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“We live in a 24 hour news cycle world and we learn the racy things we do are sometimes the most effective way that we can reach particular individuals,” said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt.
Instead of focusing on anti-fur, the porn site will raise awareness of veganism, said Rajt. “We really want to grab people’s attention, get them talking and to question the status quo and ultimately take action, because the best way we can help the greatest number of animals is simply by not eating them.”
really though i’ve been doing kind of a lot. Well, no. not really. i’ve been taking care of will since thursday afternoon but i feel like i’ve been in this apartment for weeks. i’ve done some productive things and some not that productive things (like finishing two seasons of mad men this weekend - but really what was i supposed to do?). i’m glad though because work was really getting to me and now i just have to get through this week (plus two shifts at my other job, one definite babysitting gig, and one probable babysitting gig) and half of another week and then it will be the 31st and i will be set free from this horrible torture job. then i get to go home for a night or two and visit my parents and probably bring maeby and that will be fun because my parents got a new cat that loves other cats (but their other cats don’t like to play with her) and maeby loves other cats but they are intimidated by her friendliness so hopefully they can be friends. maeby needs friends. i’m such a cat mom.
ANYWAYY i go back to work tomorrow and that sucks but oh well. next summer i hope i can just get a nanny job and get paid to take kids to museums and playgrounds and just play and read and not have to work with ignorant jerks who talk down to me.
brainstorming for my project for my internship at an eating disorder clinic. any thoughts?
it doesn’t start until september but i’m trying to think of ideas for things i can do. part of my internship will be creating a project for the clinic. it can be anything from fundraising, to a film, to brochures, resources, anything at all. it has to be completed over the semester and it will be done by me alone. i have a few ideas, but nothing i’m quite in love with.
i know a lot of you are active in worlds having to do with eating disorders, body perception, fat acceptance, feminism, etc. i was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts or ideas or just general paths of thought which might be helpful.
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i’m awesome at it, i swear! i’ve applied to so many nanny jobs / regular babysitter jobs but i am not having much luck. i did actually have one woman message me to ask me to apply for the job she had posted but it didn’t work with my schedule so i couldn’t do it.
i just need to make like $90 more a week than i will be making at my other part time job. i really just need a babysitting gig for like one night or day a week. that would be so perfect and amazing.
it’s just that i have this job in my industry and i can’t quit because i may need them to write me a recommendation for school. also, i have a mandatory 1 day a week internship this fall plus a full load of classes so idk how this is going to work.
“We talked about how the stigma that you face from your family, your community, people you date, potential employers and society at large can make you feel hopeless, make you feel like this is all you’ll ever be and that you’ll never be able to escape your past. We talked too about how important language is and the girls validated what we’ve known for a long time that calling them survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, as opposed to ‘teen/child prostitutes’, ‘prostitutes’, or especially hookers, whores or hos can begin to lift some of the shame that you feel and help you recognize that its something that happened to you, not who you are. I encouraged our young women that their courage as youth advocates and the courage of many of the young women who’ve come before them is slowly beginning to change people’s perceptions and helping them to see them as real people, as daughters, sisters, mothers, human beings. And then two days later I watched Fashion Police and heard Joan Rivers joke about how ‘its hard out here for a pimp,’ heard Kelly Osbourne say that one of the women looked ‘too clean to be a streetwalker’ and I remembered just how far we have to go.”—
As state legislatures start closing up for the year, there are a number of abortion-related bills that didn’t make big headlines. In the first six months of 2011 alone, there were 162 abortion or reproductive-related bills enacted by state legislatures, so it was inevitable some wouldn’t make it past the local paper. Here are a few I thought were noteworthy.
Arizona: HB 2384 revoked public funding to any organization that “pays for, promotes, provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions.” This would stop the use of student fees and tuition to train OB/GYN students to perform abortions. In addition, it would revoke atax credit for donations to organizations that provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood, as well as to any institutions that might refer clients to Planned Parenthood, like domestic violence shelters.
Nebraska: LB 22 dictates that private insurance plans in Nebraska not cover abortion except for in cases where the woman’s life is in danger. Any woman with private insurance desiring an abortion coverage must buy a separate “rider” for it out of her own funds, assuming her carrier has one. The bill carried no exceptions for rape or incest. This is especially burdensome for young women, as the state also passed a bill changing its parental notice law into a parental consent law.
Oklahoma: The state passed a bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks on the belief that fetuses can feel pain at that age. But the state also passed smaller, less flashy bills. HB 1970added the phrase “or any abortion-inducing drug” to a bill that already required doctors use RU-486 only for FDA-approved (not off-label) purposes. This was to ensure doctors and clinics like Planned Parenthood were not able to prescribe Cytotec (misoprostol) for first-trimester medical abortions, even in conjunction with RU-486, and even though doctors often prescribe medications for off-label use when proven safe by scientific trials. The bill would effectively end most medical abortions, leaving clients to pursue riskier surgical abortions instead.
North Carolina: HB 854 was vetoed by the governor, but the veto was overridden. As a result this bill required women to wait 24 hours for an abortion, and required doctors to perform an ultrasound before the procedure. If the women refused to view the ultrasound, her refusal was kept on file for 7 years. But here’s the under-covered part of the bill: it would also allow the father of the fetus and the spouse, parent, sibling, current health care provider, or former health care provider of the woman getting the abortion to sue the doctor if they believe any part of the bill has been violated. A woman’s ex-boyfriend or childhood pediatrician, for example, could sue a clinic if they believed the performing physician had not done an ultrasound as required.
Tennessee: This bill wasn’t specifically about abortion, but expanded fetal personhood, which can be a slippery slope. SB 633 expanded the definition of “fetal homicide” to include the fetus at any stage of development, not just when the fetus is viable as previously. Fetuses are now considered victims of assault whenever the mother is assaulted.
looking through the new urban outfitters catalog and panicking because flare jeans are apparently back in style and its really stressing me out.
omg this happened to me too! the idea that people are going to start wearing flare jeans again is just really ugh. and also, if this happens i’m going to have to go back to sewing my pants instead of just being able to buy skinny jeans. nooooo