This Week in Women: The Holiday Edition
With the holidays upon us and the new year right around the corner, we’re wrapping up 2016 with news of the good, the bad, and the bad ass. It’s This Week In Women!
Lena Dunham Apologizes For Recent Abortion Remarks
Lena Dunham raised eyebrows last week with a well-intentioned, but decidedly controversial, comment on abortions. In an interview on her “Women of the Hour” podcast, Dunham was sharing a story about visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas. While discussing her experience, she also brought up her frustration over the stigma attached to abortions. “I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion,” said Dunham. “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
Lena’s wishful thinking did not go over so well on the Twittersphere.
.@lenadunham FYI an abortion is not something you "get to have." It's an awful experience one SHOULDN'T wish for like a gift from Santa 😑🙄
— s a s h a (@kisslow) December 20, 2016
Saying you wish you'd had an abortion is the stigmatizing action here @lenadunham Abortion is a HARD choice to make, not a trip to get froyo
— Bry!!! on Ice (@bryscalley) December 20, 2016
On Tuesday, Dunham posted an extensive apology to her Instagram account, saying, “I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma.”
CNN’s Angela Rye’s Op-Ed About TSA Vaginal Pat-Down
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has gathered more bad press this week after CNN political commentator and NPR legal analyst, Angela Rye, wrote a detailed op-ed about her uncomfortable, boundary-crossing frisking experience at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
“I initially recorded the video so I could send it to TSA to raise questions about the process and challenge the agency on whether these incidents of violation truly prevent terrorist attacks. I began to think about friends of mine who are victims of sexual assault. I worried that if they were subjected to the same kind of search it could have disastrous emotional impact. […] Of course, we want America to be safe and protected but we should not violate the emotional and physical safety of our nation’s citizens at the same time.”
Rye brings up an important conversation about the intersection of the government and personal freedoms, and where boundary lines need to be created in a time when many Americans are feeling trepidation about national security.
New Announcements From Bad Ass Organizations
In an ironic and downright delightful middle finger to Trump and his insults, the Google Ghost “Nasty Woman” T-shirt has generated some serious funds for Planned Parenthood: over $100,000 to date. These T-shirts are still available for order—so get one while you still can!
In other news, indie band and twin sister duo, Tegan and Sara, launched a foundation to support the LGBTQ community. “Through the Tegan and Sara Foundation, we can be proactive with our support rather than waiting to react to discrimination as it occurs. We will support the work of other organizations who have been fighting for LGBTQ and women’s rights by raising funds and awareness for their initiatives. We will fight against the repressive legislation of the incoming Trump administration,” said Tegan and Sara in an official statement. “Together, we can make a difference.”
People who wish to become involved can connect with the band through their foundation’s website, donating online or purchase from different brand partnerships, such as Kiehl’s. Kiehl’s has pledged to support LGBTQ youth through a special skincare collaboration with Tegan and Sara. Perhaps the perfect xmas gift for those last-minute shoppers among us.
Image via The New York Times
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