What’s one of the “most visible political symbols this legislative session” in Colorado? Not American flag lapel pins or pink ribbons, but jewelry in the shape of IUDs. Safe, effective, long-term birth control is so hot right now.
In New Orleans, access to abortion is becoming more and more off-limits. Photo by Viewminder.
All across the country, conservative political groups are rolling back abortion access with small laws that chip away at reproductive health clinics. In Louisiana, for example, state lawmakers passed a bill that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals.
The last time we heard about a film being pulled from theaters it was The Interview, a major studio production that received so much publicity from the alleged "censorship" that it's earned almost $46 million to date. This stands deep contrast to what the filmmakers of Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistanare facing.
Forty-two years ago this month, we celebrated a victory for equality and personal autonomy. The prohibition on legal abortion technically ended with the Roe v. Wade decision in the 1973 that Americans have the right to terminate a pregnancy before the point of viability no matter where they live or what their life circumstances.
Nicki Minaj recently told Rolling Stone that she is pro-choice. Photo by Christopher Macsurak.
There is danger in a single story, as award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie would say. When a multitude of voices are flattened into a monolithic entity, the risk of presenting only a narrow perspective grows.
In this episode, we look at the way movies and music discuss reproductive rights, including an analysis of Nicki Minaj lyrics, a history of American sex-ed films, and an exploration of the how movies make abortion seem more dangerous than it really is.
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