That’s partly because the Personhood movement hopes to do nothing less than reclassify everyday, routine birth control as abortion. The medical definition of pregnancy is when a fertilized egg successfully implants in the uterine wall. If this initiative passes, and fertilized eggs on their own have full legal rights, anything that could potentially block that implantation – something a woman’s body does naturally all the time – could be considered murder. Scientists say hormonal birth-control pills and the morning-after pill work primarily by preventing fertilization in the first place, but the outside possibility, never documented, that an egg could be fertilized anyway and blocked is enough for some pro-lifers.
Indeed, at least one pro-Personhood doctor in Mississippi, Beverly McMillan, refused to prescribe the pill before retiring last year, writing, “I painfully agree that birth control pills do in fact cause abortions.” Bush does prescribe the pill, but says, “There’s good science on both sides … I think there’s more science to support conception not occurring.” Given that the Personhood Amendment is so vague, I asked her, what would stop the alleged “good science” on one side from prevailing and banning even the pill?
Bush paused. “I could say that is not the intent,” she said. “I don’t have an answer for that particular [case], how it would be settled, but I do know this is simple.” Which part is simple? “The amendment is simple,” she said. “You can play the ‘what if’ game, but if you keep it simple, this is a person who deserves life.” What about the IUD, which she refuses to prescribe for moral reasons, and which McMillan told me the Personhood Amendment would ban? “I’m not the authority on what would and would not be banned.” No – Bush simply plays one on TV. And if her amendment passes, only condoms, diaphragms and natural family planning — the rhythm method – would be guaranteed in Mississippi.
I've become the grim reaper of new struggling Hoboken restaurants.
I’m still grumpy about this taco place down the street from my old apartment that closed up. It was REALLY good… just nailed everything. Better tacos than the Taco Truck and they gave free chips and salsa. It was good enough that I ate food and then read a book and waited until I was hungry again so I could eat more tacos. I did this once because I was the only person in the place and it was embarrassing. And then it got shut down and turned into another falafel joint. There is now only one solid taco place in Hoboken.
So I go to Lucky’s today because they make good burgers and fries with chipotle mayo and I was the only one there again. And of course I felt bad, I don’t want this whole thing to become a trend. The cashier spent her time overdoing it with the cleaning product and looking out the door for potential customers. It smelled like lemons inside. This is not really the fault of the cashier, she’s just bored and there’s not much you can do when nobody is coming to eat. Everyone in Hoboken should go to this place and bother her for cheeseburgers so she doesn’t have so keep busy by spraying everything with lemony stuff.
Meg posted this last month and I finally got to it, and it’s pretty tasty! Skipped out on the homemade dressing and swapped with balsamic vinaigrette, skipped the parsley.
It’s good. I got the same weird feeling when I ate those Luna Bars and found out after the fact that they’re “nutrition bars for women”, but I’m working on it. I don’t know why they’re only meant for women because that stuff tastes better than those shitty clif bars.
So many people are saying that this was a “bunch of red neck cops who wanted to play safari’” and what not. But in reality they DID attempt tranquilizers…the local human society, ASPCA, local veterinarians, and various other animal rights groups were called in to the area in order to make the best decisions for the animals AND the many people that live in this area. Tranquilizing these type of animals in captivity is VERY different than having this many wild animals roaming around an area full of homes, and children, and farms. Animal rights groups and Jack Hanna are speaking up and defending the unfortunate ending to this impossible scenario.
What we need to be looking at is not the officers and animal control agents, but at the lack of laws regarding exotic animal ownership and animal protection in general. These animals are the victims of ONE man who abused them and then set them free on a suicide march.
Enough with blaming the people trying to clean up such a tragic mess that could have been prevented with better legislation and regulation.
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film. … There is something very distorted about this reality that they’ve created, which is that it is OK to torture women on screen. Any kind of violence towards women in a sexual scenario is fine. But give a woman pleasure? No way. Not a chance. That’s pornography.”—
Ryan Gosling, actor and feminist, in a letter protesting the NC-17 rating of Blue Valentine. The rating was based on one consensual sex scene. (via marxisforbros)
Theory: Gosling used Drive to see how far he could go with violence without touching the NC-17 rating. AND HE WENT PRETTY FAR.
“A lot of dudes drink diet soda. It’s one of those things that gets ingrained in you super early, possibly environmentally, like whether you’re a dog or cat person. You either like artificial sweeteners or you don’t. This is an ad campaign meant to arouse ire, much like the California Milk Processor Board’s recent sexist ad campaign, because any press is press. And here I am writing about it. Are you going to try Dr. Pepper Ten? Has anyone ever caved in to being emasculated by a soda? Is this really any dumber than “7UP Yours,” which was 7UP’s campaign for six fucking years (they couldn’t make it seven?), or recent NY to LA transplant Papaya King’s insulting billboards? Is the whole concept of diet soda inherently ridiculous?”—
"And here I am writing about it" means way too much to me. I don’t think we go a day without some public brand eating shit and taking a beating from the internet until there’s something new to pounce on. We’re probably at the point where PR execs are crafting campaigns that are just offensive enough to get all over the blogs but ultimately harmless. Or have we always been at that point?