- There is a great parody of Taylor Swift’s “22″ floating around the interwebz. Rather than finding inspiration from ex-boyfriends this song takes aim at a different set of pathetic men: the 22 Senators who did not vote “yes” on the Violence Against Women Act. The bill will come up for a vote in the House of Representatives. Show your support and call your Congressmember. [Upworthy]
- Oh how I wish I’d never have to post about this, but yet another politician has made a “foot in mouth” comment that I can’t not call out. New Hampshire State Representative Mark Warden said people might “like being in abusive relationships.” He is in favor of a bill that would reduce simple assault from a misdemeanor to a violation. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
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Keep your fingers crossed: Politico is reporting that the Violence Against Women Act is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week.
VAWA was originally championed by then-Senator Joe Biden back in 1994 and gets renewed very six years. The bill allocates funds to help victims of rape and domestic violence, including money to process rape kits, and prosecute men accused of abusing women. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Well, it’s not. Apparently violence against women is A-OK for some of our politicians. Last year, VAWA hit a snag in the House, which refused to pass a Senate version of the bill allocating funds to undocumented women, same-sex partners, and Native American women who are abused by non-Native American men. Keep reading »
- Congressman John Duncan from Tennessee says he is undecided on which way he’ll vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate last week 78-22. His reasoning? ”Every bill is given a motherhood-and apple-pie title,” and if “you voted on the title, you’d vote for every bill up here.” Funny thing is, the title holds true to the content of the bill and has since 1994. Sadly, this is not the most ridiculous quote from the interview. Despite being unsure of his vote he is against domestic violence because “most men can handle [violence] a little better than a lot of women can.” Yeah, go ahead. Read that last line again. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
Sorry if this is ruining your perfectly fine Wednesday, but we thought we’d bring this asshattery to your attention. The Senate voted in favor of the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday, which is great! What’s not great: there were 22 jerks who voted against it. Thankfully, Whitney Dawn over at A Fine Frenzy compiled a list of all 22 dissenting Senators — which we’ve listed, along with their Twitter handles, after the jump, so feel free to put ‘em on blast.
And there is a silver lining: All 20 women in the Senate, regardless of party, voted in favor of VAWA, so there’s that. Keep reading »
- The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a wide majority of 78-22 yet again. The measure first passed in 1994 was up for reauthorization in 2012; however, in April 2012 the Senate passed a similar bill, which failed in the House of Representatives due to measures added to extend protections to Native American women, undocumented immigrants and same-same sex couples. According to Politico, the 2013 bill has minimal changes besides dropping a portion that would “grant U visas to undocumented immigrant women who had been abused.” Here’s hoping this finally passes the House! [Politico]
- Reportedly there is some pressure from Republicans to get VAWA passed: Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor were sent a letter by 17 Congressmen from their own caucus urging them to “immediately reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.” [NYMag.com Huffington Post]
- France’s legalization of same-sex marriage moved one step further: a measure extending marriage and adoption rights to gay couples passed the National Assembly 329-229. [CNN] Keep reading »
Were you running low on haterade? Not sure where to direct your unfettered ragecakes? Gather round, I’ve got someplace to direct your vitriol! Meet the eight senators who opposed the Violence Against Women Act. These not so great eight are sending a not-so-subtle message to the womenfolk of the world — something along the lines of “your lives aren’t really worth much.”
In fact, to ameliorate my rage, I have decided to illustrate the not-so-great eight as a bunch of lollipops. (Gasp! This is what happens when you allow women to develop rudimentary Photoshop skills!) So … if you want a measured, partisan response to this, you should look elsewhere — but, on the other hand, if you want a way to mobilize to let these senators know that we’re watching, well, click on through.
So who are these douches among men? Click through to find out…
- The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reintroduced in the Senate this week. House Republicans blocked VAWA, making it the first time the bill has not been renewed since 1994, because they balked at VAWA’s inclusions for Native Americans, immigrant women, and LGBTQ folks. The bill was reintroduced, with bipartisan support, removing a provision that would have provided visas to immigrant victims of domestic violence. [New York Times, Huffington Post]
- Victims of “revenge porn” have banded together for a class action lawsuit against GoDaddy and Texxxan.com. [BetaBeat]
- I would love for conservatives to introduce me to some ladies who carry 30-round assault rifles “for self-defense.” [Feministing]
- A Catholic hospital in Colorado is claiming fetuses aren’t people in a medical malpractice suit. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »
Tucker Carlson, editor of the Daily Caller, has pried upon a contradiction in the Obama administration’s stance on women. Obama wants to stop women from being assaulted, but it is allowing women to serve in combat, where they might be attacked. Does Obama want women to get assaulted or not? Huh? Huh?
This is a Lindsay Bluth–level retort. (“You know, we’re not the only ones destroying trees. What about beavers? You call yourself an environmentalist, why don’t you go club a few beavers?”) Serving on combat is a choice citizens make, accepting risk in order to serve their country. Read more…