February 9-15 Weekly News Round Up

16 Feb

A round up of current news stories on the state and national level, with a focus on feminist issues

By Tess Koenigsmark

Over 120,000 people have signed up for healthcare through Connecticut’s exchange.

A Wall Street Journal columnist promotes rape culture. Why do newspapers continue to give guys like these a podium? Oh, right, the rape culture thing.

Connecticut Representative Mae Flexer is proposing that a bill creating new requirements for how Connecticut colleges and universities handle sexual assault also includes financial penalties for colleges that fail to comply. Flexer argues that many of the new regulations being proposed are already a part of college policies, but aren’t enforced consistently.

New York Times Magazine runs an article about Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis with the sexist headline “Can Wendy Have It All?”  If you’re not sure why this is an issue, try to remember the last time someone asked if a man could have it all.

A lack of state funding for residential services leaves adults with developmental disabilities without any state support until their parents’ death. Tragic and infuriating.

A spokesperson for TEDWOMEN, a version of TED Talks that focuses on women’s rights issues, told feminist writer Jessica Valenti that their conference didn’t include talks about abortion because it didn’t fit the theme of  “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.” Silly feminists, thinking that women dying all over the world because of a lack of safe abortion care is a human rights issue! After justifiable outrage ensued, TED claimed Valenti’s article was based on “rumor” and was a “misrepresentation.” This turned out to be a not so great strategy, considering Valenti had the conversation with their spokesperson in writing.

The recently released The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink, reveals the gendered nature of poverty in the U.S.

The recent Connecticut gun control legislation prohibits people who are admitted to a hospital for psychiatric care voluntarily or through a court order from owning a firearm for six months. What lawmakers didn’t realize at the time of the bill’s passage is that this leaves out a significant chunk of people admitted for such care – those admitted under their physicians’ orders. This has reignited  debate over the mental health restrictions, with mental health advocates arguing the law contributes to stigma.

A great piece from Latino USA, an NPR show, on the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers. Warning: slut shaming ahead.

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