You guessed it. We’re not talking about the US. Instead it’s a pilot scheme here in the UK (where contraceptive pills are free for adults, but on prescription). Thanks, Mr Jender!
Free Contraceptive Pills Without Prescriptions, for Teenagers December 13, 2009
Or that is how I interpret it.
In the news (from various sources, but I got triggered to say something about it by the post on Feminist Law Professors), the reaction to the arrest of Iranian student activist Majid Tavakoli. Apparently, the officials that arrested him made him wear a headscarf and published pictures of that in order to humiliate him. According to the commenter quoted on the Feminist Law Professor blog:
To humiliate him, the authorities published a picture of him wearing a woman’s headscarf, an old practice by the government to prove to the public that the opposition leaders are “less than a man”, lacking courage and bravery.
But it had a wonderful reaction, namely that a lot of male sympathisers have posted pictures of themselves wearing a headscarf, as you can see (more here).
This can be interpreted in several ways, but I think it not only supports Tavakoli, but it also sends the message that there is no such thing as women being less than a man, and with that it ridicules the Iranian government more than it ridicules any man forced to dress up as a woman.
Hey, it isn’t all bad!
From the NY Times, no less:
Houston became the largest city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor on Saturday night, as voters gave a solid victory to the city controller, Annise Parker….
Tonight the voters of Houston have opened the door to history,” she said, standing by her partner of 19 years, Kathy Hubbard, and their three adopted children. “I acknowledge that. I embrace that. I know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office.”