This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

Because why are we still calling it a walk of shame anyway? Oh right, because people are terrible. Let’s see just how terrible people were this week! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)

Georgia’s legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortion coverage (except to save the life of the mother) from all state employee health plans and insurance plans offered on the state’s exchanges.

A “heartbeat ban” has been reintroduced in Ohio; it would ban abortions as soon as the heartbeat could be detected, as early as 6 weeks in (before many women even know they’re pregnant or can get a doctor’s appointment).

South Carolina’s house passed a 20-week abortion ban, even though it would only apply to emergencies in hospitals since the state’s clinics don’t perform them after 14 weeks (and even though similar bans have been declared unconstitutional in other states). The only exception is to save the mother’s life.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down Arkansas’ 12-week abortion ban as unconstitutional, but allowed a provision that forces mandatory ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat.

Hat tip to the religious leaders and nuns who publicly came out in defense of birth control coverage under Obamacare.

Louisiana took Medicaid eligibility away from some pregnant women and new moms because of a typo on Healthcare.gov that they would have realized was a mistake if they’d looked at the actual law or Medicaid rules.

“Leaning In” may seem like a good idea in theory, but in reality women are frequently punished for negotiating. The latest example comes from a woman applying for a tenure-track position at Nazareth College whose employment offer was withdrawn after she asked for several perks in her contract. (Though, as many of my friends in academia pointed out in a private conversation on Facebook, some of the things she asked for in this particular instance may have been unreasonable, especially her request for a 2015 start date for a position that’s open now.)

Meanwhile the executive director of the Texas Republican Party thinks that the answer to the wage gap is teaching women to negotiate like men rather than allowing them to sue when they find out they’re being discriminated against.

A study of writer representation in the media found that women writers outnumber men… in writings about family and gender. In every other topic, there are more men; in some cases a lot more men.

Bar graph showing the percentage of writers by gender on various topics.
Well, that’s depressing. Graphic by Foreign Policy using data from The OpEd Project.

Headscratcher of the week: A statement from RAINN implies that people who talk about “rape culture” don’t realize that rapes are committed by people, not cultureOf course we understand that! But rape culture helps most rapists get away with it.

Terrible people!

  • Susanne Atanus won the Republican primary for Illinois 9th congressional district despite thinking that tornadoes and autism are God’s punishment for abortion and gay rights and that allowing gays in the military will weaken our defenses because they’ll spread AIDS through the armed forces.
  • Ralph Reed thinks that to combat poverty we should make it harder for women to get divorced rather than increasing food stamp programs. Because if a man is going to refuse to pay child support and his ex suffers, she would have been so much better off staying with the asshole.
  • Conservative talk-radio host and Mitch McConnell fundraiser Dennis Praeger is all kinds of freaked out about the sanctity of straight marriage, which in his view means a woman should never withhold sex from her husband just because she isn’t in the mood.

The Independent‘s children’s book blog will no longer review books that are marketed as “for boys” or “for girls” and fall prey to gender stereotypes about what kids are interested in.

Nice! A study in Italy found that when a woman replaces a man as CEO of a family-owned business, profits go up. Adding women to the board of directors increases this even more.

If you want to carry a spare toothbrush and t-shirt in case you hook up at a party, great, but “Walk of Shame Kits” are a really dumb marketing move because who wants to buy something that tells them to be ashamed that they might use it? I’m also automatically skeptical of products that promote themselves by promising to donate a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research without specifying which one or how much. (It’s also kinda weird to associate breast cancer with one-night stands.)

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

4 thoughts on “This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride”

  1. I was in complete solidarity with the point of the role reversal video…until I got to watch the guy eating the codfish burger on the beach (yes I know what kind of burger it is because they’ve shown the stupid original THAT often on TV). I think they should air that one because it would sell. I am both hungry and tantalized.

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