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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Joe Scarborough Belittles Female Co-Host for Trying to Talk About Actual News

Mika Brzezinski calls out her colleague and MSNBC panel for “capitalizing on a non-story for ratings because people’s imaginations are pricked by this and that is not responsible.” This leads them to talk down, belittle and show a complete disregard for who she is and what she says.

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Ever Heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim Hipsters?

A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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What Reactions to the Obama-Thorning-Schmidt-Cameron Selfie Say About the Media

A glance at U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will tell you only two important things happened: President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro and also took a selfie with the prime ministers of Denmark and the U.K. Neither of these nonevents should have received the attention they did, but the fact that they did tells us a lot about our media’s priorities.

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And Now for Your Gender-Biased Brain Science Update

This just in: Men’s and women’s brains are different. Like, structurally different.

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Twitter CEO Responds to Sexism Charge Like a Bratty Child

If ever there’s a moment to think before you tweet, it’s when you’re the head of Twitter, your company has been accused of sexism and your gut tells you name-calling is the way to go.

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Machismo and Married Men Spread HIV in Mexico

Sexist behavior is nothing new in Mexico, but perhaps what some don’t realize is the effect it’s had on female health as men refuse to use condoms, and women, fully dependent on their partners, are left without a choice. In the state of Chiapas, the most common way to contract HIV is from a lifelong partner or husband.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Note to All Men: Feminism Is About Choices

In the modern-day discussion about misogyny, women are often accused of “reverse sexism.” This is usually because they apply their arguments about gender bias to “all men” and it hurts some people’s feelings. What if that’s the point?

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The Next Step in Equality: Genderless Bathrooms

Transgender people face discrimination every time they go to restrooms marked men or women; as the NSA destroys our sense of privacy, perhaps rather than looking to Orwell’s “1984,” we should brush up on our Kafka; meanwhile, journalist Phyllis Richman responds decades later to a misogynistic letter from a Harvard professor regarding married women pursuing graduate studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tears Into Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson Over Sexist Comments

The Fox News anchor ripped into colleagues Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson when both men appeared on her show Friday for sexist remarks they had made on Dobbs’ Fox Business program two days earlier.

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Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

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Augusta Golf Club Admits First 2 Female Members

By inviting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to join, the Augusta National Golf Club has finally entered the 21st century.

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Rush Knows What Ails Us: Emotional Female Voters

Rush Limbaugh has a major problem when it comes to women. In the past, the conservative talk radio host has accused them of being sluts for using birth control and called those who support feminism “feminazis.” Now, the caustic commentator has come up with a new calumny: “When women got the right to vote is when it all went downhill.”

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Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

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Peter Gabriel to Rush Limbaugh: Don’t Use My Tunes

Next time Rush Limbaugh wants to play the bully, he might need to play something other than Peter Gabriel’s music for a soundtrack. The musician’s reps posted a statement on Gabriel’s Facebook page noting that he was “appalled” to hear that Limbaugh had spun the tune “Sledgehammer” while besmirching Sandra Fluke’s honor last week.

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Ohio State Senator Wants a Vote on Viagra

Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is flipping the script on the contraception debate that’s become the top issue for culture war enthusiasts by proposing a bill that would oblige men to go through similar kinds of preliminary steps to get Viagra prescriptions or vasectomies as women will for their reproductive health needs if another bit of legislation becomes law.

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Men in Drag: Armisen Charms, Sandler’s a Miss

Why does Adam Sandler’s shtick fail to elicit laughter—or anything but a furrowed brow—and what might be the significance of his profound unfunniness for broader issues of gender and media?

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Limbaugh’s Fluke Attack Gets Presidential Attention

What if the right gave a culture war and nobody came? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the latest cultural kerfuffle, manufactured and amplified by GOP gadfly Rush Limbaugh, about contraception generally and the testimony of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke before Congress more specifically.

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Santorum’s Super PAC Backer Makes a Sexist Gaffe, Walks It Back

Entirely missing from Foster Friess’ old-timey zinger about how the ladies did the contraception back when he was a lad, other than class, was any sense of male accountability in the procreation process.

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Interracial Love Is No Societal Cure-All

Charting the demise of racism by the rising number of interracial marriages is probably not the most reliable indicator that it’s ending. Wouldn’t the elimination of disparities in income, employment, health care, education, crime, punishment and family structure be more accurate indicators?

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Where Are the Women Directors?

Here’s a thought exercise: In a nation where 33 percent of the Supreme Court justices are women, 17 percent of the seats in the Senate and House are held by women and 12 percent of the statehouses have female governors, what accounts for the fact that only 5 percent of movie directors in 2011 are female?

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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The FLOTUS and the Twitterverse

Michelle Obama joined Twitter on Thursday. For some this doesn’t qualify as news in a world full of political and economic turmoil.

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AP / Al Behrman

Reassessing the Cainwreck

Surprisingly, Herman Cain has one thing right. If nothing else, his campaign has shown that race is as much a way of thinking as it is anything else. Because that’s the case, he is taking advantage of the fact that some audiences think about race differently from others.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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When Soundtracks Do the Talking: Michele Bachmann Edition

To set the stage for the latest media-made kerfuffle of Campaign 2012, what happened was that GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann paid a visit Tuesday to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” for which she was no doubt prepped to come off all hip and stuff, but her performance was undermined ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

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Equal Rites Awards 2011

Our one-woman panel prepares in good spirit to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to all those who did their best to do the worst for women in the past year. The envelopes please.

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Power-Mad Men Have Their Moment

What do a professed love for women, a so-called commitment to family values, a culture of social change and institutionalized rape have in common? 

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Why the Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege

The real explanation for the gender disparity is found in a chauvinist culture whose double standards demand physical perfection from women while simultaneously celebrating male corpulence.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Split on Wal-Mart Suit

Is the law of our land gender-neutral? And might the gender of the justices handling a case—as in the case of the gargantuan and complex sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court—impact important legal decisions?

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



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The Rise of Mad Masculinity

The first quarter of 2011 has ushered in the year of the “mad man.” Sadly, this idea is being turned into a commodity that can be consumed repeatedly across a range of media outlets.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


N.Y. Archbishop Compares Gay Marriage to Marrying His Mom

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is a man of the world in some senses, showing his love of cigars and beer in this “60 Minutes Overtime” clip, but he’s all about strict adherence to Catholic doctrine when it comes to some hotly contested ...

 

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James Bond Cross-Dresses for Int’l Women’s Day

Wonder no more what the current James Bond might look like in a dress, blond wig and pearls: For the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, actor Daniel Craig first suits up as Bond in this video by the EQUALS coalition, but he then takes a walk in women’s pumps as ...

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How Mama Grizzlies Say ‘Touché’

Just in case his wife doesn’t take Sarah Palin up on her offer, I’ll say it: Rick Santorum is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Brazil’s First Female President Makes Women Top Priority

Maybe certain other countries (ahem, USA) can learn from Brazil’s example, as the Brazilian people elected their first female president on Sunday, and the significance of the event wasn’t lost on President-elect Dilma Rousseff.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


Playing the Mommy Card

Excuse me, Mary Fallin, did I just hear you say, “Woman up”?

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The Equal Rites Awards—Again

And so we rise to celebrate Aug. 26, the 90th anniversary of the day American women finally won the right to vote.

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Mr. Fish

A Countercultural Conversation With Noam Chomsky

The following is an interview with professor Noam Chomsky examining the question of why the counterculture, which had been so endemic to the politics of dissent in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, no longer seems to exist in any viable way.

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First Female Priest to Raise Italian Eyebrows, Blood Pressure

Maria Longhitano, a married teacher, will be the first woman priest ordained in Italy when she takes her vows at an Anglican church near the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church, which continues to oppose she-priests in all their heretical curviness, will surely be irked by the proceedings.

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Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his prospective employer. (continued)

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Muslim Women Protest Through Prayer at D.C. Mosque

On Feb. 20, four Muslim women took a conspicuous step to protest gender segregation in Muslim mosques by refusing to relegate themselves to a cordoned-off prayer zone for women—which one of them ruefully called the “penalty box”—and instead worshiped with the men at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Their presence did not go unnoticed.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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U.N. Combats Violence Against Women, With Help From Men

On Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a network of men tapped to serve as male role models in the fight against gender-based violence.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Pope Makes Room for Anglicans in Catholic Church

It’s been nearly 500 years since King Henry VIII split with the Vatican and formed the Church of England, and now Pope Benedict XVI has given Anglicans a way to come back to the Catholic fold while keeping some of their own traditions.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Pepsi Amps Up the Sexism with Pickup App

PepsiCo Inc. ran into trouble trying to be all hip and stuff with an iPhone app aimed at young male consumers of Amp energy drink. It was bad enough that the app was built around the charming idea of bagging 24 different types of women—and then posting the conquests online. Almost worse was the company’s Twittered apology after reception of its “Amp Up Before You Score” app fell flat.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Pelosi Responds to Republicans’ Sexist Nonsense

Nancy Pelosi wasted no time slapping down a National Republican Congressional Committee press release that said “taxpayers can only hope [Gen. Stanley] McChrystal is able to put her in her place.” That’s “her,” as in the House speaker, whose place is running one of the coequal branches of government.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


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National Review Columnist: Women’s Suffrage Bad for Conservatism, Society

Conservatives seek to preserve old-timey traditions and values when it comes to many social issues, but National Review columnist John Derbyshire apparently wants to set women back at least 100 years with his curious statement, teased out by progressive radio host Thom Hartmann, that women’s suffrage isn’t good for the country.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Carter Breaks With Southern Baptists Over Gender Equality Issue

Former President Jimmy Carter has made human rights an ongoing focus of his life’s work, and his position on the issue recently compelled him to sever his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after being affiliated with it for six decades. Carter, in a recent piece for The Observer, complains that higher-ups in the denomination haven’t changed their sexist ways.

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