Women Like Sex. Yes, it's true.

Progressives should embrace female sexuality, not sidestep it. 

Elizabeth Plank brings up an excellent point about the progressive movement's failure to respond directly to a specific type of right-wing attacks on women's access to birth control: that one that paints all women who use it as "sluts" or other variations of the term. 

Problematically, a lot of the Left's response has been in the form of arguments about health or religious freedom. They have mentioned little to nothing about the fact that yes, women have and (God forbid!) enjoy sex. Of course it's necessary to discuss all those implications, but refusing to engage with the sex argument is not only profoundly disingenuous, it ultimately gives the Right more ammunition. 

The loaded stigma surrounding birth control isn't the progressive movement's creation, but it is our responsibility to defeat it. This means addressing attacks to women's sexuality head on rather than merely deferring the attackers points about health and religious freedom that are valid in their own right. Until the Left publicly embraces a woman's right to an active and healthy sexual life, conservatives continue to claim moral victory — women's sexuality is precisely the battleground we have conceded and that we need to reclaim.

She's right. We shouldn't have to justify a woman's right to control her own body with anything other than the argument that a woman has a right to control her own body

Source: http://www.policymic.com/articles/86049/bi...

I Will Never Understand This Bizarre Fear of Public Breastfeeding.

Get over it, already. 

At what point will the collective citizenry stop acting like a bunch of twelve-year old boys whenever a mother needs to breastfeed her child in public?  "Oh noes! Boobies!" Seriously? 

Photo Credit: SunSentinel.com

Photo Credit: SunSentinel.com

A British mother was basically shoved into a room apart from everyone else for feeding her 6-week-old baby at (here's the kicker) a hospital

British mother Gemma Murphy claims that when she went for a routine blood test to St. Cross Hospital in Rugby with her 6-week-old baby last December, the nurse there who took her blood “looked at me in disgust” and “said we couldn’t breastfeed there. I asked why and she said I might offend the other patients.” She was then hustled into a private room, leaving her “speechless” that a health facility would be so flummoxed by a nursing mother. 

Note to everyone: Breasts are not for you. Their entire purpose and reason for existence is to nourish a child. That's it. If you are "offended" by a mother doing exactly what it is she is supposed to do with her breasts, you are the one with the problem. 

Further, women aren't breastfeeding in public to make some sort of political statement (although that too, does happen), they are doing it because that is what they physically need to do. 

Aside from the fact that there is exactly zilch wrong with a woman feeding her baby anyplace she damn well pleases, breast-feeding, for both baby and mother, is a physical need that — especially in the first few weeks — can’t always simply wait for a more convenient time. You can’t just hold it in indefinitely until you’re in the optimum location. It hurts. You start leaking all over your shirt. Oh, yeah, and your baby is howling. You need to know that.

Modern motherhood in the United States is already a crappy and penalizing experience for women as it is. It's time for everyone to grow up. 

Source: http://www.salon.com/2014/03/20/stop_telli...