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Obama Gets Re-Elected, Our Vaginas Smile

In case you haven’t been following the election coverage – this just in: Women won. Last night we voted against “Mittens” Mitt Romney, the idea that rape is God’s plan and that we silly women shouldn’t be able to control our own bodies, including things like abortion and birth control. Just like the 55 percent of women (and 52 percent of men) who stood in 4 hour line-ups last night to vote for Obama, I agree that our reproductive rights are not negotiable – and I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow gender for the outcome of this election. Not only did we exercise our right to suffrage last night, but we banded together and stood up to patriarchy in a way that we never have before.

It’s true that I am not American – I am Canadian. But living close to the most powerful country in the world, I endured constant anxiety like the rest of my friends last night through Twitter feeds, Facebook statuses and news shows, just like for the many months leading up to the election. The whole day could be compared to being on too many energy drinks and sitting in a shopping cart while your friend pushed you through a parking lot. There were obstacles to be sure, such as the infamous voting machine that turned an Obama vote into a Romney vote. However, there were also moments that brought peace of mind: Much to my and seemingly everyone’s pleasure, Claire McCaskill legitimately shut down Todd Akin, putting him out of the senate.

And after Fox News loses its shit over Ohio and Romney took 87458 million years to concede after Ohio was called for Obama (@Aminatou tweeted: I just beat you and this is crazy but the election is over, so call me maybe? Mitt is on some real Pete Campbell shit right now #concede) he finally came out of his hole to give his concession speech, confirming our belief that Obama was clearly the better choice. “Besides Ann,” he told the world, “Paul was the best decision I ever made.” Romney also reiterated over and over the importance of prayer and that he would pray for Obama and the rest of America (because, you know, we clearly need more Mormon hate-filled-love). Oh, Mittens.

Of course, Obama completely rocked the podium:

Meghan McCain said today while co-hosting Anderson Live that she “cried a little in bed” after Obama was re-elected, but was happy that issues regarding equality were passed. Meghan may be a Republican, but she’s a 26-year-old Republican who is known for her support of controversial topics such as sex education, birth control and gay marriage (which was passed in 3 states: Maine, Maryland and Minnesota). Meghan also noted on Anderson Live that she was happy about the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts. “If I want to smoke weed, it’s nobody’s business.”

More news from last night:

  • We voted in the first disabled female veteran (Tammy Duckworth), the first Asian woman (Mazie Hirono), and the first open lesbian (Tammy Baldwin).
  • At least a record breaking number of 18 women will serve in the senate starting in 2013.
  • A woman sitting behind the president became famous for her hair style and may have started a new trend. #Flaghairlady

Lady Gaga even took time to post this Facebook status after her show in Columbia last night:

Lady Gaga: I JUST GOT OFF STAGE IN COLUMBIA!! CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT Barack Obama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!! we just couldn’t be happier my goodness, the joy when freedom prevails

And conragulations DENVER on your cannabis legislation. shante YOU STAY. And to Tammy Baldwin for being elected the first openly gay senator in the HISTORY of The United States.

But Gaga wasn’t the only one overseas to react to Obama’s victory. In a Huff Post slideshow, you can see people around the world celebrating, such as in China, Kenya and Russia.

How did you celebrate Obama’s victory last night? Let us know in the comments below.

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Grow A Pair, Komen

You know the people who organize that really awesome Race for the Cure that happens every year? The one where you get to dress in pink and get together with your friends and get sponsored in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness? Well, a lot of people are really, really mad at them. Like me.

If you weren’t aware, Race For The Cure is put together by the charity, Susan G Komen for the Cure. Komen is the leading breast cancer charity in North America. It gives hope to millions of women who have breast cancer and millions of women who know someone who has breast cancer. It supports millions of women who are active in ensuring that generations of women are looked after. And now many of these women are going to be let down.

Whether you’re pro-choice, anti-choice, conservative or progressive – I think it’s safe to say that you want the greater good for woman kind. In the world of breast cancer awareness, the greater good includes things such as free breast exams – something that is going to deeply decline since Komen doesn’t support Planned Parenthood anymore.

“Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress – a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.”

In the article, Komen For The Cure Halts Grants To Planned Parenthood, The Huffington Post reports that Planned Parenthood provided 4 billion breast exams over the course of five years, and that 170, 000 of those were due to grants from the breast cancer charity.

“Planned Parenthood has been a perennial target of protests, boycotts and funding cutoffs because of its role as the largest provider of abortions in the United States. Its nearly 800 health centers nationwide provide an array of other services, including birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screening.”

Listen – you’re entitled to your opinion. If you don’t agree with abortion, then you don’t agree with abortion. But boycotting an organization that largely supports low income women in the area of sexual health is fucking stupid – especially if you’re an organization that is based on supporting low income women.

While I don’t completely blame Komen for being scared shitless of bullying anti-choice groups – I think they should grow a pair – of ovaries.

Sign the petition here to protect generations of women from the awful fate of breast cancer. And to tell Komen to grow a pair.