Breaking Free From the Power Suit

My, my, the Bush administration sure does seem to make fashion waves on its trips to Europe. First there was the shameful Cheney in his “Staff 2001” knit hat and green, fur-trimmed parka at the Auschwitz ceremony. And now Condoleezza Rice is raising brows among cultural critics with her fashion pick for the Wiesbadan Army Airfield.

Washington Post style writer, Robin Givhan critiques:
“Rice’s coat and boots speak of sex and power — such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, ...

My, my, the Bush administration sure does seem to make fashion waves on its trips to Europe. First there was the shameful Cheney in his “Staff 2001” knit hat and green, fur-trimmed parka at ...

Georgia On My Mind (And Shit List)

It looks like a state house in Georgia approved a bill that will require women seeking abortions to undergo a 24-hour waiting period.
In fact, the bill also includes a laundry list of little additions: minors will be required to tell their parents, and every women seeking an abortion will be told of the health risks involved, as well as brochures with fetal pictures and information on child support. What. The. Fuck.
A decent amount of the more controversial aspects were actually taken out of the bill, like informing women of the supposed link between abortion and breast cancer (although it’s been proven nonexistent) and allowing fathers and parents to sue abortion providers for malpractice. Whaa?
Supporters of ...

It looks like a state house in Georgia approved a bill that will require women seeking abortions to undergo a 24-hour waiting period.
In fact, the bill also includes a laundry list of little additions: ...

Student pic of girl wearing tux is banned


Apparently I’m a little late on this crazy-ass story out of Florida, but I had to write something:

Kelli Davis, 18, had her senior class photo taken in a tuxedo top and bow-tie outfit provided for boys rather than the gown-like drape and pearls provided for girls. The school’s principal decided it could not appear in the yearbook because she didn’t follow the dress code.
Kelli, a straight-A student with no discipline problems, is a self-proclaimed lesbian. She said she was uncomfortable to have her chest exposed in the photo. “Because that’s me, you know. That represents me. The drape does not,” Davis said. “They’re not accepting me, that’s the whole reason ...


Apparently I’m a little late on this crazy-ass story out of Florida, but I had to write something:

Kelli Davis, 18, had her senior class photo taken in a tuxedo ...

Update On Kansas Madness

As an update to Jessica’s post yesterday on Kansas Attorney General’s demand for the medical records of ninety women who have received abortions, I thought I’d delve a bit deeper into this nonsense.
Attorney General Phil Kline was actually permitted by a district judge in October to see these private files, but two medical clinics in Kansas have brought the case to the Supreme Court, reports ABC News. The clinics say that Kline demanded complete and unedited medical records of women who sought abortions at least 22 weeks into their pregnancies, as well as girls 15 years and under who sought abortions.
No hearing has been scheduled for the clinics’ appeal, but if the higher courts ...

As an update to Jessica’s post yesterday on Kansas Attorney General’s demand for the medical records of ninety women who have received abortions, I thought I’d delve a bit deeper into this nonsense.
Attorney General ...

Yet Another Reason To Love Amsterdam


As an update to Wednesday’s post on Alabama’s ban of selling sex toys, we found that other countries are enjoying their rights to the fullest. While Amsterdam is pretty big on using vending machines for everything — cash, food, condoms, even toothbrushes — well, you can guess what’s coming next.
It looks like the southern Dutch city of Tilburg has begun to install sex toy vending machines at various businesses. There was actually some resistance by the city council’s building inspectorate, but the machine was approved after it was made child-proof. It can’t be purchased with money, just bank or credit cards.
So while Alabama residents are fighting just to be able to purchase ...


As an update to Wednesday’s post on Alabama’s ban of selling sex toys, we found that other countries are enjoying their rights to the fullest. While Amsterdam is pretty big on using vending ...

Cell phone girlfriend sells stereotypes


The New York Times has a piece today on a potential new fad in dating—don’t. Just get yourself a virtual girlfriend for your cell phone. Ick.
Feministing reported on this more than disturbing invention from Hong Kong software maker Artificial Life Inc. last year.
“Vivienne” (yes, she has a name) behaves in varying ways depending on how much money you spend on her.
Users eager to advance quickly toward a virtual kiss or even marriage should know that she has a faintly mercenary appreciation for gifts, from flowers and chocolates to cars and diamond rings. Some virtual gifts are free, but others will require users to make real charges against ...


The New York Times has a piece today on a potential new fad in dating—don’t. Just get yourself a virtual girlfriend for your cell phone. Ick.
Feministing reported on ...

Madam President

A recent national poll showed that more than 6/10 voters believe the United States is ready for a woman president in 2008 and 53% of them think Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should be the woman to do it. The poll, conducted by the Siena College Research Institute and sponsored by the Hearst Newspapers, found that 81% of voters surveyed would vote for a woman for president; 62% said the country is ready for a woman president; and 67% said a female president would be better than a male chief executive in handling domestic issues.
Dr. Douglas Lonnstrom, director of the Siena Research Institute and professor of statistics, stated: “The results are fascinating and very encouraging for ...

A recent national poll showed that more than 6/10 voters believe the United States is ready for a woman president in 2008 and 53% of them think Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should be the woman to do ...

Alas, we’re late…

In giving props to Alas, a Blog’s Ampersand.
Always on top of shit, Ampersand called out Peek (Alternet’s blog) on their blogroll’s lack of women. Peek responded by adding seven blogs by women. Well done!
And break out the liquor—a tremendous congrats to Amanda at Mouse Words for winning the Koufax award for Best New Blog!
Ok, my ass-kissing is done for the day.

In giving props to Alas, a Blog’s Ampersand.
Always on top of shit, Ampersand called out Peek (Alternet’s blog) on their blogroll’s lack of women. Peek responded by adding seven ...

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