Actually, make that women and our supporters (which means men who truly love women) clearly rule the Internet. For the second time in a month, a controversial threat to women’s health, our bodies and our rights was beaten back in the court of online opinion.
A Virginia law that would have mandated any woman considering abortion would need to undergo an invasive and unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound before being “allowed” to make her choice was ruled by online backlash to be everything from ridiculous to rape. The outcry against this legislation was so strong that the right-wing conservative governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, a one-time supporter, vowed to veto it if it came to his desk. It didn’t. The bill in its controversial form is dead. And this victory is due in no small part to the way the story went viral way beyond the confines of the conservative crazies in Virginia to the public at-large. It was similar to the Susan G. Komen vs. Planned Parenthood hubbub just a few weeks ago. Score is now 2 for women, zip for those who mess with us.
But, could it be women are weighing in so heavily online against those who threaten our rights simply because a survey has revealed more women are addicted to the Internet than men? Well, in this case, that would be a good thing. We can get “help” for our addictions when, as the old bumper sticker used to say “U..S. Out of My Uterus” and any other body parts you’d like to tell us how to use.
Also this week, a judge in Ohio ordered a man who posted disparaging things about his estranged wife on Facebook to post an apology to her for 30 days on the social network. We know there are two sides to every story, so we’re not taking sides. Instead, we’re scoring this as a victory for anyone who has ever been harassed online by an ex.
- It’s not a good idea if you’re selected for jury duty to send a Facebook friend request to the defendant.
- Pinterest’s popularity signals a shift from “Look at me” social networking to “Look at this.”
- Google glasses are on the way, which will signal a shift from looking at your mobile device while walking down the street to wearing a mobile device like a pair of sunglasses.
- Still craving the good ol’ days when abortions were illegal and a women’s place was in the secretarial pool? Mad Men is coming back for a 5th season and has some snazzy new video trailers out to whet your appetite. Just remember, the show is quickly barreling through the 1960s and we predict Peggy, Joan and maybe even Betty will soon be caught up in Women’s Lib. Virginia and Susan G. Komen be damned!