IN A CRY of "we love babies," the pro-life masses have vacated the District of Columbia once again, departing in a fleet of tour buses back to the Midwestern states from whence they came, leaving only a sprinkling of conservative promotional materials, piles of horse poo, and lingering questions over the providence of the eternal umbilical cord.
AFTER THE JUMP: Business as usual. More sorority sisters! Marion Barry's checkered past with D.C.'s new GLBT head! District girls probably still contracting HPV at alarming rates!
IN AN ODD D.C. Council pairing, Marion Barry has has oversight over the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs (it's a part of Barry's Committee on Aging and Community Affairs). The newly-appointed head of the GLBT Affairs office, Jeffrey Richardson, is likely not amused by that coincidence, DCist reports. From a 2009 announcement after Barry appeared at an event opposing same-sex marriage: "Members of The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club have had a long history of support for Councilmember Barry going back to his first mayoral campaign, 'but that ended today,' says Stein Club President Jeffrey Richardson. . . . 'Mr. Barry not only voiced his opposition for marriage equality in the District of Columbia, but he stood side by side with people he proclaimed as the moral leaders of our community as they fanned the flames of hate, bigotry, and intolerance."
DISTRICT LAW hasn't encouraged too many girls to receive a series of vaccinations against the human papillomavirus: Despite a D.C. law requiring middle-school girls to receive the shots (with parental permission), only 8 percent of the school district's sixth and seventh-grade girls have received the shots. The state of Virginia is considering ditching its HPV vaccine requirement all together.
AN ESCORT on all the young women who want her job: "Girls aren't bombarded with messages telling them that their mental power is urgently needed to address issues like global warming or infectious diseases, or that their athleticism could be parlayed into a life as a professional athlete or coach. Instead, we're told over and over again that we earn a place at the table -- any table -- by being polished and well-dressed, with glossy hair and a slim figure. The girls who e-mail me are not lacking internal resources. They're educated, sensitive, observant, and they have the complex sentences and insightful wording to prove it. But they are living in a world where a woman's worth is constantly equated with her sex appeal. Is it any wonder that many women might find it compelling to take that equation to its logical end?"
BRIEFLY: NOM, the FRC, and Obama. WELCOME more sorority sisters to Foggy Bottom. ON BILL MITCHELL, the District man apparently murdered after intervening in an instance of street harassment. THE sexual cost of female success.