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There have been a couple memes going around: the first tells women how to avoid rape, the second is an angry response saying the burden shouldn't be on women not to get raped, but that men should stop doing the raping. I'm not even going to address either of those memes except to say that [livejournal.com profile] lefthand had a good point in saying that the advice not to teach women self-defense was sort of counter-intuitive and that [livejournal.com profile] windswept did a fine job of pointing out the riduculousness of the second meme as a whole (i.e. violent sociopaths aren't going to be swayed by an LJ post).

[edited to add: Now I'm thinking windswept wasn't addressing the "how to avoid rape" meme going around but rather was referring to another post; however, I think her criticism of that sort of idea/post applies to this meme as well.]

The main point of this post is that snopes.com recently broke down an email forward of "Tips for Avoiding Violent Crime," pointing out what is good advice, what is general common sense, what is urban legend, and what parts are complete nonsense. I thought the snopes analysis was pretty good. Read it here:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/ninetips.asp
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There was recently a very interesting debate on [livejournal.com profile] jenx's journal about pharmacies or pharmacists that won't fill certain prescriptions, typically the 'morning after' pill, but also some other kinds of prescriptions. There's some conflicting information about CVS pharmacies. One pharmacy was in the news when a pharmacy tech refused to fill a birth control prescription because of a moral objection. However, their corporate policy seems pretty reasonable, and Planned Parenthood gives them the thumbs up. Rite Aid and some other pharmacies have less accommodating policies. K-mart, I am happy to report, has a policy that says they don't think it's right for a customer to have to leave the store with an unfilled prescription due to a worker's moral objections.

Here's Planned Parenthood's entire score card:

http://www.saveroe.com/fillmypillsnow/scored.php
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I know a few people who regularly attend and enjoy the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival each year, and the 30th anniversary is coming up soon. I also know some people who are highly offended by their (rarely-enforced) policy of barring transgendered people. I've been discussing the policy here and there with friends and on-line acquaintances, and I recently googled up a link with an interesting point of view.

http://eminism.org/michigan/faq-intro.html

To me, it seems odd that, despite much of feminism's emphasis on gender as a social construct, the festival organizers focus so much on biology when definining who can and cannot attend.

Neither M-t-F nor F-t-M, nor anyone who identifies as non-gendered or GenderQueer or anything "in-between" is welcome, either.

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