Politics

Political InQueery: A Low Bar for Women's Rights

I spent two hours standing in line yesterday to hear President Obama and Senator Murray rally the troops for her reelection bid. In the University of Washington's Huskies stadium, there were reminders of the basketball court under our feet, the Democrat's passage of student loan reform, and... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Ladies, please!

This week we’re highlighting three women who have a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. Read more »

Political InQueery: Campaigns Going Negative

Politicians often promise the electorate, especially at the outsets of their campaigns, not to "go negative" or take pot shots at their opponents. We hear phrases like "issues oriented," "positive campaigning," and "bridging partisan divides." And behind the scenes, no matter the rhetoric, somebody... Read more »

B-sides: Calliope Musicals

I’ve been in Austin, Texas for the past week, and the highlight of my hectic live show calendar has been... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Poverty of Citizenship

I had fully intended to take on the "everyone for themselves" quality of predicting election results, spending some time researching through the he said/he said (that's not a typo) of who will win the House and Senate when the smoke clears on November 3. And then German Chancellor Angela Merkel... Read more »

Political InQueery: Policing Masculinity

In last night's Nevada Senatorial, Sharron Angle told Harry Reid to "man up." This was in response to Reid's pressure on Angle regarding her stance on Social Security. The exchange: Reid: Don't frighten people about Social Security. The deal that was made by President Reagan and... Read more »

Political InQueery: When Elections Matter

The U.S. presidential election in 2008 generated a turnout of voters not seen since the late 1960s. More than 63 percent of the eligible electorate cast votes for President, amounting to more than 128 million votes. If these 2010 midterm... Read more »

On Our Radar

Our antennae are up, and the hive is buzzing; here’s what’s been On Our Radar this week! ABC has cancelled its new show Huge after less than one season. Our own Michelle Dean wrote about it... Read more »

Political InQueery: Election Messes

There's a three-way race for the US Senate in Florida. An unemployed veteran who lives with his father is up against an almost-certain opponent in South Carolina. A candidate in Delaware gets more press for things she said in 1999 than in this race. Two long-time Republicans are running as... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Lou Dobbs

This week’s Douchebag Decree goes to a man who used his post at CNN as a platform to rage against “illegal aliens” to the American public. If that wasn’t douche-y enough for you, it has now come out that this same man has been employing undocumented workers for years to tend to his... Read more »

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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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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 »

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 »