WBEZ | Sandra Fluke http://www.wbez.org/tags/sandra-fluke Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cut to a Real Baby: Who's learning what about sex ed? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/cut-real-baby-whos-learning-what-about-sex-ed-102223 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/246814741_1cc0c86dea_z.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: left; " title="(Flickr/Casey Hussein Bisson)" />&quot;Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans tried to shut me out of a hearing on contraception,&quot; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCp3CWpiPUE&amp;feature=player_embedded">said Sandra Fluke</a> while speaking Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. &quot;In fact, on that panel, they didn&rsquo;t hear from a single woman.&quot;</p><p>Fluke, of course, is <a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2012/06/whats-everyones-favorite-slut-up-to-these-days-an-update-on-georgetown-law-grad-sandra-fluke/">the former Georgetown University Law School student deemed &quot;a slut&quot; by Rush Limbaugh</a> after she advocated on behalf of cheaper birth control paid for by her school&#39;s health insurance plan. And writer Megan Stielstra considers Fluke&#39;s absence from said Congressional hearing a problem as well. To Stielstra, it&#39;s a mystery where those Republicans who are particularly concerned with the female anatomy learned what they know about it. &quot;Vague information can be just as dangerous as innacurate information,&quot; she says. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>My four-year-old son will happily tell you that he has a penis. He&rsquo;ll also tell you that most men and boys have them as well, and that most women and girls do NOT. Rather, they have &quot;something else.&quot; I&rsquo;ve asked him on multiple occasions if he&rsquo;d like to talk about what that </em>something <em>else is and he&rsquo;s always said, &ldquo;No thanks,&rdquo; and then back to his robots, which doesn&rsquo;t alarm me because 1) as I mentioned, he&rsquo;s four, and 2) he&rsquo;s not making federal policy decisions that influence the reproductive rights of every woman in the country regardless of her health, family situation, socio-economic status, political affiliation and private belief system. But last week, out of the clear blue sky, while waiting in a very long line at Target, he said, in that very loud,</em> look-at-me<em>&nbsp;way that four-year-olds have in crowded public places: &ldquo;So, Mommy. Vaginas. Tell me all about them.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Let&#39;s repeat that: Vaginas. Tell me all about them.</em></p><p><em>It seems to me that there are a lot of grown-up men who should be asking this question.</em></p><p><em>Lately, I&rsquo;ve found myself concerned &mdash; and by </em>concerned <em>I mean </em>angry&nbsp;<em>&mdash; that people &mdash; and by </em>people <em>I mean </em>men<em>, mostly white and old and straight and Republican &mdash; are making decisions about my body &mdash; by which I mean my vagina &mdash; based on false or incomplete information &mdash; by which I mean batsh** crazy made-up fiction. And I&rsquo;m a fiction writing teacher! I love the imagined, the exagerated; except when it&rsquo;s used in legislation.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;</em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;<em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine</em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/cut-real-baby-whos-learning-what-about-sex-ed-102223 Stephanie Diaz Reppen says actress Patricia Heaton 'just wasn't herself' when tweeting about Sandra Fluke http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/stephanie-diaz-reppen-says-actress-patricia-heaton-just-wasnt-herse <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/Screen shot 2012-03-21 at 10.08.55 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/Screen shot 2012-03-21 at 10.08.55 AM.png" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 146px; " title="">It was a surprise to many when actress Patricia Heaton, the star of family-friendly (if secretly dark) shows like <em>Everybody Loves Raymond</em> and <em>The Middle</em> weighed in on the Rush Limbaug/Sandra Fluke birth control controversy by <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/patricia-heaton-insults-sandra-fluke-rush-limbaugh-296813">lashing out at Fluke</a> in a series of tweets.</p><p>But it shouldn't have been a surprise, writes Rene Lynch of the <em>Los Angeles Times.</em>&nbsp;"Heaton is that rarest of Hollywood creatures," <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-patricia-heaton-rush-limbaugh-20120306,0,6075068.story">Lynch explaines</a>. "An outspoken Hollywood Christian and Republican."</p><p>Heaton later apologized for her comments. And in this satirical piece, actor Stephanie Diaz Reppen argues that Heaton "wasn't herself&nbsp;when she tweeted those tweets."</p><p>"Well, she was," Diaz Reppen says, "but usually she takes a Xanax with her Chardonnay and calls her publicist first." Ritten plays the role of Heaton's pet chinchilla, who reveals what Heaton is "really like," behind the conservative curtain.</p><p>Read an excerpt or listen below:</p><p><em>"I am a member of the one percent. No, that's not right: I belong to the one percent, literally. I belong to one of the richest people in America, a TV star, in fact. According to her publicist, she's also a model, feminist and philanthropist. She won an Emmy, actually, for her work on probably the most amazing show ever to grace primetime: </em>Everybody Loves Raymond.<em> OMG.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>So you could say she's pretty well off. Yeah, I'm way proud of her. And considering all the furs she's got hanging in her totally green, climate-controlled, solar-powered, upcycled, cedar walk-in coat closet, I guess I'm mostly just grateful, first and foremost, that she chose me as a companion and not as a garment. A lot of my kind aren't so lucky you know."</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333158963-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/stephanie diaz.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-21/stephanie-diaz-reppen-says-actress-patricia-heaton-just-wasnt-herse