Politics

Political InQueery: Where in the World is Oliver North?

Up until now, I've looked at people who have for better or worse had their time in the spotlight of Washington, DC and who have, for the most part, faded from view, or at least have made their ways to the back of our collective memory. And starting next month I'll take a gander at folks who were... Read more »

On Our Radar

We're back again with another edition of On Our Radar - bringing you some of the most interesting things we read this week! Riddhi Shaw takes a look at the misogynistic and homophobic undertones of... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Supreme Gap Between Reality and Make-Believe

June 28, 2010, is a Monday. It is also roughly a week after the summer solstice, so just as the days start getting shorter here in the northern hemisphere, the United States Senate will begin hearings to confirm Elena Kagan as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Sound the trumpets and... Read more »

No broken ribs in Breaking Dawn

Even though we’re three feature films away from the conclusion of the Twilight film series (Eclipse premiers at the end of this month), there’s already talk of what the adaptation of Breaking Dawn, the final book in the series... Read more »

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 their... 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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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 »

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 »