A Powerful Veep Audition for GOP Governor Nikki Haley
Elections / Female Candidates

A Powerful Veep Audition for GOP Governor Nikki Haley

With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarded as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, 2016 is an election year where gender matters. Haley’s rebuttal looks like a test for the GOP vice presidential slot, particularly because she hails from the first Southern state to hold a presidential primary, on Feb. 20. As a person of … Continue reading

Elections / Rape/ Sexual Assault / Sexism / Sexuality / The Presidency

The Science of Lady Parts and the GOP

Last Thursday, Republican Representative and Tea Party favorite, Joe Walsh (R-Ill), told reporters that when it comes to abortion, “there’s no such exception as life of the mother” because of “advances in science and technology.” This astounding claim was news to the medical community. Walsh joins the ranks of some other prominent Republican men who don’t understand … Continue reading

Congress / Elections / Female Candidates

2012 Election Sexism Watch #10: “Much More Ladylike”

In case you missed it, Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin has again raised the ire of those who care about gender justice by stating that his opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill, was “much more ladylike” when she ran in 2006. He went on to say, “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill … Continue reading

Elections / Female Candidates / Feminism / Media/Media Criticism

2012 Election Sexism Watch #9: Bachmann Pours Away Presidential Bid

How did we miss this one? Representative Michele Bachmann performed the comically gendered role of pouring water for all of the (male) Republican candidates and the (male) host at the start of the Republican Family Forum debate in Iowa this past November. My538atyCVY Some of the candidates seemed uncomfortable at this puzzling behavior, and the … Continue reading

Elections / Occupy Wall Street / The Courts / The Presidency / Voter ID Laws / Voter Suppression

Three Reasons Why Voter ID Laws Should Be the #1 Issue for the Occupy Movement

In early 2009, I had dinner with a prominent, conservative political operative at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. He calmly (and accurately) predicted that the 2010 mid-term election would see the largest Republican gains in half a century. He then leaned in and half-whispered, “but you haven’t seen anything yet. Just wait until 2012 … Continue reading

Elections / Female Candidates / Feminism / Media/Media Criticism / The Presidency

Election 2012 Sexism Watch #7: Manicure Alert

Michele Bachmann’s French manicure has created quite the chatter amongst bloggers and “news” organizations (see here , here, here, here, here, and here) who are debating whether the polish style is classy, tacky, or even worth discussing.  Hint: It’s not worth discussing any more than it’s worth discussing the accumulation of dirt under Bachman’s male competitors’ nails. The ever-important manicure … Continue reading