Sexist slurs hurt a female candidate’s campaign more than her policy stances, according to a study on voter attitudes. That’s bad news for the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who have been called “she-goat,” “mean girl,” and ” “the hottest member of the Senate,” respectively. A small survey, sponsored by the Women’s Media Center, the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, and Political Parity, as part of their “Name It, Change It” campaign to fight campaign sexism, also found that the typical advice to women to “ignore the attacks” was misguided. Instead of ignoring sexist characterizations, Ms. Candidate X most benefited by bashing down the remarks early on. Keep reading »
People who live in France are laughing and shaking their heads—once again— at Rachida Dati, a former justice minister, who mistakenly said “fellation” (which means fellatio, or oral sex, in French) instead of “inflation” during a televised interview. Dati’s gaffe: “Some demand profitability of 20 to 25 per cent even when there is hardly any fellation.” What might have been a simple mishap for anyone else is instead a huge source of embarrassment for Dati, considering her unfriendly rep in France thanks to tons of tabloid action linking her sexually to Sarkozy, as well as speculation that she spread rumors about Carla Bruni having an affair. Dati has since apologized for her unfortunate wording, although an apology will probably do little to gain ground in her losing popularity contest. [Radio France International] Keep reading »
Tomorrow the United States will execute Teresa Lewis, 41, the first woman to be put to death in the last five years, by lethal injection. In 2002, Lewis left the door of her Danville, Virginia, home unlocked so her lover, Matthew Shallenberger, and his companion, Rodney Fuller, could murder her husband and 25-year-old stepson with shotguns she had purchased. Her husband didn’t die immediately after being shot, but Lewis waited 45 minutes before she called the police. Lewis allegedly wanted to kill her family so she could collect life insurance and inheritance; she allegedly offered sex with her 16-year-old daughter if the murderers went through with the killings.
Lewis’ lawyers have claimed that she is borderline mentally retarded, was allegedly addicted to painkillers, and therefore was not an appropriate candidate for the death penalty. Keep reading »
When did conservative female political candidates who make bombastic statements become so chic? First there was Sarah Palin, then Michele Bachmann, and now Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell is the toast of Delaware’s Senate race. For the love of vaginas, Victoria Woodhull, Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro did not smash through the glass ceiling so that their successors could clog up the 24/7 news cycle with their anti-sex, anti-woman views.
Frankly, Christine O’Donnell’s declaration on the MTV series “Sex In the ’90s” that masturbation is a sin is all the crazy I need to know to make my assessment about her. But in case you and your lustful heart want to give O’Donnell a chance, here are five things to know about her. And you know you want to know how Mel Gibson is involved. Keep reading »
Yes, pop stars can be political. In this video from Lady Gaga
, she calls on John McCain
and the rest of the Senate to repeal the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military. The law gets put to a vote tomorrow, and Gaga is urging her fans to call their senators and encourage them to repeal the law. Said Gaga, quoting Senator Harry Reid, “Anyone who is willing to fight for this country should have the same civil opportunities to do so as anyone else.” [YouTube
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wants to start a revolution—one dedicated to calming people down and ending the drawing of Hitler mustaches on people who aren’t Hitler. The best part? You can join him. Stewart recently announced on his show that he will be leading the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington D.C’s National Mall on October 30th. “It’s real,” he promises. This “Million Moderate March” is Stewart’s effort to get the 80 percent of us that are politically unmoved to get the other 20 percent on both sides of the aisle to calm down, so we can all work on creating solutions, instead of shouting or doing nothing at all. So who is going to set aside their Devil’s Night to join the “Rally to Restore Sanity”? Me! [PopEater
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French first lady Carla Bruni was supposedly extremely unhappy with the unauthorized biography Carla: A Secret Life, which claimed that she had extensive plastic surgery and was a man eater who still flirts to make hubby Nicolas Sarkozy jealous. So she decided to participate in another biography, Carla and the Ambitious, by Michael Darmon and Yves Derai. But it seems to me that many of the claims in this new book are just as inflammatory. It claims that her husband would be happy to serve just one term—which should go over well with voters?—and similarly describes Carla as a “femme fatale.”
But perhaps the most interesting tidbit in the book? When she totally sells out Michelle Obama. Keep reading »
She’s mellllllllting … and she’s the Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi is the cackling Wicked Witch of the West in a new “Wizard of Oz”-themed campaign commercial by Republican Congressional candidate John Dennis. An actress playing Pelosi flies in on a jet, jabbing Dorothy, Toto and pals with the end of her broom and shrieking that her flying monkey henchmen, the IRS, will come after them. That is, until John Dennis throws a bucket of water in her face. Keep reading »