even though the video only showed ONE girl being cheeky, reports insisted it was an entire crowd. Conveniently, Life News produced a video a couple of days later where you can’t see any orange shirts but you can hear some muffled singing, posted as proof that “Of course, there were lots of Devil worshippers praising the Dark Lord that day!”

Given the current trend of comparing abortion to idolatrous child sacrifice, this couldn’t have been more convenient story for anti-choicers seeking to demonize their opposition. Thankfully, many reproductive health advocates have a good sense of humor. Despite the shit-storm happening across America with puritanical reproductive restrictions, several people happily took time out to poke fun at our new Satanic label for a day. (Cause you know, it’s not just one girl being cheeky or even a handful of people. It’s ALL pro-choice activists!) When a male member of the UK Church of Satan denounced the supposed group chanting, the anti-choice crowd latched on to spin a new story: You guys are worse than self-identified Lucifer enthusiasts!

traditional pro-choice meeting places

 

Still, while the whole thing is amusing, it shows how little things have changed since, you know, actual Puritans first showed up and began colonizing North America. Like their relatives in Europe, our Puritan friends were all too eager to assume that women who didn’t fit the mold of a proper, faithful lady – i.e. childless, independent, unmarried, opinionated – were up to no good and making deals with the Devil. Here we are hundreds of years later, and women seeking bodily autonomy are assumed to be evil.

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that opponents of the measures in Texas are being mislabeled. Even more moderate supporters for the bill have been focusing disproportionately on the 20 week ban and framing critics of the abortion legislation as Pro-Late-Term-Abortion. #HailSatan tweets are still making rounds, and yet another nonsense hashtag has made its debut – #prochoiceviolence. Keep up that sense of humor, y’all. We’re always gonna need it.

Editor’s Note: Check out this song by friend of red state reprojustice John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) for references to growing up in northwest Texas and, obviously, the phrase “hail Satan” chanted over acoustic guitar strumming. 

Erin listened to Black Sabbath’s Paranoid while writing this.  It seemed fitting.

Rodeo Roundup: I Will Not Yield The Floor Edition

Oh, friends. FRIENDS. This has been a week. This week had been A Week by Tuesday morning, really.  But here we are, wondering how we made it through and whether Ciara’s new album has dropped yet (ugh, no) and how to Actually Feel about Yeezus (ugh, no).

At OK4RJ, before we all experienced soul-destroying filibuster livestream anxiety for hours and hours on end, Melissa reminded us of two things: 1) Janelle Monae exists and made “Q.U.E.E.N.” and 2) if we don’t take care of ourselves we won’t be strong for the fight. Truth, y’all.

So much RJ-related news happened this week that we’re just going to spend the roundup linking you to our favorite responses and analyses from around the World Wide Web (WWW). Cool? LET’S GO, HAMLET

watch the video for the tiny pigy noises Watch It

from an important internet video entitled “Hamlet the Mini-Pig Goes Down The Stairs” (gif links to video)

#redstaterage, Round 1: People’s Filibuster Weekend

Andrea Grimes of RH Reality Check spent most of the past seven days watching the Texas legislature roll out its latest abortion omnibus bill, witnessing a huge turnout of citizens over the weekend to participate in a people’s filibuster and responding to early hostility and indifference toward Texans. Our own Ricky created the #redstaterage tag, which we predict will come in VERY handy, not to be too pessimistic (really though, this is OK4RJ, pessimism’s sort of our bag – along with killing buzzes and Downering Debbies).

SCOTUS, Round 1: VRA and Baby Veronica

Although it appears before the Supreme Court, the Baby V case has been portrayed as a simple custody battle that happens to affect countless indigenous families. Aura Bogado explained the implications of the decision on tribal sovereignty in the U.S. In the wake of the VRA Section 5 decision, Think Progress tracked the uptick in voter suppression bills being pushed through state legislatures around the country – starting with Texas. Why do we care? This type of social control is directly related to bodily autonomy and self-determination as it disproportionately affects communities and populations already subject to marginalization and scrutiny, such as people of color, immigrants, and trans folks.

#redstaterage, Round 2: Wendy Davis and Two Thousand Texans Under The Dome

Let’s leave problematic images of Sen. Davis as Daenerys/Khaleesi and GHASTLY media coverage for another day. We would like to take this time to focus on how the rest of the country needs to get on Leticia van de Putte’s level as well as that of Jessica, Jen, and every other warrior who organized and showed up to pack the gallery and rotunda of the Texas capitol building. LETICIA, PEOPLE.

 

SCOTUS, Round 2: DOMA and Prop 8

Seth Wessler at Colorlines illustrated one of the many ways in which the decision to overturn DOMA has surprising and complex outcomes. Unfathomable amounts of perfect tweets such as this one by Black Girl Dangerous were composed and released into the wilds of the Internet:

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 M.I.A.’s new video dropped this week but I haven’t watched it so here’s this ostentatiously summery video she’s featured in. Would Rye Rye ever even CONSIDER yielding the floor? I think not.

Pearl is moving this weekend and is genuinely frightened by the alien landscape of an apartment that will possibly not have internet until NEXT WEEK

Rodeo Roundup: Someone Please Write Us a Summer Jam edition

Hey y’all! We have a lot of news to round up since our last love sesh, so let’s just go ahead shall we?

This week at OK4RJ, Pearl sat us down for a lil chat about privilege, privacy and What That Words Means (hint: not much if you’re not a white libertarian on tv this week!) I’d also recommend revisiting Jen’s post on working the reproductive justice framework into tornado recovery discussions and Rios’ piece on whiteness, Oklahoma and why working here is worth it. We’re had other updates since the most recent roundup, so go read them if you haven’t, or read them again. I’ll wait.

us waiting patiently for you to read our articles

Great! You’re back. So, in Oklahoma, “driving under the influence” could soon mean “was not sober for a 2 hour period a week ago and so is not fit to drive”. This is not going to help our really racist drug law enforcement.

In better news, a study has shown that HPV infection rates have been about halved for teenage girls in recent years. The vaccine that fights HPV has only been around for about 6 years and prevents cervical cancer. A HIV preventative medication has also been proven to be effective for both sex and skin based transfers. AND! Emergency contraception should be available on-shelf to all folks soon! Especially important for folks in places where pharmacists refuse to sell it on moral grounds. ALL VERY COOL.

Exodus International announced that it is closing and ending its pray-the-gay-away programming. Their President also admitted that their ex-gay therapy does not work and apologized for years of violent and poisonous organizing. Thanks-ish from the Bible Belt, but I will be more impressed if he announces tomorrow that he’s paying for all the still-gay folks who went through his program’s real therapy now. His letter alludes to new and vague organization building. COOL?? ?? ?? ? ? ??

about how much I really feel like congratulating exodus international. watching you, Alan Chambers.

I don’t really want to talk about the house passing a 20 week abortion ban, Ohio’s particularly awful, multipronged and provider-damning bill working its way through their state, and our dear Texas facing the possibility of a bill that would close 90% of its abortion clinics statewide. 5 would remain. More illegal undue burdens placed on pregnant folks, more providers shamed, disrespected and held to absurd and irrelevant standards. The usual. Follow OK4RJ BFFL Jessica Luther, the hashtag #feministarmy, and RH Reality Check’s Andrea Grimes for updates on the citizens’ filibuster in Texas.

luv u 4ever TV

ohio you can join the red state huddle this week if u want

In other WHY news, the American Medical Association decided to go ahead and classify obesity as a disease, even though they don’t really seem to think it is. Any work that seeks to classify marginalized bodies as incorrectly diseased and unacceptable is no good over here in RJ land. THUMBS DOWN AMA.

However, Boston’s Children Hospital found the really specific cause of Type I Diabetes, which is ALSO COOL. Folks with diabetes face a whole host of reproductive needs that are unmet, unaddressed and unknown, so this development is awesome.

To wrap this up, I offer this gem up for reading inspiration to any Texans who might be looking to extend their filibuster next week. Aint nobody in the legislature there who knows Beyonce. IT COULD WORK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EwViQxSJJQ

Elly can’t tell if she’s a witch or not and really does need MIA’s new album yesterday.

Rodeo Roundup: Bomb Girls and Electric Ladies

This week at OK4RJ, Jen broke down just who is going to be disproportionately affected by ID requirements for over-the-counter emergency contraception. Here’s a hint: It’s not privileged teenagers who forgot their learners’ permit at home. Mallory turned her grief at the cancellation of Bomb Girls into brilliant commentary on the experience of being queer and thriving in Oklahoma, and Matt brought us perspective and analysis on a new study surveying undocumented Latinos’ attitudes about a certain institution of state power. Serve and Protect, y’all.

In Oklahoma news this first full week of May, a group of Tulsans are asking their city council to begin the process of removing violent white supremacist Tate Brady’s name from prominent areas in the city. I don’t care if it’s “historic”, until the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot is plastered all over every Oklahoma history textbook (or, you know, mentioned a couple of times) y’all can keep the word “historic” out of your mouths and council rulings.

Down the turnpike at the Capitol, lawmakers continued to roll back access to abortion care in a manner I can only honestly describe as

Easy n Breezy Happy n Healthy !!!!

If you thought “Women Laughing Alone With Salad!” you might know that Edith Zimmerman is stepping down as editor of smart-snarky-feministish-people website The Hairpin next week. The site will go on under a new editor who I don’t have a big crush on, sorry New Editor Lady. This has been our new segment: Blog news no one cares about! Tune in never again.

Elsewhere in the news, the New York Times reported on the state of reproductive healthcare policy in Texas after legislators and officials threw a shit-fit about it last year and de-funded Planned Parenthood:

As a direct result, 117 Texas family-planning clinics stopped receiving state financing and 56 of those clinics closed, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin who are conducting a three-year study to evaluate the Legislature’s policy changes.

The researchers estimate that 144,000 fewer women received health services and 30,000 fewer unintended pregnancies were averted in 2012 than in 2010. The state’s savings from the programs dropped by an estimated $163 million.

Hey Rick Perry,

pls

And finally, some vindication: As hearings regarding the current administration’s desire to deny people access to completely harmless medication because ICKY, presiding Judge Edward R. Korman threw out a word or two:

“You have absolutely no credibility,” he told F. Franklin Amanat, senior counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice. “This is a charade.”

OH.

Rounduppers, I’ll just leave you here to bask in that statement alongside Janelle Monae’s perfect new song and video, “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Pearl approves the way Janelle Monae is made and also is on board to help free Kansas City

 

Red States Get It Done

I have driven probably 10,000 miles on I-35 in my lifetime and it’s inspired a lot of my blog posts. A lot of people find the long stretches of highway in red states across flat prairie really boring, but I confront my own fears nowhere better. Lately when driving I’ve just felt an intense pride in the people who work and live here despite what coasties and other misguided/wrong folk might say about us. So I figured this was as good an opportunity as any to highlight a couple of TOTALLY AMAZING things that people are doing in red states along this highway (even if the city they’re in isn’t).

Let’s start with the southern point: Texas! The Keystone XL Pipeline, a system of pipelines carrying crude oil from tar sands in Canada to multiple US cities, is a pretty awful, environment-tribal sovereignty-water supply-destroying endeavor. Have you heard about the fantastic Texas folks opposing its construction? Activists have staged an indefinite tree-sit (today is day 28!) to halt crews working in their state. Even in spite of bullying by law enforcement and TransCanada surveying crews, the blockaders are not budging. You can assist from them from afar! Fill out their action form to see how you can lend support.

I’m sure y’all have heard about Walmart employees striking in multiple cities with the organization OUR Walmart for better working conditions and union recognition. It’s gross that the world’s largest private employer is STILL actively discouraging workers from organizing even though they get paid awful wages, work in unsafe conditions, and experience sexual harassment nation-wide. A few workers in Sapulpa, OK also went on strike (without the help of any organizations) for more hours and better wages. YES.

Our awesome friends at Trust Women are working hard to open a clinic in Wichita that will provide, among a million other things, abortion services. You know what you could totally do to help them out? Not write a really patronizing blog post about their work but donate money to help them renovate the space!

The Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, Iowa is currently doing awesome things during an incredibly gross 40 Days for Life protest. They are using their twitter to let folks know how to support them during a time when people creepily hang  around outside the clinic and harass people accessing medical care; every day someone is shaming your neighbors and friends from getting health care is also a day you can show material support. You could network with them on social media, donate, or volunteer if you’re in their area!

Hats off to red states this month, y’all. We get shit done with a little money and a few dedicated volunteers. If you’ve got more to add about folks doing great things right now in red states that need support, let us know in the comments!

Jen might dress up for Halloween at work; look for the sober, gender-bent Little Red Riding Hood at a restaurant near you!

Rodeo Roundup: RNC – Republican National Carnival

I’m not sure why I did it to myself, but I watched every night of the RNC. I tried to stay away, but then I’d see someone on my Twitter say that Mary Fallin upped her twang to Reba standards or that Jeb Bush was speaking coherently. I’m weak for their lies and awful jokes. Plus, I apparently really enjoy watching old, white people dance as well.

Did you know that Janna Ryan, wife of RPR (Ryan Paul Ryan), is an Oklahoman? She even watched a Sooner game in her wedding dress.  It’s okay if we make fun of her now for marrying a total tool, right?

My sk8boarding for Jesus friend, Keith Mason, must have cried a river of a thousand fertilized eggs that his presh personhood amendment failed to make it on a ballot in Colorado for the THIRD time. Keith will overcome his failures, I’m sure, while listening to the Deftones.

Here’s the story of a person saying they are the survivor of an abortion. The medical records back up that she was spontaneously delivered at 18 weeks. Melissa claims she was 7 months old when the abortion occurred and that she was ‘thrown in a dumpster, crying’ when the medical records show she was taken to NICU. Y’all ready for some math?  18 weeks does not equal 7 months, and there’s no dumpster mentioned anywhere. It’s also impossible to find anything else besides this about her except that her story changes all the time. Not to downplay anyone that this could have happened to, but something stinks. So why is she all over the place? BECAUSE OBAMA WANTS TO KILL BABIES AFTER THEY ARE BORN (but not really).

So, let’s say you’re on your way to get an abortion. A van pulls up, asks you to get inside, and pee for them while they pray for you. Nope, that’s not creepy at all. Are they offering candy too? But don’t worry, these Urolagnians just wanna talk to you about Jesus for a little bit and then make you pose for a picture after! Don’t you just love their hair and Northface jackets? They also seem to have a MAJOR issues with Mr. Rogers..?  HEY STORK PEOPLE! YOUR VAN = CREEPY!

OMFG!!! DYLAN AND KELLY from 90210!!! It’s like my Old Navy fantasies came true!

I did get to see my BOYFRAN Rick Santy talk about handys, thick juicy arms, hands, hands, and hands this week. It was glorious!      

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE…THE OFFICIAL (NSFW) RNC MUSIC VIDEO!!!

Molly is off to the big city this weekend for her old ass birthday. She’s turning 26. Again. Follow her on Twitter if you’re into cussin’ at the TV.

Some Texans Turn To Mexican Pharmacies for Medical Abortion

vintage cactus pics so hip

from National Geographic, 1974

On Sunday, the Texas Tribune reported that a growing number of people in that state seeking abortions are looking to Mexico for chemical abortifacients in the form of a potent medication – not prescribed on its own in the U.S. to terminate pregnancies – called misoprostol. According to the Tribune article, the World Health Organization has stated that even on its own, the drug can be an effective method for medically inducing abortion when used properly. Unfortunately, the proper method for the use of misoprostol to induce abortion is not widely known in the border communities affected, which results in a variety of health risks.

From an access perspective, the recent uptick in such a practice seems to be the logical result of recent cuts and restrictions on public health services, including reproductive health and domestic violence services, in the state of Texas. Other states – especially red border states – can learn from this story in the fight for reproductive justice. It may seem far-fetched to prepare to distribute facts on proper use of misoprostol to possible affected communities, but if state TRAP legislation continues to pass, such education may be necessary to prevent injury or illness. Ideally, community reaction to such a trend will be mostly to increase knowledge of and access to safe, legal, affordable, and discreet abortion services through hotlines and abortion funds.

The people using misoprostol, also widely used in Mexico due to poor reproductive health access, are mostly poor Latino-Americans living in sparsely-populated areas near the southern border of the United States. This story will probably not be widely covered because it has yet to affect urban middle-class white Americans, and I sincerely hope that the big state to the south can stave off further increases in the practice. I highly recommend reading the original article from the Tribune and checking in on Robin Marty’s coverage of the story.

Pearl is making two pizzas tonight, just try and stop her