Friends, let me tell you about Rebecca Gomperts.
Rebecca Gomperts is a sea captain, a certified physician, and the founder of Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice non-profit organization that brings reproductive health services to women in countries with restrictive abortion laws.
This is how it works:
- Rebecca Gomperts and her team installed a specially constructed mobile clinic aboard a commissioned ship.
- They sail to countries with restrictive abortion laws, answering phone calls and e-mails from women who need another way out.
- Upon landing, they take the women who come to them aboard the ship, and then they take the ship out into international waters.
- There the laws of the flag ship are in effect.
- They then perform non-surgical medical abortions, while walking the women through the process.
- They sail back to shore, and once they depart, they continue to follow up with their patients to ensure they remain healthy and safe.
In response, Rebecca Gomperts and her team have been:
- hit by eggs thrown by physically violent pro-life activists
- met with resistance by government officials of the countries they visit
- been forced to disguise themselves and their patients to save the women who come to them any public shaming (which the media helps to perpetuate)
- and once, harassed by two war ships sent out by the Portuguese military
And yet they continue to answer the calls and e-mails of women who want their help, providing reproductive counseling and teaching them how to circumvent the dangerous laws of their country when necessary.
Director Diana Whitten is telling their story in her documentary, VESSEL. It’s a beautiful doc, a necessary doc, and the film is premiering this week at SXSW. Please show your support for these women on social media. It’s so incredibly important.
If you’re in need of reproductive counseling or an abortion service, you can find Women on Wave’s international support and informational collective on Women on Web.
These people are heroes. Rebecca Gomperts is a hero. What they do has and will save countless lives. It’s so incredibly important that their story is told and the struggles of women living in countries governed by restrictive abortion laws (including the United States) are brought to light.
SOMEONE FINALLY SAID IT
So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 6+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time? Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.
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also filed under: reasons high schools copy homework and cheat
As a parent (& former student!), I am not a fan of most homework.
The trailer for the new Annie movie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis, was released today. As someone who grew up singing the songs and wanting to be in the movie itself, I am so excited to see this new production of it. I don’t know think anyone can top Carol Burnett’s Miss Hannigan, but it sure appears Cameron Diaz has made the character her own. Jamie Foxx seems to be a sincere Daddy Warbucks. I’m curious to see how he transitions from cold “zillionaire,” to kind father to Annie like Albert Finney. The scene where Daddy Warbucks carries Annie to her bed, he and Grace tucking her in? That has stuck with me all these years. After watching the trailer, one thing is clear: Quvenzhané Wallis’s acting and singing is superb. I say that without a doubt and I’m willing to bet I’ll end up liking this version even more than the original. By the way, when can I buy the soundtrack?
While I, and many others, are stoked for this new Annie, there are others who are not so thrilled. As has been the protocol lately, people immediately began with their racist attacks on this casting. Or wait, I’m sorry, their “I’m not racist but…” attacks. I only have a moment now, but I may revisit this again later. This outrage at Quvenzhané Wallis playing the role of what was once played by a white girl is absurd on many levels. The first being, um, Annie is a fictional character and her race has NO SIGNIFICANCE TO HER CHARACTER! You know, unlike the numerous characters written as people of color, only to have their roles played by white people. Hollywood has a long history of whitewashing, one might say even an obsession with it.
If you didn’t know, the character Annie began as a comic strip. I wrote earlier this week about the significance of superheroes and characters in comic books that represent people of color. Same goes for film and television shows. Representation is lacking and so important. The ignorant people can stay mad for all I care. Today, I saw comment after comment from parents who said their daughters saw Quvenzhané and saw themselves in Annie. The elation these parents spoke of, and that incredible joy their little girls are feeling, that alone should persuade casting directors to expand their palettes.
Change is happening. With more representation by women, people of color, and LGBT people working in the industry, attending Cons, and engaging in discussions on diversity in comics, we will continue to see more range on display at the local comic book shop. We need more characters, and especially superheroes that represent all of us. Those stories need to be told. The myth that there are no black nerds, no real geek girls, or any other non-white, non-straight, non-male geeks is finally crumbling. A simple Google search will yield sites, podcasts, and online communities dedicated to such groups. Those who were once ignored at comic book shops and discussions, are now being included. That’s not to say harassment and exclusion is not still commonplace at certain shops, conventions, and in talks about the comic book universe. There’s work that still needs to be done. Putting two comic book heroes that are not white dudes on a cereal box matters.
"If white people are so privileged why is there a Black Entertainment Network and no White Entertainment Network?"
"Men don’t have privilege, there are women’s only gyms!"
"Why isn’t there a campus centre for straight/cis people!?"
SAME REASONS WHY IN MARIO KART YOU DON’T GET BLUE SHELLS OR LIGHTNING BOLTS WHEN YOU’RE ALREADY IN FIRST PLACE, ASSBAG.
This is honestly the best explanation I have ever seen.
Hahahahahaaa! Wonderful :)
#TWIBnation: “Can a sista get a shout out for keeping trans vaginal wands out of your vaginas?”
MUST WATCH SEGMENT FROM @amTWIB's Imani Gandy on “Black Women Saving White Women From Themselves”
I believe in ancient times what happens in this clip from TWiB in the Morning was referred to as "GOING IN." I’ve seen some folks get mad but um…is she wrong? Watch & Reblog the CRAP out of this.
Imani speaks the truth. Listen!!
Ninety percent of lawyering is conversations.
And the other ten percent? Mostly beating up robots, apparently.
My 45-Second Opinion:
I finally read She-Hulk Issue #1 by Charles Soule. Issue #2 is in stores today, I can’t wait to pick it up. I think I’m going to really enjoy this arc. The art, by Javier Pulido, is vibrant and fun. Issue #1 radiates female empowerment which I am definitely here for. I was quite entertained by some jabs made at rich executives, including Iron Man. She-Hulk feels my pain when it comes to being mistreated by your employers and having no time for dudes who want to cross the line. There is a lot of potential for where this story will go, as Jennifer Walters opens her own law office. I’m only slightly jealous of her smashing view of the Brooklyn Bridge and NYC skyline. I am excited for Issue 2. It’s incredible to have this much anticipation for not one, but TWO (All-New Ms. Marvel being the other!) new female superhero comics each month!
A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.
Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek