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Nancy L. Cohen
Nancy L. Cohen is the author of Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America Her writing has been published in Playboy, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, the Guardian, and elsewhere. Nancy has appeared on cable television news including MSNBC’s The Ed Show and Up with Chris Hayes, Current TV’s The Young Turks, and leading radio programming on NPR, PRI, and SiriusXM. She has held academic positions as a visiting professor at Binghamton University and Claremont McKenna College, a visiting scholar at UCLA, and a lecturer in international social movements at Cal State Long Beach. Nancy holds a PhD in U.S. political history from Columbia University and is the author of two previous books on American politics. You can follow her work at her website and on Twitter @nancylcohen.

Entries by Nancy L. Cohen


(105) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Your sex life is destroying America. That's according to Iowa Republican Steve King, who took to the floor of the House last summer to explain that sex for pleasure -- instead of for creating babies -- would make Americans extinct. A year later, his colleague Mike Kelly called a press...

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Sexual Counterrevolution in the GOP

(96) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Americans "have a constitutional right to be gay." So said Barry Goldwater, the 1964 right-wing Republican presidential candidate, in 1994. How the Republican Party has changed. Indeed, how the GOP changed goes a long way toward explaining America's national political delirium.

We've grown so accustomed to a Republican Party...

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What Rick Perry's Rise and Fall Says About the GOP

(6) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 10:59 AM

The most entertaining sideshow in the GOP circus is likely about to close. But save your laughs. Before Rick Perry exits, let's remember why he was here in the first place.

That Rick Perry was once a serious contender for the presidency exposes the cynical alliance of...

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Why the GOP Circus Has Mattered

(100) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Was the GOP circus just an amusing diversion for political junkies and a spectacle-hungry media? We would laugh off the last nine months of the Republican presidential race at our peril. Here are five reasons why it has mattered, and what it means for 2012 and perhaps the future of...

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Three Reasons Why Occupy Wall Street Is Succeeding

(84) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:19 PM

Pundits tell Occupy Wall Street: give us your list of demands or you'll fail. Occupy Wall Street is obviously doing just fine without following that script. But why exactly? What is Occupy Wall Street doing right? Here then, some lessons from the history and theory of social movements.

1. Framing:...

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On Gay Marriage, American Values of Fairness Trump Conservative Hypocrisy

(941) Comments | Posted May 21, 2011 | 5:32 PM

Legalizing gay marriage has always been right. Now, according to Gallup, it is popular. For the first time in 15 years of Gallup polling on the issue, a solid majority of Americans support same-sex marriage.

This week will go down in history as the tipping point on gay...

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The Republican Undead

(9) Comments | Posted October 31, 2010 | 6:19 PM

The Republican party has an uncanny ability to dupe the American public and rise from the dead on the votes of the Christian Right. Let's look at the record:

  • The conservative revolution was declared dead when Clinton won in '92. Two years later, Republicans took over Congress on a Christian...
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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Christian Right in the Tea Party Movement

(559) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 4:44 PM

If you liked Rovian anti-gay marriage referendums, the Terry Schiavo saga, anti-abortion litmus tests for diplomatic service in a war zone, and creationism in the Grand Canyon bookstore, you'll love this season's Tea Party candidates.

Why are we just getting the bulletin about "social conservatives" in the Tea Party movement?...

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The Census: Reality-Based Community v. Party of Palin

(21) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 4:02 PM

Would you like to strike a blow, nonviolently of course, at the Party of Palin, the Tea Party, and Thomas Jefferson deniers? Then send in your Census Form on April 1. It's the most important political action you can take this year.

Monochromatic Tea Partiers and their demagogic leaders can...

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WWCD: What Would Clinton Do?

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 11:27 PM

The party of Lincoln has spoken. Secession-threatening Governor Rick Perry will get another shot at leading the nation's second largest state. If Democrats play this right, Perry's primary victory could prove to be a pivot point in the 2010 midterm elections.

To turn this year's punishing electoral...

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10 Reasons Why the Stupak-Pitts Amendment Has to Go

(279) Comments | Posted November 13, 2009 | 10:33 AM

Once upon a time in America, men lorded over women, screwed any woman they could, and women and children paid the price. That quaint world lives on in the Family's C Street house, home to Sen. John Ensign, former home to Gov. Mark Sanford, and home to the...

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Phony Scandals and Fatal Delays

(17) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 1:27 PM

How fitting that Professor Skip's last name is Gates. Thanks to Gates-gate and Birthers, we've taken our eyes off the prize of health care reform, just as lobbyists, their "centrist" shills and desperate GOP pols get into position to administer the fatal poison. Just as it was in 1993-1994, when...

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Death by Bipartisanship

(310) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 3:58 PM

Health care reform is wildly popular. Three separate polls show over 70% of Americans favor a public insurance plan. Remarkably, the majority of us are even willing to pay higher taxes to provide health insurance for our uninsured compatriots. (see here, here, and here).

But elder...

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Left is the New Center

(66) Comments | Posted May 25, 2009 | 3:24 PM

Last week, the nonpartisan Pew Center released its 2009 survey on American political values. Its headline could have read "Left Wins Culture War." As the Right ramps up for a Supreme Court showdown over abortion and gay marriage, this report couldn't be more timely. It's a clarion call...

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Palin v. McCain, Round Two

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 5:36 PM

Who will win the battle for the soul of the GOP? There's little need to follow the unfolding drama, because the verdict is already in. Look to the daughters. Meghan McCain has been excommunicated from the party by Father Rush, and Mother Bristol Palin is back on...

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A Memo to the Community-Organizer-in-Chief

(12) Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 2:22 PM

A young Barack Obama spent a few years as a community organizer. The community organizers I know and love have been at it for decades, and they don't have time to cook a meal, much less run a country. President Obama needs to delegate. Mr. President, set the Obamaniacs free....

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The Dupes of Madoff: Too Small-Minded to Fail?

(12) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 2:52 PM

Sound investment advisors and the wisdom of the ages give the same counsel. Diversify, or in other words, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Why didn't Bernard Madoff's investors heed this truism? Enough of their crocodile tears; they wanted their crocodile shoes and bags.

Any mentally competent adult...

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Hillary Clinton: A 21st Century Choice for Secretary of State

(351) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 3:54 PM

If we shift the angle of vision from the habits we formed during the campaign, Hillary Clinton emerges into view as an inspired choice for secretary of state and a potential agent of transformational change -- exactly what President-elect Barack Obama is seeking.

Obama has a distinctly 21st century view...

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Parting Gifts

(48) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 5:57 PM

In 1763, during the siege of Fort Dix by the Delaware, Mingo, and Shawnee nations, American colonists bestowed a parting gift of two winter blankets and one handkerchief on the Delaware's diplomatic delegation. Small-pox infected blankets and handkerchief. The Bush men, elder and Shrub, seem to have a similar sense...

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One Last Battle: Will Obama Be Able to Claim A Mandate?

(46) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 5:32 PM

With early voting ended, election monitors deployed in all the dodgy states, and polls giving Barack Obama a significant lead, a stolen election seems highly unlikely. But it's not quite time to relax our anxious vigilance. Markers have already been laid down to steal Obama's mandate.

What narrative might...

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