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 / Human trafficking / Sex trafficking / The Presidency

President Obama on Modern Day Slavery

On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference that no doubt elevated the priority of this policy in a way that only a presidential speech can. He gave an impassioned plea to end the scourge of human trafficking, remarking that children younger than his daughters are sold into servitude. President … 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

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

2012 Election Sexism Watch #8: Bachmann Enters Stage to “Lyin’ Ass Bitch”

Earlier this week, Michele Bachmann entered the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon accompanied by the musical musings of The Roots covering the Fishbone song, “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”  Glenn Beck responded by calling Fallon a “despicable human being.” The Women’s Media Center noted that this gender slur was both “sexist and unfunny.” Fallon has since apologized. 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

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

Election 2012 Sexism Watch #5: Bachmann Denies Sexism

From The Factor, September 26, 2011: O’Reilly: “Do you think you’re being treated differently because you’re the only woman in the race?  Here you’ve got eight sweaty guys – they’re all sweaty – and then you’re there.  Are you being treated differently because you’re the only woman in the race, do you think?” Bachmann: “You … Continue reading