<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Hospital fails rape test]]> Some Colorado hospitals may not be up to the task of treating rape victims. That’s one possible conclusion after the recent release of the arrest affidavit in the rape case against Denver Bronco cornerback Perrish Cox.]]> <![CDATA[Rape, lies are now OK in Oklahoma]]> <![CDATA[Is the war really over?]]> From around the country came a collective sigh, “Thank God it’s over!” Whether any mission was accomplished remains for history to decide, though we can’t even agree why the United States invaded Iraq in the first place. There were no weapons of mass destruction, nor was there any tie to 9/11, as so many Americans were led to believe. And yet for all the uncertainty about the purpose and the outcome of the war, there’s little doubt that it hurt this nation by costing dollars, limbs and lives. Those are costs we’re going to feel for a very long time.]]> <![CDATA[Mental health care, not gun laws]]> In the aftermath of the Aurora theater massacre, we’ve seen an understandable, if misguided, call for tighter gun control, including a renewed ban on “assault weapons.” But since the suspect in this case broke a great many laws to carry out his mass killing, including acquiring an extended magazine for his AR-15, it’s hard to say what we’ll gain by making it harder for citizens to own weapons.]]> <![CDATA[Advice for a thirsty world]]> Though most of us have heard that drinking pre-bottled water is wasteful of resources, few of us understand just how harmful pre-bottled water — and the business of bottling water — is for our little blue planet..]]> <![CDATA[You are what you leak]]> You are a living filter. Every time you urinate, you send a bit of yourself into the environment. This includes an array of chemicals, organic and artificial, that your body produces and absorbs — hormones, antidepressants, antibiotics and chemicals from plastics, beauty products, food additives and cleaners.]]> <![CDATA[School of hard knocks]]> Lori Schafer, a junior and editor of the Overland Scout, the school paper, wrote an article on March 8 about the death of a fellow student, Leibert Phillips, who died on Jan. 1 of a blood clot related to a fractured ankle he suffered during a school-sponsored wrestling tournament.]]> <![CDATA[Pantywaist politicians]]> Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that elected officials can vote by secret ballot on controversial issues, even during public meetings.]]> <![CDATA[The fight to label frankenfoods]]> Poll after poll shows that more than 90 percent of Americans want labels on foods that contain GE ingredients — GE corn in snacks and breakfast cereal, for example, or GE soybeans in frozen dinners. More than 40 countries, including China, require labeling of GM foods, but the U.]]> <![CDATA[Foreskin follies]]> Last year, when I wrote a column supporting an end to routine circumcision of male newborns, I got a letter from a reader who blasted me for being hypocritical. How can you support freedom of choice for women, the reader asked, and not support freedom of choice for parents?.]]> <![CDATA[Banning the dirty frackers]]> If a group of Longmont citizens has its way, Longmont will become the first city in Colorado to ban hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” within the city limits.]]> <![CDATA[Make the pill free ]]> It's going to be a battle anyway. A panel of experts meets this month to advise the federal government on what kind of preventative care should be provided to women under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). On the table is a proposal to include contraception.]]> <![CDATA[Rapists in the ranks]]> When Fox News commentator Liz Trotta addressed the topic of sexual assault in the military this past February, telling her audience that women who serve should “expect” to get raped, she seemed barely able to conceal her contempt for U.S. servicewomen — at least those who are speaking out against sexual violence.]]> <![CDATA[Saint Melinda]]> Gates announced earlier this month that she intends to focus the wealth and might of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on making the development and availability of reliable contraception a global priority. Her goal is simple and noble: improving the lives and the health of women around the world.]]> <![CDATA[Dems shouldn’t smirk over Santorum]]> In 1981, when I was a high school junior, a law was passed in the United States that made it illegal for lenders to discriminate according to sex or marital status.]]> <![CDATA[Campaigning for ‘pink slime’]]> It was so Orwellian it was laughable — three governors touring a factory where connective tissue from cattle carcasses is transformed into a food product the meat industry wants to call “finely textured beef,” but which one USDA scientist dubbed “pink slime.”]]> <![CDATA[‘Birth control moms’ fight back]]> On Feb. 20, Rush Limbaugh said there was no such voting block as “birth control moms,” suburban married mothers for whom contraception is a key issue. I wonder what he thinks now that 98 advertisers and Hawaiian and Massachusetts radio stations have dropped his show.]]> <![CDATA[Paper or plastic? Tax ’em!]]> For decades, the question in the checkout lane has been, “Paper or plastic?” A great many people are hoping the Boulder City Council’s answer will be, “Tax ’em!” ]]> <![CDATA[-30-]]> My intent when I launched the column was to write about women’s issues from an unapologetically feminist perspective. ]]> <![CDATA[Marriage 2.0]]> When the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court decision to overturn California's Proposition 8 as it almost certainly will it will be a victory not only for gays and lesbians, who will once again have the right to marry in California, but for heterosexual women, as well.]]>