House to drop “forcible rape” language in response to advocacy and satire

Breaking news: the House will drop “forcible rape” language that could have excluded some rape victims from being able to seek federal help to pay for an abortion. TPM attributes the decision to “pressure from women’s groups, Democratic politicians and Jon Stewart.”

Here’s one of those examples where humor brilliantly points out the absurdity of our national dialogue in a way that punditry, no matter how eloquent or well-intentioned, ever could. Schaall breaks down the arbitrary and profoundly ridiculous language–and the fuzzy thinking behind it–surrounding sexual assault, abortion, and government funding for Jon:

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Keith Ellison is the DNC Chair Feminists Need

Editor’s note: This post was co-authored by Barbara Sostaita and Mahroh Jahangiri.

Last night, eight candidates for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) faced off in a national debate. The two frontrunners represent competing visions for the future of the Democratic Party: a continuation of failed establishment policies under Tom Perez or a truly feminist progressive push forward by Keith Ellison.

Editor’s note: This post was co-authored by Barbara Sostaita and Mahroh Jahangiri.

Last night, eight candidates for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) faced off in a national debate. The two frontrunners represent competing visions for the ...