Category Archives: Feminism

White House Council on Women and Girls

Via Feministing comes the speech that Obama gave prior to signing his executive order that created the White House Council on Women and Girls: I think that it was a rather good speech, even though I really wish that he … Continue reading

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“Bridezilla”? Really?

The right-wing obsession with trashing women never ceases to amaze me. Kathryn Jean Lopez’s write-up of Feministing blogger Jessica Valenti’s wedding is no exception (and of course, Ace of Spades follows up). Lopez titles the piece “You’ve Never Met a … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticity, Feminism, Gender | Tagged , | 75 Comments

Send Your Comments on the “Conscience” Rule to HHS

I recently wrote that President Obama was planning to overturn Bush’s last minute HHS “conscience” rule that prevents health care providers from “discriminating” against all levels of anti-choice employees who literally refuse to do their jobs, and is intended to … Continue reading

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Honoring Abusers at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Really? Nickelodeon is standing by troubled singer Chris Brown, who has been charged with two felonies in the alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna. In a statement to, the network said Brown, 19, will remain a Kids’ Choice Award nominee … Continue reading

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The washing machine liberated women

So says the Catholic Church. (And what the heck is going on this week with the Church being publicly ridiculous in full force?). The article was printed at the weekend in l’Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper, to mark international … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticity, Feminism, Gender, Religion | Tagged , | 47 Comments

The Poor, Beleaguered Catholic Church

Check out this headine: “N.Y. Catholics: Dems Trying to Bankrupt Church.” Sounds pretty bad, right? I mean, I’m not a huge fan of some of the Church hierarchy’s decisions, but I have no hate for the Church itself or the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Assault | Tagged , | 38 Comments

In news that will make you want to quit life:

According to a UK survey, one in seven people think it’s ok to hit a woman if she wears revealing or “sexy” clothes in public. Similar numbers think it’s ok to hit a woman who “nags.” An even higher percentage … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Domestic Violence, Gender, Sexual Assault | Tagged | 49 Comments

Shorter Catholic Church: The Right to Life Ends at Birth

This is an interesting piece, but one part in particular stands out: I asked my colleague Elizabeth Tenety, producer of Divine Impulses and our former “Campus Catholic” blogger, to explain [why the Church targets Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, … Continue reading

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Dear Everyone:

If you feel inclined to ask yourself “Can Chris Brown’s career survive?” — as far too many people these days seem to — you really, really need to sit down and get your priorities in check. And if you can’t … Continue reading

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Catholic Church Excommunicates Mother and Doctors Over 9-Year-Old Rape Victim’s Abortion

In Brazil, there is a horrific story of a 9-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated (h/t Falloch’s comment).  It’s believed that the rape was committed by her step-father.  The girl was not only pregnant at that young age, but … Continue reading

Posted in Pregnancy, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Assault | Tagged , , , , | 91 Comments

Call Congress to Protect Planned Parenthood Funding

UPDATE: Whoa. No news yet on the Vitter amendment, but another amendment has also been proposed — this one attacking access to affordable contraception!  Call your Senators! Call, call, call! Sen. David Vitter is yet again attacking Planned Parenthood. He … Continue reading

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Fashion Police Question Whether Michelle Obama’s Bare Arms Are “Appropriate”

Though I certainly do like pretty clothes, I wouldn’t exactly call myself a fashion buff — and I usually ignore all of the commentary surrounding Michelle Obama’s wardrobe choices, even though I rather like most of her picks, too. That … Continue reading

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