The Pro-Choice Movement, Proving the Anti-Choice Movement Right

The current kid-friendly pro-choice mantra is "Safe, legal and rare," which reflects a popular understanding that while abortion is maybe not the best choice or the first choice or even any choice for some women, it should be a medically and legally viable, safe option for every woman. A lot of women and men have… » 6/30/08 4:30pm 6/30/08 4:30pm

If All You Have Is A Nucleus, Can You Really Be a Citizen?

As we're all well aware, one of the many prongs in the fundie battle for control of our uteri is to call the contents often found within a person. Well, in a slight glimmer of hope for those of us who don't think that this one cell can be called a person or a life, they've failed in Montana. State Representative Rick… » 6/25/08 12:20pm 6/25/08 12:20pm

Daughters of the North: No Countryside For Any Men

As someone with a love of good feminist SciFi, I was saddened that NPR's review of Sarah Hall's Daughters of the North had to crack on the genre's archetype, The Handmaid's Tale, for not showcasing a violent uprising by the oppressed women but the plot summary and the excerpt provided are extremely intriguing. Hall's… » 6/24/08 12:40pm 6/24/08 12:40pm

Military Herstory

Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody has become the first woman to be nominated as a four-star general, a position that requires Senate approval. Dunwoody, a graduate of SUNY Cortland, is the first woman to break this glass ceiling, in no small part because of the legal limits on women serving in combat — and the fact that combat… » 6/24/08 12:20pm 6/24/08 12:20pm

Meet The Women Who Will Doom Us To A McCain Presidency

Yesterday, I appealed to all that was good, right, feminist and holy among us to stop with the attacks on groups like NARAL on the basis of disappointment over Hillary Clinton's likely inability to garner the Democratic nomination. Many of you suggested that the Democratic Party would, once the disappointment ebbed,… » 5/16/08 2:30pm 5/16/08 2:30pm

NARAL's Endorsement Of Obama Is Neither Disrespectful Nor Disloyal

Here's a reminder of what the pro-choice movement is supposed to be fighting: the anti-choice movement. I put this picture up in case you, like a lot of women today, have forgotten that these people are the enemy, and John McCain is their candidate. Because from all the ugly backlash against NARAL Pro-Choice America's… » 5/15/08 6:00pm 5/15/08 6:00pm

Injuries Among Girls Are The Fault Of The Feminists

There's been a lot of debate and backlash about Michael Sokolove's New York Times Magazine article on the rash of injuries among young women in sports. What does it mean? Is it all "poor little rich girl" syndrome, or a way to justify the old Bush Administration Commission on Opportunity in Athletics report that said… » 5/14/08 5:40pm 5/14/08 5:40pm

Even Oprah Employees Aren't Immune To Serial Seat-Pissers

All is not well in the land of Oprah. As O: The Oprah Magazine editor Lisa Kogan explains, female staffers at the namesake magazine of the daytime doyenne have a habit of pissing on the toilet seats, and one, in particular, is to urine-spraying what Jackson Pollock was to abstract expressionism. Nicknamed "The… » 5/12/08 1:00pm 5/12/08 1:00pm

Baffled Scientists Discover That People Get Drunk To Get Laid

In a new study that has left researchers puzzled and concerned, it turns out that 33% of men and 23% of women in Europe drink to increase their chances of getting laid. The problem, you see, is that most people used to think that getting the people they wanted to have sex with drunk increased their chances of getting… » 5/09/08 5:20pm 5/09/08 5:20pm

In order to deal with the paparazzi problem in L.A., the city of Malibu has turned to that savior of the legal system, Pepperdine Law School Dean Ken Starr. Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich is going to pay Starr "to convene a group of experts in the media and legal community to help draft a city ordinance" to do something, … » 5/09/08 10:45am 5/09/08 10:45am

The "And You Thought Yesterday Was Bad" Edition

Divorce Via Chanting? Not In Maryland!

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Islamic practice of talaq violates a woman's right to due process in the state. Talaq is the practice (and in Pakistan, the law) that allows men to divorce their wives by saying "I divorce thee" three times. Maryland resident Irfan Aleem had moved to the D.C. area… » 5/08/08 6:00pm 5/08/08 6:00pm