Fem2 Friday Rewind: Welcome to 2016!

Welcome back to the Fem2 Friday Rewind, your fast facts in feminist news! fem2 Friday Rewind, lauryn gutierrez

We hope you had a restful, restorative holiday season. Let’s dive into the New Year’s first week of news!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016 at 9PM ET. The Fem2 team’s “Presidential Debates 2016” Twitter List will be a great resource if you want to follow along on Twitter.


REPRORIGHT ORGS BACK CLINTON: This week, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, both high-profile advocates for reproductive rights, health and choice, declared their support of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president.

Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL, stated that “half of American households depending on a female breadwinner, there’s no such thing as economic security without reproductive freedom,” and said Clinton is the candidate that best understands that connection.

For Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton is the organization’s first endorsement in a presidential primary in their 100-year existence.

“HEY SCOTUS, THESE LAWS ARE ABOUT *US*- HERE’S WHY OUR ABORTIONS MATTERED”:  More than 100 women in politics, higher education, legal, business and even religious fields sent a public document directly to the Supreme Court stories detailing their stories of abortion.  Using their real names, they shared that they are sure the reason they have the careers and lives they have today is because in the past they had access to a safe and legal abortion.

It’s a timely brief to those on the SCOTUS bench, because in March of this year, they will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, which will decide upon a restriction that could potentially force all but 10 abortion clinics in Texas to close. This means nearly a million Texan women would have to travel over 150 miles to the nearest abortion clinic. Also, it would give other states license to pass similar laws, resulting in the closure of more clinics.


THE 2016 #CHORECHALLENGE: Did you know that women spend at least two additional hours doing household chores than men with whom they share a household?  Moms spend twice as long doing unpaid, domestic work for their family each week than today’s fathers.

Fem2 Alumna Soraya Chemaly, Ishita Srivastava of Breakthrough and Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project challenge you to be a part of the global conversation about gender equality, starting with the gender gap in the home front.  Check out their awesome initiative and take the #ChoreChallenge!

Their #ChoreChallenge tweetchat is on Tuesday, January 12 at 9:oo AM EST. We’ll definitely be there – join us!


Rep. Josh Moore recently sponsored a Republican-proposed bill at the New Hampshire State House that would make it illegal for women to expose their breasts in public. We could make the argument that men get to walk around shirtless mostly whenever they feel inclined. Though the bill has an exception for breastfeeding women, Representative Amanda Bouldin stated that she believed the bill to be sexist because it was singling out women.

Criticizing her comment, Rep. Moore wrote on Facebook,

“If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that, than you should have no problem with a mans inclination [sic] to stare at it and grab it. After all…It’s ALL relative and natural, right?”

I’m stunned that people of this mentality and that would say something like this publically are elected into public office.  Mr. Representative, male humans such as yourself should act adult enough to maintain your urges and impulses upon seeing reproductive body parts of other people.  To say that women who are topless for any reason are welcoming sexual assault is disgusting. You should be very, very ashamed.

DISTURBING CORRELATION OF FOOTBALL & RAPE:  Research at Texas A&M University revealed a strong link between the number of college women reporting rape and the times of football games.  A terrifying statistic: the number of reported raped spiked 41% on days when there were home games on campus.

Researchers concluded that across the 128 schools in Division 1A, football games are associated with 253 to 770 additional rapes per year.

Clearly, it’s not the fault of football that college campuses are often so dangerous for young women.  It’s the absurd notion deeply embedded in our culture that there may not be as intense of a repercussion when one does something they shouldn’t while they are drunk.  This is another example of how rape culture is viscerally real [need I remind you that 1 in 5 women in the US are subjected to the horrors of rape?]

COLOGNE ATTACKS CONDEMNED:  On New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, 1,000 young men participated in what appears to be a coordinated attack on women who were celebrating the New Year in the square at the Cologne Cathedral. Over 80 women reported being assaulted; one women suffered rape.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said via Twitter, “We won’t tolerate these abhorrent assaults on women – all those responsible must be brought to justice”.


One of my very favorite sheroes, Emma Watson, just founded a feminist book club called “Our Shared Shelf”.  I’m totally joining (here’s how to sign up) and will be shortly eye-devouring her first book pick, “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem.  So are several of my other sheroes such as Harry Potter author JK Rowling, actor Sophia Bush, and just-retired US soccer legend Abby Wambach.

Happy reading, Happy New Year and thanks for tuning in to this week’s Rewind!


The Fem2 Team

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