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Search engine query suggestions: Looking at what’s allowed, and what’s not

December 29, 2009 2 comments

Warning: This is long and picture heavy!

Yesterday, I decided to do a little experiment, because I found Google to be very limited in searching apparent “mature” words and especially noticed that “abortion” was considered one of those “mature” words. So, I decided to look at several search engines (Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and AOL) that offer query suggestions in the search box. Before I go further, I need to say that I made sure that all the filters were off. The whole point of this was really to see if “abortion” was limited in other search engines as well, but I discovered some other things along the way!

The main words that I looked up were abortion, vagina, penis, sex, sexi (it’s not a work, but I just put that in and lots came up!), fuck and maybe a few others. I’m going to go through this word by word, so that you can see the comparison immediately.

First, since I was most interested in the lack of “abortion” on Google, I’ll go over that first. Here are the findings:

So, before I actually got into the word “abortion”, I decided to just type in “abor”, and you can see that there are many results for that. Even in the non-Google search engines, abortion comes up when you just type in “abor”, but in Google, it’s all about Aboriginals. And then, all of a sudden…when I type in “abort” or “abortion”, Google doesn’t like that and doesn’t give any suggestions that have to do with abortions!

As it can be seen, Google is the only search engine that is crazy and thinks that “abortion” is a dirty word. Now, I moved onto other “mature” words, and I for one felt as though I lost a little bit of my dignity while doing so…all in the name of science! Next up, is “sex”, “sexi” and “sexy”.

What I thought was interesting about the MSN search for “sex” was that the word sex wasn’t allowed to be searched at all, even in the case where I put in “sexism”. Weird. Next up, AOL.

So, I’ve kind of determined that AOL will almost let you search anything. And finally, Google and Yahoo!

What I found interesting here was that in Google, you can’t search “sexy”, but you can search “sexi” or “sexiest”…which really makes no sense. Yahoo! of course lets you search what you want. Next up, the words “vagina” and “penis”.

So with Google and MSN, you can type “vag” and get some suggestions. However, type in “vagina” and that’s a big no-no! Remember, vagina’s are bad and scary, kids! However, Yahoo! and AOL aren’t as scared of vagina’s as Google and MSN.

Now, we move onto “penis”. I didn’t really know what to expect, after the results that “vagina” had.

Turns out, even more people are scared of penises. You can see in the first Google search box that I just put in “peni” to see what would come up, and then BAM! I put in “penis” and everything goes away! MSN and AOL gave some different suggestions when “penis” is in the search box, but they fully stay away from an actual penis.

This next one, well…I really lost all my dignity doing this search. However, I will say it again, it’s all in the name of science! I typed in “boobs” in AOL, because I had found that AOL had been the most unlimited search engine. Guess what I found? A lot of suggestions for “boobs”.

It kind of makes me sad and a little pissed, to be honest, because you can’t even type in “penis” and get valid penis suggestions for that, but you can type in “boobs” and get that sick shit? Not fair. Not cool.

Finally, I wanted to find a word that would virtually be off-limits for every search engine. In the end, this word was “fuck”.

So, what can we get from all of this? Ultimately, I want to focus on the “abortion” not being something that is “valid” in Google’s search box. What the hell? Why is “abortion” a dirty word? Google will let “sex”, “sexi” (which turns into sexiest, etc). And considering that Google is the biggest and most well-known search engine, I personally don’t believe that “abortion” should be off-limits and ignored in terms of query suggestions. It really, honestly, doesn’t make sense. Every other search engine offers query suggestions for the word “abortion”. No one crying about it. I just wish people would understand that abortion is not a dirty word and that it’s not a bad thing.

Some may disagree with me, and that’s fine. However, I respectfully disagree with you as well. Ultimately, I can see some reasoning for every other word that doesn’t have query suggestions (however, since the filters were completely off, I still find it kind of weird). However, I don’t really see the problem with the word “vagina” or “penis”, because those words are generally not used for pornography. In the case that they were, I would understand more.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with search engines and what they offer in their query suggestions?


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A positive personal testimony of having an abortion

December 28, 2009 6 comments

It’s always nice to come across these, not just because I’m pro-choice or think it’s just fine for women to have abortions, but because we’re constantly bombarded with horror stories of abortions and how it ruins women’s lives. Maria Elizabeth Rubio, of InTheFray, shares her story of having an abortion and how she knew it was the right decision.

I found out I was pregnant and knew immediately that I wasn’t yet ready to become a mom. I didn’t have to think very long or hard about it; I knew that, given who I was at the time, I simply did not want to give birth to a child.

Look at that, a women who knows herself and knows what decision she needs to make, despite our society not being trustful of the capabilities that women have in decision-making when it comes to their bodies and their lives.

I thought a lot about my decision, about the morality behind taking the potential life of a human being…I wanted so much out of life, and I didn’t want the complications of pregnancy or motherhood to deter any of my aspirations from becoming realities…I thought about becoming a mom, and the more I thought about it, the more I knew that it just wasn’t for me.

She then talks of her experience going through with the abortion and how everyone at the clinic was great. She was completely put under for her abortion, and she tells of her feelings after:

The moment I opened my eyes, a wave of serenity washed over me. I felt giddy, euphoric, completely at ease. I knew I was no longer pregnant, and I was certain in that moment of tranquility that I had made the right decision.

Now, she doesn’t make it all sunshine and roses, even though her personal experience was good. She talks about another woman who had an abortion the same day and was weeping after her procedure. Obviously, abortion is something that can affect everyone differently. She doesn’t shy away from that aspect. But as for her, she didn’t feel upset.

Later on in life, she did decide to become a mother. Throughout having a child, she tells of “dreams permeated by thoughts of my aborted would-be child.” However, she states that her “What if’s” about her unborn baby are short-lived and superficial.

Thanks, Maria. It’s so refreshing to hear a positive abortion experience!


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An abortion compromise made for health care reform

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I have neglected to post anything about the abortion debates/Stupak-Pitts/health care reform before this, because I just felt that others could explain things much better than myself, as I’m Canadian and don’t completely understand all the ins and outs of the American political system. However, I can’t neglect this anymore. As most of you may know by now, there is now an abortion compromise being proposed for the hopeful passing of the health care reform, just for that one damn vote from Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.. Pretty much, most women are still getting screwed out of abortion coverage. Shit. Here’s how it goes:

No health plan would be required to offer coverage for the procedure. In plans that do cover abortion, beneficiaries would have to pay for it separately, and those funds would have to be kept in a separate account from taxpayer money.

Moreover, individual states would be able to prohibit abortion coverage in plans offered through the exchange, after but passing specific legislation to that effect. The only exceptions would be those allowed under current federal law.

So, what I’m hearing from this is that women are still getting screwed. Women should not have to pay a separate check for abortion coverage. That’s the most ridiculous thing ever. Seriously. Abortions should be considered a medically necessary procedure for those who need or want them (similar to how they are labeled in Canada), and there should be equal access across the board, for all women. The access thing is absolutely more difficult, but the first step is to allow abortions into the health care reform without any separation. This seriously just boils my blood. It’s ridiculous.

So how are other people responding to this? NARAL gives their take and states,

“At every turn, our standard has been consistent and clear: Women should not lose ground in the new health-care system…the language regarding abortion coverage comes at too high a price for reproductive health. Thus, we must oppose this new Nelson language.”

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., says that she’s “disappointed that women’s access to full reproductive health care is again paying the price.

Planned Parenthood gives their thoughts:

There is no sound policy reason to require women to pay separately for their abortion coverage other than to try to shame them and draw attention to the abortion coverage. Moreover, it is highly unlikely that insurance companies will be willing to follow such an administratively cumbersome system, leaving tens of millions of women without abortion coverage.

No doubt, there will be more news about this and more to say about it in the coming days and weeks. Right now, I have to say that this is not good enough, and some fighting still needs to be done, especially since people who support Stupak-Pitts aren’t going to go down without a fight.

Update: After I wrote this post, we now have found out that the Senate has voted yes (60-40) on the first health care reform vote.


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Food for thought!

December 4, 2009 Leave a comment

I have been so busy, and will remain busy all weekend until Monday, which means I can’t post! So instead, I’m putting up lots of interesting links for you to go to and mull over! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Can women learn something from the gay rights movement?

Hm. Surprise, surprise. Rush Limbaugh thinks that people in poverty “don’t deserve healthcare”. You make me sick, Rush. Sick.

One story about a family’s difficult decision to have an abortion, while being a part of the Catholic Church. (They went to Dr. Tiller’s, by the way – there are some great things said about him.)

The Women’s Health Amendment was passed!

Operation Rescue (“pro-life” activist group) have a new target in Dr. Leroy Carhart.

Rosie the Riveter High, in Long Beach, CA is making some serious efforts to teach their female students the trades.

Finally, this Sunday, December 6th, marks the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where the men were told to leave the room, while 14 women were murdered, just because they were women. Read the basic facts here.

New Delhi: Rape victim told to have baby

July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The Feminist Majority brings us this story of a mentally-handicapped rape victim being ordered to have her baby, although the New Delhi Supreme Court says that she will not rear the child.

The lower court ordered that she terminate the pregnancy, by stating: “We have no hesitation in observing that she is extremely vulnerable to all types of deceptive, dishonest and immoral offers even at the hands of those whom the law bestowed with the duty of looking after her.”

For me, any Indian news regarding women’s issues/gender issues/feminist stuff is near and dear to my heart, because I was there last year for about a month, doing some volunteer work. I know that doesn’t qualify me for much, but even being in India for that short period of time makes you understand how things work in that country. There is too much culture shock to not understand.

So, all I’m thinking about is how I’m actually not overly surprised that she is being ordered to have the baby. India is progressing, but it is moving slow towards that progression and is still a conservative country with much gender inequality.

I agree with the lower court’s decision, not just because of what they said about the victim (which is VERY true), but for the wellbeing of the newborn child. This child may be able to be taken care of by someone else, but I truly doubt that the child will have a chance at a good standard of living. Until you go to India and see things for yourself, you don’t understand the vast amount of street children, the vast amount of babies, children and adult beggars that are being exploited by the mafia (yes, Slumdog Millionaire was correct) and the vast amount of children in orphanages. India is obviously an overpopulated country that is bursting at the seams, and the Supreme Court’s ruling to me just doesn’t make sense. I can’t help but believe that they know this child will either end up in an orphanage (and honestly, not ALL are bad) or on the street, begging.

I just wish that the lower court’s decision was kept, because I truly believe that that was the right decision. I know many may disagree with me, but I just can’t see the pros to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Thoughts?

Categories: abortion, india, international, rape

Another instance of celebrating boys over girls

January 23, 2008 Leave a comment

The border town of Blaine, Washington has been found to have a clinic called “Koala Labs” that attracts Indo-Canadians (and I’m sure many other people as well) to see what the sex of their baby is at 3 months into the pregnancy, so a couple will know earlier if they will be getting an abortion or not.

Liberal MP Ujjah Dosanjh drew attention to the clinic this week, after an Indo-Canadian man, Lakhvinder Kahlon, of North Delta, B.C., was charged with killing his two-year-old daughter. Mr. Dosanjh denounced the cultural tradition of celebrating boys over girls, and said South Asian families from Vancouver go to clinics in Blaine in order to find out a fetus’s gender early enough in a pregnancy to permit an abortion.

Very sad. When is this going to end?

Um, not to sound “man-hating,” but…

January 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Alternet has a sweet piece called “If Men Could Get Pregnant, Abortion Would be a Sacrament.

It’s not really about men too much, but just a little history of abortion and those rights. Check it out!

Applauding anti-abortion activists? Ugh.

January 22, 2008 3 comments

That’s what’s happening in Washington! Bush is thanking these people for their continuous work and “calling for continued vigilance.” Are we glad that Bush isn’t going to be the President of the United States of America much longer? Yes infinity.

“We’re heartened by the news that the number of abortions is declining, but the most recent data reports that more than one in five pregnancies end in abortion. America is better than this, so we will continue to work for a culture of life,” Bush said.

So, Bush, are you saying that everyone who gets an abortion is not suited for America and essentially a “bad” person? I cannot express my frustration into words.

I really think I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – there is no need for anti-abortion activists. Firstly, anti-abortion activists are not set out to improve the quality of life for everyone. Secondly, they do not have to get abortions. Everyone can respect that. But they need to respect the decisions of other women who do choose to have an abortion, which is probably for a variety of reasons. Do people not understand that? Are they that ignorant?

Stats to know about abortion in the United States!

January 17, 2008 Leave a comment

So, our culture is permeated with the thoughts about teenage girls getting pregnant and being the only people that get abortions. Wrong! Some new stats (although some of you might have already known this) show…

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 per cent are teens. About 60 per cent have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

That’s pretty significant. Women who are having abortions are doing it in a reasonable manner and they’ve thought about it. Are we really going to condemn a woman over 25 for making her own decisions about her body? Is she too immature to make this decision? That’s a big, fat NO. But our society doesn’t think about these women. They only think about the misinformed (about sex ed, that is) teenagers who are getting pregnant and contemplating abortion. Which is something that I also think is very, very reasonable. I personally know of a 13 year old who has a child right now. She got pregnant when she was 12, by a 19 year old…and she’s now a single mother forever. Should she really have had that child? No. But it’d done now. Anyway, that was a total tangent…

Some other interesting stats say a lot about the socio-economic structure of our society as well. These prove to
me that abortion is not the problem, other underlying factors are. (Even though I already knew that)

But year after year the statistics reveal that black women and economically struggling women — who have above-average rates of unintended pregnancies — are far more likely than others to have abortions. About 13 per cent of American women are black, yet new figures from the Centers for Disease Control show they account for 35 per cent of the abortions.

Instead of the United States government trying to ban abortion, they should be dealing with the economy, poverty and other social inequalities in society. Saying abortion is the worst thing under the sun is just a band-aid for a bullet wound.

Reminder: There are some religious pro-choicers out there!

December 20, 2007 Leave a comment

A new article, by Rev. Jim Luallen, is up on RH Reality Check. He’s a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and explains that it’s kind of “the Christian thing to do” to let women have a choice with their reproductive health.

Because of the wide range of religious beliefs on this sensitive issue in American society, I am among the millions of people of faith in this nation who believe reproductive decisions must remain with the pregnant woman, to be made in keeping with her religious principles. For me, this is clearly “what Jesus would do,” because, ultimately, she alone is to be held responsible by God our Creator – not the rest of us.

He makes a good point. For those who are religious, it makes sense that one would be held accountable to God. Not anyone else, and no one else should be making decisions for other people. And obviously, as he states, there are so many religious beliefs (and non-religious beliefs) that a government can’t simply say “no abortions” because of Christian principle. I realize America is still very much a “Christian” nation, even though I only find it to be a Christian nation when it comes to oppressing women, but America has been touted the “land of opportunity,” not “come here and we’ll convert you.”

But, most of all, she has an inalienable human right – bestowed by God – to self-determine her reproduction. The Bible tells me so. This is why I do not refer to “choice.” Instead, we are discussing an issue of an essential freedom – to have control over one’s own body and whether or not to give birth. This freedom is as intrinsic, as inalienable to a woman as her free will bestowed by our Creator God. No earthly authority can ever justifiably deny her this freedom without violating God’s Will – just as much as if we enslaved or imprisoned her.

I love hearing a minister say that the Bible says it’s her choice! It really is just a breath of fresh air, even if you don’t agree with it. As a pastor’s kid and a person whose gone to church her whole life, I agree with what he’s saying about essential freedom. There is very much the idea that God gave people free will in the Protestant Christian religion. That’s why I’ve always had such a hard time seeing why abortion rights would be taken away, considering it’s Christians who are lobbying for this.

Sometimes…I just don’t understand people.

What pro-life really means

December 6, 2007 1 comment

Pro-Life

Mark Crutcher, at WorldNetDaily, discusses the pro-life stance and what pro-life really means. And, of course, I disagree with some of his statements. But hey, that’s to be expected!

First, he states that to be pro-life is to believe “that a new human life is created at the moment of fertilization and is, thus, entitled to the same legal protections as any other human being.” Question, what about the legal rights of an already grown human being?

Also, according to him, this is a complete black and white situation. You’re either pro-abortion or you’re pro-life, by his definition of course.

Then there is the person who says that they are personally opposed to abortion and would never participate in one, but pro-choice when it comes to legality. As amazing as it may seem, I have actually heard pro-lifers describe people who say this as pro-life.

In reality, this is the most insidious and despicable of all positions on abortion. After all, there is no reason to oppose abortion other than the belief that it takes the life of a living human being. So what the “personally opposed” crowd is saying is: “I agree that abortion is the intentional killing of a baby, but if other people want to do it I support their legal right to do so and it’s not my place to interfere.” That is not a pro-life position. It’s like someone in 1860 saying, “I am personally opposed to slavery and I would never own one, but if someone else wants to own a few that’s their business.”

I don’t like the analogy. A slave is not inside my body, or anyone else’s. It’s a completely different situation and it seems to me to be quite far-fetched when we’re talking about abortion and pro-life.

In conclusion, he states:

So the problem is not that women have abortions, but that children die. And that only occurs because our nation took away their right to life. So maybe we need to talk a little less about stopping abortion and a little more about returning legal protection to the unborn. Perhaps then, all these people claiming to be pro-life would know what being pro-life actually means.

Actually, I have a better idea! How about real sex education and making sure teens or anyone who doesn’t want to have a child, is having safe sex? Protection, people! Condoms! Yay! I agree that we do need to talk a little less about women having abortions, and getting to the root of the problem. The root is not that the unborn don’t have legal protection, but that the youth of today are not educated properly about sex and contraceptives. Not to say that other women who are older don’t have abortions, because they do, but in general, we need to get the youth to understand the basics. And they aren’t getting that. But, guess what? They are going to have sex. So, shouldn’t someone take responsibility for telling them to have safe sex?

Brazil not down with abortions

November 22, 2007 Leave a comment

Brazil has rejected the government-supported proposal during the 13th National Conference of Health to legalize abortion in the country. Sad.

The proposal on abortion was introduced as a “recommendation” by feminist groups and portrayed abortion as “a public health problem” that should be addressed through the law. Supporters of the proposal were booed by the majority of the participants.

But, the NCH decisions don’t have any legal impact, which is a good thing…but they still affect public policy quite a bit. It really just seems like the Brazilian people are against abortions, not the government who can actually change things. Hopefully this will change in the future, because abortions are necessary for a woman’s health in some situations. And I think they know this full well, as in 2006, some major health issues were infant and maternal mortality. But Brazil is still very conservative in their Catholic ways, as 74% of the population are Catholic, so I see, although I don’t agree with, why they don’t want abortion to be legalized.

“Pro-Abortion”

November 14, 2007 2 comments

Pro-Abortion?

Forget the whole Catholic thing in the image. What got me was the phrase “pro-abortion”, instead of the phrase “pro-choice.”

Am I crazy, or is this phrase completely twisting what it actually is to simply be pro-choice? I am in no way pro-abortion, but I am very much pro-choice. Does anyone who is pro-choice actually want to see more abortions happen? I for one would love to see less abortions happen, but there a lot of underlying issues that need to be resolved before something like that can happen. I mean, who actually says “I want more and more abortions to happen! Abortions are the greatest thing ever!”, um, no. That’s not how it is. But a women should have the ultimate choice about her body and about what she reproduces, and that’s the essence of pro-choice. It is NOT pro-abortion.

So, right, am I crazy for disagreeing with this image?

Oh, and by the way, although I’m not Catholic, I am a part of a Christian denomination which is against abortions for the most part. But guess what? I’m a Christian and I’m pro-choice! *Gasp*

Lots of news!

November 10, 2007 Leave a comment

Things about motherhood and the economy that feminists supposedly don’t want anyone knowing!

Women are even discriminated against at coffee shops.

Don’t say you want to be a nurse if you’re a man!

Japan is falling behind in gender equality.

Women can now be appointed as assisstant bishops in the Anglican Church.

This is what will most likely occur if Roe falls.

A man is sentenced 70 years to life for sexual assault.

Teen girls are being denied any contraceptives in Jamaica.

Lots of news!

November 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Every year, 25000 baby girls are not carried to term in Vietnam.

A judge has lost his job for asking a woman to drop her pants in court.

A woman was freaking thrown out of a moving SUV and two young men have been arrested for it.

A smart woman slashed a young man with glass who was threatening to sexually assault before he could do anything to her!

A Muslim marriage “expert” explains how to beat your wife “properly”. Disgusting!

Domestic abuse is a workplace issue too!

Sexual violence and HIV continue to rise in Haiti.

Funny, funny, abstinence only education video!

The abortion rate and adoption rates aren’t really correlated at all, despite what Giuliani says.

Lots of news!

October 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Two women were abducted from a mall and then raped, in Burton, Michigan.

Sexual violence has reached a “hideous” point in countries recovering from conflict, according to the U.N.

Abortion laws in Britain are on the verge of a change!

Remember, women will get abortions. Legal or not.

This is disgusting. Urinating on a dead woman?

A homeless man in Vancouver gets the life sentence for the senseless murdering a 39-year old woman.