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Some stuff from my reader and that has been sitting in my “blog fodder” tab for too long, waiting for me to write about it, when I just can’t get to it. *le sigh*

Wood’s Rules: Abortion

Let me say I was shocked, SHOCKED I SAY! to read this:

The most rigorous studies indicated that within the United States, the relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have a single, legal, first-trimester abortion of an unwanted pregnancy is no greater than the risk among women who deliver an unwanted pregnancy. . . Most adult women who terminate a pregnancy do not experience mental health problems.

*nod nod*

Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, from almost any feminist w/ a modicum of respect for women…

Let’s just say this is tucked into my reference tab and I will be pulling it in the future, I am sure.

moving on.

Jay at Two Women Blogging: Something New

This is a lesson I have to keep learning: it’s all about the relationship. Real change and real learning happen when it’s safe to take risks, and that requires that both people see and respect the other.

Should be read and linked far and wide. Change is only going to happen when the other party is willing to see us.

Racialicious: A Racialicious Dialogue on “The Princess and the Frog”

More than a year before its debut, “The Princess and the Frog” set tongues wagging. Some were overjoyed that Disney finally dedicated a feature to a black princess. Others criticized the studio’s history of racial gaffes in films such as “Aladdin” and “The Jungle Book” and wondered if Disney could change its track record with the “Princess and the Frog.” Some specifically took issue with “Princess” because the heroine, Tiana, spends more time on screen as a frog than as a black woman; because her prince, Naveen, isn’t black; and because the film portrays Voodoo questionably.

We saw it too, and I want to review it if I get time, but Racialicious has some excellent posts on the movie that you should check out! Lots of great issues brought up. I was particularly disturbed by the portrayal of Voodoo, and felt that it stigmatizes NOLA culture, which is already stigmatized.

meloukhia at FWD/Forward: Medicaid: I’m Sorry, Did You Want Social Services With That?

[… O]f course, it ignores the fact that some people with disabilities are isolated, and that many of us are running out of favors. When you’re temporarily sick, friends are usually willing to pitch in and help out. They imagine themselves in that position and they figure what goes around comes around. But when you are disabled, and you have been for years, friends are less and less willing to help out. They’re tired, you’ve drifted apart, they feel like they’ve already given too much. In turn, there’s awkwardness when it comes to asking people for help when it feels like one is always asking for help, and when you’ve been constantly reminded that you need to be a good cripple and be nice and well behaved and not be a bother.

I had a really hard time finding just one spot to pull from. Go read her whole post. I am not just saying that because she is my co-blogger. Really.

Ruth Fertig at Change.Org: Domestic Violence Survivor Wins Asylum After 14-Year Fight

In order to demonstrate a valid asylum claim, an asylum seeker must prove that he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based upon his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. It’s not enough for a victim of domestic violence to seek asylum based on fear that she will face recurrent violence if she returns to her country of origin. She also has to prove that her persecution is tied to one of the five statutory grounds. That’s historically been difficult to do, since these grounds do not include gender (or sexuality, for that matter), since domestic violence is often viewed as a relationship issue rather than a larger societal problem, and the final decision is left to one immigration judge’s discretion.

Excellent piece. I am not just saying that because she is my co-blogger. Really.

This piece about a U.S. Soldier captured by the Taliban broke my heart. My heart to his family, and I pray to all the gods and goddesses I know that he is still alive.

I can’t quote it, it is too hard.

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