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Britney Spears' Conservatorship Mirrors Reality For Millions With Disabilities

By Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch

"I have an IUD in my body right now that won't let me have a baby and my conservators won't let me go to the doctor to take it out," pop star Britney Spears told a court last spring.

Fans, influencers, activists and members of the public rallied in support of Spears, loudly condemning the pop star's treatment under the 13-year abusive guardianship, which granted her father legal authority to make decisions about her career, finances, and even her own body.

Spears is not alone. While the exact figures are not known, it is estimated millions of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are deprived of legal capacity and placed under some form of guardianship. Just like Spears, this had led to a range of abuses, including forced medical treatment, forced contraception and coerced termination of pregnancies, involuntary confinement, forced living arrangements, and limited freedom of movement.

Continue reading "Britney Spears' Conservatorship Mirrors Reality For Millions With Disabilities" »
Posted on November 20, 2021
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Alt-Country Corner

A Musical Soul Food Library

By Don Jacobson
Boinng! My music dork-o-meter just buried the needle!
Continue reading "A Musical Soul Food Library" »
Posted on March 1, 2010
Chicago In Song

Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub

By Don Jacobson
If you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.
Continue reading "Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub" »
Posted on February 1, 2010
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Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis

By E.K. Mam
Have a pity party, then get ahold of yourself.
Continue reading "Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis" »
Posted on June 24, 2020
Bin Dive

Dave Dudley: Lonelyville

By Don Jacobson
Where the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.
Continue reading "Dave Dudley: Lonelyville" »
Posted on January 20, 2010

Britney Spears' Conservatorship Mirrors Reality For Millions With Disabilities

By Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch
An estimated millions of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are deprived of legal capacity and placed under some form of guardianship.

Posted on November 20, 2021

Justin Bieber Should Speak Out

By Arwa Yousssef/Human Rights Watch
Scheduled for Saudi sportswashing gig.

Posted on November 17, 2021

Madonna vs. Moderna

Compare and Contrast
Like a prayer; better than prayer.

Posted on October 23, 2021

16 Million Americans Learned To Play Guitar In The Last Two Years

By Fender Musical Instruments
Who are they?

Posted on October 11, 2021

Can Making Music Remake The Mind?

By Chris Berdik/The Hechinger Report
NU prof: "Music is the jackpot."

Posted on September 13, 2021

MUSIC - Britney's IUD.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
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SPORTS - Locked Out And Loaded.

BOOKS - Foxconned.

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