The Hunger Games opens today and from all accounts, it looks like it’s going to be a blockbuster. The story of a young woman fighting back against an authoritarian society determined to control every aspect of its citizens’ lives is pure fantasy, amirite?
I remember the day after the election in 2010 after Republicans had swept the table, taking back the House of Representatives, most of the governorships and state legislatures, I was talking to a friend at work about it, and she said, “oh, I didn’t vote. Don’t be mad at me.” I wonder if more young women would have voted in 2010 if they could have foreseen charts like this:
Imani over at Angry Black Lady Chronicles is running a new project called teamuterati, which tracks anti-women and anti-choice legislation across the country, keeps tabs on court rulings, and helps to organize around protecting women’s healthcare.
Some of these laws are frightening.
- In Arizona, SB1359 permits doctors to withhold from women prenatal medical information because that information might lead to an abortion. This bill would shield doctors from liability in “wrongful birth suits” which can arise if physicians don’t inform pregnant women of prenatal problems that could lead to the decision to have an abortion.
- Also in Arizona, HB2625 would permit employers to ask their employees for proof of medical prescription if they seek contraceptives for non-reproductive purposes, such as hormone control or acne treatment.
- Most people have (by now) heard of the Virginia Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill, but may be unaware that similar bills are already the law or are in the process of becoming law in Texas, Pennsylvania, Alabama and others.
In Amanda Ching’s haunting short story ILU486, one of the passages that really struck me was when a woman was thinking that all of the craziness couldn’t last long because “people were still elected, right?” It made me think of my friend at work. Women still vote, right?
Anyway, with the release of the Hunger Games, and thinking of the good folks at Team Uterati, I decided to take their logo and have a little fun with it.
Fear my 1337 photoshop skills.