Posts Tagged 2012 election

Big gay victory celebration in Minnesota

Check out this wonderful, cockle-warming video, taken from inside the war room of Minnesotans United for All Families, on election night. Minnesota voters were given the chance to write discrimination against LGBT Minnesotans into the state constitution. Minnesota’s gay marriage amendment, unlike those in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, was a chance for voters to say “no” to restricting rights rather than saying “yes” to broadening rights. Minnesotans said “hell no” to reserving marriage rights just for straight people.

In this video, the campaign manager of MUAF, Richard Carlbom, is in the middle of thanking his campaign staff and volunteers and warning them that it’ll be a while before they get a result… and then they get a result. The room ...

Check out this wonderful, cockle-warming video, taken from inside the war room of Minnesotans United for All Families, on election night. Minnesota voters were given the chance to write discrimination against LGBT Minnesotans into the state constitution. ...

Breaking: Love believes in Love Today. Washington passes Referendum 74. A sweep for Marriage Equality Amendments

Washington United for Marriage (WUM), declares victory for the passage of state Referendum 74, approving same sex marriage:

After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition which built an historic statewide campaign, from a record-setting donor base to an unprecedented GOTV effort, all to defend the freedom to marry, today announced that Referendum 74 will be approved by voters…
With 60 percent of the vote counted, R74 already has the support of 65% of King County and is performing well in key Eastern Washington counties.  Simply put, it’s now impossible for opponents to overcome the 52-48% spread for R74.

This announcement now makes last night’s marriage equality measures in Minnesota, Maryland and Maine a ...

Washington United for Marriage (WUM), declares victory for the passage of state Referendum 74, approving same sex marriage:

After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition which built an historic statewide ...

The Academic Feminist: Election Forum

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! Inspired      
(okay, incredibly annoyed) by the lack of academic feminist commentary in mainstream election coverage, I reached out to some amazing academic feminist folks and asked for their thoughts on the election. The people I asked to contribute are all over the disciplinary – and geographical – map. I asked these feminist sociologists, historians, literary scholars, political scientists, and geographers what they thought was missing in current discussions about the election, and what they would draw our attention to instead. Their answers ranged from discussions about the now (in)famous “binders full of women” comment, to the inclusion of “women’s Issues” in the debates, to the effects that this election could have on women’s rights ...

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! Inspired      
(okay, incredibly annoyed) by the lack of academic feminist commentary in mainstream election coverage, I reached out to some amazing academic feminist folks and asked for their thoughts on the ...

Send a copy of Our Bodies Ourselves to every member of Congress

Clearly, some of them need it. Seems we have some members of Congress who couldn’t pass seventh grade Biology, and yet, they’re still allowed to write and pass legislation that gets all up in women’s… business.

So, the smart people over at Our Bodies, Ourselves have started a campaign to get a copy of their seminal book into every single congressional office, so that no lawmaker can ever use ignorance of how the human body works as an excuse for draconian anti-women legislation.

This information could help inform policies on maternal health, preventive care, and access to contraception, abortion and the full range of reproductive health services. It also could serve as a resource on violence against women ...

Clearly, some of them need it. Seems we have some members of Congress who couldn’t pass seventh grade Biology, and yet, they’re still allowed to write and pass legislation that gets all up in women’s… business.

So, ...

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Well, you did dare to speak in public, so I guess you deserve this

Remember Katherine Fenton, the young woman who asked the candidates a question about the gender pay gap during Tuesday’s debate? The one who gave Barack Obama the chance to remind us that the first law he ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and gave Mitt Romney the chance to give us all a great meme (and also invent a story about his track record of hiring women)? Well, because that 24-year-old woman had the nerve, the audacity, to ask about gender inequality – IN PUBLIC, OUT LOUD – she’s now the target of attacks on the right.

I’m not going to link to the Free Beacon, the conservative site that yesterday put up a post about Fenton ...

Remember Katherine Fenton, the young woman who asked the candidates a question about the gender pay gap during Tuesday’s debate? The one who gave Barack Obama the chance to remind us that the first law he ...

Don’t miss Feministing’s VP debate coverage!

Boy, I sure had fun livetweeting the debate last week. I know lots of people thought it was a boring debate – my mom, who fell asleep five minutes in, certainly did – but I had a great time.

Tonight at 9pm ET, Biden and Paul will suit up, get in the ring, and pretend like anyone’s going to base their vote on how they perform in this debate. I’ll be livetweeting from the Feministing twitter handle at the start of the debate, and Katie will be taking over later in the evening. Come join us!

Now, because I’ll be tweeting, and you should never drink and tweet, I won’t be able to play any debate drinking games. But if ...

Boy, I sure had fun livetweeting the debate last week. I know lots of people thought it was a boring debate – my mom, who fell asleep five minutes in, certainly did – but I had ...

93% economic recovery gains went to the top 1%. 1% still gives Obama shade.

Super rich feel victimized by the Obama Administration, Chrystia Freeland writes:

Evident throughout the letter is a sense of victimization prevalent among so many of America’s wealthiest people. In an extreme version of this, the rich feel that they have become the new, vilified underclass. T. J. Rodgers, a libertarian and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has taken to comparing Barack Obama’s treatment of the rich to the oppression of ethnic minorities—an approach, he says, that the President, as an African-American, should be particularly sensitive to. Clifford S. Asness, the founding partner of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, wrote an open letter to the President in 2009, after Obama blamed “a small group of speculators” for Chrysler’s bankruptcy. Asness suggested ...

Super rich feel victimized by the Obama Administration, Chrystia Freeland writes:

Evident throughout the letter is a sense of victimization prevalent among so many of America’s wealthiest people. In an extreme version of this, the rich feel ...

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So, when is Sandra Fluke running for office?


Reproductive justice advocate Sandra Fluke spoke at the DNC last night and she was pretty impressive. She told the audience that what happened to her earlier this year – being shut out of a hearing on birth control provision exemptions for the health insurance plans provided by religious institutions – was just one more way that women get shut out of important conversations every day.

“Because it happened in Congress, people noticed,” she said. “But it happens all the time. Many women are shut out and silenced.”

She then reminded the audience that voting will be a choice between two visions of women’s rights. First, she talked policy, describing the GOP’s vision as:

An America in which states humiliate women ...


Reproductive justice advocate Sandra Fluke spoke at the DNC last night and she was pretty impressive. She told the audience that what happened to her earlier this year – being shut out of a hearing on ...

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