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10 actual ideas conservatives asked America to intellectually engage with in 2012

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, October 19, 2012 15:25 EDT
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1. Over centuries of being brutally raped, human women’s bodies have evolved to the point that they won’t allow pregnancy because they developed “ways to shut that whole thing down.”
2. Evolution is a still a myth, and creationism is sound science.
3. Oral contraceptives, which prevent ovulation, actually cause abortions and thus religiously-minded employers should — by law — be able to eliminate their female employees’ health insurance coverage for said contraceptives regardless of their intended use.
4. Medical science has advanced to the point that no woman dies in childbirth.
5. Any woman who speaks in public about women’s issues to politicians (see: Sandra Fluke, Katherine Fenton) is subject to a public review of her personal life and any or all of her personal sexual decisions in order to render her opinions invalid to the general populace.
6. The best way to gain respect throughout the world is to act belligerent and/or engage in military interventions rather than engage with other nation-states and their peoples with respect.
7. Racism is a thing that happens to white people when being denied college admission.
8. An assault weapons ban is a less effective tactic against gun violence than “to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone.”
9. We should build a base on the moon which would become the 51st state before Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam or American Samoa.
10. We can and should make life for undocumented workers in America so miserable through police harassment and the inability to work outside of the grey market that they simply self-deport, solving Washington’s inability to even consider, let alone pass, comprehensive and feasible immigration reforms.

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The Fisher anti-affirmative action case is proof that this isn’t a post-race society

By Kay Steiger
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 14:01 EDT

On Wednesday the Supreme Court took up Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, a case that could have a huge impact on the future of admissions into colleges around the country. The central question justices will be examining is whether colleges can use race as any factor in deciding the makeup of its freshman classes. Or, more simply, this case could spell the end of the beleaguered policy of affirmative action on college campuses in…


Banned Books: When they try to take away your actual history

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, October 5, 2012 16:37 EDT

Thus far this week we’ve been talking about the challenges and bans on works of fiction. But as the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) reminded us this year, censorship isn’t just restricted to allegories and metaphors and fictional lessons; sometimes people really do want to erase your actual experiences. Or…


Banned Books: Dear Parents — Sex in books is not why your kids want to get it on

By Eric W. Dolan

According to the American Library Association, sexual content is the number one reason for a book to be challenged or banned. Even books that are ostensibly political in nature, such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, are often not even challenged because of their political themes, but because of their…


The only thing Susan G. Koman won’t slap its name on is actual breasts

By Kay Steiger
Thursday, October 4, 2012 16:15 EDT

The Susan G. Komen Foundation rejected an offer on Thursday from Pornhub.com of donating a penny for every 30 views of “Big Tits” or “Small Tits” videos viewed on its site, according to a press release published at New York Magazine‘s The Cut. In a way, this couldn’t be more perfect. A…


Banned books: Kids love death, suffering and evil, or why banning books is pointless

By David Ferguson

Back in 2002 and 2003, I spent several of the happiest months of my life working in a book store. Part of what I loved the most about that job was helping people navigate the packed shelves of fiction, non-fiction, “True Crime,” history, mysteries, biographes and self-help screeds to find…


Banned Books: I was forced to participate in a book burning

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:24 EDT

Having grown up in an evangelical Christian family that sent me to religious schools, I know first-hand what being denied access to books, and the knowledge within them, looks and feels like. More importantly, I know what it smells like too — because I was forced to participate in a…


Banned Books: The futility of ‘protecting’ kids from sex by banning ‘Gossip Girl’

By Kay Steiger
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 14:43 EDT

As hard as it is to believe that we still ban books in modern-day America, it seems even sillier that we ban books like Cecily Von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl series. The books, which earned praise from highbrow publications like the New Yorker, not only did not impress parents in places…


Banned Books: How Farenheit 451 got me to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover

I was in elementary school the first time I read Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 (in case you haven’t, it is about a society that bans and burns books). I was already a voracious reader — my local librarians and I were on a first name basis — but it was…


Banned Books Week: The Raw Story editors remember

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, October 1, 2012 15:20 EDT

This week is Banned Books Week, designed for people to read and celebrate those books and authors once deemed too offensive for a reader’s pysche, and remember that there are still people and organizations that try to keep books out of other people’s hands. (Here’s a list of the 10…