My Visit to NARAL Pro-Choice New York

Source: NARAL Pro-Choice New Yrok

Hey There Girlies and Dudes!

Hope you’ve all had an amazing start to your week, and as for me I can say I did!

This morning afternoon I the unique opportunity to interview for an internship position at NARAL Pro-Choice New York. It was truly inspiring to actually visit the organization that has spearheaded the woman’s reproductive justice movement here in NY along with other Pro-choice organizations.

The most intriguing thing about this organization is their history. NARAL Pro-Choice New York  has been around for more than 30 years and as an organization has created partnerships between policy makers and legislators, health care service providers and advocates for women and youth, and other community-based and corporate organizations. The organization provides the needed resources in terms of information regarding access to birth control, abortion, and reproductive health care.

I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful NARAL employees, Ms. Pauline who is the Director of one of the youth programs there, and Ms. Katie who’s a feel intern and has been with NARAL for over a year.

I was really anxious to interview for the position, but what was more intense for me was actually living up to the history of this national organization, who have held very high standards in the realm of woman’s health rights. I wasn’t worried about wooing them with rehearsed answers to questions I’ve heard all too often, but my mission was to tell them how passionate I am about the work that I do. I felt like I accomplished that the best way that I could, because my nerves still rattled me as I spoke.

Ms. Pauline and Ms. Katie said they would look at my blog, so hopefully they see this post and say “Hey, she’s talking about us!”. Theses two individuals were very inspiring and I was so honored to have gotten the opportunity to even meet them.

Take the time to learn more about NARAL Pro-Choice New York and how to get involved, if reproductive rights is something that interest you.

Source: NARAL Pro-Choice New York

Cloaked Websites- What Websites Have Hidden Agendas

Hellooooooooooooo Again!

The weather has been amazing thus far, and I welcomed Spring yesterday with open arms and open-toed shoes…lol! As you all know, this blog is dedicated to women’s reproductive and social justice, however, from time to time I want to mix it up a little, still keeping a fashionable ensemble of information!

I probably neglected to mention that I am a Senior in the Community Health program at Hunter College and am taking a class on social media and health. And for today’s class I was asked to complete a reading on ‘Clocked Websites’. I was extremely excited to read it anyways because my very-own professor is the author of the journal and it was interesting to me to get to learn more about her writing style and her way of expression, which is an intellectual cascade of expression I might add.

The article by Dr. Jessie Daniels, Clocked Websites:propaganda, cyber-racism and epistemology in the digital era, opens the eyes of even the most  savvy of internet veterans with this idea of’ hidden political agendas.’ I know, that’s exactly why I thought, what the hell does it mean to have a hidden political agenda on a clocked website?

I’d considered my internet skills to be pretty advanced and my digital use and social networking talent to be sufficient, however, I have never heard about this idea. As I continued to read the article, Dr. Daniels explains that clocked websites are used for propaganda and cyber-racism because websites use difficult-to-detect authorship and hidden agendas intended to accomplish political goals, including white supremacy (Daniels, 2009). My interpretation of this idea is that websites often times deliver messages through creative presentations false analysis of evidence that often times portray an idea, concept, or belief that is hidden. This hidden idea, concept or belief is often skewed, racist, and politically biased to get the surfer to agree with their agenda.

Dr. Daniels uses obvious political websites to make the case, but what is interesting from her analysis, is that political and corporate websites are not the only websites with hidden agendas.

According to Dr. Daniels analysis, the ‘Teen Breaks’ site is disguised for pro-life propaganda (Daniels, 2009). The site is appealing in a sense, however, what caught my attention was the statement of abortion. The site mentions that ‘abortion is permanent and there is no turning back’ – this is clearly a ‘pro-life’ statement with the intentions of scarring and demoralizing the ability to choose. Now, the issue I have with this is that teens who are in fact pregnant and look to the internet for resources on teen pregnancy can read a statement like this and be even more confused, terrified, and alone than ever. Dr. Daniels also goes on to write that this same site support the notion that there are many negative physical and emotional consequences of abortion that form a so-called ‘post-abortion syndrome’ (Daniels, 2009). After viewing this portion of the site, I felt as if they were pressuring teens into believing that abortion is wrong and the abortion is frowned upon. This website did so much as to create a medical aliment of ‘post-abortion’ , which by the way is not medically recognized, but rather a rhetorical strategy of the pro-life movement to advance its agenda (Daniels, 2009).

As an educator, I would never refer my patients to this website for information about teen pregnancy or anything to do with sexual or reproductive health. It is absurd what some organizations would do to hide their biases and carry out their agendas according to what they see is politically correct.

If you are interested in reading more on Cloaked Sites by Dr. Jessie Daniels visit her blog, Racism Review.

Law allows Rapist to Marry Victim- Activists call for Justice!

This week I learned that a 16-yr old girl who was forced to marry her rapist had committed suicide jut after 3-months of marriage. Reading the news articles posted on the internet about this tragedy made me realize the culture boundaries that still exist today impeding social equality for women. The unfortunate situation of Amina Filali proves that government can continue to rule over the woman and create a systematic oppression that is practiced in society as the norm of women culture. Is it okay for a 16-year old to wed her rapist for the sake of preserving a families societal standing? In this case, culture, values, and religious beliefs outweigh the moral, humanistic, and civil rights of the victim.

According to the law, justice is achieved through the marital union of the victim and the rapist. The crime is not the dishonor or moral degradation of the victim, it is the forcible act of rape. The punishment is no longer the burden of the criminal nor the burden of the family, but of the victim. Is there justice in that? Is there an equal or fair trial for the victim or does government and societal norms dictate a woman’s right to equality?

To start this discussion, view the video below by the YOUNGTURKS and let me know your feelings on this issue.

 

March is Women’s History Month- The History of Planned Parenthood and Their Work in Empowering Women

This Month is Woman’s History Month and to honor this glorious occasion I want to highlight the  courageous and impeccable work that Planned Parenthood does for millions of men and women all over this world. It is truly mind-blowing to … Continue reading

A Call for Submission! It’s time to Tell Your Story!

To all women and girls of all ages! It’s time to hear your story…

“Back in 2010 and again in 2011, I, was put [by my own doing] in a position of choice. I had to choose whether or not I was going to be a mother. For a woman, deciding between giving life or giving up one owns life, has to be one the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make. Our stories our different, but we share the same fate- having to choose.”- Anonymous

So, this is your time to tell your story. Whether through a video, a blog post, a comment, or a picture. Your story of choice is one to be heard, yet society never really thinks to ask. Sharing your experiences with other women who have had their own is not only informative, but empowering. Your voice as a women who’s gone through ‘choosing’ must be heard.

Below are some videos that tell a unique story both men and women from the MTV Impact Project on Abortion Stories , please take your time to look at the videos & submit your work. You can submit your work through this blog or email me at thegirlylaws.callforsubmission@gmail.com .

This is your time, have your voice heard!


Below are some images of choice/abortion stories. These images all share different context on the issue of choice. They send very different messages, all unique, but very powerful.

At it Again!- Congress Upheaval Towards Controlling Reproductive Health Rights (Oklahoma)

Hello Girls!

Hope you all had a great week and for those of you who were able to look at the current events in the NY Times, the act of hate on woman’s reproductive health rights continues to sprawl.

Thanks to a classmate of mine who was so kind enough to send me a blog on iReport for CNN, I was able to see the reaction of many women to the new person-hood anti-abortion legislation that was recently passed by the Oklahoma Senate.

What does the new legislation mean for Oklahoma women? It means three basic words; restriction, limitations, and violation. Under this new legislation women are restricted and limited in their access to certain reproductive health services such as birth control options, abortions, and emergency contraception. This law also threatens to affect access to other critical women health services.

After reading a blog post from Pamela Haag from HuffPost, Birth Control Isn’t Really About “Women’s Health.” It’s About…, I was able to formulate two very intrinsic questions; 1. What exactly is the definition of choice? and 2. What exactly is society’s definition of ‘abortion culture’?

Please take the time out to share your thoughts on this issue as well comment on the questions I have posted.

Before I go I wanted to share some insightful words from a good friend of mine who is a health educator (No name provided for confidential reasons) at a Bronx High School and she said “Really? An egg is a person? Do you know that people [abortion doctors] die for that shit? Really a fu*@#$! blob of cells? That is not a person, that thing cannot be able to support its self outside the woman’s body. When that ‘thing’ is able to survive and live on it owns, then it’s considered a person!” -my she friend!

Good Night and remember you don’t have to be a feminist to speak against those who violate your rights!