Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Senate Passes Bill Limiting A Woman's Access to Abortion

It is time to pay some serious attention to our eroding right to an abortion in our country. Little by little, state legislatures and our federal government have been limiting our rights and it must be stopped. In addition to the complete ban on abortion passed by the state of South Dakota, the United States Senate voted today to make it illegal to transport a pregnant girl into a different state in order for her to obtain an abortion. This is horrible news. Already, states such as Mississippi offer only one clinic where a woman can get an abortion. Those of us who have daughters should be especially concerned our country is headed back towards the days of illegal, back alley, life-threatening abortions.

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ARM Seeking Artwork

Another call for works for the Association for Research on Mothering...

Dear ARM members and Friends,

We are currently working on production for two ARM/Demeter Presspublications as well as our 10th Anniversary Motherlode conference and would like to request artwork for the following:

Mothering and Feminism journal Vol. 8.1 & 2 potential cover artwork

Aboriginal Mothering book (Demeter Press) potential cover artwork

Motherlode conference tote bag/poster artwork image(**IMPT note - please get your abstracts & bios in for our 10thanniversary Motherlode conference - the final deadline for submissionsis August 1st!!)

Please send any/all images asap to arm@yorku.ca.

Jpg/Tif/Pdf files are best.

Renée Knapp
Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON, Canada

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Center for New Words: Call for Poems

2006 New Voices Poetry Contest

Send in your poems today!

To be brief:

YOU write up to 3 poems, not more than 2 pages each.

YOU send them to New Words by July 31, 2006 (with a $5 reading fee — drop us a line if you can’t swing it)

WE pick 3 winning poets

YOU read your winning poems at New Voices on September 27, 2006

YOU get prizes

The minutia:

All submissions must:

Contain no more than 3 poems, of not more than 2 pages each poem


Include a COVER PAGE with author’s NAME, CONTACT info, TITLE and word COUNT.

Subsequent pages should include ONLY the TITLES of the POEMS (and the poems themselves, of course).

Be mailed to The Center for New Words, 7 Temple Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Be received postmarked by July 31, 2006

Be read by YOU, the writer, at New Voices on SEPTEMBER 27, 2006

The Prize: 1st Prize: $100

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Newsom to California Democrats: Unite now around Angelides

In an interview today, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made an important comment; one that should be taken very seriously by all California Democrats. If we are serious about voting Schwarzenegger out of office, he said, we must rally around Democratic candidate Phil Angelides now. He is right. Schwarzenegger must be sent out of office, and the only real way to do that is to get excited about supporting Angelides. I know he is not the most exciting candidate, but he is the only hope we have of getting California back on track. Although Schwarzenegger will try to run during this campaign as a moderate, make no mistake, he is truly a conservative. For example, not only did he veto a bill legalizing gay marriage, but he also promised to veto a law pending in the California legislature that would require school curriculum to include the contributions of gays and lesbians.

It's time to support pro-choice candidate Phil Angelides. The sooner he gets support from us liberals, the more likely Schwarzenegger will be defeated!

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NARAL Endorses Lieberman

Via Tennessee Guerrilla Women...

Well, this is a shock! NARAL has made the decision to endorse Joe Lieberman as a candidate for the Senate, despite the fact that his opponent, Ned Lamont, is pro-choice. Luckily, women have exploded in disbelief over this very bizarre nomination. Especially in light of Lieberman's recent lack of symathy and support for rape victims who are unable to get contraceptive coverage at a catholic hospital, saying "It's just a short ride to another hospital."

What a disapointing endorsement from a respectable women's organization.

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Stephen Colbert, George W Bush's Words

Stephen Colbert has some of the greatest criticism of Bush on mainstream television today. The best part is that it is done through his brilliant, sarcastic humor. Here is one of his best bits.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Call for Papers on Young Mothers

The Association for Research on Mothering is seeking submissions from/about young mothers:


The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 9.1 of the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) to be published in Spring/Summer 2007.

The journal will explore the topic of Young Mothers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. We also welcome creative reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Book reviews are to be no more than 2 pages (500 words), articles should be 15 pages (3750 words). All should be MLA style, in WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.

For more information, please contact us at:
ARM: 726 Atkinson College, York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3. Call us at (416) 736-2100, x 60366, or email us at arm@yorku.ca Or visit our website at www.yorku.ca/crm

Submissions must be received by November 1, 2006.

To submit work to the journal, one must be a member of ARM and memberships must be received by November 1, 2006.

The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) 726 Atkinson, York University 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 416-736-2100 x 60366 (fax) 416-736-5766 arm@yorku.ca

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Great Feminist Songs

Here are a few great feminist songs...

"Tell Yourself" by Natalie Merchant--

a song for teen girls against eating disorders

"Me & a Gun" by Tori Amos--

an auto-biographical about how she was raped and how she fought back

"Dear Mr. President" by P!nk--

a wonderful, current song about the failings of the Bush administration

"Party of God" by Natalie Merchant--

means different things to different people. To me, it is a song chronicling how God must be so disappointed by the hijacking of religion by the religous right. Best lines

"God must be agreeing/
to be helpless is the worst/
must be the worst part of watching"

"Soon Forget" by Pearl Jam--how money can make men corrupt

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Victoria's Secret/Abortion Rights in Mississippi

First off, there was much talk the last week over an employee at victorious Secret telling a mother she is not allowed to nurse in their store. I was outraged when I heard of this and wrote to the company immediately to ensure that mothers are allowed to breastfeed. I received an immediate, personal response letting me know of their long standing policy welcoming mothers breastfeeding in their store. What a shame that one employee of theirs caused all that trouble. I was so glad to see so many feminist moms spring right into action to ensure their rights are protected. What an active mothers movement we have!

On a sadder note, the Feminist Majority needs our help asap. They are fighting to protect the last abortion clinic (can you believe there is only ONE in the whole state?!) from extinction. Please contribute what you can to help women get the reproductive support they need in Mississippi.