[Content Note: Homophobia. Part One.]Also at Politico today: "GOP rep.: Deny money to gay candidates."Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior House Republican eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, is causing friction with some of his...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Misogyny; rape apologia; war on agency.]Santorum. Akin. Walsh. Mourdock. Koster. Greig. These are just a few of the names of Republican politicians who have said colossally stupid things about women, abortion, and sexual...Show More Summary
For a while now, most experts have operated under the assumption that anti-choicers never need to get Roe v. Wade overturned by the Supreme Court. Instead, they can just make it nonexistent in the practical sense. Here on this site we’ve covered TRAP laws, ultrasound bills, and other legislation that is making legal abortion impossible. Today, ThinkProgress has [...]
Being an advertiser is hard. On one hand, sex sells (and sells and sells). On the other hand, women sometimes take offense at lubricious ads, and then won’t buy your product, or let their boyfriends buy it, and before you know it there's a Twitter campaign against your company and oh lord. Show More Summary
hosted by "To Serve Man."
Wed December 04, 2013 The Good, Bad and Fox News: Women in Media 2013 The year in media had some real highs for women---OTNB, Scandal, Goldieblox. And some real lows, many from Fox news, and foot-eating commentators and politicians. The Representation project has made a powerful recap of the good and bad of the year. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Minor injury/pain.]When you hurt yourself or get hurt in a way commensurate, say, with stubbing a toe, do you immediately yelp or do you get very, very quiet?I go very quiet. Pain almost freezes me. And then when the freeze passes, I usually curse mightily, lol.
[Click to embiggen.] The Grand Canyon shot from Mather Point during a rare temperature inversion, in which fog was pushed down into and filled the entire canyon. Via PetaPixel, "a full inversion like the one that happen this last Friday takes place only about once every ten years." [NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker.]
"The HPV vaccine is considered a life-saving cancer preventer, but is it a potentially deadly dose for girls?" This was the promo for Wednesday's episode of Katie, Katie Couric's daytime talk show on ABC. Couric, whose husband passed...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Fat hatred; eating talk; misogyny.] Microsoft's prototype of the stress-detecting emotional eating avoidance bra. While I can see (sort of) the potential value of a bra measures "heart and skin activity," naturally there's...Show More Summary
No, says friend of the site Shani Hilton, 2013 was not “the year of the Black movie.” The always smart Dahlia Lithwick on the conservative effort to make everything a person. Looks like the Utah same sex marriage ban is getting a court challenge. Jamaican police have seized and burned donations made to LGBT youth. [...]
[Content Note: War on agency.]"Why did they start with abortion clinics? Because it begins with the letter 'A'?"—7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, sarcastically questioning Daniel Lennington, Wisconsin's assistant attorney...Show More Summary
Why don’t women play more video games? Perhaps it’s because they’re not being sold to us. In Polygon, Tracie Lien has a fascinating history of the gendered marketing of gaming, from the couples-friendly breakthrough arcade video game Pong through the hyper-masculine framing of first-person shooters, and into the more gender equitable branding for modern social gaming.
Wed December 04, 2013 Mannequins Give Shape to Beauty of People With Disabilities VITAMIN W STAFF Most mannequins look nothing like the rest of us, even though a few plus-size brands are showing more "curvy" versions. But if you are...Show More Summary
Earlier today, President Obama gave a speech on economic equality in the US. Below, video of the address. If the video doesn't jump automatically to the right place in the video, scroll ahead to 40:33. A full transcript of the President's address is available here. Show More Summary
Wed December 04, 2013 What Driving Ban? Saudi Activists Call on Women to Break Law Again VITAMIN W STAFF It's hard to keep a good Saudi woman driver from behind the wheel. And while some of us will be at the mall returning that wack Christmas present on Dec. Show More Summary
Do Muslim women need saving? Lila Abu-Lughod’s question challenges what has become, in her words, the “new common sense”: a “moral mainstreaming of global women’s rights” that urges Westerners to intervene on behalf of faraway women held hostage by “backwards” religious beliefs. As feminists, we might see reason to celebrate a global, energized focus on [...]
Dudley thinks Olivia makes a pretty good pillow. And she is happy to oblige. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
A piece in today’s New York Times describes Chirlane McCray’s “outsize” role in her husband, New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s, political career. McCray and de Blasio have an extremely close intellectual relationship, and McCray weighs in on his appointments and policy decisions. Show More Summary
This blogaround brought to you by a working internet connection. Literally!Recommended Reading:Ian and Tara: [Content Note: War on agency; class warfare] The Greatest Trick the Supreme Court Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World Roe v. Show More Summary