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Political Junkies Segment On Equal Pay

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, April 10, 2014 15:21 EDT

I’m running a bit behind in my work this week, y’all, because of taxes (which yes, I should have done sooner) and going on the internet TV. But you can enjoy this quite satisfying panel I was on for HuffPost Live’s show “Political Junkies”. There’s been so much back-and-forth and fighting over even the most rudimentary laws to protect a woman’s right to equal pay for equal work that the broader discussion about how to improve women’s economic fortunes has been largely ignored. So we tried not to ignore it.

Republicans wield “women’s choices” like a cudgel to try to shut down the entire discussion about equal pay, but that in itself is a form of sexism, because the argument rests on the presumption that women are inherently more nurturing and inherently less ambitious than men. (Despite this belief in women’s “inherent” tendencies, they sure do exert a lot of pressure screaming at women who don’t do what we are supposedly “programmed” to do.) But, as Bryce Covert said, really it’s just more a matter that someone has to wipe asses and pick kids up from school. Men won’t do it, so women are left holding the bag. That is only a “choice”, if you have lost all respect for either the connotation or denotation of that word.

Neal Boortz Reports, More In Sorrow Than In Glee, That Female Brains Are Simply Inadequate

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 15:23 EDT

Neal Boortz really has mastered the art of mansplaining in 140 characters. What does it say about women voters that they’re so easily fooled and manipulated by the Democrats asinine “war on women” rhetoric? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) April 8, 2014 Democrats to women: “Hey, we know you’re not, nor do you want to be informed, so we’ll push this ‘equal pay’ scam on you to get your votes.” — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) April 8,…


Bill O’Reilly Is Aggrieved At Your Grievances

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:05 EDT

Bill O’Reilly is aggrieved. (What’s new?) He’s aggrieved that other people—people who are not older white men—are aggrieved.  Older white men are the only one allowed grievances, because the only grievance really allowed is to be aggrieved that younger, more female, and more racially diverse people do not accept your…


Captain America: Winter Soldier Is A Political Parable About The Security State

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, April 7, 2014 10:19 EDT

Well, since Scott handled Game of Thrones, I guess that gives me the go to write about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which I  saw on Friday. Go see this movie! It’s very nearly perfect as an entertaining action movie, except for the part where we’re supposed to believe that…


Don’t Call it Normcore. Call It Brokecore.

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, April 4, 2014 12:58 EDT

Oh boy, the New York Times has discovered the “normcore” trend. Next Time will do something on it, and it will be considered passé in record time, like rising and falling in the space of two months. Not that people will stop dressing this way, of course. But calling it…


Fox News Wages War On The Young

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:05 EDT

Oh no, fun! Make it stop! So Fox News has fully embraced its status as a channel devoted to titillating and outraging its audience with the “news” that young people are young. Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel mocks the channel for devoting a huge chunk of airtime to anchors pretending…


Sorry, But Marrying Some Random Dude As Quickly As Possible Won’t Solve Anything

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:19 EDT

Not married, ladies? Well, let’s go to the Husband Store and get you fitted with a to-go husband by sun fall! Every time conservatives try to shut down discourse about poverty and other economic struggles by citing marriage as a cure-all, it honestly sounds stupider than the last time. The…


Twitter Denizens Mock A Very Silly (And Violent) Right Wing Urban Legend

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:30 EDT

Just got back from a short vacation, and so am still in the process of catching up and getting back into the game. But I was pleased to see this report from Adam Weinstein of Gawker about a hilarious Twitter smackdown of one of those nauseating and half-literate right wing…


Conservatives Have Figured Out A Disturbingly Effective Strategy: Tell Lots And Lots of Lies

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:06 EDT

Conservatives have figured out that the way to win any debate is to drown your opponent in lies. Updated to add: A commenter reminded me that this phenomenon was first chronicled with creationists and deemed the “Gish Gallop” by skeptics. You can read about that here. The rollout of manufactured…


Reeva Steenkamp’s Text To Oscar Pistorius Before Her Death Is Heart-Breaking

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 13:04 EDT

Erin Gloria Ryan writes about the latest bit of information to come out of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius is accused of deliberately murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, during a late night argument on Valentine’s Day. He claims that he would never hurt her and that it was…