A lesson in how women's histories are politicized—and depoliticized—in America, courtesy of the GOP candidates. Also, we all have strong women in our families. That is cool, but it does not make us special.
Due to scheduling coincidences beyond my control, today is the third day in a row I have consumed margaritas. In honor of my blood sugar levels, please enjoy this gif of modern witches using their occult skills to blend the perfect bev. (Courtesy of the classic film Practical Magic. Practical, indeed.)
Planned Parenthood. It's a good time to make a little donation, because today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund one of the primary providers of women's health care in America. This probably won't take effect, but it's part of a broader effort to dismantle Planned Parenthood, which doesn't even use federal funding to underwrite its abortion services. A study by the Guttmacher Institute (at the request of the Congressional Budget Office) found that PPFA is critical to women's health in many places in America. In 103 counties, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of family-planning services. Which means that if you're attacking its existing federal funding, you aren't ending abortion—you're increasing the likelihood that women will need one. Because you're cutting off rural women's access to contraception and health services. The future is Louisiana. And with all these efforts to prevent women from controlling their own fertility, we don't even give them time off work once they have a baby.
I sent 1 million typo-riddled tweets about this today because I am so angry. (Could also be related to the aforementioned blood-sugar spike.)