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GOP Rep Who Owned Blow-Me.com (Shockingly) Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Texas Representative Blake Farentgold (R-Molasses Swamp) would probably most like to be remembered for the rousing speeches he gave, demanding Obama’s impeachment, to rapt crowds of up to eight people at a time. However, it seems he may now be known for his hobby of cybersquatting on domain names like “blow-me.org” and sexually harassing the women on his staff. Keep reading »

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Uses Sydney Hostage Crisis To Defend CIA Torture Program

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Um, What?

Yesterday, as a siege in Sydney, Australia unfolded at the hands of a lone gunman who took over a cafe and held over a dozen people hostage, “Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck jumped at the chance to use the situation as a jumping off point to defend the CIA torture program — as if the two are in any way intertwined. After the show provided an update on the scene in Sydney (which has since resulted in the death of two hostages), she suddenly changed the subject:

“Meanwhile, the actual individuals here at home who have been looking into and trying to stop attacks like this and perhaps future hostage situations, as we are still at war indeed with ISIS and terrorism, are the CIA, and they have been painted as the bad guys at home.”

Oh, and then they cut right to a clip of Dick Cheney defending the torture program on “Meet The Press,” as if that has anything to do with anything.

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What Do You Do When The Things You Love Don’t Match Up With Your Politics?

I already knew, without acknowledging it, exactly, that Kurt Vonnegut and women were an awkward mix at best. Kurt Vonnegut didn’t write women well — he wrote women who weren’t fully people, exactly, but more a physical manifestation of the mystery women seemed to him to be. It’s not to say that he didn’t get along well with women in real life. There was just a lot missing in his characters. Mona Aamons Monzano from Cat’s Cradle, for instance, is practically a demi-god, more an embodiment of the narrator John’s checklist of things to desire in a woman than a real woman. Vonnegut was acute enough to be self-conscious of that, and write it into the narration, albeit uncritically. Mona gives of herself, of her body, as a matter of course, and doesn’t act in anything even approaching a self-concerned way until the very end. I loved her for talking back and standing for her principles in an impossible situation. I’m not sure if that’s something Vonnegut wrote or something I gleaned out of Vonnegut’s writing. Keep reading »

Cosmo Sent Students To Vote In A Party Bus & IDGAF If It’s Shallow

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As part of Cosmopolitan‘s recent ventures into political coverage under the leadership of kickass new editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, the magazine has been endorsing specific candidates and, more importantly, pushing readers to vote. The campaign has been branded with the (so very Cosmo) catchphrase Voting Is Sexy. Yesterday, the mag sent a party bus full of male models (and free food!) to the campus of North Carolina State University to shuttle students to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. As it would happen, what sounds like a goofy good time that doesn’t warrant a second thought has lots of panties in bunch. Keep reading »

Wendy Davis Lost The Election, But She Changed The Game

Wendy Davis, kickass American hero, has lost the Texas gubernatorial election. I know I shouldn’t be surprised. For starters, she’s a Democrat, and Texas hasn’t had a Democratic governor in almost twenty years. To top it off, she’s a female, and a mother, and one of the thousands of women in this country who’ve had an abortion. It’s pretty devastating that basic facts of the female experience are political liabilities, but the fact is that while women can and have been elected to the gubernatorial office many times, it’s tough to do so without being characterized as a workaholic mommy, or a man-hater, or being bombarded with that bullshit question about “having it all.” As if a person’s entire life experience could be reduced to such benign stereotypes. That’s not to say that being a woman is the reason she wasn’t elected. People may simply not agree with her plans for the state. Maybe they did agree with her, but they were afraid of what change would bring. That’s what free elections are all about, so I can’t really speak for Texas voters, but the reality is that her loss means that thousands of women have lost their shot at having a say in what happens to their own bodies. Keep reading »

6 Reasons Millennials Don’t Vote (And 6 Reasons You Really Should)

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Today is Election Day, and this year’s vote is a very big deal. The US Senate stands to see a major power shift, and this election’s results will set the stage for the 2016 presidential race. Women’s rights also hang in the balance, because we unfortunately live in a world that puts our bodies up for a public vote, and the rights we have regarding our own reproductive health depend on tomorrow’s results. Despite how important this decision is, very few millennials are eager to vote. In a poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics earlier this year, only 23 percent of young Americans said they’d definitely be voting this November. Unfortunately, that’s hardly the first set of data showing to indicate that twenty-somethings aren’t so into exercising their rights. To make matters worse, the average voter turnout for modern presidential elections bleakly hovers somewhere around half of all eligible voters. Here are some of the biggest reasons millennials don’t do their civic duty, and a few reasons you should vote despite those obstacles… Keep reading »

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