Heartwarming example of someone getting called out for using oppressive language on Twitter and being classy about itPosted: 30 June 2012
No fuss, no drama, no “I didn’t mean it that way” or “I’m sorry if anyone was offended”, no flamewars, and no lasting hard feelings either way. Nice.
Patriarchy says: Little girlies who want big grown up people-jobs instead of women’s work, will only succeed in downgrading people-work into women’s work. As such they will have to take the wage offered for women’s work. Which is nothing.
“The Haven in Cambridge” recently set up shop at Citylife House, Sturton Street, Cambridge, CB1 2QF, offering “information about abortion, adoption and parenting and aim to equip you make an informed choice with regards to the future of your pregnancy” 
“The Haven in Cambridge” is one of many advice centres run by Care Confidential. Care Confidential is a Christian Evangelical organisation which opposes abortion under any circumstances. They are not in any way linked to the NHS, and they cannot refer you to an abortion provider. Nevertheless they have set up ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centres’ all over the UK. These centres are advertised in a way that implies that they can provide impartial counselling, accurate medical information, or a referral to an abortion provider, but they don’t provide any of these things. The people working at these centres often don’t have any medical qualifications, and they provide inaccurate and frightening medical information, with the goal of preventing abortion at all costs.
Feminist Action Cambridge believes that anyone considering an abortion should have access to accurate medical information and supportive, impartial counselling, should they need it.
If you need to get an abortion, or you are considering having an abortion and would like to talk to someone about it, you have a few options. You can go to your GP or to a family planning clinic and ask for a referral to an abortion provider. Or you can self-refer for an NHS-funded abortion by calling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Actionline on 08457 30 40 30.
Abortions are free on the NHS.
There is some more useful information here:
NHS choices: Where can I get abortion advice?
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I hate my periods. I hate having no control over when they start. I hate washing bloodstains out of my clothes and bedding. I hate pain. I hate that I have decades to go before they stop. I hate that I have to put up with them even though I don’t want children anyway.
If your periods make you feel connected to your mother and grandmother and women all around the world throughout time and space, I feel happy for you. If your periods make you feel fertile and womanly, I’m glad. If you accept and celebrate periods as part of the cycle of life and nature, then great.
I do not feel this way. My periods make me unhappy and that isn’t going to change. As a woman, it needs to be OK for me to not like periods. I don’t need to be cheered up or convinced that they’re actually fun and awesome. Herbal medicine and mooncups will not make me feel better, because my feelings are so much deeper than that. I know that as a woman, I am not allowed to be unhappy as my purpose is to service the emotional needs of men and children, not to have any myself. I know that it is unacceptably selfish for any woman to be cross when it is so much more pleasant for those around us when we are happy and smiley. I know, but I don’t care.