January 19th, 2005


[A] Night! (Jennifer's Condo)

[A] night is tonight!
7:00pm - Doors open
8:00pm - Lost
9:00pm - House of Cards, episode 1/4

House of Cards - Connoisseurs of political chicanery will relish House of Cards, the mordantly funny story of Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), a British politician with his eye on the top job. Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative Party and his job is to maintain party discipline, or, as he likes to say, "put a bit of stick about." This means that he has intimate knowledge of his colleagues' foibles, knowledge that he uses to further his own political ambitions. Aided by his equally ruthless wife and drawing on a network of accomplices, Urquhart forces the prime minister to resign then sets out to discredit each of his rivals for the party leadership. Although it is strongly cast throughout, House of Cards belongs to Ian Richardson. Without his perfectly balanced performance, Urquhart might have become no more than a two-dimensional villain, but Richardson finds exactly the right tone to make his character as attractive as he is wicked. Thanks to Richardson, and a superb script by Andrew Davies, this brilliant political satire is sure to delight anyone who has wondered what might be going on in the darker corners of our democratic institutions.

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Political: The Morning After Pill

From namaah_darling. I agree with her. This needs to be done.


From: Heather Corinna <hcorinna@mac.com>
Date: January 19, 2005 9:31:18 AM CST
To: blog@scarleteen.com
Subject: [scarleteen newswire] Act TODAY to get the Morning After Pill over-the-counter status


Really, the ONLY reason the MAP -- which is just as safe as, if not safer than, typical oral contraceptive pills -- is not currently over-the-counter is because of the ideology of those opposed to birth control in general -- or those who don't understand contraceptive technology and opt to remain uninformed to better serve their own personal agendas -- not due to health concerns.

While it may seem easy enough to obtain it by getting a prescription, bear in mind that the sooner the MAP is taken, the greater chance it has of being effective, and after 120 hours, it has no chance of working at all. So, for many, the timing alone could be tricky: if a condom breaks on a Friday night, a woman may not be able to take the MAP until Monday afternoon, a wait which vastly decreases the possible effectiveness of the MAP. And women with the least agency -- rape victims, teens and younger women, low-income women, women without health insurance, those living in rural areas -- who in many ways need things like EC more than many, are the least able to obtain it when it is not available over-the counter.

Even having women have to ask for EC is iffy enough: let's remember that the only male-directed birth control method (save vasectomy or abstinence), condoms, are almost always right in the aisles. Moreover, all too often still, many doctors and pharmcists are still refusing to prescribe or fill prescriptions for emergency contraception for women, even though it is both legal and safe.

According to the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, about three million unintended pregnancies occur each year in the U.S, as many as half to women who are already using regular methods of contraception. For many of these women, emergency contraception is a reliable method of back-up birth control. To be most effective, emergency contraception should be taken within 24 hours (and up to 72 hours) of unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. Women who most need quick access to emergency contraception are the 300,000 who are raped each year; this would help preclude the approximate 32,000 pregnancies that result each year from rape.

In Alaska, California, New Mexico and Washington, women can obtain EC directly through trained pharmacists. About 38 countries make emergency contraception available without prescription.

It is apparent that extremist opponents of birth control are unduly influencing decision-makers to restrict access to this safe and effective contraceptive. News reports indicate that under pressure from such groups as the right-wing Concerned Women for America and others, the FDA has been reviewing a "modified approval" that would prohibit teen-agers from buying emergency contraception without a prescription. In addition, EC would have to be kept behind the counter so that women would have to ask the pharmacist to give it to them. This is an insulting and demeaning approach that would allow some pharmacists to question or humiliate women who need to buy emergency contraception. (Nat'l Organization for Women)

Remember that concerns about birth control and unplanned pregnancies aren't just concerns about overpopulation or the well-being of children: women's ability to decide freely and autonomously whether or not to become pregnant and bear children is an essential part of women's basic liberty and rights. Even for those of us who may never have need for EC (or birth control for that matter), its availability -- or lack thereof -- makes a big dent in our agency and equal rights as women.

So, hit the link above and send the FDA a note TODAY: this decision is being made Thursday, and your support for increased availibility of EC is vital for the well being of all women, even those who will never need or use EC.

Posted by Heather Corinna to scarleteen newswire at 1/19/2005 08:58:04 AM


Again, please do this. It only takes a minute. Do it for yourself. Do it for your sister, your daughter, your friend. Do it for me.

We need this to happen.

I have the best damn hairdresser in the world.

As I told a friend on IM: I would, but the whole hair thing is an event. I go over to a friend's place in Capitol Hill where I am given the best cosmos in the world by his partner while me and a couple other friends get our hair done, listening to music, petting the couple's five cats, ordering dinner and gossiping like a gaggle of hens. When it is all over, my friend and hairdresser, when asked how much, responds, "Just be loving and generous."

Damn, I have it good! Getting my hair done, drinks, dinner, kitties and gossip... Now THAT is a good Friday night.