Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Plan...C?

Emergency Contraception...Not So Available in an Emergency

Lynne Harris over at Salon's Broadsheet has written a great piece about the one-year anniversary of the "OTC" availability of Plan B. Her comprehensive listing of the barriers that still prevent many women from accessing this EC option - despite its OTC status and FDA approval - leaves me wondering...What is "Plan C" for increasing access to safe and reliable forms of contraception when even approved and legal methods are restricted for certain individuals? Because too many policies seem to be in place across the US that curtail individuals' reproductive health care options.


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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Carnival of Feminists #43

Check out the 43rd Carnival of Feminists up at Femtique. As always, there are lots of great links!


Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjuction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I (Still) Want a Wife

According to the NYTimes, it's a sad but true fact that working women are still pining after the fantasy of having a wife of their own to help out with the reproductive labor at home. Leaving me to wonder...Since women have been pointing out the problem with work/life balance and unfair divisions of domestic labor for decades, how is it that we have not made much progress on these issues yet?

This article really made me aware of the fact that even though my BFF and I kid about being each others "wives" and how we could be perfect domestic divas together, the truth behind the joke is not really funny. Because the "humor" is coming from how limited our options seem when it comes to setting up a homestead arrangement that is truly supportive of our lives as women - personally and professionally.

My question: How can we get the revolution started? Whether in "traditional" heterosexual relationships or other arrangements, how can a girl today establish a balance between work and life? What needs to change? And who needs to step up and support such necessary changes?

Via E.W.

Update
Salon.com provides an excellent analysis of the NYTimes article in question. Pointing out that women want a personal assistant more than they want a wife, Tracy Clark-Flory writes,
The bigger challenge, though -- which applies in different ways to both couples and singles, men and women -- is working under a corporate model that relies on a vision of domestic life that plain doesn't exist for most people anymore.
Right on, and exactly the point I want to emphasize.



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Passing on the Thinking Blogger Award

My Top 5

1. Carnival of Feminists (Organized by Natalie Bennett)
2. Girl With Pen
3. Feministing
4. Makeshift Dialect
5. Idealistic Nation

The rules for passing along the Thinking Blogger Award are available here.


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A Blog Without A Bicycle...Now an *Award Winning* Blog



A Proud Recipient of the Thinking Blogger Award

Carter-Ann over at Figure: Demystifying the Feminist Mystique has awarded A Blog Without a Bicycle the Thinking Blogger Award. Thanks, Carter-Ann!

A post will soon follow with my Top 5 for this kudos-meme.


Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjuction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Equal Pay for Equal Work

A recent NPR news story described a study that revealed that women who negotiate for better salaries and benefits are viewed more negatively than men who do the same. So, not only are women genderally under-compensated when compared to men, but if the ladies attempt to do the smart professional thing and negotiate their packages, they risk not only making a "bad impression" but also stunting their careers. Of course, no one seems to have a problem with dudes agressively pursuing better compensation for their work. ?!?!

As someone who frequently encourages her fellow females to NEGOTIATE, I was a bit flumoxed by this sad fact. Women lose $750,000 over the course of their lifetime because they do not negotiate their package for their first job when compared to the earnings of a man in the same position who does negotiate. But it seems like social stigma - or at least expectations - mean that women who negotiate are still in a tight spot.

And I really don't think the answer is for women to create a new, kinder, gentler form of pay negotiation. It's not about working the system here - this system is not working for women - and many other folks who face discrimination in the workplace - and we should get rid of it.

My solution: How about we ditch the sexism et al. and compensate individuals - regardless of gender and various other identity categories - justly for their hard work?


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Facebook This Blog

Yes, there is a Facebook group for this blog. It's true. And you can join the "A Blog Without a Bicycle" group on Facebook if you enjoy social networking of the profile-based kind.


Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjuction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.

Friday, August 10, 2007

With Pride, With Prejudice

Check out my review of Becoming Jane now up over at Girl With Pen.

Update
Check out more great reviews of Becoming Jane from this round-up over at Mothertalk.



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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Real Hot 100

Nominate a woman you think is a real "hottie" today!

You can use this simple nomination form to honor a woman who you feel is making a difference and deserves to be recognized. Do it now!

Via Feministing

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Writing Women's Studies

Women's and gender studies practitioners are taking their message(s) to masses. Read more here.


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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Autism Expression & Gender Construction

File this NYTimes story under "I'm not so surprised that autistic children express culturally constructed gender norms in their differential manifestations - by gender - of the same condition (even if they typically struggle with social interaction, they are exposed to cultural norms just like everyone else)" or "Yet another reason that medical research needs to be better balanced to represent both male AND female populations" or...


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Blogging Jane (Austen, That Is) on Girl With Pen



Coming to a blog near you, summer 2007...

This week I will be featured as a guest blogger on Deborah Siegel's blog, Girl With Pen this week. Along with my guest blogger companions Alison Piepmeier and Tiby Kantrowitz, I will be reviewing the recently released film Becoming Jane.

More details here.


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Monday, August 06, 2007

Women, Blogging, & Online Harassment

I stumbled upon the provactively titled post Blogging While Female on the Nation's blog this morning and nostalgic reminiscing about my M.A. thesis hit me full force. One of the major topics that I discussed in my thesis was the disproportionate amount of sexism that female bloggers face online and how this related to the maintenance of the public sphere a la Habermas. No surprise here, but it seems that the occurrence of gender-based online harrassment has not diminished while I have been on a healthy break from all things thesis-related. This article reminded me of how important it is for this issue to be addressed - not just for equality in the blogosphere but in society, on and offline, in general.

Update: Feministing has started a discussion of this article and "blogging while female" through one of its comment threads. Join in!


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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Let's Not Get Too Hysterical About Women's Pay Yet...

City Gals Paid More Than Men Folk?

After reading the recent NYTimes article that points to the fact that female 20-somethings seem to be out-earning men in major US cities, I wasn't quite sure what to think. I couldn't quite put my finger on it (I haven't looked at the cited study or run the numbers myself), but something seemed fishy in the interpretation. Luckily, the feminist blogosphere had my back and catalogued many of the suspect conclusions and the potential consequences of such reportage.

With a link to an excellent analysis of the article at the WIMN's Voices Group Blog, Girl with Pen bemoans the "backlashy" potential that such articles can have in the mainstream media in terms of becoming fodder for anti-feminist pundits. Ann over at Feministing emphasizes the ways in which the "trend" cited by the Times seems to conflict with what's going on more generally on the national level. More links to come - I hope!

Location...education level...age...gender...marital status...The Times article seemed to touch on some of these factors, but I feel that these demographic categories and others, such as race and socioeconomic background, need to be carefully considered before any rhetorical battles about the achievement, or lack, of pay equity are to be had. Let's not get hysterical here, let's just get the facts, ma'am...

Update
The Numbers Guy sets things straight over at the Wall Street Journal: Although you can look at statistics in various different ways, the fact is that men are still being paid more than women. Which leaves us with the question...Why was this NYTimes article so "newsworthy"? I spy sexism?


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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Carnival of Feminists #42

Check out the latest Carnival of Feminists that is now up at Uncool.


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Thursday, August 02, 2007

A Father's Right to Choose?

Dear Ohio,

Let's talk about reproductive rights and "choice":

My body, my choice.

Her body, her choice.

His body, his choice. (But he still can't make choices about her body. Just his own.)

Your legislative body - well, it doesn't get to make anyone else's choices.

See, that wasn't too hard!

xoxo,
A very concerend citizen

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