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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.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


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

AP / Chris Carlson

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.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE

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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?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Chris Pizzello

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

White House / Joyce N. Boghosian

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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE

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

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.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Bela Szandelszky

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.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

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? 

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE

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 ...


Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE

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 ...

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE

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

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”?

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE    

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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.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE

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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)

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE

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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

Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

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

Amp Up Before You Score

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

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


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

Jimmy Carter

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.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE

Confirm This

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 READ MORE

Sotomayor Enters the D.C. Twilight Zone

The would-be first Latina justice faces a committee with only two women members in order to get confirmed by a Senate with only 17 women for a seat on a court with only one woman. And yet Sotomayor has to prove that she isn’t biased.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE

Palin the Pretender

What fans loved about Sarah Palin was her perceived authenticity. She was repeatedly described as “real.” But now it appears she doesn’t really know who she is. Or what she wants.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE

AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

Sexism and Sarah Palin

Marie Cocco writes that Sarah Palin’s “intellectual emptiness” and “demonstrably poor judgment” should not excuse the “sexist cant that Palin ... has been subjected to since she burst onto the national scene.” Eugene Robinson, however, finds that the fear of “being painted as elitist and sexist” has perpetuated the myth that Palin is “a substantial figure whose presence on the national stage is anything but a cruel, unfunny joke.” Read on and decide for yourself.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE

A Trashing as Old as Suffrage

None of Sarah Palin’s numerous shortcomings excuse the sexist cant that she, like Hillary Clinton before her, has been subjected to since she burst onto the national scene.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


Sen. Inhofe Concerned About the Whole Race, Gender Thing

The news that known Latina Sonia Sotomayor may soon join the Supreme Court spurred an apparently alarmed Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to hold forth in a statement on Tuesday about the need to make sure that Sotomayor will be able to mete out justice from her vaunted post without her pesky extra X chromosome or her non-Oklahoman ethnic roots mucking things up for everyone.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE

Rushing Toward Irrelevance

Once, conservatives liked to say that “ideas matter.” Although many of their theories later proved flimsy, they at least attempted to address real problems with fresh thinking. But ideas no longer matter—and in fact they’re dangerous, according to the maximum leader of the right.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE

It’s a Man’s Meltdown

Today’s brainteaser: Name the top female executives who were forced to go before Congress, explaining why their companies made multibillion-dollar mistakes that helped wreck the economy but nonetheless deserve billions in taxpayer bailouts.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE

From Barracuda to Scapegoat

Have you ever seen a transformation this fast? Think of it as evolution on steroids. But don’t think Sarah Palin will go quietly into that good Arctic night.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE

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Campbell Brown: Free Sarah Palin

The CNN anchor has had enough of the McCain campaign “treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE

The Sexist Two-Step

The great lipstick-on-a-pig campaign imbroglio, if we are lucky, will mark the moment Republicans jumped the shark with their cries of alleged sexism toward vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE

Live From New York, It’s Sarah Palin

Tina Fey returns to “Saturday Night Live” to play the Alaska governor side by side with Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton, who offers to lend the media a pair.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


Palin on the Economy, Abortion, Sexism

On Friday, ABC aired another set of excerpts of the interviews of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by the journalist her team picked to pose the questions, Charlie Gibson. In these clips, Palin appears slightly more relaxed than she was the previous day, but some of her answers still were fuzzy, especially when it came to whether her personal views on certain issues would influence her policy decisions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE

Sarah Zamboni Clears the Ice

Let us remember that Republicans had long targeted working mothers as the centerpiece of the culture wars. Now their heroine is the in-your-face governor who once said: “To any critics who say a woman can’t think and work and carry a baby at the same time, I’d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.” 

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Giving Hillary Clinton Her Due

Regardless of the end result of her efforts, Hillary Clinton has endured a grueling trial by fire in recent months in her historic bid for the presidency. The Nation’s Katha Pollitt points out the gains she believes Clinton made for women in and beyond the strictly political realm, arguing that ” ... Women and men of every party and candidate preference, and every ethnicity too, owe Hillary Clinton a standing ovation, even if they can’t stand her.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE

Clinton and the Rage of Women

How much anger is there among women about how Hillary Clinton has been treated during this campaign? Some of the nation’s leading female politicians will tell you: quite a lot.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE

A Farewell to the ‘Hillary Nutcracker’ and Other Obscenities

What is more frustrating? The sexism Hillary Clinton had to endure, or that so many were oblivious to it?

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE

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