March 23, 2006

A Woman Stands Up

The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Cecilia Fire Thunder, has publicly declared her opposition to South Dakota's abortion ban, stating her intention to host a Planned Parenthood clinic on tribal land.

Women are economically punished for every lifepath deviation from the male 'norm', though countries and companies that treat women equitably typically see significant financial rewards.

Feministing points to the latest carnival of the feminists and Dan Savage waxing evangelical about the need to fight for straight rights in the face of the Right's onslaught against people everywhere who are just trying to feel the love.

MB of Wampum explains what the lack of a health exception could mean for some women.

Riverbend continues to share an young Iraqi woman's perspective on the war with the rest of the world.

Alas, A Blog with the feminist link farm.

Garance Franke-Ruta writing for the American Prospect dissects the NY Times Op-Ed page conservative-slanted coverage of the abortion issue.

Posted by natasha at March 23, 2006 04:12 AM | Women | TrackBack(2) | Technorati links |

This news from the Pine Ridge reservation is one of the most hopeful signs that I have seen or heard, lately, in the ongoing "low-intensity conflict" with which the indigenous people deal in the U.S. on a daily basis. By taking a principled stand that may ultimately offer the dominant culture something that their own power structure denies to their women, the Sioux prove that they have something positive to offer that crosses cultural lines. I am humbly grateful to the Oglala President for this display of her wisdom and compassion. ^..^

Posted by: herbert browne at March 23, 2006 09:38 AM