This year has been a depressing one for reproductive rights activists in the US, with a record number of restrictions being legislated in the first half of 2011 alone.
The Onion managed to bring a smile to my face today, with this article highlighting the ridiculousness of such restrictions. I’m not trying to make a joke out of a serious situation, but this has allowed me to think about what has for most of the year been too depressing to even contemplate. Cheers, onion writers.
This post over at Feminist Philosophers is succinct but brilliant. It captures the feeling of hope which I think has been completely lost in all the doomsday articles on over-population and armageddon type scenarios about the end of the world as we know it now that we are 7 billion, and not 6-billion-and-something.
Yes, if all 7 billion consumed the resources that I do right now, it really would be the end of the world, and quick. But they don’t, and hopefully we will all find ways to meet the challenges that this population will bring with it.
Interestingly, addressing climate change is inherently linked with empowering women and girls. As this blog explains, a recent paper has found the most cost effective ways of spending climate change intervention dollars is via educating girls and increasing access to family planning. Through these outcomes I would also hope that maternal mortality and morbidity would decrease.
I too hope that this generation of girls has a brighter future than what we are currently able to see, particularly those who are born into the developing world.