G-Spots and Sore Spots

Article taken from March/April Newsletter 2014

G Spots

Women made up 54 percent of people enrolling in health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces by the end of 2013. That’s a total of more than 1.1 million women with new health insurance plans, nationwide. We are proud of this success, which we helped foster through the Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need campaign that is engaging women to find out more about expanded access to affordable health insurance!

We love the female condom, but how about making the male condom more attractive to women, too? Students at New York City’s School of Visual Arts are designing a new condom package as part of their “Design for Social Values” course. The new packaging is gender-neutral, attractive, and is designed to encourage women to feel comfortable buying and carrying condoms. The students are looking to partner with an established condom company that will adopt the packaging design.

Restrictions on Emergency Contraception (EC) – Oklahoma is NOT OK with that! On January 23, Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis ruled that a state law restricting women’s access to EC was unconstitutional and struck it down permanently. The Center for Reproductive Rights challenged this law back in 2013 when the FDA finally approved over-the-counter access to the EC Plan B One-Step. Now, Plan B is available in the family planning aisles of pharmacy and grocery stores all across the country, including in Oklahoma.

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Sore Spots                                                    

Objectifying women has long been a staple feature of advertising and brand promotion. But, designer Marc Jacobs may have taken things too far: his 2014 ads feature Miley Cyrus with a model posing as a morgue-ready corpse lying next to her. There has been a trend recently of models being posed as corpses. We are revolted by the fetishization of violence against women these ads promote.

January 2014 marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion care nationwide. Despite this long history, the right to choose is far from secure: 2013 saw a record-breaking number of anti-choice laws enacted in the states.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, 22 states implemented restrictions limiting a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion (a total of 70 in restrictions in all). Instead of wasting countless time and money on these harmful measures, lawmakers should work to reduce barriers that prevent women from getting the comprehensive range of health care they need.

Todd Kincannon, the former head of the South Carolina Republican Party who is running for Governor of Texas, has adopted a strategy of slander and name-calling rather than engaging in a real debate about policy with his opponent Texas legislator Wendy Davis. In recent Twitter posts, Kincannon has called Davis “whore,” “crack whore,” and “FemiNazi,” among other vile misogyny. He has stated, “I don’t care if folks attack Wendy Davis unfairly, I just want her attacked.”  And some people wonder why GOP candidates have been losing support from women voters!