HERvotes Blog Carnival: No Religious Exemption for Birth Control Coverage

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Despite enormous pressure from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Obama Administration recently decided not to broaden the religious exemption for contraceptive coverage under the Preventive Care package of the Affordable Care Act. This demand for additional exemptions would have denied millions of American women contraceptive coverage, including students, teachers, nurses, social workers, and […]

Girl in a Coma Rocks to Its Own Beat (And Causes)

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The impact of homegrown, San Antonio-based, all-woman band Girl in a Coma stretches far beyond the borders of Texas. Its fourth album Exits and All the Rest, recently named to NPR’s 50 best of 2011, shows the band’s range of talents–from the Morrissey-inspired “Smart” to the rough-edged anthem: Phanie Diaz, Nina Diaz and Jenn Alva bring renewed vitality and political charge […]

HERvotes: Why VAWA Is a Queer Issue

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Having lived through the controlling behavior, the physical violence, the fear of what would happen next and the terror of being in danger, Davis did what it takes many victims of domestic violence years to do—he left. But Davis’ partner found him and threatened to kill him. Davis had nowhere else to go after having […]

White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself

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What is wrong with this picture (the now-infamous AP photo of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer shaking a finger in Barack Obama’s face)? 1.) He is the President. She is being disrespectful. As hell. Period. Point Blank. End of Discussion. 2.) White privilege conditions white people not to see white rage. However, it makes them hyper-aware […]

HERvotes: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!

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For the eighth #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re joining forces for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found alarming rates of sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence: One in 4 U.S. women has been the victim of severe physical […]