Feminist America Won’t Let Planned Parenthood Go Without a Fight
April 19, 2017 12:10 pm

At 21, I walked a childhood friend into Planned Parenthood when she feared she might be pregnant. With our shaky hands intertwined—hers seeking support and mine offering it—we walked inside, straight into the place we knew would have the answers should her fears be confirmed.

On April 13, President Donald Trump approved a bill giving states the legal right to withhold funding for Planned Parenthoods clinics should they choose. For men and women in more conservative territories, their means of receiving a free and reduced price yearly physicals, pap smears, mammograms, condoms abortion services have been taken away.  In the name of “religious freedom”, their access to affordable reproductive healthcare is gone.

Planned Parenthood de-funding

It’s a move many of Americans who didn’t vote for Trump in 2016’s election feared would become a reality. While every Republican isn’t anti-pro-choice, the President has proven himself to be staunchly anti-pro-choice. As well as also being an advocate for “family values”—which, by action and not words, means homophobic, transphobic, and against feminism—and one who has displayed sexist, classist, and rape culture-sympathetic behavior, Trump at the helm of the country’s operations spells danger for women.

President Trump’s witch hunt against Planned Parenthood and feminist adjacent aides to female healthcare, despite what his cabinet insists isn’t true, is, in fact, a war on women. When he proposed keeping the organization’s funding in place as long as they got rid of abortion services, it was the latest battle waged in this war. Taking services and entire organizations that directly assist women’s healthcare and cut them because they don’t fit the narrative of “family values” is why advocates are rising up.

Musical artists from Best Coast to Katy Perry, actors like American Ferrera and Scarlett Johansson, and political figures like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are among the most vocal advocates for the continued funding of Planned Parenthood clinics in the U.S. They know the importance of having condoms, breast exams, STD and STI tests and treatments, and yes, abortion services, available to those who need them.

Because personal judgments shouldn’t interfere with the health of your fellow man and woman.

So what can we as a people do now that the war is on?

We can donate to Planned Parenthood. You can sign petitions and advocate with groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign. You can volunteer at your local Planned Parenthood clinic or attend an appointment there. You can use the hashtag #WeWontGoBack to spread the organization’s message on social media, and/or speak with family and friends (this guide is handy all year round!) about the benefits of Planned Parenthood and the current government’s involvement.

Even though my childhood friend wasn’t pregnant all those years ago, she knew that Planned Parenthood had her back if push came to shove. She knew that the state of her health was important to them. President Trump can’t take away what the American people put up a fight to protect. Planned Parenthood is a savior for so many, and we’re not backing down to save it.

Check out our playlist that is filled with badass songs about empowering women and giving us the right to choose what we do with our bodies.

June 28, 2016 11:06 am

As the ATYPICAL SOUNDS writer most in touch with the female neonate demographic, it’s only right that I weigh in on the subject of Barbie’s ongoing initiative to empower young women with strong positive role models being portrayed throughout their product.

Personally, I think it’s better when men speak about women’s issues because we don’t have that nasty old inherent bias to worry about, you know? So I’ll be attacking this subject with an objective point of view. This is what people want in their toy analysis.  

So now that I’ve established my dominance, as per the advice of my personal bible, The Game, here’s the scoop:

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.05.34 AMIn addition to Barbie’s wildly popular Ava DuVernay line and the company introducing a wider array of body types that deviate from the usual portrayal of thin and tall blonde beauties, the beloved doll is now getting variation in her career opportunities. Yupp, Barbie’s a game developer now.

In typical internet fashion pertaining to whenever a woman does something, whether she’s real or plastic, a wide range of opinions were shared. It was worth any vitriol it may have gotten, though, because this is a forward thinking move in the right direction.

Game Developer Barbie is a much needed injection of niche that Barbie’s previous jobs never had. Just look at the other careers on that site. Obviously, they’re all great jobs that are important to portray; you women should be able to have a Dr. Barbie and Teacher Barbie available for purchase. Both of those careers, however, now stand as foundational jobs aren’t as loaded with gendered pretenses as other fields. It’s thankfully now the norm to allow a female doctor to diagnose somebody without her being accused of witchcraft. Electing to branch out into the tech world, Barbie’s simply acknowledging the need to amplify the representation elsewhere.

By giving Barbie a job in tech, a field notorious for its ridiculous lack of inclusion for women, it’s a minor step in normalizing an initiative already set in motion by a large collection of women in a continuous uphill battle. Whether it’s the black hole of sexism that is #GamerGate, or that the basic principle regarding female characters in video games is to put as little clothes on them as possible, the video game and tech world is still seen as a boys club.

Can a doll immediately fix this? Of course not. But it’s a great sign that Barbie now sees how diverse the job market is, and there’s true importance in women establishing a foothold in areas that were seldom before seen as an ideal fit for them. Let’s see if they use this momentum to give Barbie even more unfairly male-dominated professions going forward. What’s to stop her from getting into venture capitalism or truck driving? Maybe even a Bernie Bro Ken doll that says “I’m more of a humanist than a feminist” when you pull on his string. The possibilities are limitless.