Politics

Oh, thank gawd

The best take I've seen on the feminist infighting on whom to support in the primaries (via Feministe, whose Jill also has some great stuff to say). (And cheers to Alternet for for inaugurating a Reproductive Justice and Gender section, but shouldn't there be something else for feminist coverage? '... Read more »

Really?

Apparently, this primary election is all about race and gender. So says the New York Times ("Polls of Democratic voters on Tuesday made it clear that the politics of identity—race, gender, class—was driving the contest between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton."), CNN, and, well,... Read more »

No No, NOW-NY!

Feminists are still reeling from the frankly insane press release issued last week by Marcia Pappas, president of the New York chapter of NOW. In it, Pappas addressed Senator Ted Kennedy's official statement of support for Barack Obama, caling it "the ultimate betrayal" of women, and chalking... Read more »

I made up my mind

—I think. No, I'm sure. I came to this decision the night before last, after watching Obama's South Carolina victory speech on YouTube. (Thankfully it was before I read anything about Edwards dropping out—psychologically, I'm glad I made a choice among three and not between two, even though in... Read more »

The primary's a week from tomorrow...

...and I still haven't made up my mind. The other day I was reduced to telling someone that I had thought about voting for Edwards, but now I was leaning toward Obama. Or Clinton. Or Obama. Or Clinton. Or maybe Edwards. I've never been undecided this close to election day before. Then again, I'... Read more »

Something of a dilemma...

When a supremely evil corporation takes some steps to mitigate or change its evil ways, does that change the fact that the corporation is evil? Can corporate responsibility ever be anything but a PR-motivated sham? Can we appreciate the actual changes for workers and the environment even as we... Read more »

An "arrghhh!" end to a "gaaaah!" week

Wow, was this a bad week to be in the midst of production on the new issue of Bitch. As we all know, it was Super Super Tuesday, which will now be remembered as the birth of the Crying Jag Heard 'Round the World, and it was impossible to keep up with the avalanche of press necessitated by what was... Read more »

When icons attack

In yesterday's New York Times, Gloria Steinem declared that "Women Are Never Front-Runners," and evoked an image of a female Obama who would never be considered a viable presidential candidate because of her gender. I'm sorry—what? Hillary Clinton has been the consistent front-runner right up... Read more »

Abortion: the "shmashmortion" of 2008?

In a tiny bit of synergy, I read this excellent piece by Katha Pollitt only an hour after sitting at my ob-gyn's office next to a pregnant teen gabbing on a hot-pink cellphone. In other news, all the abortion discussion that was nowhere to be found in 2007's trifecta of unplanned-pregnancy films... Read more »

Unionizing 101

Unions today have their share of problems. Among other things, many replicate the same corporations they’re trying to fight—they’re enormous, top heavy, and not responsive enough to workers or the changing political and economic climate. But they still remain one of the best forms of... 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 »

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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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »