Politics

Political InQueery: Where in the World is Phyllis Schlafly?

If Alice Paul had gotten her way, the United States Constitution would read: Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. This, her proposed text... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Voting Closet

June is LGBT pride month, commemorating the multi-day standoff at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, 1969. When I've marched through the sticky heat of Washington, DC's pride festivities, I find myself wishing we were commemorating something in April, but the Stonewall riots are probably the best... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Week in Offensive Comments

I don't mean to get stuck on Sarah Palin, honestly. She pops up on the media's radar, however, for a whole host of reasons: * She gives meatier, off-the-cuff remarks than most anyone, including Joe Biden * She is something other than a white guy in a stuffed suit * She looks like she's... Read more »

Political InQueery: Where in the World is Bob Packwood?

Lots of people keep diaries. Lots of diary-keepers even write things down in multiple diaries, spanning years—thoughts that are meant for them alone. And yet, some of these diaries see the light of paparazzi cameras and heck, congressional hearings. Like this one: Grabbed Tracy Gorman behind the... Read more »

Political InQueery: CreepMatch 2010

I had the occasion to visit Juneau, the capitol of Alaska, last August, and within five minutes of seeing the city, declared that McCain's people must have lost their continence when they landed there, knowing that no way was this Sarah Palin thing going to end up well. Because honestly, the place... Read more »

On Our Radar

It's that time again! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week in the second edition of On Our Radar. Mary Elizabeth Williams takes a closer look at the life and legacy of the late, great Rue McClanahan on Broadsheet. Four Muslimah Media Watch bloggers discuss... Read more »

On Our Radar

Welcome to the inaugural installment of On Our Radar, your trusty guide to the best the blogosphere has to offer. We'll be rounding up the posts that intrigued us at the end of every week. Thea Lim at Racialicious... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Bring out your douche!

This week, like most weeks, brought with it a parade of douche. However, I’ve been scouring the world wide web–OK, googling stuff for the past few hours–and no one d-bag is standing out head and shoulders above the rest. It’s been a week of tiny douches (hold me closer, tiny douchebag... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: Bursting Bubbles

It was oddly apropos to be mulling over the idea of social bubbles over bubble tea. Totally unplanned, though (as was the choking on a tapioca pearl). A friend and I were discussing the need to stop accepting online culture as the status quo. It's exclusive and exclusionary, with its own language,... Read more »

Tuning In: The healing power of rock on Degrassi: The Next Generation

A look back at Degrassi: The Next Generation's season two episode "Shout," and how Paige Michalchuk uses rock music to work through the trauma of date rape. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »