Challenging the “Norms” of Access & Culture: The Fem2 Friday Rewind 1.9.-1.15 2016

feminist, feminism, lauryn gutierrezWelcome to the Rewind, your fast facts in feminist news for January 9-15, 2016.

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CLINTON RECOGNIZES DETRIMENT OF HYDE: ReproRights supporters everywhere are pleased to see Hillary Clinton address the inequities of the Hyde Amendment, seeing it as a long-overdue recognition between the undeniable intersection of reproductive health and one’s socio-economic level.  At a rally over the weekend Clinton, speaking on the difficulties the legislation creates for low-income women, stated:

“Any right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it is no right at all.”

THIS MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. How can we say we have the liberty to pursue health and happiness if not all citizens of our fine nation have the option and access to control if and when they reproduce?

VIRGINIA NEEDS NEW LAWMAKERS:  A bill filed by a Virginia lawmaker Republican Del. Mark Cole this week would require schools to be certain that children are using the bathroom corresponding to their “correct anatomical sex.” Kids who use the “incorrect” bathroom would be subjected to a $50 fine. Civil rights activists have pointed out that enforcing this bill would essentially require adults to inspect children’s genitals before allowing them to use the restroom.

How would a law like this protect children?  It seems more like it would humiliate and cause extreme discomfort and lack of privacy for children, not to mention possibly open the door for scary opportunities for predators.  ALSO.  Fining children for using the wrong BATHROOM? You have GOT to be kidding me.


OBAMA DROPS THE MIC AFTER SOTU: We were riveted to Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.  Several of his top priorities continue to be raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and paid leave.

One of our favorite quotes: “The squeeze on workers…offends our uniquely American belief that everybody who works hard should get a fair shot.”

You can read the full text of the address, as well as see the awesome graphics that complemented the President’s remarks, here.

CHILDCARE COSTS EXCEED COLLEGE TUITION: In thirty three states & DC, infant care costs more than in-state tuition at public four year colleges.  Families are struggling to pay for childcare, and are desperate for solution. Unfortunately, for many women, this means leaving their job. Why are more mothers leaving their jobs than fathers?  Due to the gender pay gap, where women are losing an average of $11,000 a year compared to their male counterparts, it makes more financial sense for families for the higher-earning partner to stay at work.

A study revealed that across the American electorate, voters intensely support for paid family leave, paid sick days, equal pay and affordable child and elder care. So why are our elected officials seeking to pass bills that make it harder for families to control their decisions to reproduce and that fine children for using the incorrect bathroom? Why do they continually deny women equal pay for equal work? WHY?


SEX FOR HOME REPAIRS SETTLEMENT: Eighteen women living Gilmor Homes, a public housing complex in Baltimore, just settled a lawsuit against the Housing Authority after being subjected to horrific humans rights abuses that involved employees of the public housing agency demanding sex in exchange for critical housing repairs.

Women felt trapped and feared for their safety, and in order to protect their children’s health. Many of the withheld repairs were for things that impacted their ability to keep food from spoiling, or leaking pipes that caused terrifying black mold to spread and cause serious health issues.

Not only were these disgusting men demanding sexual acts, but threatened the women that they would make complaints to their supervisors that could result in them losing their homes.

Two of the perpetrators have been fired & there is now a hotline for people to report abuse, however people are calling for the head of the city’s public housing authority, Paul Graziano, to resign.

MEN TO WEAR MINISKIRTS IN SOLIDARITY WITH COLOGNE WOMEN: More than a hundred women were attacked in Cologne on New Years Eve.  Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker’s statements, were the opposite of constructive, and many women’s activist groups took issue with her declaration that women should keep strange men at arm’s length to avoid being bothered.  Several groups organized “ACTION: Men in Miniskirts”, declaring,

“We are reversing the rolls and we celebrate the skirt and the freedom that goes with it. We deploy our hairy knees for a free society in which women can walk the streets undisturbed, day and night, on short-skirt day or in the middle of the winter.”

The march is happening in Amsterdam tomorrow.


ON Tuesday, we participated in the #ChoreChallenge Tweetchat to discuss the gender gap in household chores.  This tweet expressed the sentiment from many women, and some men, who were participating:

#chorechallenge I am always amazed when people express surprise at “helpful husbands” @oojeyboojey@EverydaySexism

There were also many, many comments on men being praised for “babysitting” their own children. Their own children.  It’s clear women are tired of living in a world that expects them to be sole domestic houseworker and childcare provider for her family, often in addition to her maintaining professional employment outside of the home.


Amandla Stenberg continues to be her inspiring self.  She came out as bisexual this week in a beautiful statement on Snapchat.

She thanked all of her supporters, and continued:

This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color. We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of color — bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too.

That wraps this week’s edition of the Fem2 Friday Rewind.  Here’s wishing you a safe and relaxing long MLK weekend.


The Fem2 Team


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