The Sudden Pink War: Making Sense of the Komen/Planned Parenthood Rift

By now, chances are you’ve seen the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation defunded its support of Planned Parenthood, which it had established in 2005. Pressure for the foundation to stop the support began almost immediately, and the national Susan G. Komen board resisted this... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Douche Roundup! Herman Cain Edition

The Republican party can’t catch a break, what with all this Herman Cain business. They’re sad that everyone’s got them figured all wrong. They’re... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Why Do We Have to Be "Born This Way"?

Yesterday, Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain clashed with Piers Morgan about whether or not people are born gay. Here’s the video: The... Read more »

Bringing Up Baby: Motherhood as the Dream Deferred

Last month, New York Magazine published a cover story entitled “Parents of a Certain Age: Is there anything wrong with being 53 and pregnant?” The title invites the reader to answer the question with a “yes” or a “no.” The author, veteran journalist Lisa Miller, says “no,” yet the... Read more »

Political InQueery: False Dichotomies in the Race for President

News of the early election season has been swamped by the stalled debt ceiling vote in Congress, but the proposals put forth by Speaker of the House Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid are sure to factor into stump speeches by the GOP candidates for president. And because this is my farewell in... Read more »

Political Inqueery: Depart the Representative

Amid the debt ceiling debacle, Norway shooting, and fears about Europe’s next default, a news story broke about Oregon Representative David Wu allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman. I’m calling it simply a news story because as we’ll see, the reporting frames it strangely... Read more »

Political InQueery: Mourning in a Busy Internet World

Anyone on Twitter or Facebook this weekend learned quickly that UK singer Amy Winehouse passed away, and speculation about a drug overdose ran rampant over the information highway. The attention, in the United States anyway, dwarfed the other big story of the weekend, that an extreme right-wing man... Read more »

Political InQueery: Why the GOP Will Fracture

I’ve avoided talking about the debt ceiling debates for as long as the people on the Hill have avoided doing anything about the debt ceiling itself. Also, it’s hard to make financial ratings, credit defaults, and inadequate remedies sound like popular culture—unless, I guess, we’... Read more »

Political InQueery: Where the DOMA Ends

Yesterday, the United States Senate is holding a few hearings (such things are germane to their jobs). One of them, on the Judiciary Committee, is focused on an evaluation of the... Read more »

Political InQueery: On Deck GOP Candidates

While the US Women’s soccer team went to the World Cup finals against Japan and the last Harry Potter movie demolished the box office record for an opening weekend, three quiet news accounts about new candidates for the White House filtered through the press. Yes, World Cup soccer is more... Read more »


Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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