SlutWalks, IUDs and What Trans People Want: Editors’ Picks: 5/8-5/14

At the ITT List, Lindsay Beyerstein thinks that anti-porn feminist Gail Dines’ critiques of SlutWalk marches completely miss the point.

The Peace Corps volunteer rape scandal continues to make headlines. At RH Reality Check, a Peace Corps volunteer says she became pregnant after a Peace Corps employee raped her, only to be told by Peace Corps officials: Get an abortion or quit the organization. The ACLU explains how U.S. policy makes a bad situation worse.

“Thanks, white dude, for your insightful commentary on black women and abortion.” Kaitlyn at the Abortion Gang takes on the Chicago Tribune.

The Nation reports on an unorthodox offer a U.S. non-profit is making to Kenyan women living with HIV: Join a cohort of 10-15 other HIV-positive women, come up with a viable small business plan, receive an intrauterine device (IUD) to serve as long-term birth control and in return, you will be paid $40. Needless to say, this is a controversial plan. Anna Clark expounds on the many issues it brings up.

This week, the DC Trans Coalition released a list of priorities for achieving trans equality in D.C. So what do trans people want? Amanda Hess has the full list at TBD.

From Jezebel: One third of clothing for girls is “sexy.”

Finally, Kate Swift, a crusader for non-sexist language who wrote for the inaugural issue of Ms., died this week at 87. The New York Times reports on her life and death.

Above: SlutWalk Toronto, courtesy of Flickr user troismarteaux under CC 2.0


  1. NWOslave says:

    Slutwalking. Wanting to not only not be shamed for acting shamefully, but to be praised for acting shamefully. Will this be the next “big” womens sport? Narcissism Extreme!!!

  2. I honestly f=don’t think there’s anything wrong with the proposition to give Kenyan women $40 for IUD use/business plan. Helping women be financially independent sounds great to me. Financial empowerment for women will go a long way to stem the HIV epidemic.

    • NWOslave says:

      @Nicole J….Don’t you think teaching fidelity, (one man/one woman) being loyal to each other for life would go much further than any type of “contraception.” All STDs could be wiped out promoting just this one social morality, so to speak. The only excuse that could possibly be given would be, “but I want to have sex with lots of people.”

      Since “promiscuity” is the only “cause” of STDs why attempt to slap a thousand bandages on the problem? The cure is simple.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think the trans bathroom situation can only be fixed by having a third restroom, I’m sure most men(save maybe religious people who think it’s wrong for men and women to be in the same restroom) wouldn’t care if a female transgender used a male restroom, but I could understand if women didn’t like have male transgender in female restrooms. Also I noticed on the site they talked about sexual assault. I feel thats a two way street. I understand they think they are opposite gender, but that belief doesn’t give them the right to get involved with someone romantically and not disclose their history. In the UK a judge said that failure to reveal sexual anatmoy/gender history negates consent and could make a transgender liable for sexual assault. I’m not sure if that applies to the USA also but it should.

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