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Politics Bloggers Are All Male, Natch

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To be sure, the young politics bloggers interviewed are all precociously talented and their success at a young age is impressive. Brian Beutler, 28, is a reporter for the online publication Talking Points Memo. David Weigel, 29, is a political reporter for Slate.com and a contributor to MSNBC. Ezra Klein, 26, wrote for The American Prospect and now The Washington Post. Matt Yglesias, 29, is a blogger for Think Progress, the blog for the Center for American Progress.

The problem with the piece, though, is the complete exclusion of female politics bloggers and reporters. They definitely exist … so why exclude them? Why was it necessary to report the “story” — and yes, “story” belongs in quotes — with only young male bloggers? Does that make any sense whatsoever? It comes off as needlessly clubby … almost like a … what’s that word again? A boys’ club. Oh yes, it comes off like a boys’ club. And a boys’ club is perpetuated by many factors, in particular the opportunities afforded to some privileged members over others. Opportunities, like, say, NY Times’ profiles.

The thing is, journalism and blogging in 2011, as far as I’ve seen from my six or so years working in those disciplines, are not total boys’ clubs. There are female politics bloggers and writers in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and anywhere else you go looking for them. The more you look for, the more you find. Why The NY Times either chose not to look, or chose not to include, any women at all other than mentioning in passing that Annie Lowrey is a 26-year-old reporter for Slate, is shameful.

So, I’ll try to be helpful, NY Times, and give you some names of female politics bloggers and/or reporters who perhaps eluded your gaze when you’re wearing those douchey spectacles of sexist trend pieces:

And that’s just to start (although, it’s admittedly a predominantly white list). I could go on and on and on.

Also, I love this parody piece written by Ann Friedman, a former editor at Feministing and The American Prospect, that sends up the stupid New York Times article. Definitely check it out here and be sure to check out Ann’s Tumblr called Lady Journos that curates the work of “journalists who happen to be women.” Because, you know, sometimes they’re just so hard to find. Or something.

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Ladies, You Could Be Aborting The Next First Black President

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Guilt-inducing anti-abortion tactics know no bounds. A Life Always billboard in Chicago being unveiled tomorrow will depict Barack Obama‘s face and the warning, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.” Ladies, carry to term the pregnancy you don’t want/can’t afford/will be irreparably harmed by because your future child might be the next president! (No doubt this ad is trying to appeal to black women, whom are relentlessly targeted with billboards claiming abortion is some kind of black genocide perpetuated by pro-choice racists, or something.) Alas, by that rock solid logic, you could also be aborting the next Adolf Hitler. Or Josef Stalin. Or Pol Pot. Or Trujillo. Or … well, you get the idea. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Georgia Police Officer Claims She Was Fired For Being Pregnant

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Something is rotten in the state of Georgia: narcotics K-9 officer Ruth Hernandez was fired by the city of Thomsen, Georgia after getting pregnant.

According to WAGT-TV, Ruth Hernandez became pregnant with her second child and told her superiors that she couldn’t perform her duties until November 11 (eight months from now). Obviously if she is pregnant, it is ill-advised for her be in dangerous positions that cops can find themselves in. Fortunately, by federal law, if an employee cannot perform a duty because of a disability — which is how pregnancy is viewed by the law — the employer is supposed to try to find a similar job that he or she can do. For instance, Thomson, Georgia, was hiring for a secretary, which is a desk position, in its fire department. However, Ruth Hernandez says she was never offered the secretarial position. Nor did the city of Thomson offer her a leave. Instead, she was fired by Thomson PD, which said in a statement to WAGT, it was “unable to hold her position vacant for the length of time requested.” Her police car and her K-9 dog have been given to another officer and Ruth is now unemployed.

I call bulls**t. Keep reading »

A Mini Horse With A Lucky Leg


Midnight the miniature horse was only born with three legs, which would normally result in being put down. But thankfully, the folks at Ranch Hand Rescue in Fort Worth, Texas, were able to make him a special prosthetic horse leg, so he can trot, gallup and run with the best of ‘em. It’s enough to make even the saltiest cowboy cry. [Houston Chronicle] Keep reading »

Geraldine Ferraro Dies

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Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party ever to run for vice president, died yesterday at age 75. Ferraro was a Queens criminal prosecutor and then representative in Congress who joined Walter Mondale in a presidential run in 1984. Although the Walter-Mondale ticket proved no match for Ronald Reagan and George Bush (41), Ferraro nevertheless busted through the glass ceiling of national politics 64 years after women were acknowledged their right to vote. Keep reading »

Sex, Running And Other Intense Activity Can Be Deadly

Too much of a good thing can kill you.

Short spurts of strenuous physical activity, like having sex or going for a run, can dramatically raise the risk of life-threatening heart problems in older people, new research shows. The chance is even greater among those who don’t exercise regularly.

The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, relied on data from 14 prior papers examining the relationship between sex, exercise and heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Read more… Keep reading »

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