This Week in Misogyny Is Not Down with Fracking for the Cure

“Awareness” has gone too far. TOO FAR. And there’s plenty of truly tragic news this week to go along with the shit that’s merely infuriating. But if you can make it through to the end, Jessica Williams will make it all better. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Is Not Down with Fracking for the Cure

A Cautious Return

This is the hardest thing I’ve ever forced myself to commit to paper, because as flippant as I am, I don’t enjoy talking about my own emotions. I keep an obvious line drawn in the sand when it comes to things that are close to my heart. I don’t like to tell people about things that I’ve spent years considering. Sometimes it’s painful just to process that a decision needs to be made, never mind the making of it. And often when I’ve tried to have this discussion with the people who are close to me, they override me. “Do you or don’t you?” “What’s to think about?” “You’re smarter than that.” “You’re going to hell, you know.” It’s almost as if my decision rewrites their own self-definition in some inimitable way.

I am, of course, talking about Faith. Yes, with a capital F. Read More A Cautious Return

Savita’s Law and the Sorry State of Reproductive Rights in Ireland

Ten months after Savita’s death, has anything changed for women in Ireland?

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Who Am I To Judge?

Once upon a time, when I was young and naive (okay, young-ER and less cynical), I wrote an open letter to the brand new Pope Benedict about how he had been granted a huge responsibility and opportunity to make the Catholic church better for its adherents. Things have changed since then, and I’ve learned a lot, like the following: Read More Who Am I To Judge?

Holy Matrimony: Catholic Institutions and The Fight For Birth Control Coverage

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, backed by the Obama Administration, announced that all health insurance providers were required to include prescription birth control in their preventive health coverage. Kathleen Sebelius, who was still suffering major criticism for her December Plan B decision, decreed that all health insurance providers must give women access to preventive care services, as well as birth control, with the exception of houses of worship. As you can imagine, the decision has not been received easily. Read More Holy Matrimony: Catholic Institutions and The Fight For Birth Control Coverage

Notes from a Not-Quite-Lapsed Catholic on Fat Tuesday

So, hi. I’m Hattie, I was raised Catholic, and I still kinda am Catholic. I’m also a liberal Democrat. I’ll wait for the excessive gasping and swooning to subside. Read More Notes from a Not-Quite-Lapsed Catholic on Fat Tuesday