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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 »

Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey Receive The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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  • Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom today from President Barack Obama at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Ironically, Steinem was the first-ever woman to speak at the Club in 1971 and, at the time, was given the traditional gift of a men’s tie. [Ms Magazine, Marie Claire]
  • The Supreme Court refused to block a restriction on Texas abortions. [New York Times]
  • An Alabama woman has spoken out about the sentencing of her rapist, Austin Clem, who received no jail time despite being convicted of three rape charges, including raping her when she was only 13. [New York Times]
  • The General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to be bishops. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Albuquerque Voters Defeat 20-Week Ban On Abortions

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albuquerque, new mexico rejects abortion ban after 20 weeks

Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico defeated a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks in a special election yesterday. The ban would have criminalized all abortions after 20 weeks, including those resulting from incest and rape or in cases when a women’s health is at risk. Had it passed, Albuquerque would have become the first city in America to adopt such abortion restrictions. The measure was defeated 55 percent to 45 percent, with only one-fourth of the city’s voters casting a ballot, according to the New York Times. All women in NM would have been affected by the ban, as the only two clinics that perform these rare second- and third-trimester abortions are located in the city. Keep reading »

Albuquerque, New Mexico Votes Today On 20-Week Abortion Ban

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  • Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the  first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal]
  • Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice celebs helped raise $50,000 last night in an abortion access telethon for four Texas abortion funds. [Village Voice]
  • Oklahoma would rather drop National Guard benefits for all couples than give those benefits to gay couples. :::SMH::: [Think Progress]
  • Where is the Million Hoodie March for Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Black teen/woman who was shot in the head after she sought help from a Detroit home after a car accident? [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Mary Cheney Called Out Her Sister Liz Cheney On Facebook Over Gay Marriage Hypocrisy

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  • This weekend, Dick Cheney’s openly gay daughter Mary Cheney criticized her sister Liz Cheney, who is running for senator of Wyoming, on Facebook over her opposition to gay marriage. Mary Cheney and her wife said that Liz has always been supportive of their marriage (suggesting that Liz’s point of view is politically opportunistic) and  that if she’s speaking out publicly about same-sex marriage, she’ll be on the “wrong side of history.” Not surprisingly, Dick Cheney and his wife are speaking out in support of the bigoted one. [New York TimesHuffington Post]
  • New research suggests a link between long-term use of birth control and glaucoma. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” a documentary about the pioneering Black lesbian standup, airs tonight on HBO. [AfterEllen]
  • The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing died this weekend at 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. [The New Yorker] 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]

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