In the “Moms Deserve More Flower Store,” bouquets range from $800 billion for the Unpaid Work Bouquet to $3,500 for the Mental Stress Bouquet—representing the real value of mothers’ work. The price tags highlight the ways in which our current national policies and COVID-19 relief efforts are failing to support our mothers.
Racism manifested by police stops, microaggressions at work, discriminatory and hostile treatment while shopping for groceries and doing other innocuous tasks, and systemic inequalities in housing and education take an enormous toll—both physically and psychologically.
In this edition: Arkansas becomes “America’s worst state for trans kids” after lawmakers ban gender-affirming health care for minors; wins and losses in the fight for abortion rights; a new study shows one in three survivors of COVID-19 are diagnosed with a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months; and President Biden moved up his call for states to make all adults vaccine eligible from May 1 to April 19.
We need our elected officials to reduce public funding for private residential care contractors and invest in foster care services that are accountable to their communities, as well as preventive measures to address abuse and keep kids out of the system in the first place.
When broadcasters voice disbelief over Meghan Markle’s claims of mental illness, there are a lot of non-famous people with mental illness who are listening and receiving a clear message: We don’t believe you.
Stop telling me to take a bath to relax.
Self-care puts the solution on the individual rather than the people, the systems, and the reasons the January 6 insurrection, for example, was allowed to happen in the first place.
Aweng Ade-Chuol was born in a Kenyan refugee camp. As a child she immigrated with her family to Australia, where she was scouted by a modeling agency. Today, at age 22, she is a world-famous model who advocates for mental health and equality—especially for refugee girls.
Currently, 30 state legislatures are controlled by Republicans, and in 16 of these, Republicans hold a veto-proof supermajority. Republicans are using this unchecked power to propose and pass an incredible amount of anti-abortion legislation.
South Carolina state Sen. Mia McLeod, Ohio Rep. Erica Crawley and Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott break down the tools and steps feminists must take to fight back.
Dr. King described family planning as “a special and urgent concern.”
The contrasts between the conversations taking place in the public sphere now versus then are striking. Dr. King would likely be horrified by the state’s oversized role in determining how and when women can control their reproductive health.
With “Requiem for a Serial Killer,” does Phyllis Chesler leave us feeling that it was acceptable for Aileen Wuornos to kill those men? Not at all.
What she does is leave us feeling that the whole world needs to know the full realities of all kinds of abuse of children, the way it often leads to prostitution, and the forms of abuse to which some johns subject the women they pay for sex. We need to be determined to make such abuse stop.