In June 1961, after applying to Harvard’s graduate program in city planning, Phyllis Richman received a letter from Harvard asking her exactly how she planned on having a career and a family.
You see, Phyllis’s admission seemed like a waste of time to the admissions office. William A. Doeble, a professor in the department to which she had applied, wanted to make sure that she really wanted to put all of the time and money into an education that they felt she may never use when she was already so busy being a wife.
In his letter to Richman, Doeble wrote:
“[F]or your benefit, and to aid us in coming to a final decision, could you kindly write us a page or two at your earliest convenience indicating specifically how you might plan to combine a professional life in city planning with your responsibilities to your husband and a possible future family?” Keep reading »
On June 1, actor Matt Smith, star of cult TV favorite “Doctor Who,” announced he would be leaving the show at the end of December. This declaration sent shockwaves through the nerd-o-sphere and left everyone asking the question, “Who will be the next Doctor?” As a result, the Internet has been flooded with heated debates and delicious casting suggestions. (“Chiwetel Ejiofor!” “Sir Ian Mckellen!”) As much as I’d love to see these celebrities inside the Tardis, I think it would be best for Steven Moffat, the showrunner of “Doctor Who,” to simply cast the best woman for the job.
That’s right, woman. Keep reading »
Twitter, man. The grammatically incorrect hashtag #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo is trending on the social media site right now, offering a cornucopia of shitty dudes saying shitty things about what their girlfriends are “not allowed to” do. The good news? Most of the #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo tweets don’t seem to be serious. The bad news? Some of them probably are. Click through to see what we’re talking about.
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Beatriz, a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador with serious health issues, has finally had an abortion that will hopefully save her life.
The mother of a 14-month-old was 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; doctors had warned that Beatriz, who has kidney issues and lupus, could be killed by carrying the pregnancy to term despite the fact fetus was not expected to live more than a few hours after birth. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salvador refused her appeal to terminate the pregnancy citing its strict ban on all abortions. While Beatriz’s death was possible, the court said, it was not “imminent.” After international outcry, on Thursday the Health Minister of El Salvador finally approved an end to her pregnancy by C-section, which is also called a hysterotomy.
Beatriz had the potentially life-saving procedure yesterday. As expected, her 27-week-old female fetus died. Keep reading »
To: Tour Coordinators
Subject: Hot D Intern Prospect
One of my friends from college, [sic] just graduated and is trying to intern on the Hill this summer. She is a smoke show from FSU, but she happens to be a Dem so I’m having trouble finding her a spot. She’s a smart girl and has worked for FEMA. She’s real cool and gets along with everyone. If one your interns falls through or you can squeeze another in, give her a shot.
Florida ties, from Tampa.
This is an email sent from a House Republican staffer to a congressional email group. I’m not sure whether I should be more offended by the misused comma or the fact this person trumpets his prospective intern candidate is “hot” and a “smoke show” (which also means hot). Just kidding, it’s not the comma. Sigh. Yes, we all know that’s the most important about a summer intern: whether she’s pretty to look at. [Roll Call]
“Biggest mystery? Women. No one understands them. They don’t even understand themselves. Books and books and books have been written about it, and no one understands it. Men are very easy to understand. Very basic, very simple.”
– One of your elected officials, folks! This is Republican State Senator Bill Kintner speaking with Lincoln, Nebraska’s Journal Star in what should have been a puff piece …. buuuut ends up with him sounding like a doof. LADIES! THEY’RE SO CONFUSING! Kintner also revealed that he was single for 47 years before he married his wife. Let me repeat that, 47 years. I hate to break it to you, sir, but it might just be you who doesn’t understand women. And now you’re governing us. Sigh. [JournalStar.com] [Confused woman photo via Shutterstock]
Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT MEN! At a hearing on abortion rights! Dudes! Legislating women’s bodies! [Twitter; Huffington Post] [Photo via Laura Bassett]