April 3, 2014
“Lean In” Podcast: Sandberg, Ted Talks, and What Actually Works in Relationships, by Taylor Marsh
Relationships aren’t easy today.  My new book out in June talks about “Lean In,” and goes beyond to guide women on what it takes to get what you want, but also how it can go wrong.
This is my latest podcast on the subject.

“Lean In” Podcast: Sandberg, Ted Talks, and What Actually Works in Relationships, by Taylor Marsh

Relationships aren’t easy today.  My new book out in June talks about “Lean In,” and goes beyond to guide women on what it takes to get what you want, but also how it can go wrong.

This is my latest podcast on the subject.

January 16, 2014
HAPPY OSCARS! Introducing “The Politics of Sex Podcast: Sexy Relationship Films Fifty Shades, Her, Don Jon, by Taylor Marsh
Enjoy my new “Politics of Sex” podcast series.
photo via CBS News 

HAPPY OSCARS! Introducing “The Politics of Sex Podcast: Sexy Relationship Films Fifty Shades, Her, Don Jon, by Taylor Marsh

Enjoy my new “Politics of Sex” podcast series.

photo via CBS News 

December 28, 2012
AD OF THE YEAR: PLAYSTATION, by Taylor Marsh
It’s not what you think.
For those not seeing it, I explain…

AD OF THE YEAR: PLAYSTATION, by Taylor Marsh

It’s not what you think.

For those not seeing it, I explain

October 24, 2012

A Woman’s Body Is Not A “Social Issue”, by Taylor Marsh

July 12, 2012
What Stupak Wrought in the Obama Era: Self-Determination for Women Under Siege, by Taylor Marsh


via the Guttmacher Institute

So far this year, states have enacted 39 new restrictions on access to abortion.Although this is significantly lower than the record-breaking 80 restrictions that had been enacted by this point in 2011, it is nonetheless a higher number of restrictions than in any year prior to 2011. Most of the 39 new restrictions have been enacted in states that are generally hostile to abortion. …Fully 55% of U.S. women of reproductive age now live in one of the 26 states considered hostile to abortion rights. – Guttmacher Institute

THE WAR ON WOMEN in the 21st century exploded because of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, aided and abetted by the first female and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Pres. Obama, who needlessly signed an executive order, while also codifying the Hyde Amendment into the Affordability Care Act, making it the first time in history the ultra conservative legislation was in law for all time.

It was an easy layup from there for right-wing religious conservatives across the country. A mini-Stupak wave in 2010 that became a tsunami, the challenges to women’s self-determination rising without any overt court challenges to Roe v. Wade, because those in the so-called women’s movement today are too afraid that Roe could be overturned.

While the right fights to continue moving reproductive health care away from making self-determination for women easier, women’s groups and other allies keep losing through the decision to protect the status quo that keeps receding.

From Think Progress:

Meanwhile, Perry and his Health and Human Services executive commissioner, Thomas Suehs, vowed to create a new, entirely Texas-funded WHP. And Health and Human Services and the Texas Attorney General’s Office made it very clear in a letter to the 5th Circuit judges this week that in their WHP, doctors would be banned from even discussing the existence of abortion with their patients. [Dallas Observer Blogs]

What do women think would happen if Roe v. Wade was overturned by SCOTUS, because of a challenge to what’s happening in the states? It would be a short-lived “victory,” because it would wake up the next generations of women, men too, to what happens when you compromise women’s civil rights, privacy and self-determination to religious conservatives who are against full freedoms and equality for women. Right now the argument over a woman’s right to basic self-determination continues in a hamster wheel of political insanity, while women are stripped of rights already won, state by state.

The fight would at least be real, instead of the current debate that revolves around Democrats being hailed as champions of women’s freedoms, which is certainly true to a point, especiallywhen compared to Republicans, which is the main argument by Democrats to keep women voting for them, but always ends in compromise when compared to the individual equality men enjoy without demand.

Is this really what modern women in the 21st century are going to accept, settle for?

It doesn’t impact me, personally, but I continue to be amazed at the laziness of the feminist argument today that always ends in applause for Democrats, the very political party who enabled Stupak and resulted in the Hyde Amendment being codified in law, with the Affordability Care Act making it a lot harder for women to get emergency abortion surgery if they need it.

I’ll close with some better news, at least as of mid-year 2012, including the Mississippi judge that continues to block the closure of the only abortion clinic in that state. Then there’s this from Guttmacher:

Fourteen of the 19 states that include a line-item for family planning have adopted their state budgets as of July. Despite the continuing sad state of state budgets and the widespread attacks on family planning funding last year, no state has singled out family planning funding for draconian cuts so far this year. Ten states maintained level funding for their family planning programs. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a measure that would have restored funding to the state’s program, which was eliminated in 2010. Maine slashed family planning funding by 25%, a cut in line with those taken to other health programs. And surprisingly enough, two states moved to increase funding: Minnesota restored $1 million in funding through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, and Virginia increased the 2010 funding level by 23%.

States also seem to be backing away from efforts to defund family planning providers. In 2011, eight states moved to disqualify at least some family planning providers from receipt of state family planning funds; so far this year, only three states have done so. Arizona adopted a measure disqualifying agencies that either provide abortions or that specialize in the provision of family planning services. Kansas and North Carolina disqualified specialized family planning providers from being eligible for state funding; litigation filed shortly after the Kansas provision was adopted has blocked enforcement of the provision, which is identical to one adopted—and enjoined—last year. Aside from the ongoing saga in Texas (see below), no other state has specifically taken aim at Planned Parenthood affiliates by name so far this year.

(Source: taylormarsh.com)

March 15, 2012
Democrats Unload on Mitt Romney’s Pledge to Defund Parenthood, by Taylor Marsh

“Mitt Romney is trying to out-right anyone else in the race.” – Rep. Jan Schakowsky

On a conference call yesterday put together by the DNC for the media, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky called Mitt Romney the “most extreme candidate” on issues directly impacting women.

“Romney showed no leadership whatsoever” on Rush Limbaugh, which is true.

Born and raised in Missouri, I’m not at all surprised that Mitt Romney made his latest extreme statement on women in the Show Me state. Sen. Roy Blunt and Rush Limbaugh prove there is no shortage of war on women crusaders in there.

Rick Santorum swept the south last night, but Democrats have their eye on the math and the probable nomination of Mitt Romney, whatever tortured path it takes to get him there. So, as the GOP primary race turns to Illinois, Democrats are gearing up.

Mitt Romney has clarified his remarks in Missouri from yesterday, as usual, which were added to the discussion in Thursday’s Chicago-Sun Times, saying he meant he wanted to get rid of federal funding. Does Romney not know this would impact cancer screenings for women across the country or is it that he really doesn’t care about the less advantage who rely on Planned Parenthood?

“It’s not conservative, it’s extreme,” was Cecile Richards’ response. “It’s further to the right than conservative Republicans,” she continued, adding, “Planned Parenthood saves money.”

It’s not hard for someone like myself, who is adamant about full freedom for women, to be outraged by Mitt Romney and the Republican candidates joining the war on women. If women don’t control our bodies we simply aren’t free.

I’ve got major disagreement with what the Democratic Party has done on many fronts, finding Pres. Obama’s decision on Stupak dangerous and a way to embolden the right, which is exactly what happened. Scuttling Plan B was political and wrong on the science. However, his action on a contraceptive mandate is groundbreaking and one of the most important breakthroughs in women’s freedom and health, which also aids women economically.

I’m not a one-issue voter and neither are women, with economics the top issue for most of us, but Mitt Romney’s asking an awful lot if he expects a pass on these anti-women positions.

Romney supported the Blunt-Rubio amendment as well, calling Roe v. Wade “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history.”

“Women don’t come to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement,” Cecile Richards said on the call. I’m no fan of Ms. Richards, as she completely abdicated her responsibility during the Stupak Amendment debate, but she’s correct on this.

Romney also supports the offensive “personhood” amendment, which even Mississippi rejected, as they did Mitt Romney last night.

How can anyone support a political party or presidential candidate who supports what Romney says he does where women are concerned? It leaves many people with no choice at all, which is why it could be a very low turn out election.

I guess you can say he’ll just flip flop and go sane if he wins the presidency, but that’s an awfully big bet for people to make with their daughters and granddaughters futures.

(Source: taylormarsh.com)

February 24, 2012

Hilarious poll from the Washington Post makes the case for Rick Santorum and women… as long as he stays an unknown.

February 22, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell Reverses on Virginia State Rape Law, by Taylor Marsh

Gov. McDonnell’s statement at the link. 

February 17, 2012
This is what’s waiting for women in Virginia.
It’s the Bob McDonnell Transvaginal Probe handcrafted by Republicans. 

This is what’s waiting for women in Virginia.

It’s the Bob McDonnell Transvaginal Probe handcrafted by Republicans. 

February 14, 2012

It’s a Valentine for The Good Guys.

Clint Eastwood called it.

The Good Guys have won a couple.

I like it.

By Good Guys I mean the American people, which includes determined stiffs like Attorney General Beau Biden, then there is A.G. Eric Schneiderman and A.G. Koster of Missouri.

Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced a 136-count indictment against DOCX, which a Boone, Cty. grand jury delivered in the town where I was born.

A grand jury in Columbia, Missouri, handed down the 136- count indictment against Docx and founder Lorraine Brown alleging that a person whose name appears on 68 notarized deeds of release didn’t actually sign the paperwork, Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general, said in a statement yesterday.

This is one of the topics Chris Hayes talked about this past weekend. Genius guest booking and general wonderfulness all ’round.

Then there’s David Boies back dispensing wisdom, this time on Pres. Obama’s free contraceptive coverage decision, without fanfare or ego. Conversations and email exchanges on the subject with attorney friends, discussion richness.

Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are backing Pres. Obama on the contraception mandate.

While Sen. Scott Brown gave Elizabeth Warren a big gift. He joined Sen. Roy Blunt’s anti-women brigade that wants to deny women what Pres. Obama’s mandate provides.

“Arguing for Obama, Justice Scalia” (h/t wb), by Jay Bookman takes it from there.

I’ve been reading Justice Antonin Scalia’s decision in “Employment Division v. Smith,” a 1990 case in which the Supreme Court pretty much settled the question of whether the federal government can require or outlaw actions that might bump up against religious beliefs. The decision makes it clear that the Catholic bishops have no legal or constitutional basis for their complaint.

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed marriage equality in to law.

Occupy is still percolating out there.

Prop. 8, funded by the Mormon Church, was overturned, and marriage equality is alive.

Women won a big one, but also businesses and the greater bottom line. Ordinary workers, the individual, got some power back, because the First Amendment swings both ways.

This came after Susan G. Komen let Karen Handel near the piggy bank, and Planned Parenthood and women who can’t afford what Karen Handel or Susan G. Komen can, demanded justice.

The whip cream for me was the announcement that the money pit Baghdad embassy was going to be filleted, with the staff being cut by half. That’s on top of Iraq involvement being cut down to bare necessities. That leaves one-half of a money pit.

It just feels like one of those moments when something has shifted.

No one should get comfortable, because whatever we’re living through remains in motion, as Pres. Obama says in his note.

Somehow Whitney Houston is woven into this passage, too.

But it’s that Super Bowl car ad.

American car companies and manufacturing are part of the American soul and psyche, as far as I’m concerned. The combination of the moment, with Clint Eastwood narrating, it all seems so iconic.

Things just feel a little better right now.

It’s happier days, Keynes is back in the conversation and the culture war is back.

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