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Women’s rights at risk in Arab revolts: US

NEW YORK — Women are being shut out of political life in the aftermath of democracy revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday. Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World conference in New York, said that the two North African countries had “inspired”…

So-and-So’s Mom is the new Mrs. John Smith

In my surfing around the internet this weekend, I came across this old piece by Katie Roiphe about women who use their babies as their Facebook profile pictures, and surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with her, a rare enough instance. The mystery here is that the woman with the baby…

“Strengthen the family” just means “get your ass back into the kitchen, woman”

I mean, we all knew that, since the people most likely to blather on about “strengthening the family” are also the least likely to support those things that actually strengthen the family, such as delaying marriage and childbirth with the help of contraception and sex education, expanding educational opportunities, and…

Right Wing News ranks what’s important in a female pundit: Hotness

Has physical attractiveness become the sole criterion by which female conservative news pundits are judged? Maybe not (yet), but a new “top” list from a conservative news site certainly won’t help dispel that impression. Those of you who’ve noticed a certain tendency at Fox News to hire attractive, blonde news…

Friday Genius Ten “Self-Defeating Behavior” Edition

In today’s news about creepy dudes with no game trying to compensate with creepy behavior, someone designed a Foursquare app that calculates the “love ratio” for dudes of nearby places, i.e. how many women are in the place. Or how many women checked into Foursquare, which is hardly a universally…

Gloating and fund-raising

Awhile ago, while writing about a survey that showed more men than women would be secretly pleased at an unintended pregnancy, I offered this theory as to why: In our sexist society, the decision to marry is basically on the man. Women are the ones who are supposed to be…

Epic battle of Nice Guys® vs. common sense at Penny Arcade

Thanks/curses to Darcy for alerting me to this deeply disturbing public conversation between the writer (Tycho) and illustrator (Gabe) of Penny Arcade, a conversation that had the unfortunate result of reinforcing the perception that geeky dudes are seething misogynists that you better hope don’t have guns or the ability to…

Doctor who saved many women’s lives murdered

Dr. George Tiller, whose clinic is quite possibly the most picketed and protested in the country, has been murdered while at services in his Lutheran church. So far, there’s no suspects caught, but police are looking for a powder blue Taurus. Odds are pretty strong the murderer is a forced…

Fact is, people have no idea what’s even going on

Back from Europe, broke and tired, but super glad to be home. Anything important happen while I was gone? Just kidding! While I didn’t have time to write, I was able to follow some of the stuff going on back home, and was disappointed to find that there was a…

And “activist judge” is code for “thinks women are people”

Well, according to Orrin Hatch, that is. When asked about some of Obama’s comments about what he looks for in a judicial nominee, Hatch indicated that he and all other Republicans would treat anyone that Obama nominates like she was Andrea Dworkin rolled up into Karl Marx, and said: “Well,…

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