I blame my compulsive crocheting habit in large part on my great-aunt. For the first 39 years of my life I shared a birthday with her: Auntie Marie was born on July 11, 1907, and I came along exactly 60 years later. Like my grandmother—her sister—Auntie Marie worked blue-collar jobs her whole life, raising a son alone after her husband died, but in spite of all the hardship she lived to the age of 99. Like all the women in my family, she was made of stern stuff.
But Auntie Marie had a soft side, evident in the packages she regularly sent to our family in Texas. She made afghans [...]
On June 25, Texas state senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), filibustered against Senate Bill 5, a piece of extremely restrictive legislation designed to shut down nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas and greatly increase the difficulty of obtaining a safe and legal abortion in the state. I was prompted to attend by Erica Grieder, a staffer at Texas Monthly (a magazine that also employs my husband), who’d predicted “a not-appalling day in politics."
A not-appalling day in the Texas Legislature? Sign me up to see history happen. I often point the Capitol out to visitors and call it a "bad idea factory," but it's a beautiful [...]
A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose "indeterminate" if the child shows both male and female characteristics. The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female genders blank. The new law is meant to avoid the need to label an intersex baby as male or female before the child is old enough to decide.
The child could also opt to remain classified as intersex. German passports "will soon be allowed to have an 'X' in the gender field, according to a spokesman [...]
If you missed last night's chamber of totalitarian anarchy and nail-biting procedural debate in the Texas state Senate, you can catch up on the majestic root canal of a victory right here, or watch a short clip of the wild, valiant Filibuster of the People in the minutes leading up to midnight and the end of the special session. Some of the best moments in Wendy Davis's attempted 13-hour stand for reproductive rights occurred in the two hours after she was called off the floor for speaking about a ("non-germane") Texas sonogram law; here, her Democratic colleague, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte, calls bullshit on some [...]