Unhappy Birthday to the Amendment That Started the War on Women by Jessica Arons at The Daily Beast — “Earlier this year, when an all-male congressional panel debated whether employer health plans should have to cover birth control and Rush Limbaugh lambasted law student Sandra Fluke for arguing that they should, many people were left asking, ‘When did birth control become controversial?’ In some ways, we can thank former Rep. Henry Hyde (R.-Ill.) for setting us on this path.”
What We Talk About When We Talk About College by Miriam at Brute REason — “I still remember the pervasive sense of loss I felt when I realized that I was never going to get what I came here for. That beautiful, glossy image of college that I’d been sold would never be my experience.”
Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises by Adam Liptak at The New York Times — “Yet votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth, statistics show. Election officials reject almost 2 percent of ballots cast by mail, double the rate for in-person voting.” — Included because over the past few elections, I’ve experienced an increasing amount of outside pressure to register for early mail-in ballots. I don’t want to, for reasons that are my own. And totally good for people for whom it’s the best option — but for anyone who feels the same sort of pressure I do, it might be worth knowing that mail-in voting is not always the magic answer some political groups want it to be.
Sex Scribbled on my Skin by Jo at A Life Unexamined — On which bodies are allowed to be sexual, are not allowed to be sexual, and are required to be sexual.
A parable: What about a conscience clause for gun sellers? by Literata at Works of Literata — “I work in a sporting goods store. One day, a man comes in and wants to buy a handgun. He’s had his background check, and his safety training, and has waited the required period…. I refuse to sell him one.”