Politics

Political InQueery: Know the Women in Congress, Part I

A record number of women—262, in all—ran campaigns for the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Despite this wave of women, fewer will be in the House once the 112th Congress begins than were in the 111th. 75 women will take their seats in the voting body, many of them for the first time. Here is a... Read more »

Music Matters: The Man in Black

Johnny Cash, "The Man In Black" (Click for lyrics) A few months ago, I read a... Read more »

Music Matters: A Time for Horror

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “Tupelo” (click for lyrics) On election day I was cheerily envisioning a future beyond hate and war with ... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Blame Game

Much of the rhetoric in the 2010 midterm elections focused on anger, and the GOP candidates who will take control of the next House session spent a lot of campaign messaging time expressing how they felt connected to voters' anger. Which begs the question: were the candidates or the voters the... Read more »

Get Out the Feminist Vote!

It’s Election Day, feminists! You knew that, didn’t you? You’ve voted already, haven’t you? You’ve been reading EvMaroon’s Political InQueery series and getting fired up to cast your vote, right? Of course you have! But if you... Read more »

Political InQueery: Crystal Ball Persuasion

Many people who fancy themselves political science pundits have offered their predictions for Election Day on Tuesday, and as one combs through their numbers rackets—I mean, educated guesses as to who will win what—one finds some significant biases—I mean, measurement error—toward their own... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

The launch of the blog series Bechdel Test Canon begins with reflections on 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel created a three-part criteria for movies in her seminal comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Adopted as the Bechdel Test, movies... Read more »

Political InQueery: Conspicuously Absent Issues

As far as human emotions go, if the 2004 elections were about fear and the 2008 elections about hope, it seems fair to say that the 2010 midterm elections have been about anger. Anger at the government for what's perceived as a weak economy. Anger at Congress, either for not getting enough done, or... Read more »

Political InQueery: Queering Elections

On Monday, I took a look at LGBT candidates running for office. The general frame of that article, and of most of this series of articles for Bitch has been set within the confines of the US election structure—a within-system... Read more »

Political InQueery: Queers for Congress

Yesterday the New York Times ran an article highlighting transgender candidates for office in this election cycle, asking if more trans candidates will translate into greater tolerance for the community. While there are a handful of transfolk running for office, there are also out lesbians... Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Valuable Resources: The Ableist Fight Over Plastic Straws

Straws are easy to target, but cities and companies still rely on environmentally harmful practices. Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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