With the mid-term elections still months away, I am bracing myself for another round of attacks on women, whether they are deliberate attempts to restrict access to contraception, or gaffes about "legitimate rape." Across the country,...Show More Summary
The so-called “war on women” used to have fairly clear rules of engagement. A Republican candidate for office, say Todd Akin of Missouri, would say something outrageously offensive (victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant). Generally it was something about sex or pregnancy or abortion or some other staple of the culture wars. Show More Summary
In recent years, you could always count on the Republicans to put up people who would say things that were memorably nutty (“I’m not a witch“) or awful, making “47 percent” and “legitimate rape” into political death sentences. This time around, however, the primary process seems to be weeding out the gaffe-prone, not-ready-for-primetime conservatives while solid incumbents […]
Freedom of speech only works if those who pretend to be our "press" actually attempt to speak the truth. Otherwise, we're looking at exactly what we're looking at: a worldwide press emulating old Soviet Pravda.
It’s no secret that sexist remarks — like Erick Erickson calling Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie” — galvanize a female politician's supporter base, but now there are numbers to back it up. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments helped EMILY’s List raise a record-breaking $37 million, according to the New York Times,... More »
Todd "legitimate rape" Akin Republican candidates have done themselves a lot of damage in recent years with their persistent inability to avoid making incredibly sexist comments and offensive rape references. And rather than gettingShow More Summary
The Georgia Senate race is proving how difficult it is for Republicans to ditch the party's extremist image. The post Child Labor, Impeachment, Legitimate Rape: Bizarre Positions In The Georgia Senate Race appeared first on ThinkProgress.
strong>Legitimizing Rape By Tina Dupuy The charge of rape is a successful way to smear your enemy. When political agitator Andrew Breitbart was met with Occupy protestors one year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he started screeching, “Behave yourselves and stop raping people!” Russian President Vladimir Putin used this slander brilliantly when asked if [...]
After the electoral wreckage generated in 2012 by Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" and Richard Mourdock's "God-willed" pregnancy-via-rape comments, Republican leaders got the message that they need to change their message if they have any hope of narrowing the gender gap at the polls. Voilà! For the midterm races, they're focusing on the money. Show More Summary
Lesson 1: Ladybrains are incapable of understanding the difference between legitimate rape and illegitimate rape. Tread lightly on this subject!
Lesson one: No talking about "legitimate rape." Ha ha ha. Republican incumbents facing challenges from Democratic women are being given lessons in messaging against women... er, messaging against women opponents. The problem is thatShow More Summary
GOPers will learn to stop throwing around terms like "legitimate rape." The post GOP Candidates And Staff Need To Take Classes To Learn How To Talk To Their Female Opponents appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers, the singing YouTube duo of "Dear Chick-fil-A" and "Legitimate Rape" fame, released a new album today, Face Your Fears, and it's available on read more
For those of you who love to see cute couples in love, this video of the adorable Bria and Chrissy, who brought us such instant classics as “Dear Chick-fil-A” and “Legitimate Rape,” is for you! read more
State AG Says Hospitals Can't Limit Reproductive Healthcare: As I reported yesterday, if public hospitals offer maternity care, they must also offer contraception and abortion services. Pardoning Private Bradley Manning: Supporters are...Show More Summary
To pass a law that prohibits abortions for rape victims is in effect endorsing the end result of what is probably the worst, more violating experience of someone's life. How can anyone, especially these people who were elected to protect the rights of their constituents, support such a measure?
A year after then-Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” fiasco, the National Women’s Law Center has released a report in commemoration: Shut That Whole Thing Down: A Survey of Abortion Restrictions Even in Cases of Rape. The report looks at abortion restrictions from the first six months of this year and, as RH Reality Check summarized, [...]
It's been nearly a year since Todd Akin hit a chord with his "legitimate rape" comments that changed the way Americans think about sexual assault and reproductive justice forever. Just kidding about that last part! Read more...