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Princeton Freshman Wants You to Know He Shouldn’t Have to Check His Privilege

A quick excerpt:

"The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laserlike at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung."

Yet another time I feel the need to say this is not The Onion.

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Four Tips for Male Journalists Who Want to Discuss Women’s Health

Some advice to male talking heads on covering reproductive rights…

Of the 146 guests who have come on cable news shows to discuss the decision between Monday and Thursday, 91 were men. MSNBC’s Morning Joe has come under fire from Democratic congresswomen for not inviting women, other than show co-host Mika Brzezinski, who disapproved of the Obama administration’s initial policy, to appear on the program. And at Politico, Mike Allen’s presented the White House’s decision-making process as a boys-against-girls fight pitting strategy-minded male advisors against women who were tightly focused on the actual issue at hand: making sure women can get insurance-covered access to contraceptives. And since men in media seem to have so much trouble figuring out how to cover women’s health issues, it’s time to help them out with some simple advice.

Here’s the thing about birth control: It’s for people who don’t want to become pregnant, nor be responsible for getting someone pregnant. However, hormonal birth control has other applications besides preventing pregnancy. It’s used to treat many health conditions.

All in all, this is pretty good advice for covering this issue and not sounding like a total chauvinist tool. I’m getting sick of the moralistic lecturing that I see on both liberal and conservative outlets. My brain has been playing this gif on a loop:

Why? Because restricting access to contraception in any way makes the above more likely. Also, Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) - you might restrict it, but you’ll never ban it. This assault on contraceptive coverage is one more piece of the war on those who’d like control of their bodies and the decision to bear a child.

Note to Catholic bishops - while you worry about hormonal birth control maybe preventing some maybe-not Catholic children being born, children who were already born died of starvation and preventable disease. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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This is quite possibly one of the most brilliant summaries of the inherent privilege enjoyed by white, cisgendered, heterosexual, middle-class, American men ever in the history of all things.

Seriously.

"American Tune" by Andrew Jackson Jihad

Lyrics:

I am white
And I’ve got everything I need
No one clutches their purse when they’re in a room alone with me 
And I can drive through any neighborhood I please
At any hour and the police don’t do a thing. 

So if I see a penny on the ground, 
I leave it alone or fucking flip it. 
I’m a straight white male in America.
I’ve got all the luck I need. 

I’m a guy
Getting paid more than a girl with a degree 
And I can walk down the street at night and no one wants to rape me. 
And I can get a girl pregnant and just as easily flee. 
Just like my straight, white male dad did to me. 

So if I see a penny on the ground, 
I leave it alone or fucking flip it. 
I’m a straight white male in America.
I’ve got all the luck I need. 

I’ve got a pile of broken mirrors and I’m walking under ladders.
And I’ll spill a ton of salt, because to me that doesn’t matter. 

Cos my skin and my gender and my orientation 
Are the best things to have when you live in this nation. 
I recommend it highly. 

So if I see a penny on the ground, 
I leave it alone or fucking flip it. 
I’m a straight white male in America.
I’ve got all the luck I need. 
Shit’s gonna work out for me. 
I’m a straight white male in America.
I’ve got all the luck I need.

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