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

Female Candidates / Feminism / Media/Media Criticism / Sexism / Sexuality

Sexual Objectification, Part 2: The Harm

This is the second part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects. (Part 1). After nearly three decades, the feminist “sex wars” are back.  This fiery debate from the 1980s pitted radical feminists who claimed that female sexual objectification is dehumanizing against feminists concerned about legal and … Continue reading

Feminism / Media/Media Criticism / Rape/ Sexual Assault / Sexism / Sexuality

Magic Mike: Old Sexism in a New Package

Magic Mike is “wildly overperforming” because women and gay men are going to see it in droves.  Thank you Hollywood executives for finally noticing that there’s plenty of money to be made off of heterosexual female and gay male sexuality.  Magic Mike purports to be a movie that caters to het women, and while it does provide a highly unusual … Continue reading

Female Candidates / Feminism / Media/Media Criticism / Sexism / Sexuality

Rush Limbaugh’s 20 Year War on Women

After Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law school student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for believing that insurance should cover the cost of birth control, pundits on the right and left quickly pointed out that liberal media figures have also used sexist slurs. I have perhaps written more than anyone about the use of sexist … Continue reading