Category Archives: Girl stuff

Oh, Missouri. You break my heart.

mmissouriAetna Inc. paid for nine abortions in my home state of Missouri, and must now pay a $4.5 million fine because in the Show Me State, every sperm is sacred.

Part of the fine also covered the insurer not paying certain coverage for autism. In Missouri, abortions aren’t covered unless a woman pays for separate coverage, if you can imagine that.

Fer cryin’ out loud, Missouri. And thanks, Jac, for the link.

What means “special training on dealing with women?”

Austin, Texas, greeted its first-ever female majority city council with a two-hour training session for city staff on how to work with women. And evidently, the training was planned by this guy, now on administrative leave pending an investigation.

You can read more here. Evidently, women ask more questions. (Whaaaat?) And we want the story behind the numbers. And sometimes? We just like a good cry. I made that last one up.

The facilitator knows all this because he has an 11-year old daughter.

And thanks, Diane, for the link.

And another look at Mother’s Day, from John Oliver

Here‘s just a bit more about paid family leave. Here, too.


Where are the women in the media?

WomenandtheMedia_5546f9c235c21_w1500This is impossible to read posted here, isn’t it? Here. Here’s a better version, from UN Women.

Are women’s rights really human rights?

womens-voteCome to a Salon at Stowe at 5 p.m. this Thursday at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center at 77 Forest St. in Hartford. I’ll be there, as will be:

Carolyn M. Treiss, executive director of Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
Kyle Turner, student at University of Hartford

C’mon. There’s food. There’s conversation. What more could you want?

For reservations to this free event, contact or call 860-522-9258, x317. Hope to see you there.

Ashley Judd is my shero

ashley-judd-senateRead this essay she wrote on online harassment and bullying. It includes:

During a conference championship game on Sunday, I posted a comment to Twitter that some found unsportsmanlike. I didn’t much care for three players bleeding on the court, and I tweeted that the opponent was “playing dirty & can kiss my team’s free throw making a—.” The volume of hatred that exploded at me in response was staggering.

I routinely cope with tweets that sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me. I have already — recently, in fact — looked into what is legally actionable in light of such abuse, and have supplied Twitter with scores of reports about the horrifying content on its platform. But this particular tsunami of gender-based violence and misogyny flooding my Twitter feed was overwhelming.

Tweets rolled in, calling me a cunt, a whore or a bitch, or telling me to suck a two-inch dick. Some even threatened rape, or “anal anal anal.”

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

Stop it, Lego, and stop it now.

lego_beauty_tipsCheck out Emma’s Beauty Tips from Lego.

Why-oh-why would a 5- to 12-year old need beauty tips?