Think this year's political focus on women's issues is just some overblown hype fueled by a few rogue Akins and Mourdocks? Think again. I sorted through binders full of Republican candidates, and found a real pattern.
Our process of making decisions that involve our faith and our civic life is flawed almost beyond repair, and our focus on what we consider Christian issues instead of on doing politics in a Christian fashion has brought us to this point of division.
Defending free speech is easy when everyone agrees with the speech -- it's defending odious and reprehensible speech that is always the harder path. More on this subject next week.
"If every women was aware of the literally thousands of bills targeting women's rights, I predict this election would be a landslide Obama victory," Rock The Slut Vote spokesperson Kimberley A. Johnson told me.
America is obsessed with sex. And not in a good way.
What the Democrats succeeded at doing was telling a compelling story of their values and their beliefs. It reminded people why politics matters, why all this is important.
We agree that "we've got Americans who are struggling." Our question is why so many elected officials have only one answer for them: cutting their safety net while telling them to "go get a job." My generation is looking for better answers than that.
When we're all preoccupied with achieving the perfect body (or getting our body back) or waxing ourselves hairless or learning how to create this season's smoky eye, who has the energy to deal with stuff that matters? Who has the time to remember there is stuff that matters?
As an innocent bystander who watched from home and tried to follow the most important prime-time speeches and then channel surfed for different pundit reactions of both conventions, here is my assessment of the two presidential conventions of 2012.
The contrast between a strong Democratic Party and a flaky, unstable, flip-floppy Republican Party has prompted the GOP to spend the week whining and pooping their big boy pants about how the Democrats are being so mean.
Democrats have made the arguments they needed to about the fundamental difference in values between the two parties. Now that the table is set, Joe Biden and Barack Obama need to finish the meal.
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law graduate and progressive activist attacked by Rush Limbaugh for her comments to Congress about insurance coverage for contraception, talks about the impact of President Obama's health care law and what it means for women's health issues.
The woman who shattered the glass ceiling in 2008 will be absent from this convention, missing her party's party for the first time in over a quarter of a century. Where is Hillary Clinton and why is she not speaking?
Whether it's women singing and dancing on altars in religio-political protest or women riding on buses because they can't stand behind them, what's the difference?
Spitzer and Matalin debate five new presidential ads -- which are telling, tasteless, true? Then, is Harry Reid a lying McCarthyite or brilliant Machiavellian on Romney's hidden taxes...and is Ryan right or merely far-right?
When young women who step up are ridiculed for things that have nothing to do with the subject at hand -- things that are as irrelevant as their hair and clothes -- it sends a chilling message to girls everywhere about the perils of putting oneself out there.