The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.
The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.
Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.
The rupture, which has not been publicly announced as it unfolded, is wrenching for some of those who’ve learned about it and admire both organizations.
“We’re kind of reeling,” said Patrick Hurd, who is CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia — recipient of a 2010 grant from Komen — and whose wife, Betsi, is a veteran of several Komen fundraising races and is currently battling breast cancer.
“It sounds almost trite, going through this with Betsi, but cancer doesn’t care if you’re pro-choice, anti-choice, progressive, conservative,” Hurd said. “Victims of cancer could care less about people’s politics.”
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY.
“Planned Parenthood assists many people in cancer screenings and STI testing as well as providing healthcare for—”
“ABORTIONS ARE BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD”
“But we don’t even put government money to abortions and what about the other services we provide—”
“I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF YOUR FUNDING BEING TAKEN AWAY”
355 . After Teddy Remus Lupin turned eleven years old, Harry handed him a picture of Remus and Tonks on their wedding day. It had been found in Remus's coat pocket the night he died, along with a picture of a tiny baby with a tuff of bright turquoise hair, waving fat fists at the camera.
“To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.”—
Today I was denied entry to Disneyland because, according to their administration, I was dressed “inappropriately” and “offending children”. I felt humiliated. I argued with three different employees as they shamed me and judged me simply for my self-expression and attire. I was told that my top was see through—hardly—and because the OUTLINE of my bra was visible I was not permitted to enter the park.
When I asked how I was possibly offending children, the female employee continued reasoning that I was dressed inappropriately at a “family park”. I then asked how my clothing was inappropriate and she kept with the cyclical illogic that I was again, offending children. I saw I was getting nowhere and that my rights to dress how I want to were going to be ultimatley violated because I was one women and Disney is a billion dollar corporation that doesn’t need my measly 100 bucks.
I felt powerless. This isn’t the first time a woman has told me I dress inappropriately. How am I offending children? My body is my temple, it is pure and natural. If little girls look at how I dress and want to emulate me, that is not my responsibility. That is the decision of the parent to guide their children towards behaviors that they deem “acceptable”. I don’t believe that I should be blamed and humiliated in order to limit girls from dressing “slutty”. The word slut is offensive in itself and oppressive to women.
I dress this way because it makes ME happy. I think that I would actually be setting a good example for children. My message is simply, be who you want to be. The clothing that a woman wears is not indicative of her character and no one, including little girls, should be judged so shallowly. I’m a proud, educated, and loving person. I want nothing more than to live in a world where everyone is free to express who they are. This argument of “offending” others is bullshit. Everyone who has an opinion is going to be offended in some way during their lifetime.
I’m a victim of society’s rape culture where women bear the responsibility of sexual harassment instead of sexual OFFENDERS.
I’m not ashamed of how I dress and our Rape Culture seems to believe that I should be.
“Oh… So I’m just going to put that you aren’t sexually active at this time.”—
My gynecologist’s reaction to me revealing, when she asked about my sexual activity, that I only have sex with women. Made me feel like nothing I do with women will ever “count” the way it would if I was with men. (via microaggressions)
Jon Stewart:You don't think two affairs hurt someone who thinks of themselves as a champion of traditional marriage?
John Oliver:What could be more traditional than the arrangement that Gingrich proposed? Throughout history Jon, traditional marriage has meant powerful men doing whatever the fuck they want, whenever the fuck they want.
Just because the Dr. Pepper company tells women they can’t drink Dr. Pepper Ten doesn’t mean that they really can’t drink it. Suck it up and quit being a bunch of whiny bitches with no sense of humor. It’s not like drinking a “man drink” will have bad side-effects or anything. That’s just their marketing scheme. And it’s not like you’ll get arrested for drinking it either. Come on, grow up.
Dr Pepper’s new spokesperson scoffed when asked why the well-known feminists Meg and Hercules were avoiding the drink.
“We feel very comfortable with our brand image right now,” he insisted, “Despite the fact that today’s so called ‘heroes’ are avoiding it. So what if Hercules doesn’t want to support a company that relies on misogynistic humor? Who cares what Hercules does? He’s a ZERO, and our product is a TEN. Get it? Dr Pepper ten? I crack myself up sometimes.”