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Obamacare Contraceptive Rule To Be Decided On By Supreme Court

Demonstrators, both pro and con the contraceptive mandate, await the ruling June 30.

At the risk of repeating myself, the Roberts Court sucks. The Hobby Lobby decision, in which the Supreme Court’s majority of Catholic men determined that the “religious beliefs,” and I use those scare quotes advisedly, of corporations outweigh the right of women to access appropriate health care, at least when when it comes to contraception. Did I mention that this ruling was determined by a group of five Catholic men? [Continue reading]

Free Radicals, Part 4

Read Parts 1, 2, and 3. It seems like an obvious point, the idea that legislation alone can't fix human problems that have roots in complex personal and environmental factors. To wit: if the sentence for a domestic violence perpetrator is … [Continue reading]

Free Radicals, Part 3

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In Parts 1 and 2, I talked about the basic differences between the radical and the liberal strains of feminist thought in this country. Now I’m going to illustrate them with an example from my own life. I’ll start by telling you about the time I got … [Continue reading]

Personal Matters: In Which I Write About Myself and Expect You to Read It

For those of you just tuning in: I like to write about politics. I bring up this rather obvious point because there's a book coming out May 3, Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God, which features an essay of mine, and said essay is not about … [Continue reading]

Partnering with Men for Feminist Change

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The American women’s movement is at a turning point. Roughly 45 years into feminism’s second wave, after decades of social change work dedicated to leveling the playing field for women, activists are coming back around to an old idea that’s been with … [Continue reading]

Reconsidering Rashida: Her Slut-Shaming is Bad, But Not “Anti-Feminist”

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Man, Rashida Jones really stepped in it, didn’t she? Following up on a series of ill-advised tweets (with the charming hashtag #stopactinglikewhores) aimed at “encouraging” female pop stars to cut it with hyper-sexual stuff already, Jones channeled … [Continue reading]

Home Ec for Wayward Girls: Crazy Good Oatmeal Bread

It's that time of year again, the season when I cannot seem to refrain from posting recipes to my political blog, apropos of absolutely nothing. What can I tell you? I love to cook and bake, and I especially love to do those things in the winter, for … [Continue reading]

Women, Politics and Represention

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There’s something I need to get off my chest. It’s been weighing on me, and I want to come clean before the next election cycle: I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. That fact is only controversial because I’m a women’s advocate by … [Continue reading]

It’s Hard Out Here for a Feminist

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Until this week, I was only peripherally aware of Lily Allen. Sure, I’d downloaded “Fuck You” and “Smile,” her funny pop confections with a bracing dash of intelligence. But I never qualified as a Lily Allen fan, and in fact had kind of forgotten she … [Continue reading]

Joss Whedon and the F-Word

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First, some context: I love Joss Whedon. LOVE HIM. Like swoony, wobbly-kneed preteen-at-a-One-Direction-concert kind of love. I believe that Joss Whedon should be at the top of the short list for the Nobel Prize in Television Awesomeness, if such a … [Continue reading]