Today in Cis Privilege: 49 Years After Birth Control for Women Became Legal, It’s Still Contested

With almost half a century of pills, IUDs, patches and injections on the market and in our bedrooms, you’d think that pregnancy prevention would be a pretty settled issue.

But it’s not. Even today, there are a number of high-profile people in America who believe artificial means of preventing pregnancy are wrong – and sadly, a number of them have massive influence on our daily laws and culture.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/decades-after-birth-control-became-legal-its-still-controversial-20140606?utm_source=nar.al&utm_medium=urlshortener&utm_campaign=FB

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Today in Cis Privilege: Renewed Concerns For Females As Cloning Technology Advances

the issue of oocyte acquisition for the research and any putative therapy: compensating women for giving up their oocytes, and potentially putting their health at risk, as they have to subject themselves to injections of powerful hormones to stimulate the production of oocytes and undergo a painful procedure to have them surgically removed.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnfarrell/2014/05/23/renewed-concerns-for-women-as-cloning-technology-advances/

Today in Cis Privilege: A Woman With Perfect Grades Is Worth The Same As A Man With A 2.0 Average

A woman who got a 4.0 GPA in high school will only be worth about as much, income-wise, as a man who got a 2.0. A woman with a 2.0 average will make about as much as a man with a 0 GPA.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/05/21/3439865/women-gender-wage-gap-gpa/

Today in Cis Privilege: Women trafficked, forced into slavery under partner migration program

Women are being trafficked to Australia and forced into a life of slavery under the partner migration program, a new report by the Institute of Criminology has revealed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-21/women-trafficked2c-forced-into-slavery-under-partner-migration/5468334

Today in Cis Privilege: Black Girls for Sale

Black girls in the U.S. are too often left out of the public outcry against sexual exploitation, and instead are presented as “prostitutes” who “choose” to participate in the sex trade. Latent in our willingness to cast them as willing participants in this underground economy are racialized gender stereotypes about the hyper-sexualization of Black girls—a myth that was historically used to justify the rape of enslaved Black females, and which has since morphed into a stereotype about “fast” Black girls that renders them vulnerable to multiple forms of abuse.

http://www.ebony.com/news-views/black-girls-human-trafficking-993#ixzz32gItBCvk

Today in Cis Privilege: 254 Poor Women Killed in India as Medical ‘Guinea Pigs’ for Cervical Cancer Studies

The death of 254 women from poor families from villages and slums in India, who were participants in US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.

http://violenceonindianwomen.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/medical-guinea-pigs-for-cervical-cancer-studies-254-poor-women-killed-in-india/

Today in Cis Privilege: More Than 50 Abortion Clinics Have Shut Down Over The Past Three Years

A barrage of state-level restrictions on abortion clinics — often, unnecessary regulations requiring them to widen their hallways, upgrade their air filtration systems, and form special agreements with hospitals — has forced a wave of clinic closures across the country. Since 2010, more than 50 abortion clinics have been forced to close their doors.

According to a Huffington Post analysis, at least 52 abortion clinics across 26 states have shut down since 2010. The shrinking number of abortion providers in the country is a direct result of harsh state laws that are specifically intended to target clinics. Those type of anti-abortion measures — known as the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws — have dramatically spread over the past three years. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 27 states now have unnecessary TRAP laws on the books.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/26/2525301/wave-abortion-clinic-closures/