All too often feminists have to suffer defeats. All to often we are demoralized. However, if we continue to persevere, sometimes we win. I am happy to share that recently we have enjoyed two victories, in the world of politics as well as in our cultural battle.
In Arizona, the appeals court overturned HB 2036 which was signed by Governor Jan Brewer last April. This law, an abortion ban, limits the 20 week abortion restriction even more by cutting it to 18 weeks after conception, arguing that pregnancy began after the last day of menstruation. Consequently, by law, women in Arizona were considered pregnant before they were actually pregnant.
However, this absurd law is gratefully no longer. A federal judge from San Francisco overturned HB 2036, claiming that women deserve at least the original 20 weeks gestation or until the fetus is viable. Jan Brewer was reportedly disappointed in this decision.
In other circles, the ongoing concern about Facebook’s apparent misogynist tendencies have proved persuasive enough and a turn-around has come to fruition. Evidently, Facebook has now deleted every university’s “rate your shag” page and taken a firmer stance against hate speech. What ultimately caused this was nothing but good, old-fashioned activism. Naturally, a great deal of offense was taken on behalf of many MRAs and the like, but from the start change has always been met with opposition. More on the awesome ladies who sparked this change here.
So, gentle readers, thank the deity/philosophical platform/figurehead/lack thereof of your choice for small favors.
“I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale