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GOP health bill would cut majority of Planned Parenthood budget in California

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Planned Parenthood of California, which operates more of the organization’s health centers than any other state in the nation, would lose 73 percent of its operating budget under the health care bills that Republicans are pushing to replace the Affordable Care Act, its leaders said Tuesday. Planned Parenthood of Northern California, which operates 20 health centers San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and other counties between the Bay Area and the Oregon border, would face budget reductions of similar proportions. Both pieces of proposed GOP legislation — one passed by the House in May, and one introduced by the Senate last week — would end federal funding to the women’s health organization for one year. Planned Parenthood has long been a target of conservatives, who argue that the federal government should not fund health care providers that perform abortions, even though the procedure is paid for by state, not federal funding. In some of our most rural counties, we might be the only provider that delivers sexual and reproductive health care services in the area. A spokeswoman for the chapter did not immediately return requests for comment, and it is not clear what portion of its federal funding would be withheld if the GOP proposal moves forward.
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Technicalleigh
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Republican health care bill: "Let's drastically slash women's healthcare so we can spend $0.00 less on abortions!" >_>
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Stanford rape case Judge Aaron Persky faces recall petition

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The jurist faces an organised bid to de-bench him after a sentence that critics deemed too lenient.
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I'm local. I'll sign it.
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I "exaggerated" my story

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I was in an incredibly toxic relationship with a man whom I loved. I let him walk all over me and have sex outside of our relationship because if I didn’t he would leave. One night he asked to borrow my car to go see another girl and I had had enough. I said no. He started slamming doors. I hid in the bathroom. He kicked the door down and dragged me out by my hair. He grabbed my throat and pinned me against a wall. He had a wrench held above him, threatening to bust my skull in with it. He was crying and saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” as if he was apologizing for something he was about to do to me. Frantic, I grabbed the wrench from his hand and called the police. When they arrived they spoke to him first while the paramedics were tending to a wound I had gotten on my knee from falling down the stairs while trying to get away. When the police finally spoke to me the first thing they said was “you exaggerated your story didn’t you?” because he didn’t choke me hard enough to leave a mark. They never even asked if i wanted to press charges. I was heartbroken. If I couldn’t trust the police to believe me, who could I trust?

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Technicalleigh
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On VidCon, Harassment & Garbage Humans

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To kick off the Women Online panel at VidCon last Thursday, the moderator posed the question: Why do we still have to talk about the harassment of women? I replied, “Because I think one of my biggest harassers is sitting in the front row.” He showed up with several others; together, his group took up the two front rows at the panel. Their presence was plainly not, as one of them later said in an “apology” video he posted to Twitter, to “give us the chance we never gave them” and to “hear us out,” but was instead to intimidate me and put me on edge. They will no doubt plead innocent and act shocked at what they characterize as the outrageousness of such allegations. This, too, is part of their strategy: gaslighting, acting in a way intended to encourage me and their other targets to doubt ourselves and to wonder if all of this isn’t just in our heads. But to anyone who examines their patterns of behavior with clear eyes, the intentions of their actions are undeniably apparent.

Carl is a man who literally profits from harassing me and other women: he makes over $5,000 a month on Patreon for creating YouTube videos that mock, insult and discredit myself and other women online, and he’s not alone. He is one of several YouTubers who profit from the cottage industry of online harassment and antifeminism; together, these people have millions of followers who are regularly encouraged by the videos and tweets of these individuals to harass me and other women who make videos daring to assert the basic humanity of women, people of color, trans folks, and members of other marginalized groups.

Because of the constant flood of threats and harassment I have received over the past five years simply for being a woman who argues for the basic humanity of women in a deeply misogynistic culture, I went for a very long time rarely participating in public conversations. Being a target of cybermob harassment is a traumatizing experience, though harassers seek to deny this; one tactic of theirs is to dismiss this very idea, to say that everyone online is treated the same, everyone online gets “called names” sometimes. In fact, there is simply no comparison between being occasionally mocked or insulted online as a male antifeminist who occupies a position of power in an overwhelmingly sexist, patriarchal culture, and being a woman who receives a never-ending torrent of abuse while fighting tooth and nail to create an online culture that is a little less misogynistic and a little more equitable.

That is itself an act of harassment and intimidation.

However, despite the torrent of harassment, I recently made a conscious decision to participate more regularly in panels and conversations at public events, because I wanted to engage with people who show up in good faith to listen to our ideas. But let me make something very clear: When you have a history of harassing someone for years, and you show up in the front row at their panel with a camera and an entourage, that is not an act of good faith, to put it mildly. That is itself an act of harassment and intimidation. He and his companions were doing this not just to me but to other women as well, women like Kat Blaque and Franchesca Ramsey, so that we all are aware at VidCon that this man who has harassed us and whose hundreds of thousands of followers have attacked us online for years is here, watching us. It’s a deliberate act to create an environment that feels hostile, to communicate to us that if and when we dare to show up in public to express the ideas that we express online, the harassment will follow us into the physical world as well.

Now, he and his followers are acting as if me publicly calling him a “garbage human” is the equivalent to what he has done to me. In truth, he and his followers cannot begin to imagine what it is to have to constantly beg for and fight for your basic humanity in a culture that fundamentally refuses to acknowledge it. He cannot imagine what it is to spend years and years being the target of floods of harassment and hate, and then to still go out there and keep fighting. The companion of his who made that apology video I referenced earlier also tweeted that women are “powerful” enough to “deal with things like workplace harassment to rape.” As if power is in accepting a culture in which women are second-class citizens, in which misogyny and workplace harassment and rape are the norm. Fuck that. I’ll never settle for that. You’re damn right I’m powerful. After everything I’ve been put through by Carl and other men just like him, I’m still powerful enough to go out there and try to change it.






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22m to lose health cover in Senate bill

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Some 22 million Americans could lose insurance under Senate bill to replace Obamacare, congressional report says
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Technicalleigh
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I am shocked, shocked that there is letting people die needlessly in this establishment.
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On the difficulty of recognizing one's own biases

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Another lesson for me on the difficulty of seeing outside your own cultural context:

In Delany's City of a Thousand Suns (1966), a historian (Rolth Catham) is talking about various people writing for their ideal audiences. During that discussion, he refers repeatedly to “man” (meaning humankind), and consistently uses “he” to refer to various ideal readers. I was noticing the genderedness of all that, so I was ruefully amused when he adds (p. 158):

“… I check and recheck my historical theory for cultural, sexual, emotional bias, for that ideal man, who is ideally unbiased.”

So despite checking his own work repeatedly for cultural and sexual bias, the character is oblivious to his belief that the ideal unbiased reader is a man.

I don't, of course, bring this up in order to criticize Chip for something he wrote fifty years ago. I bring it up because I think it's another nice illustration of how hard it is to recognize our own cultural frameworks even when we're explicitly trying to avoid bias.

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Technicalleigh
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The importance of trying to listen when others point out your/my flaws.
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