On “Empowering” Female-Centric Clickbait

Seeing articles like the one posted below repeatedly go viral speaks to the sad state of perceived gender constraints more than the contents of the actual article. The ideas and writing are fine, considering simultaneously that its points are blasé and uncontroversial. “Not having baby fever. Having baby fever. Wanting to get married young. Not wanting to get married young. Weight, because size actually does not determine what a ‘real woman’ is or not.” General decision making and humane attitudes towards appearance should not spark a throng of women to share and weep. It should not spark a mass of men saying “THIS.” If such spoon-fed conspicuousness is felt as empowerment—then that is much more telling as to how far we still have to go and just how needed progressive gender work is.

Read the article in question here, if you haven’t already come across it on your news feed: http://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2014/01/18-things-women-shouldnt-have-to-justify/



Good News for Women Who Enjoy Rights

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is adopting preventive services recommended by the Institute of Medicine at no extra cost.  Some of the most notable services include HPV testing, STI counseling, contraception and counseling, breastfeeding support and supplies, and screening and counseling for domestic violence.  All of these and more will be covered under health insurance plans without having to pay a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.  Of course, there is one little speed bump for some women looking for access sans co-pay: health plans sponsored by certain religious bodies are exempt from covering contraceptive services.

A good article on Jezebel delves deeper into this (ongoing, ongoing) issue.  Although, I must say, despite the usual opposition (which is to be expected), this is nevertheless rather exciting news.