Category Archives: Feminism and Politics

“American Violet”

From the movie website: Based on true events during the 2000 election, AMERICAN VIOLET tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a … Continue reading

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Obama’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues:   Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders – pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading

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More Politics of Abortion: A Defense of Prof. Dawn Johnsen

Over at Balkinization, Andrew Koppelman writes: Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, has been accused of misrepresenting a position she took in litigation, and I have been cited as authority against Prof. Johnsen. On … Continue reading

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CFP: Special Issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics: New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights.

International Feminist Journal of Politics seeks manuscripts for a special issue on new directions in feminism and human rights. We invite manuscripts that capture the invocation of human rights strategies and discourses by feminist advocates, activists and grassroots movements for … Continue reading

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“Report: Nobody Cares Anymore When Joe Biden Says Something Crazy”

From here: WASHINGTON:A new report issued this week from the Pew Research Center finds that no one really cares anymore when Vice President Joe Biden says something completely insane. Regarded as a plain-spoken politician from working-class roots, Biden’s”tell it like … Continue reading

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Race, Gender, and the Recent Presidential Election

Over at What Tami Said is a post that discusses the tensions among feminists that arose during the Democratic primary, which is followed by a fairly pitched discussion in the comments section. In some ways it was hard to read, … Continue reading

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Is Nancy Pelosi Too Hot Looking Or Not Hot Looking Enough?

She can’t be just right, no woman ever is.

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Red Tide Rising: Online Erotica in Conservative America

People in red states are significantly more likely to subscribe to internet pornography. At least this seems to be the upshot of a recent study by Harvard economist Benjamin Edelman (here) [and blogged by Professor Ann Bartow here].   According … Continue reading

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“Sarah Palin – Objectification – Reaction – Situation”

That is the title of an interesting post at The Situationist which provides an overview of research by psychologists from University of South Florida, Jamie L. Goldenberg and Nathan A. Heflick,  which examined the objectifying effects of thinking about Sarah … Continue reading

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Portia De Rossi Apologizes For Getting Married

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“Jaded”

That’s the name of this post at What Tami Said, a blog I like a lot. Tami is a talented writer and her posts are always interesting. Here’s a short except from “Jaded“: Women’s equality, I think, is best achieved–not … Continue reading

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New Ani DiFranco Song “November 4, 2008″

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“Where to Now?”

The WaPo published a long article about women in politics here. You should definitely read the entire thing, but I’ll give you my brief take away: Women who are able need to either run for office or support the heck … Continue reading

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South Carolina House considering “sovereignty” legislation that its author says “walks right up to the door of secession.”

The text of the bill, reprinted below in italics, is available here. A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AFFIRM THE RIGHTS OF ALL STATES INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA BASED ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NINTH AND TENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. … Continue reading

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Freeman’s Masculinist Claim

Charles Freeman, Obama’s choice to lead the National Intelligence Council, gave an interview to NPR today.  Asked whether he was surprised at the opposition to his (potential) leadership, Freeman replied, “Public service isn’t for sissies.”   Separate and apart from … Continue reading

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“Note: This post has been corrected to note that Barack Obama won Florida in the general election, not South Carolina.”

That is the final sentence of this NYT article. Sort of startling that an article would actually be published at the NYT site which made such an incredibly obvious mistake, but then again, most of the writers and editors at … Continue reading

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Bella Abzug Research Resources

From the National Council for Research on Women, a “learning and organizing guide” to accompany Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom’s edited volume,  Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off … Continue reading

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March 8 is International Women’s Day

What do China, Armenia,  Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam have in common?  International Women’s Day is a national holiday in each. -Bridget Crawford

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“S.C. suffering lack of female lawmakers”

Op-Ed re-posted from here by ANNIE BOITER-JOLLEY and LAURA R. WOLIVER In November, women made advances in representation in state legislatures across the country. Out of 2,332 female candidates nationwide, 1,465 won their bids for state legislative seats : 1,351 … Continue reading

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Campaign for Peace and Democracy: Letter to Defend Shirin Ebadi

IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER SHIRIN EBADI IN DANGER PEACE ACTIVISTS CALL ON TEHERAN TO ENSURE HER SAFETY To: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ayatollah Shahrudi, Head of the Judiciary Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United … Continue reading

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I Wanna Be …

Via The New Agenda blog

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Zip Code Based Study of Porn Consumption Finds Red States Consume the Most

A new study entitled “Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?” by Harvard Business School Prof Benjamin Edelman, focuses on the consumption side of adult online entertainment, and in particular on subscriber demographics and consumption patterns of those who … Continue reading

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Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?: The contract law implications of the UAE’s decision to deny a visa to an Israeli tennis player

Whether you are a fan of tennis (like me) or not, you might have been following the recent mess in the United Arab Emirates.   Basically, at the last second, Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer  was denied a visa to … Continue reading

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Rush Limbaugh Trying to Find Out Why Women Don’t Like Him

This just in from the feminist humor department: Rush Limbaugh is concerned that there’s a gender gap in his audience and is holding a “summit” to figure it out. The whole story is here. Hmmm…. what a difficult inquiry. Put … Continue reading

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Profile of Sex Workers in China

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2008 Report on the Global Gender Gap

The full report, compiled by the World Economic Forum, can be found here (PDF). It focuses on data related to economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political power and health and survival. The overall rank of the U.S. is 27th … Continue reading

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“From the ‘Duh’ Files: Effusive Political Adoration Does Not Lead to Social Change”

Law Prof Darren Hutchinson posted an essay with the above title here. In it he expresses concern that too much reflexive worship of Obama, and a paucity of critical scrutiny of the Obama administration by progressives will inhibit real political … Continue reading

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“Obama Phenomena: Facets of a Historic Campaign.”

The University of Denver Law Review is pleased to announce the release of a special symposium edition, “Obama Phenomena: Facets of a Historic Campaign.”Co-sponsored by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Suffolk University School of Law, the … Continue reading

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“Homeland” Security under Napolitano: Key Player in Human Trafficking Policy

I blogged recently about the concerns I had when I read the statements Hilary Clinton made in her Senate confirmation testimony related to the issue of sex trafficking.   I heard little sign in her testimony of a desire to … Continue reading

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Best Post Featuring Presidential Cussing Ever

Here. The first comment is pretty good too.

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It was great to see President Obama sign the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) into law.

But dang, it would have been nice to see more women in that photo. –Ann Bartow

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Hillary Clinton gets sworn in.

Her related remarks are hilarious. Via TGW.

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“Despite Odds, Women’s Movement Persists In Iran”

NPR story you can read and/or listen to here.

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Democratic Congress, Democratic President, so what’s the deal…

With this? Historiann asks: Are women citizens of this republic? ETA: See also.

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Iceland to Name First Lesbian Prime Minister

From Yahoo News: Iceland’s next leader will be an openly gay former flight attendant who parlayed her experience as a union organizer into a decades-long political career. Both parties forming Iceland’s new coalition government support the appointment of Johanna Sigurdardottir, … Continue reading

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Concerns about the draft American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum, writes: Today the House Democrats unveiled the near-final version of the economic stimulus package known as the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with a vote expected as early as tomorrow. While it contains some … Continue reading

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Inauguration Memories

I am back from DC (yes, there is still snow in Chicago) and I have to tell you the inauguration was indescribable. Yes, I made it inside. Security was tight and the zoo at security in the colored zones (blue, … Continue reading

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Yasmeen Hassan, “A War on Pakistan’s Schoolgirls”

From the WaPo: I have such fond childhood memories of summer holidays in the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, a place well known among Pakistanis for its breathtaking views, cool summer climate and lush fruit orchards. But today … Continue reading

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EQUALITY NOW CALLS ON THE UNITED STATES TO CONDITION AID TO PAKISTAN ON MEASURES TAKEN BY THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT GIRLS AND ENSURE THEIR RIGHT TO EDUCATION

From Equality Now: On 20 January 2009 Equality Now issued a News Alert calling on the Government of Pakistan to protect girls and ensure their right to education following growing fundamentalist pressure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and … Continue reading

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Anna Quindlen, “The End of Swagger”

Here are the first two paragraphs of Quindlen’s recent Newsweek column: As Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton begin to use their uncommon authority and intelligence to implement a new American international agenda, it might behoove them to read a … Continue reading

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Vital Juncture for Women’s Rights Policy at the State Department

In her confirmation hearing last week Hilary Clinton was asked by Barbara Boxer to talk about how she plans to use the office of the Secretary of State to better the”status of women in the world.”She was particularly interested in … Continue reading

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The Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

From Politifact: PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is … Continue reading

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Well done, Gov. David A. Paterson

From the NYT: Gov. David A. Paterson has selected Representative Kirsten Gillibrand, a 42-year-old congresswoman from upstate who is known for bold political moves and centrist policy positions, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Yesterday, the Senate passed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.   As has been written about many times on this blog, the bill would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision from 2007 that severely restricted equal pay claims by imposing an … Continue reading

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“He Is (Or, We Are)”

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss on the inauguration of President Obama.

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You might have missed the Rev. Gene Bishop’s invocation yesterday.

Because it was excluded from the televised broadcast, possibly at the request of Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Committee, which if true, is infuriating. You can watch and listen to Bishop give the invocation via YouTube here: Via.

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The Women of San Francisco

How about a shout out to the great women of San Francisco who led President-Elect Barack Obama into history today! Senator Dianne Feinstein and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (not to mention Senator Barbara Boxer who featured in this post earlier this … Continue reading

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FUNDAMENTALIST PRESSURE IN NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN, HAS LED TO ALARMING VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS AND WOMEN

From Equality Now: In late December 2008 the Taliban ordered a ban on girls’ education in the district of Swat in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.   The announcement made by an extremist cleric, Maulana Fazlullah through an … Continue reading

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“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus : and non-believers.”

I’ll leave others to unpack President Obama’s entire inaugural address. I just wanted to note with appreciation that he acknowledged “non-believers.” –Ann Bartow

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Joe Biden is still an idiot.

Reason #8,765 or so. –Ann Bartow

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