ColourLovers Learns a Lesson About Jesus?

01.23.12

Lindsay has a fabulous post about Colourlovers and why she is boycotting them. To be perfectly fair I’ve only heard of Colourlovers in passing so if I joined a boycott that would be like me boycotting a prostate exam.

Earlier today the Creative director at Colourlovers tweeted the following:

how can someone live with themselves after having an abortion

The issue isn’t that some random guy tried to punish women who might already be close to jumping off a cliff. The issue is that this incredibly provocative post came from the creative director of a rather large website.

Shaun Moynihan

The whole story is over at Linday’s blog and it’s a good read.

The takeaway here is multilayered. Colourlovers has had Mr. Moynihan remove their @COLOURlovers from his twitter bio (which might have been a good preemptive move) but will it be too late?

I understand that Shaun Moynihan feels strongly about Jesus and the afterlife. What he might not understand is that many of us feel very strongly about this life. Not everyone is Xtian… in fact a shocking number of us still “need saving” and the Rabbis always put the mother before the fetus. All of this is absolutely besides the point but I did want to mention to the folks at ColourLovers that some folks are tired of evangelists.

Tell me what ColourLovers has to do with my uterus? Explain to me, someone make it clear to me why work and pregnancy are intertwined. Part of me feels badly for Shaun Moynihan because maybe he didn’t understand that his twitter stream is public, but most of me feels badly for the women who loved using ColourLovers and now feel like it’s a place that hates women.

I love that @bubs responded like this.

Darius A Monsef IV

But I want to know from you. Is this too little too late? Will other brands pay attention to this when they create guidelines for social media usage? Is the design community going to let this pass?

Preparing Myself for Rape as Best I Know How

05.24.11

Kansas leaves me speechless and I can’t help but wonder who is living there. I know many wonderful Kansans and they don’t appear to be the sort of people who hate women. I’m assuming their neighbors are.

In Topeka Kansas a bill has been approved that would require women to get separate insurance to cover abortions. This way businesses that are pro life will no longer have to pay for coverage that includes family planning.

This should enrage everyone. Right now the only terrorist group I see in America is the religious right. These hideous, angry and ungodly people are on a campaign of terror that I absolutely equate with the stoning of women in the middle east. People like Republican Pete DeGraaf put our peers and our daughters at risk every time they pen a new law.

Outlawing abortion does not stop women from having abortions, it stops them from having safe abortions. I don’t care if you believe life begins at conception, it’s just a belief, it’s not science and your beliefs cannot legislate my country.

Somewhere, somehow the Christian Coalition got together and decided that this country belongs to them. It doesn’t, there’s room for them here, and our laws have been set up so that folks can worship any way they see fit. I will always defend your right to worship. Right now I’d say that Pete DeGraaf has more in common with an Al Qaeda terrorist than with a good American.

From The McPherson Sentinel:

Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican who supports abortion rights, questioned whether women would buy abortion-only policies long before they have crisis or unwanted pregnancies or are rape victims.

During the House’s debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?”

Bollier asked him, “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?”

DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have spare tire on my car.”

 

Pro Life, Pro Choice, Pro Adoption and Deeply Offended

09.6.08

I am a feminist. Recently that declaration has been called into question. I am a feminist from my earliest moments as my mother’s daughter right up to the moment I decided to become my daughter’s mother. It is appalling to me that there is such divisiveness between women.

I am a feminist because I am pro-life. I am a feminist because I do not believe that abortion is the right choice for me, and I pray it’s a choice my daughter never has to make. I am a feminist because there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my children. I am a feminist because I chose to stay home with my children. My world is uniquely feminine, I am surrounded by strong women with deep convictions and resounding voices.

I am a feminist and I am different than you.

I am a pro-life feminist who is pro-choice. I will stand by your side and support your right to have an early term abortion. I will fight for you to maintain the right to a late term abortion when your life is in jeopardy. I will scream and shout and yell so that no woman ever dies from a botched abortion again.

To drive abortions underground would be an unspeakable horror. I would pause my life and my lifestyle in order to keep us all safe.

I am a pro-life, pro-choice feminist who will beg you to give your unwanted child up for adoption. I will rally ’round you and help you find good pre-natal care. I will stand by your side when you are choosing the adoptive family. I will defend your choice of adoption as the best possible choice. I will call you a hero, so will your child.

I am not sitting on a fence. I can not support abortion as a means of birth control, nor will I sit silent and pretend that it’s a good decision. I won’t stop being your friend, but I can’t be the one you come to when you need support or a drive to the abortion clinic.

There are horrendous people in the GOP. There are complete asshats with the Dems. Both sides of the aisle are populated with narcissists, liars and manipulators. Both sides have some remarkable men and women who are altruistic, and serve us all quietly and efficiently. I can’t defend every Republican statement ever made, and this group is sometimes asking me to, because I am in such a minority.

I will tell you this. I’m a mother. I’m a feminist. I’m deeply offended by the perception that I can’t be a free thinking Registered Republican and a feminist. I will not be voting for Palin because she’s a woman. I would never assume that you’d vote for Hilary for the same reason. We’re not voting for Mommy and Daddy. We’re looking for President and Vice President. I urge you all to not allow the mainstream media dumb it down.

I assure you, that is not why my mother burned her bra.

Jessica Gottlieb is raising two children in Los Angeles, and she writes about it at her blog. This is an original post to the Los Angeles Moms Blog.