Quickies: Abortion Stories, Woman Against Suffrage, and Being a Black Doctor

  • The Vagina Monologues, But For Abortion – “Remarkably Normal, by its nonfiction nature, explores the complexities in making the choice to terminate a pregnancy—consistent with its goal to spread awareness and open up a dialogue about a topic that, even in liberal circles, can be considered taboo.”
  • Why Women Led Anti-Suffrage Campaigns Against Themselves – “Just over 100 years ago, a pamphlet railing against the notion of women’s suffrage began circulating in Massachusetts. It declared that granting voting rights to women ‘would be detrimental to the best interests of the State.’ Though those rabble-rousing suffragists seemed to be gaining ground, it said, they were in fact ‘a small body of intensive and fanatical women” who had enticed theretofore apathetic voters with “showy arguments, false war cries, and continuous strenuous endeavor.’ Another man threatened by female power? No, this pamphlet was written by a woman.”
  • A black psychiatrist reflects on race in medicine, and being mistaken for a fix-it man – “The son of a grocery store worker, Tweedy grew up in an all-black neighborhood where his older brother was the only person he knew who went to college without a sports scholarship. Now a psychiatrist at Duke, Tweedy says he has been frustrated about the quality of medical care he can provide for patients who are uninsured, many of whom are African-American.”
  • A Yale Cafeteria Worker Has Been Arrested for Shattering a Disgraceful, Racist Panel – “On the heels of a horrendous week of American racial reckoning, here is another data point: A black cafeteria worker at Yale has been arrested for shattering a glass dining hall window that showed slaves carrying bales of cotton. The 38-year-old man, Corey Menafee, washed dishes in Calhoun College, a residential dorm named (in the 1930s) for slaveholder and ardent slavery advocate John C. Calhoun.”

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