Did you know that House Republicans go on a retreat every year? (I imagine Democrats do the same, by the way.) Do they serve tea sandwiches and practice trust falls? Who knows. On last night’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Maddow discussed one of the scheduled retreat activities we do know about (which took place between between archery and crafts, I assume): a lecture of sorts taught by pollster Kellyanne Conway on how the GOP can better talk to female voters and get their conservative messaging across. One of the things Conway focused on what the subject of rape, which was a popular topic for more than handful of dingbat GOP politicians up for reelection in 2012. Nearly all of them lost their respective races, in part because of how offensive their comments about rape (and how it relates to abortion) were to their female constituents. So what did House Republicans learn from Conway? As one GOP strategist put it, “This is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop.” Conway’s advice to GOP representatives, according to The National Review, was ”to tread carefully on language, particularly on sensitive matters such as rape, which she called a ‘four-letter word’ that should be used sparingly, or not at all.” In short, “Don’t say rape. Ever,” said Maddow.
Maddow brings up an interesting point — do Republicans actually think they have a policy problem with women (i.e. that their policies are unpopular with female voters and they need to change them) or just a language problem (i.e. it’s the way they talk about those policies that’s the problem, not the policies themselves)? Watch the full segment above!
2013 Inauguration, we’ve got your meme: Beyoncé performed “The National Anthem” wearing huuuuuge sparkly green earrings and swipes of cat eyes eyeliner. It’s no Aretha Franklin and her giant hat, but then again, what is?
Before Tuesday, no state had ever legalized same-sex marriage through a popular vote (although numerous states had voted to outlaw it). Today, not one but two states have voter-approved marriage equality laws on the books, and another state shot down a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. We still have a long way to go, not to mention a massive stink-bomb of a federal gay marriage ban to overturn, but in this latest round of love vs. hate, love won in a big way, and that’s something to celebrate. Read on to get the details on all the equality measures that made history last night… Keep reading »
Barack Obama came out on top in last night’s history-making election, and we couldn’t be happier (or more sedated — it takes a lot of Valium to get through that vote count). Of course, our president is the first to say that he’d never have gotten where he is without his girls behind him, and they certainly dress the part of the picturesque first family.
The sisters chose similar silhouettes, with high-waisted circle skirts, easy flats, and tucked-in tops, but Malia’s bold colorblocking in contrast to Sasha’s sweet bow-front blouse (and that gorgeous watercolor green skirt) flaunted their individual sartorial preferences. They both managed to channel a cool, contemporary vibe while still looking like, well, the president’s children. Michelle wore a streamlined oxblood Michael Kors dress which, if you’re a steadfast follower of the first lady’s style, may look familiar — she wore it a few times back in 2010. Mrs. Obama knows full well that fashion isn’t single-use-only, and that’s exactly why we love her. (Among, like, a million other reasons, but that’s one of them.)
Between Brian Williams making marijuana jokes, Diane Sawyer possibly being drunk(?), and Karl Rove begging Fox News to take back that whole “Obama wins” thing, the election newscasts last night were chock full of fun. Even among all the holograms and painted ice maps, I couldn’t help but notice Tom Brokaw’s awesome tortoiseshell eyeglasses. The trendy round frames somehow seemed both playful and sophisticated–well played, Brokaw. Want to nab a pair for yourself? I found 3 similar frames at 3 different price points. Get the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
Once upon a time, women were not legally allowed to vote. Some people believed that there was no need for women to vote, because a wife’s political position should always be the same as her husband’s. Other people thought that if middle-class white women exercised this right the same way as white men, the next thing you know they would be doing crazy stuff like wearing pants and not making dinner. Equality’s a bitch, y’all. The brave women who pushed for the 19th Amendment were called “suffragettes” and they battled some pretty nasty stereotypes. Here’s 10 olde time-y anti-suffragette postcards that show just what these ladies were up against. [Collectors Weekly]
And as if you needed another reminder … GO VOTE!
How are you going to get through the next 24 hours of election news, voting and results? If you’re anything like us, you’ll need a stiff drink or three to watch the votes roll in tonight. We are nervous as heck, and this drinking game should help us, and you, relax a little bit. Until the cold, harsh light of Wednesday morning hits us, anyway.
There are just two more weeks left until the presidential election will decide if Barack Obama will stay in the Oval Office for another four years or Mitt Romney will become our country’s next commander-in-chief. With the final presidential debate tonight and early voting starting in some states, now’s the time to make sure you’re registered to vote— especially if you live in California, since today’s the last day to register!
Thanks to the women’s suffrage movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Congress passed the 19th amendment in 1919, giving American women the right to vote in our country. Our female ancestors fought hard for our right to have our voices heard, so let’s make ‘em proud. With women’s health care and abortion rights being significant issues this election season, casting our ballots on Nov. 6 (or in some cases, earlier) is especially important. 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?
Full Frontal Freedom is a coalition of artists and media professionals who are using their talent and creativity to raise awareness about the important issues this election year and remind you that it’s sexy to vote. “Our vote is our most powerful weapon in this democracy … All the money in the world cannot buy votes. We recognize that with creativity, innovation, passion and the power which comes from being on the right side of history, we can change hearts and minds in our favor,” says the website.
So, how do they do they plan to do this? By making funny, compelling and fun-to-watch videos, which educate while entertaining. Like “A Vagina, Interrupted,” which reminds us of how easily our rights may be violated if we don’t make our voices heard by voting. [Full Frontal Freedom]