Earlier this autumn, we felt a coldness in the pits of our stomachs when we heard that a flier was discovered inside a dorm at Miami University in Ohio listing “10 ways to get away with rape.” It included items like “Sex with an unconscious body does count, so don’t back down if she’s sleeping” and “When you see a woman walking by herself take advantage of the fact that she is alone.”
Was it just the plot of some sick fuck? Was it some kind of meta-feminist commentary? Well, now we have an answer: it was written by a freshman boy at the school, who no longer attends Miami University. Yesterday, he plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, which carries a $100 fine. Keep reading »
Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives.
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Who’d've thunk?! Suggesting that pregnancy from rape is “God’s will,” that some rape is “legitimate” while other rape is not, and saying a woman’s body has “a way of shutting the whole thing down” so pregnancy does not occur from rape DOES NOT MAKE WOMEN WANT TO VOTE FOR YOU. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin may have found two women — including one who was raped and had an abortion — to appear in a campaign ad proclaiming him the second coming of Gloria Steinem, but the rest of us ladies were not buying it. Keep reading »
You know, President Obama may have won the election, but during his victory speech last night in Chicago, all eyes were on the woman in the crowd behind him, who ingeniously tucked one of her American flags in hair. But I was stunned to learn that this method of flag adornment is actually a time honored tradition among some of the greatest women in our country’s history. Click on for photographic proof…
Oh my God, you guys. I didn’t realize just how BIG us pro-choice feminists won last night’s election until compiling this list. It’s not just that we have more four years of President Obama — we also have our first openly gay person to serve in the Senate, the first Asian-American women in both the House and Senate, the first Hindu to serve in Congress, and several other “firsts” too numerous to list.
I could honestly not be prouder to be a progressive American than I am today. And yes, I’m including 2008 in that statement! After the jump, thanks to EMILY’S List, here is a list of all the pro-choice female politicians who won last night.
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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!