Tag Archives: women’s rights

#ProFlourishing (and where I’ve been…)

10 Jun

For those of you still around here, I’m alive.

Not reading, nor doing well dealing with my depression, but still kicking–and hoping to come on top.

Soon.

-ish.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this link to Sarah Gailey’s storify on what being pro-choice actually means–as opposed to what most of those self-declared ‘pro-life’ really stand for.
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Women, pain, and the gender gap in healthcare.

23 May

Originally posted to the Community section at MyMedia.

This one is very tough to write about, for very personal reasons: the incredible gender bias in health care. How many times are women patients in critical circumstances, sent home with what is, essentially, a pat on the head, only to suffer severe health consequences later? That is not a rhetorical question, by the way. The answer is: several times more than men.

Some of you reading may remember reading on the news about a woman in Florida who was asked to leave the emergency room, since there was ‘nothing wrong with her,’ only to die right outside the hospital as the cops who had arrested her for non-compliance were trying to get her into the patrol car. Even as she’s lying on the floor, dying, people around her insist that there’s ‘nothing wrong with her.’

It’s easy to find excuses in the media for this particular case. She was loud, and had a history of being disruptive, she was heavy set (we are told her weight in the freaking headlines, for dog’s sake). But mostly, she was a woman (and also Black), and complaining of pain.

Oh, you may say, but that’s just one case, why are you making noise about that?

Because it’s not one case. From the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, in 2001–fifteen freaking years ago!–here’s the abstract from “The Girl Who Cried Pain”

In general, women report more severe levels of pain, more frequent incidences of pain, and pain of longer duration than men, but are nonetheless treated for pain less aggressively. The authors investigate this paradox from two perspectives: Do men and women in fact experience pain differently – whether biologically, cognitively, and/or emotionally? And regardless of the answer, what accounts for the differences in the pain treatment they receive, and what can we do to correct this situation?

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Luxury tax, for being women.

7 May

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Women in several states in these USofA have to pay luxury taxes for items that do not meet the criteria for luxury. Things like tampons and sanitary pads are, for the immense majority of women, necessary–nay, indispensable–for at least a few days every month. Every month, for decades.

Women, particularly working women at every level, cannot say, ‘hey, I don’t need tampons/pads this month, I’ll just put that money towards paying a debt, or in savings instead.’

And not only are the blasted things expensive to begin with, then to get hit with the luxury tax? Makes the blood boil.

Which is why this article made my evening:
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Yes, we still need feminism.

9 Apr

I became aware only recently of author Sarah Gailey‘s twitter, but I’m making a point, from now on, to check it often–and to check out her work.

Why? Well, a couple of reasons…:

First, the springboard for yesterday’s post:

Then, there’s this awesome bingo card¹: Continue reading