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Showing posts from March, 2014

Stop Parental Notification Advocacy Day (#StopPNA)

I reported last summer that Illinois now has a parental notification law being enforced and on my sidebar is a link to resources for minors who need a judicial bypass. But we know that a bypass is not the solution for every minor who is need of abortion care. That is why the ACLU of Illinois and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health are heading down to Springfield to call for a repeal of this harmful law. #STOPPNA Advocacy Day  Thursday, April 3, 2014 Buses leave Chicago at 6am Buses then leave Springfield at 3 pm Register for the day!    Of course, if you are not in Chicago, get to Springfield anyway you can. You can join the campaign, even if you can't make it to Springfield (I can't) by submitting your story and/or taking a selfie of your shadow and tagging it with #StopPNA on Instagram or Twitter . I am asking all #365FeministSelfie participants, especially those in Illinois to submit a shadow selfie on April 3rd. Share your thoughts on the parental no

Time to bowl for abortions!

Yes, it's that time of the year again when the Chicago Abortion Fund holds its annual bowl-a-thon! Sadly this year I can't make the actual event, but I'm still fundraising for them. I started the day out waaaaay behind in fundraising, but got a good number of donations to bring my total up to $390. So I'm only $110 from my goal of $500! So I'm hoping that I can count of my readers here to bring me over the finish line! How do you help do that? IT IS EASY! Simply head over to my fundraising page and click donate next to my avatar. I got a $200 donation on my team page & $50 off page, thus the thermometer thing will always be $250 off. But who cares as long as I reach my goal of $500. OK, Ok, you want to know why you should donate to the Chicago Abortion Fund? This nifty infographic tells the tale... The stat that always bowls me over (see what I did there?) is that 79% of the women who call CAF for assistance are mothers. They know what bringing a

GIVEAWAY: Flowers in the Attic DVD

Oh yes...the recent Lifetime movie depiction of every GenX girl's favorite movie to sneak read is coming to DVD and you can get your very own copy. Did you miss the TV event of the Polar Vortex? Or maybe you watched it with glee and buttered popcorn and want to watch it again? Then you are in luck! Especially since there is a behind-the-scenes featurette. *excellent* My giveways are super easy. No hoops to jump through: DEADLINE: Friday, March 21st at 11 pm Chicago time (CDT) HOW TO ENTER: Just comment on this post and tell me when you first encountered the glory of the  Dollanganger family. If you want an extra entry, just tweet this contest out and tag me ( @veronicaeye ) or Facebook it and tag @vivalafeminista . RESTRICTIONS: Sorry, DVDs can only be sent to those in the USA or Canada. Also, no PO Boxes.  I'll number everyone's entry and use to pick a number. See! Easy peasy. Now enter now! ================== I numbered the comments 1 and 2 an

CFP: Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth

CAL L FO R PAPERS Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection, entitled Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth  Co-Editors: Emily R.M. Lind & Angie Deveau Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2014 Deadline for Acceptances: July 1, 2014 Deadline for Completed Papers: November 15, 2014 Publication Date: Early 2016 Feminist theories of the body, reproduction, and the institution of motherhood typically focus on issues of rights, autonomy, and choice. These themes become increasingly complicated when applied to questions of reproductive loss. Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth seeks essays, poems, short stories, and artwork that imagine a feminist epistemology of loss. Whereas biomedical and feminist literature treat abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth as differently conceptual

Looking for young feminists? Head on over to the west side of Chicago

Because that is what I did last week. I was invited to one of Chicago's public high schools to talk about feminism with a group of girls. It was not one of the "crown jewels" of CPS. Instead it appears to be a school full of working class kids with big dreams. Due to the horrendous winter weather we continue to have, I ended up super late and only spent 20-25 minutes talking with the girls. I made the choice I did not even want them to introduce themselves because with 30 girls, that would had been all of my visit. Rather I asked them about Beyonce's essay in the Shriver report that I had "assigned" as homework. Popular media told me that a group of young black and Latina women would not identify as feminists, thus why not have them read about Queen B?? What I found was the opposite of what any poll might tell you. Feminism is alive and well with these girls.  When I asked if anyone was surprised that Beyonce wrote an essay on feminism I got one s

This Spring Collection is Super Smart

I mean really smart! All the models for Betabrand's spring collection are either working on their PhD or have one. I do wonder if their XL would actually fit me, but otherwise, the clothes look great. Check out these two super smart women wearing some super cute outfits: And no, this isn't a sponsored post. I just fell for the best press release I've seen in awhile. And believe me I get a lot of stinkers.