On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news that caught my eye today!

• Nooobama! The president's administration moved yesterday to challenge the science-backed decision to make Plan B available over-the-counter to girls under 15. [New York Times]  

Climate change hurts women. Does anyone care? [Grist] 

• Seattle's May Day protests last night turned into a mess, complete with tear gas and dozens of police. Here's a rundown of what happened. [The Stranger]

• Survey says: Doctors aren't mean to fat patients, but just nicer to thin ones. [Jezebel] 

• The New York State GOP is blocking a bill backed by the governor that would reaffirm the right to abortion. [NYTimes City Room] 

• Mountain Dew yanks an absurd ad that manages to make light of sexual assault and stereotype Black men all in the name of selling soda. [Mediaite] 

• Remembering the Catholic reform homes for girls: A survivor of the Magdalene Laundries tells her story. [Washington Times] 

• There are two interesting pieces on adoption in the news today: The issues of representing trans-racial adoptions and the sad, dark side of domestic adoption.  [Sociological Images, Atlantic] 

• More on Femen's "topless jihad": One writer argues for why it was right. [Atlantic] 

What did I miss? Add it to the comments! 

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Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. She's interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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2 Comments Have Been Posted

If a girl as young as 10 or

If a girl as young as 10 or 12 needs plan b, chances are this is because of abuse. of course we want girls to have access to contraception, but we also want to ENCOURAGE DIALOG about sexuality between parent and child. Especially if girls GIRLS NOT WOMEN are sexually active under the age of 15. Something VERY wrong might be going on. Just a thought.

Plan B

Indeed, something very wrong is probably going on. But given how likely it is that what is "going on" involves the father or other close relative of the girl, forcing a "dialog" with her parents is, unfortunately, unlikely to be helpful.
Not to mention that that isn't how Plan B works - it needs to be taken very soon, or it doesn't work. Any restrictions which delay access are the same as not allowing any access at all.

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