Links. And More Links.

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.”

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4 comments on “Links. And More Links.
  1. Jo says:

    Hey, thanks for linking to me! Glad you liked the post, I’ll have to check out your other links as well. :)

  2. Miriam says:

    Thank you for the link! :D

  3. Anna says:

    Love the stuff about early/absentee ballots. As you know, I volunteer for an organization that pushes early voting. ;) I guess it really does increase voter turnout, so that’s great. But I do wonder how many people’s no-longer-secret ballots are being compromised by, say, paternalistic husbands/fathers, and I didn’t even know that they were more likely to be thrown out!

    I think early voting is great for people who actually can’t get to the polls, and I also wonder if it would be a good idea to hold in-person elections over the course of a weekend rather than over the course of a weekday. That could increase turnout as well. But I’ve resisted the push to register to vote by mail as well. I’m glad that my in-person ballot is more likely to be counted, and I like the feeling of going down to the polls and being around all the other voters.

    • Tori says:

      On my way home from work one day this week, I caught the tail end of a story on NPR about a mobile voting trailer that set up in places like grocery store parking lots. That also seemed like another good option, particularly for people who can get out and about pretty regularly but who may not be able to do so within the confines of a single election day.

      Overall, I think offering more options for voting is a good idea since different options will work for different people.

      That said, if anyone ever saw the colossal pile of (paper) crap on my various desks, no one would ever again offer me vote-by-mail ballot! ;)

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