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Read More From Choice USA on Other Sites

Choice USA has been getting around lately. Read more from our Executive Director, Kierra Johnson, and the 40th anniversary of Roe here: Women have a Right to Determine Whether and When to Become a Parent US News & World Report Debate Club The New Roe The Huffington Post

Artistic Allyship: Considering Social Implications of Hollywood, Broadway, and Mainstream Art

By Sarah Bernstein, Chapter Member, Oberlin College Last week my family went to see The Book of Mormon, the latest Broadway musical hit. Mormon is a sing-song baby born from the creators South Park. It parodies religion, sexuality, race, other musicals, comedy, capitalism, Disney— it pokes fun at everything there is to make fun of. It does so pretty successfully. Rolling Stone Magazine deemed Mormon a “new gold standard for Broadway… marching into legend,” The New York Times called it “the best musical of the century.” While I am a big-time showtune lover, my infatuation with “the Broadway musical” started to fade-fast somewhere around my junior year of high school. Call me a cynic, but I think the shows are overbudgeted, overpriced, overproduced, and tell mediocre-at-best stories. Still. The Book… Read more »

ChoiceWords Top 12 of 2012!

Since the new and improved ChoiceWords launched at the beginning of the fall semester we have had some incredible writing by our Student Correspondents as well as guest writers and Choice USA staff. As 2012 is coming to a close, we are excited to look back at some of the great posts we’ve had so far. Each Correspondent and each member of the Choice USA staff has picked their favorite posts of this year and we’ve collected them here as the top 12 posts of 2012! Hope you enjoy! Lydia, Correspondent: So… Where Are All the Millennial Feminists? by Sarah Sarah, Correspondent: Pornography and Measure B by Lauren Samantha, Correspondent: 21 Things by Amanda Amanda, Correspondent: Film Review: The Business of Being Born by Lauren Lauren, Correspondent: How to be an Ally: Notes on Lending a Hand to a Movement which Isn’t Yours by… Read more »

Open Thread: Holiday Fun Times

We hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season! As the holidays usually means time with family, we are opening up a thread to talk about the joys of being a reproductive justice advocate around those who may not see eye-to-eye on these issues. So, what’s the funniest comment you’ve received from friends and family about your activism for reproductive justice? It’s like group therapy, only virtual.

Anti-Choice Ohio: Stalled But Not Stopped

By Sarah Bernstein, Oberlin College Agh. Ohio! What are you doinggg? In my past four years of living here, I’ve asked this question a lot, particularly about the state’s attacks on reproductive justice. In the past month, Ohio’s state congress has pushed some extremist conservative legislation. Of course. Ohio just played a huge role in reelecting a president who made birth control about a million times more accessible. No wonder anti-choice bills have been rolling in. You might have heard whispers (or shouts) about “The Heartbeat Bill” and a bill that could “defund planned parenthood.” If not, here’s an overview & my two-cents about the damage they could do: HB125 (aka “The Heartbeat Bill”): Like the title implies, this bill threatens to make abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat can… Read more »

Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We will not be posting for the rest of the week, but we would like to open the discussion up to you: As a reproductive justice advocate, what do you have to be thankful for this year? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Next Week’s Posts

We are excited to announce that next week ChoiceWords will be partnering with Women, Action and the Media to bring you a whole week of posts on reproductive justice and the media! Each day next week our five Student Correspondents will bring their unique perspectives to the intersections of media justice and reproductive justice. Look forward to posts that critique pop culture representations of sexuality, highlight issues that the news media ignores, and, of course, recognize the instances where the media gets it right. So mark your calendars, bookmark this page, and join the conversation on Monday!

There’s nothing like the first time…

Since the 2008 election, 17 million more Millennials are eligible to vote and many of them will soon get their first taste of civic duty. Share this video and help get first time voters to the polls on November 6th! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87fCDDfGGQ4 If you’d like to help our young organizers get out the vote and have your own “Voting is Sexy” t-shirt, consider making a donation to Choice USA: http://bit.ly/Sw32Fg

Domestic Violence, Reproductive Justice & Young People Writing Their Own Narrative

“He refuses to use a condom. I’ve bought them and he throws them out.” –Survivor on the National Domestic Violence Hotline “He threatened me when I asked to use birth control, and always refused to use condoms after we became exclusive. When we decided to continue the pregnancy and marry, the overt abuse started within days of our wedding.” –Jessica’s Story The stories above are an everyday reality for women who are in unhealthy and abusive relationships.  For those who don’t know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each October, national and local domestic violence organizations and activists work to mourn those who have died, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who work to end violence. The statistics around domestic and dating violence are staggering: 1 in 4… Read more »

The Virginity Complex: Where do I fit in?

Las month was the first time I had seen a movie in about a year. Why would I pay upwards of $15 to see a movie when I could wait six months for Netflix? The movie that I chose to use my precious paycheck on was Magic Mike. If you haven’t heard about the movie, you obviously aren’t one that views Channing Tatum’s abs as a more precious work of art than the Mona Lisa. The movie had little plot line and subpar acting, but it did have one thing that I was craving: sex. The gyrating bodies of the A-list actors dripping in sweat were pleasing to all of my senses. When I left the theatre, I couldn’t help but think of that stupid question, “If I ever got… Read more »