Mitt Romney chooses Rep. Paul Ryan as VP running mate: As the Examiner points out, this matters to women for a lot of really important reasons: He’s vehemently Pro Life. He supports private, religious education, not the funding of public institutions. He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, primarily for its coverage of birth control and family planning services, including abortion. And he’s a tightwad when it comes to social programs. On his chopping block: healthcare, education, Social Security and Medicare. GULP! You can sign a personal letter to Ryan, opposing his anti-woman’s health agenda, via Planned Parenthood here.
The civil rights of teenagers in Louisiana are being threatened: The ACLU reports that a prviate high school in the state is requiring its female students to undergo forced pregnancy tests if they’re suspected of being pregnant. If a little plus sign appears or they refuse the test, they’re kicked out of school. This is a violation of Title IX and, you know, the Constitution. Hell to the N.O. To learn more about this and other issues facing girls and women, visit the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project.
Is Lolo Jones selling sex or just being herself?: The New York Times ran a rather scathing profile of Olympic runner Lolo Jones that accused her of being more of a spokesmodel than an athlete, basically damning her for being attractive. While Slate points the finger not at Jones but a media obsessed with hotness, rather than achievement. Athletes such as Anna Kournikova win endorsement deals and commercial spots over badass superstars who don’t share her supermodel looks. In our opinion, picking on a woman because of her looks, whether she’s considered gorgeous or grotesque, is offensive no matter what. What do you think?
Feminist Ryan Gosling becomes a book: One of our favorite feminist Tumblr blogs got a book deal. Danielle Henderson’s Feminist Ryan Gosling, Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude hits stores Tuesday. It’s a totally fun guilty pleasure—and the photos of RG aren’t awful either.