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Oh, For Eff’s Sake, Michelle Obama Is Not A “Feminist’s Nightmare”

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One of the most intriguing characters on “Scandal” is First Lady Mellie Grant. She’s not just a WASP sent from Central Casting, or a put-upon wife of a philanderer. Mellie gave up her Yale and Harvard-bred ambitions for the full-time job of photo ops and glad-handing as the First Lady. Just like Lucy Ricardo always wanted husband Ricky to just give her one opportunity to be in a show, Mellie Grant wants to influence policy and make big moves wherever she can. At every turn, she is stopped, often angrily, by her husband the President and his apoplectic Chief Of Staff. Both men remind her, every episode it seems, that the First Lady is supposed to be pretty sidekick, not a policy wonk.  In one episode, Mellie is witheringly informed her job is to be “ornamental.”

Watching Mellie Grant on “Scandal” has made me look at Michelle Obama differently for sure. It’s not hard to imagine she, too, feels a bit trapped in a golden cage. We don’t exactly know whether Michelle Obama feels like her intellect is being wasted, but we do know from Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, a portrait of the Obama marriage, that Barack’s high-level staff has bristled in the past at Michelle’s involvement. But  also we know that Michelle dedicated her first year as First Lady to acclimating her two children to their new home and school and has spent many years since promoting healthy eating and exercise. All this has been summed up by Michelle Cottle, a Daily Beast scribe in a piece for Politico Magazine, as a feminist failure. Keep reading »

Bill Clinton Wants A Woman President — Hmm, Who Might He Be Referring To?

“I hope we have a woman president in my lifetime, and I think it would be a good thing for the world as well as for America. But I do not know if she’s going to run, and there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics. … If that’s what she wants to do, I will support her. But if she decides for whatever reason she doesn’t, I will support that.”

– Former President Bill Clinton spoke in China this weekend and made his wishes clear in his wife’s “will-she-or-won’t-she?” game. Because you know when he says he wants the woman president, he isn’t talking about Sarah Palin … or Kirsten Gillibrand … or Michele Bachmann … or Liz Cheney … or anyone other than his wife. [Raw Story] [Photo: Splash News]

Senate Passes The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

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  • Great news! The Senate voted today to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination by their employers. It’s the first time-ever that ENDA, which has repeatedly failed in Congress, included protections for trans folks. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. [New York Times]
  • Sexual assault complaints in the military increased by 46 percent during the last year to 3,553 total, the Pentagon has said.  In my opinion, this is probably due to the increased focus by Congress on sexual assault within the military. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

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Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender).

This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, includes protections for trans folks.  Workers are already protected by federal law from discrimination based on race, gender, religion and age.

The Senate is expected to vote on ENDA this week with bipartisan support. However, it still must work its way through the House of Representatives and faces some Republican opposition. Here are five things to know about this very important bill! Keep reading »

Proof That Turn Of The Century Suffragettes Could Snark With The Best Of Them

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This hilariously biting piece of satire was written by suffragette activist/poet Alice Duer Miller in 1915, but replace the word “votes” with “reproductive rights” and it could easily be a modern day blog post. Here’s the full text, in case you can’t read the small print in the graphic: Keep reading »

Cory Booker Kicks Off Same-Sex Marriages In New Jersey

  • Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker married seven same-sex couples minutes after midnight this morning. New Jersey has officially begun recognizing gay marriage, making it the 14th state in the nation to do so. Mazel tov to all the happy couples who can finally tie the knot! [Guardian UK]
  • Tyra Banks is open to adopting a child and says she’s dating someone who is “not famous.” [ONTD]
  • Cee Lo has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman after slipping Ecstacy in her drink. However, he will be charged with the felony of possession of Ecstacy. [TMZ]
  • Ashley Judd and her estranged husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, are giving their marriage another go after a separation. [Fox News]
  • “Bridesmaids” star Chris O’Dowd is in talks to join James Franco in a Broadway revival of the John Steinback novel Of Mice and Men. [Playbill]
  • Danielle Fishel from “Boy Meets World” married her boyfriend, Tim Belusko, this weekend; her former co-star Rider Strong married his longtime girlfriend this weekend, too. Congrats! [People] Keep reading »
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