Don’t Ask Don’t Tell two steps closer to repeal

Yesterday, the U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments which would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell - but as Vanessa noted this week – only after some “compromises” are met.

Under the compromise, the repeal would occur after a military review of the matter and subsequent approval by Obama, the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On The Joy Behar Show, Lt. Dan Choi – an Iraq veteran who announced he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show to protest DADT – discusses why this isn’t much of a “compromise” at all.

Transcript forthcoming

Yesterday, the U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments which would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell - but as Vanessa noted this week – only after some “compromises” are met.

Under the compromise, the repeal ...

What We Missed

South Carolina loves a scandal.

The NYT reports: Self-proclaimed “bad boy” blogger, Will Folks, has come forth saying that he and State Representative Nikki Haley (who is vying for Mark Sanford’s seat), had an “inappropriate physical relationship” three years ago. Haley was just blessed with a major endorsement from Sarah Palin, who quickly turned Haley’s controversy into another opportunity to play martyr on her Facebook page, writing:

When Nikki and I held her endorsement rally on the steps of the beautiful and historic South Carolina state house a few weeks ago, I warned her and her family that she would be targeted because she’s a threat to a corrupt political machine, and she would be put through some hell. That, unfortunately, is the nature of ...

The NYT reports: Self-proclaimed “bad boy” blogger, Will Folks, has come forth saying that he and State Representative Nikki Haley (who is vying for Mark Sanford’s seat), had an “inappropriate physical relationship” three years ago. Haley ...

Boys will be boys and girls will be things

An anonymous reader in London emailed me about this charming ad campaign from Lynx. Lynx is the Australian and UK name for Axe, and I’ve posted about their campaigns before. This poster campaign, for a bodywash called “Rise” (totally coincidental name that has absolutely nothing to do with penises, I’m sure), appears at bus stops and in Tube stations all over London. There’s also an accompanying TV campaign.

The slogan for the campaign is “Wake up and stay alert.” In the Tube, according to my transatlantic tipster, the posters are placed in sequence next to the escalators. The first poster bears the “wake up and stay alert” slogan. Then,

There are about four or five photos of young, good ...

An anonymous reader in London emailed me about this charming ad campaign from Lynx. Lynx is the Australian and UK name for Axe, and I’ve posted about their campaigns before. This poster campaign, for a bodywash ...

Quick Hit: Anti-feminist Mailbag

Kid you not, this line was found in a long, eloquent summary of why women are worthless among our favorite hate mail of the day:

Well for one thing from what i have observed most woman are dome.

Enough said.

Kid you not, this line was found in a long, eloquent summary of why women are worthless among our favorite hate mail of the day:

Well for one thing from what i have observed most woman are dome.

Enough ...

Quick Hit: the is-she-or-isn’t-she debate

Don’t miss Ryan Thoreson’s astute and rabble rousing summary of why the media coverage of Elena Kagan‘s sexuality has really been so disappointing. An excerpt:

It doesn’t take a queer theorist to point out that the relationships you have in college don’t indelibly and permanently mark your sexual orientation, nor should it take a queer theorist to suggest that some people might have satisfying relationships with men and women — or not find those terms useful at all. What’s troubling about the treatment of Kagan’s nomination isn’t just the homophobic and anti-feminist bent of a lot of it, ...

Don’t miss Ryan Thoreson’s astute and rabble rousing summary of why the media coverage of Elena Kagan‘s sexuality has really been so disappointing. An excerpt:

It doesn’t take a

Thank You Thursdays: the girls who don’t know (yet)

I recently volunteered to speak to a small group of middle school-aged girls that my friend works with on a weekly basis. I brought copies of my new co-edited anthology, CLICK, and showed up with a big smile on my face, ready to counter all the wild myths I figured the girls would inevitably have about feminism (you know the stuff…man-hating, angry, Birkenstock-sporting etc.). I sat in their circle, cracked open a grape soda, and asked, “So when you hear the word feminism, what do you think of?”
One girl, timidly said, “I think of, like, female parts. Like cleaveridge, is that how you say it?” She looked around at the rest of the girls quizzically. All of them had ...

I recently volunteered to speak to a small group of middle school-aged girls that my friend works with on a weekly basis. I brought copies of my new co-edited anthology, CLICK, and showed up with a big ...

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