Big news in science land: A new study from UCLA’s Department of Psychology has found that Republican women have more feminine facial features than their Democratic counterparts. Researchers examined the facial features of women in Congress and rated them based on adherence to standards of “gender-typical femininity.” Those faces were then judged by students, who were asked to guess which political party each face belonged to. The students were apparently, surprisingly, accurate in matching faces that ranked high in femininity with conservative politics and those with more masculine features as more liberal.
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Looks like Joe Walsh won’t be getting off Jon Stewart’s list of the craziest guys in Congress any time soon: Last night in a debate with his opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois rep and Tea Party favorite explained that he is “pro-life without exception.” He continued, “Understand though, that when we talk about exceptions, we talk about rape, incest, health of a woman, life of a woman. Life of the woman is not an exception.” Duckworth accused Walsh of allowing a woman to die rather than get an abortion, and Walsh said that was unfair. After the debate, he explained further to the press, NPR reports.
- He told CNN: ”This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable. There’s no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology. Health of the mother has been, has become a tool for abortions any time under any reason.”
- He told WGN: “With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance … there is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.” Read more…
Now that we’ve gotten that silly town hall presidential debate out of the way, let’s discuss what’s really important: clothes! In a twist of fashion fate, First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney both sported vibrant pink to last night’s event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Egg went for a casual sheath style in a crepey fabric, which she paired with a chunky beaded teal necklace, while Michelle opted for a dressier look complete with matching jacket and a string of pearls. We have our own convictions about who came out on top (and who got shoved in a binder), but what say you?
Mitt Romney’s ridiculous “binders full of women” soundbite is certainly getting the bulk of the attention in today’s recaps of last night’s presidential debate (and, it’s worth noting that he straight up lied about requesting those binders in the first place). But it was his anecdotal focus on women in the workplace needing “flexibility” that struck me as most galling. The candidates were asked the following question: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?” After Obama answered first (you can read the full debate transcript here), Romney followed up his “binders full of women” story with the following:
“I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school.
She said, I can’t be here until 7 or 8 o’clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o’clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school. So we said fine. Let’s have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you. …
What we can do to help young women and women of all ages is to have a strong economy, so strong that employers that are looking to find good employees and bringing them into their workforce and adapting to a flexible work schedule that gives women opportunities that they would otherwise not be able to afford.” Keep reading »
During last night’s presidential debate, the candidates were asked what they’d do to improve the status of women and ensure equal pay. And while President Obama discussed his work on the Lilly Ledbetter act, Mitt Romney accidentally said one of the most talked about phrases of the evening. Speaking to the crowd, he said that he once had the opportunity to put a board together, but was dismayed to see only male candidates presented. So:
“We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
For whatever reason, the phrase has taken off, and now there’s a Tumblr and a Facebook page devoted to Romney’s binders, where information about the wage gap and Romney’s policies are offered up. And before the debates were even through, someone had set up an @RomneysBinder Twitter account. It currently has more than 30,000 followers. I happen to think Romney’s binder is probably just filled with pictures of Delta Burke, but maybe that’s just me? [ABC News]
Check out some of the best images from the Binders Full Of Women Tumblr above!
The Scott Brown campaign has admitted that it has been paying homeless people to demonstrate in Boston’s working-class Roxbury neighborhood with signs declaring themselves “Obama Supporters for Brown.” Benjamin Thomas, the former city elections commissioner running the operation, tells the Boston Herald that these “supporters” are paid a per-diem that “works out to” about $8 an hour, financed through the GOP’s MassVictory program. But he insists that all of them would support Brown even if they weren’t being paid. Thomas, who is black, says the program is designed to appeal to black voters. Read more…
No matter who you think won the debate Thursday night between Vice President Joe Biden and VP hopeful Paul Ryan, you have to hand it to moderator Martha Raddatz for having better control over the faceoff than Jim Lehrer did at the first presidential debate last week. Both Biden and Ryan had no choice but to zip it when Martha cut them off with “We’re gonna move on” or “gentlemen.” She also was tough on the guys when it came to their answers, calling them out for more specifics and asking about whether the math added up. As an expert on foreign policy, it was clear Martha knew what she was talking about, and she interjected the debate with her knowledge when appropriate. She also found a unique way to ask the men about their views on abortion, inquiring about how both Biden and Ryan’s Catholic faith affects their stance on the issue. If you were as curious as us about last night’s moderator, here are five things to know about her:
- Rap Fan: For those of you watching the debate on C-SPAN last night, you would have caught Martha poking a joke at herself when she mentioned Chamillionaire while telling audience members to turn their phones off. This referenced her 2007 snafu — while serving as ABC News’s chief White House correspondent under the Bush administration — when her cell phone went off with Chamillionaire’s “Ridin” as the ring tone during a White House press briefing. Read more…
On this week’s episode of “What We Missed,” I totally bite it! So clutzy. Also, Ami and Jessica were both super pumped about a new documentary they saw called “Girl Model,” which takes a disturbing look at how model scouts go to small Eastern European villages and scout girls as young as 12 and 13, sending them to places like Japan to work. Keep reading »
Towards the end of last night’s extremely entertaining (I thought) Vice Presidential Debate, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Joe Biden and Paul Ryan the following question:
“We have two Catholic candidates, first time on a stage such as this, and I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion. Please talk about how you came to that decision. Talk about how your religion played a part in that. And please, this is such an emotional issue for so many people in this country. Please talk personally about this if you could.”
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