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War on Women

Déjà Vu All Over Again: From Akin to Ellmers to Aiken

Jane Fonda | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Jane Fonda

North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who is running against Clay Aiken this November, urged the Republican Party, especially men in the party, to bring policy discussion "down to a woman's level."

Watch: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success.

The (Other) War on Women

Duncan Hosie | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

John Milton, the great English poet, once pondered, "For what can war, but endless war, still breed?" The answer: flawed Supreme Court decisions, countless email fundraising solicitations, and a surge of new attack ads. The "war on women" is back.

8 Things Middle-Aged Women Think About Far More Than Whether They're Still F*ckable by Middle-Aged Men

Lisa Solod | Posted 07.11.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Solod

We think about our friends and how much we love them. If we have children, we care about getting them grown. We care about our parents and how they are aging. We wonder about our partners. If they will live as long as we do. Women don't worry about being f*ckable.

Hobby Lobby, Climate Change, and the GOP's Women Problem

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

When did climate change become a women's issue? When women made it clear they care deeply about it. Women in battleground states understand (by a margin of 72 percent to 19 percent) that we have a moral obligation to future generations to make the air safer to breathe and the climate more stable.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pro-Democratic Group Takes Republicans Back To School

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- EMILY’s List, the group that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to Congress, wants to take Republicans back to school. The ...

Economic Dependence Promotes Prudishness

Rob Brooks | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

More often than not, women's economic dependence on men is bundled up with strong views against sexual promiscuity. But why? Are economic dependence and anti-promiscuity morality both symptoms of the same cause? Patriarchy, perhaps? Or does one bring about the other?

The Time a Student Called Me 'Sassy'

Calee Prindle | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Calee Prindle

The student apologized. Did he meant it? I'm not sure. I think he is still struggling to understand the problem with the word "sassy," and that's OK for now.

Throwing Stones

Samantha Nutt, MD | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Samantha Nutt, MD

It is infuriating, though not surprising, that in the same week that a 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a hate-filled rampage in Santa Barbara, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Farzana Parveen, was stoned to death in front of a Pakistani courthouse for marrying the man of her choosing.

The War of Terror, Homeland Version

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Among other things, if you're adding up casualties in this unnamed war, 1,500 women are murdered annually by their husbands or boyfriends. That adds up to a 9/11-sized disaster every two years.

Can Hooters Please Take These Signs Down?

Tony Posnanski | Posted 05.30.2014 | Women
Tony Posnanski

When I looked I saw two signs plastered on their building. Two signs that I have probably seen in the past, but ignored. One was of breasts with the word "bumps" underneath. The other said "Caution Blondes Thinking."

Because I Have a Daughter, I'm Sharing My Story of Sexual Assault

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 05.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

I am sharing my experiences now because I have a daughter. She is young and innocent. At 5 years old, I have already had to explain to her that no one has the right to touch her body without her permission. Because that is the world we live in.

A War on Women

Lauren Hersh | Posted 05.29.2014 | Women
Lauren Hersh

There is a war on women and we can no longer afford to classify this gender-based violence as "random and isolated.

The Catholic War on Women

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.28.2014 | Women
Dennis Trainor

Kelly Carlin and Katie Klabusich join Dennis this week on Acronym TV. Kelly Carlin frames her experience of being a woman in the current cultural and...

Yes, There Is a War On Women and #YesAllWomen

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

We know it is a war because there are battlefields, injuries and casualties. This war has no memorials and no solemn speeches are given to commemorate the victims who have been injured or killed. It is most often an invisible war.

Abortion Waiting Periods Are an Insult to Women

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Do right-wingers believe women need extra time to think about important decisions because they are: a) emotional, b) easily distracted, or c) old-fashioned dumb. Specifically, I'm thinking about what happened this week in the Show Me State.

How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

Robert Reich | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As the sputtering economy casts more and more women into near poverty, they can't get the health care they need.

Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Best Interests?

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Both women and men should vote for elected officials whose actions show that they have the best interests of the citizens and country in mind, but for some reason, they don't.

Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As we've noted, 2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for marijuana reform. The Colorado and Washington experiments are proceeding apace, and the only real question people are asking is "which state will be next?"

What Every Woman Should Know About Arizona's Latest Abortion Politics

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Women face many challenges in our lives that are uniquely related to our reproductive systems, something callous lawmakers exploit for political purposes that have nothing to do with real concern for women.

Meet The Spiritual Forefather Of Conservatives' War On Women

Salon | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

The late Charles Keating, who died last week at the age of 90, is remembered primarily for his role in the savings-and-loan crisis of the 1980s, as a ...

Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week was a big week for women's rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women's rights and one party clearly does not.

Friday Talking Points -- 'And Counting'

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."

Free EPT Tests in Alaskan Bars... Because Birth Control Is Irresponsible

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

The senator thinks women who use birth control are doing so to be irresponsible. How is that even possible? Controlling your fertility is the most fiscally and morally responsible thing you can do as a woman.

Friday Talking Points -- Breaking News! Well... Not Really.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans all patted themselves on the back this week for fixing their party's problems. No, really! It's been one year since their "autopsy" or "post-mortem" of the 2012 elections and the party's completely "fixed."