Politics

Political InQueery: The Week in Absurdifensiveness

This week pushed the upper limits of absurd and offensive: two incorrect stories hit the wire, although they can’t both be called “news” per se; Glenn Beck went off the air, only to reappear thirty minutes later; and a fake candidate for President got real Federal Elections Commission... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Good Husband

Rep. Weiner gave us another version, earlier this month, of the near-iconic image of the suffering, strong wife standing by her disgraced man as he calls a press conference to discuss whatever scandal has plagued him. Actually, his wife doesn’t even need to be at his press event; the ... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Trick of Measuring Up

Ronald Reagan has nearly reached mythic status in this early part of the 21st century as something of a Republican’s Republican. Every year in Congress, no matter which party controls the House, at least one representative introduces a bill to name something big after Reagan, or to build a... Read more »

On Our Radar

Highlights from this week on the web. The Root recognizes 15 years of the WNBA. Here’s to tall women! Despite the endurance and growth of women’s professional sports, Feministing reports on... Read more »

Political InQueery: How to Stop People from Voting

This year, an unprecedented wave of voter suppression bills hit statehouses across the country, and garnered very little media attention in response, even as voting rights activists decried the shift. In 27 states, bills that will demand voters show identification, bills that require proof of... Read more »

Political InQueery: SCOTUS, Wal-Mart, and the Limits on the Rule of Law

In what I’ll call the executive summary of the Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the class action lawsuit alleging sex-based discrimination against the female employees of Wal-Mart, Justice Scalia writes that the plaintiffs must show evidence that the company operates under “a... Read more »

Political InQueery: Criticism & Obamockery

Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown (not to be confused with the football player) was yanked by GOP operatives at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this weekend... Read more »

Takin

When over 200 press outlets worldwide covered the street harassment hearing in New York City, the photo that accompanied the popularly distributed article depicted four... Read more »

On Our Radar

This week has been chock-full of awesome articles and online conversations! Here’s some of what we’ve been reading: The Black Women Film Festival happens this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia! Heather at... Read more »

Political InQueery: Messages & Omissions in the Early Campaign

Information on the power of American workers’ wages show stark losses in their portion of the money pie, unemployment figures took a hit in May that required explanation, and for all of the “recession is over” talk in Washington, people don’t feel optimistic about their own economic outlook.... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »

Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »