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Today is the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade! As I read through the tweets of people discussing the reasons they are grateful, I’m surprised by the lack of acknowledgement of what choice did for love and relationships.
We’re so used to having reproductive rights that we forget the most revolutionary part of choice.
Making love now involves you and your lover. You don’t have to live in a marriage where you fear becoming pregnant every…single…time you’re together.
We don’t have to live in a world where sex is only for the purpose of making babies and once we’re finished having children, we sleep in a different bedroom from our spouse for the remainder of our lives.
Life before the 1960s and 70s meant there was no birth control. There was no choice.
Now, making love can be about love. About desire. About connection. With the power of choice, sex is not solely for the purpose of procreating.
When I watch movies that were filmed before 1973, I see the layers of fear involving love making even between people truly in love. I realize the lack of intimacy freedom that existed. A freedom that today, we take for granted.
Period movies and historical shows filmed today have everyone rolling around with everyone and it’s completely unrealistic — but then again, we live in a world today with so much freedom, we assume it always existed on some level. We can’t really fathom any longer how different romantic relationships were before choice.
Unfortunately most of the defenses for choice today revolve around catastrophic pregnancy situations, not freedom and autonomy.
I am grateful for the freedom to exist without fear, to want any children I might have because they were not forced upon me, and to know above all else that I too, was wanted. I wasn’t a consequence, I was a gift. 🎈
Happy 44th Anniversary Roe vs. Wade!
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12 Dec 2016 1 Comment
Benedict Cumberbatch sweetly confronted his fans over the ‘Cumberbitches’ nickname, suggesting that it set the women’s movement back a few decades.
He told Ellen DeGeneres that he wants his fans to come up with a more “empowering” collective name.
Speaking to a talk-show host recently, Cumberbatch said: “It’s like trying to squeeze a confession out of me getting me to actually say that word, because I squirm a little bit about it.
I definitely didn’t come up with it. That’s part of my problem with it. I just went: ‘Ladies, this is wonderful. I’m very flattered, but has this not set feminism back a little bit? Empower yourselves. If you’re going to get silly about a guy, maybe a little bit more of a sort of, you know, a high-regard, self-regarding name.’”
But his fans insisted they didn’t mean any harm.
Cumberbatch said: “They were very sweet. They wrote back and were like: ‘Well we didn’t mean any harm to feminism! We’re just having a little bit of fun with your name.’”
Cumberbatch has spoken out in support of feminism before. Last year, he joined ELLE Magazine and the Fawcett Society’s “this is what a feminist looks like” campaign.
Cumberbitches’ Fan Name Sets Back Feminism
Written By Helen Nianias
“This Is What A Feminist Looks Like”
Written By Mollie Goodfellow
12 Dec 2016 Leave a comment
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
The following locations will be open for In-Person Absentee Voting tomorrow Saturday, October 1st, 9:00am until 5:00pm.
- Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Room 2/3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
- Providence Community Center, 3001Vaden Dr., Fairfax
- Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria,
- McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd., Community Room, McLean
- North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Dr., Community Rooms, Reston
- West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield
- Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
- Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
- Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly
- Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton
For more information on Absentee Voting, visit www.elections.virginia.gov
If you can’t attend, donate to Virginia NOW.
Virginia NOW For Hillary,
11 Dec 2016 Leave a comment
It’s time for a Winter Potluck Dinner
Wednesday, December 14
At the home of Kobby Hoffman
Bring a dish and gift for The Shelter
(Wish List below)
R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlottesville National Organization for Women and Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund
Shelter Wish List
Non-perishable food items, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, air freshener, plastic baggies, kitchen sponges, trash bags, tissues, laundry pods–high efficiency, green cleaning supplies, dish soap, dishwasher liquid/pods
White sheet sets–full, mattress pads–full & twin, comforters–full & twin, washcloths, towels
Feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, deodorant, women’s razors, women’s shaving cream, hairbrushes/combs, hand soap, hand sanitizer, hair dryers, lotion, ethnic hair products
Pajamas, lounge wear, women’s underwear
Baby wipes, baby monitors, tear-free shampoo
Grocery store gift cards, bus passes (all day), telephone calling cards, alarm clocks, umbrellas, flashlights, batteries, journals
Happy Holidays To All and To All Equal Rights ⛄️🎄
The Virginia NOW Staff
12 Sep 2016 Leave a comment
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Randolph Macon College in Partnership with the Women’s Monument Commission:
Making Women’s History in Virginia Conference
Friday, September 23, 2016 from 1PM until 5 PM
Birdsong Hall Dalton Dining Room 106 East Patrick Street, 2nd Floor
Ashland, VA 23005
Registration is Free
Click Here to Register: http://www.pingg.com/rsvp/yt5ryzic3njx8t3s2
Agenda Starting Promptly at 1PM
1:25 Virginia’s Women’s Monument Commission Panel Plans for the first Monument to Women’s Achievements on the grounds of a State Capitol in the United States
- Sandra Treadway, Virginia State Librarian
- Honorable Nancy Rodrigues, Secretary of Administration
- Jonas Courey, Consultant to the Women’s Commission
- Samantha Bentley, Intern to the Women’s Commission
2:45 The 2019 Commemoration
- The 2019 Commemoration will recognize the impact of women over the past 400 years through a series of events culminating with a major Women’s Leadership Conference in 2019.
- Kathy J. Spangler, Executive Director, 2019 Commemoration
3:00 “Development of a Virginia Network of Women’s/Gender Studies Program”
- Debra Rodman of Randolph Macon College
- Open Discussion with Women’s/Gender Chairs, Directors and Faculty
02 Sep 2016 Leave a comment
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YOU ARE INVITED: Come hear from NARAL VA, the LINKS, INC., JACK ‘N JILL, HOLA, and NEW VIRGINIA MAJORITY who will come talk about their organization and discuss our collaboration. The topic will focus on voter registration!!! This is a great opportunity to hear what these Prince William powerhouse organizations have been doing and will be doing collaboratively!
Date: September 10th
Where: Montclair Library
5049 Waterway Dr.
Dumfries, VA 22025
Light refreshments will be provided
More info can be found on Facebook event page:
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30 Aug 2016 Leave a comment
Virginia NOW’s Treasurer, Lee Perkins provides a historical account of the 1981 ‘Women in Chains’ ERA White House Action. Thanks, Lee for this incredible contribution.
One year later – again the chains. This time to the White House fence. Out intrepid chainees moved downtown to the broad sidewalk in front of the White House.
his time the action was much bigger and attracted a lot of press. Needless to say, the Park Service was not happy because the occupants of the White House were not happy (When the White House is not happy, they pass the unhappiness along), calling in the multiple ‘protective services’ to cope with the dangerous army of women in white. At least, unlike real criminals, we didn’t shoot at them. So getting in a little women bashing probably made their day. (Apologies to Dirty Harry). Since it was a chaining event, we displayed the chain banner and, as always, the full text of the ERA.
Shortly thereafter, the press arrived in force. As didthe demonstrators with their unique messages.
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