Friday, November 30, 2012

Favorite Things!

You know what one of my favorite things is? Women who make money by writing books and articles that tell other women they shouldn't be making money. Because having a career is not feminine, and men won't want to marry you.

Suzanne Venker is very worried about women in the workforce. The problem? "Women aren't women anymore." Also, women now see men as "the enemy." Women are stealing men's jobs, and men are sad because "Men want to love women, not compete with them." And now... men don't want to get married. Pew Research Center says so. Except Venker doesn't link to the Pew Research report in her article.

I did something crazy and... looked it up.

Here's what I see:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Contraceptives for Everyone! (Or Just the Sluts)

Mitt Romney's comments yesterday on birth control (among other things) prove just how out of touch he is:

"Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women," he continued. "And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."

He seems to not understand that:

1. Most women are still going to have to pay for birth control by purchasing insurance plans and paying monthly premiums.  Getting birth control without a copay is a benefit of the plan....that people pay for.

2. It's not just "college-aged sluts women" that use birth control.  99% of women use birth control at some point in their lives, including married women.

It's like he can't comprehend that someone might be married and want to delay having a child, or a second or third child. And more often than not it's for economic reasons.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Gender Gap

The 20 point gender gap in the 2012 presidential election is the largest Gallup has measured in a presidential election since it began compiling the vote by major subgroups in 1952.

It's almost as if the majority of women are tired of birth control and reproductive rights being treated as fringe issues when the ability to plan for and space your family is directly correlated with economic opportunity and mobility.

I'm guessing there's also a good number of women who are tired of the lip service paid by politicians to the idea that "motherhood is the most important job in the world" with zero actions or policies that actually support that idea.