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Notes from a bitch…pondering what was missing from the debate…

Let’s jump right on in, shall we?

Women could decide the outcome of the 2012 General Election.

You know it, I know it, and odds are the candidates know it too.

But last night, two candidates and one sorta-moderator managed to talk for 90 minutes straight in a domestic policy debate without discussing women’s reproductive rights.

The payoff for Romney was that he was able to position himself as a moderate despite the fact that his party has spent the last four years escalating their multi-front war on women’s reproductive rights in general and access to birth control in particular.

President Obama missed the opportunity to highlight what’s at stake for women and the threat a Romney administration would be to women’s reproductive ...

Let’s jump right on in, shall we?

Women could decide the outcome of the 2012 General Election.

You know it, I know it, and odds are the candidates know it too.

But last night, two candidates and one sorta-moderator managed ...

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The Feministing Five: Mary González

This past May, Mary González won the Democratic primary in El Paso, Texas. Without a Republican challenger, this makes her her district’s next state representative. This is pivotal not just because she is a young, woman of color, a progressive candidate and doesn’t come from established money or politics. It’s historic because she is the first out pansexual legislator in the U.S.

In today’s political climate where one of the main political parties still touts the line that  marriage is strictly between a man and a woman, this is pretty damn revolutionary. I got the chance to talk with Mary to discuss her plans for El Paso, her fears about coming out, and more.

And now, without further ado, the ...

This past May, Mary González won the Democratic primary in El Paso, Texas. Without a Republican challenger, this makes her her district’s next state representative. This is pivotal not just because she is a young, woman ...

5 reasons why Michelle Obama would make a better president than Mitt Romney

Wow. If you saw Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, you’re probably one of many still shaking their heads in awe.

Despite several outstanding speeches (Nancy Keenan, Julian Castro and Gov. Deval Patrick FTW), Michelle’s has been overwhelmingly marked as the best speech of the night — and arguably the best FLOTUS speech ever given. Yes, it was marinated in mom talk (as was the entire night, really), but she spoke a truth with such transparency, integrity and hope — which is exactly what America needs right now. Reports say it took her a month to write the speech herself, but despite as long as it may have taken, this was undoubtably the speech of her ...

Wow. If you saw Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, you’re probably one of many still shaking their heads in awe.

Despite several outstanding speeches (Nancy Keenan, Julian Castro and Gov. Deval Patrick ...

What We Missed

More on the gender breakdown of election coverage from the 4th Estate.

Here’s a pretty adorable video about kids unlearning stereotypes and learning they can be anything they want.

Mitt Romney’s sister, Jane, assures us her brother’s “not going to be touching abortion.” Too bad she’s not the Republican nominee.

An Israeli religious women’s rights group is suing an Orthodox radio station for barring women from working as broadcasters or appearing as interviewees.

More on the gender breakdown of election coverage from the 4th Estate.

Here’s a pretty adorable video about kids unlearning stereotypes and learning they can be anything they want.

Mitt Romney’s sister, Jane, assures us her ...

Is Mitt Romney the most dishonest presidential candidate ever?

A lot has been written about just how dishonest the Romney campaign has been to date.  Maddow Blogs’ Steve Benen has a weekly roundup of the biggest falsehoods of the Republican presidential hopeful and he’s able to come up with exhaustive and lengthy lists every single week.

Sure, running for president in the modern era is about stretching the truth but Romney is in a class of his own when it comes to flat out….lying.  In fact, Romney is the new Sarah Palin when it comes to being dishonest even when facts emerge to debunk his claims repeatedly.

In a week where false attacks on the Obama campaign’s early voting lawsuit implied that Obama wanted to block veterans ...

A lot has been written about just how dishonest the Romney campaign has been to date.  Maddow Blogs’ Steve Benen has a weekly roundup of the biggest falsehoods of the Republican presidential hopeful and he’s ...

Outlook for 2012: Just as many (or more) abortion restrictions as previous year

Read it and weep. Just released Guttmacher Institute analysis shows that the year of 2012 will likely have just as many (and possibly more) state abortion restriction as 2011, which was a record number. Some findings from its mid-year report:

In the first half of 2012, states have enacted 39 new restrictions on access to abortion 14 of the new restrictions have been enacted in just three states—Arizona, Louisiana and South Dakota 55% of women of reproductive age in the United States live in one of the 26 states considered hostile to abortion Comparing 2012 from 2011, a lower proportion of restrictions passed by one legislative body have become law—30% of  restrictions passed by one chamber so far this year have been ...

Read it and weep. Just released Guttmacher Institute analysis shows that the year of 2012 will likely have just as many (and possibly more) state abortion restriction as 2011, which was a record ...

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On Wendy Long (and other women candidates who couldn’t care less about women)

Feministing Editor Emeritus Ann Friedman has said it before, and it’s become a kind of mantra here:

A woman candidate is not the same thing as a woman’s candidate.

New York GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Wendy Long pretty much embodies this statement — and she’s strongly vying for Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s seat. Luckily there’s a really strong distinction between the two: One actually gives a shit about women.

In fact, Long seems to be running for the Senate seat on an anti-women, anti-choice platform. In a recent interview (skip to 1:45) responding to Gillibrand’s focus on equal pay, she point blank denied that the gender pay gap existed (ahem), adding that it’s a “phony regulatory issue, like ...

Feministing Editor Emeritus Ann Friedman has said it before, and it’s become a kind of mantra here:

A woman candidate is not the same thing as a woman’s candidate.

New York GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Wendy Long ...

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What the Wisconsin election results mean for the future of progressive activism

There’s no way around it: the results of yesterday’s election in Wisconsin suck. In case you haven’t heard, Republican Governor Scott Walker defeated Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee with 53 percent of the vote in a recall election that put it all on the line. The recall vote was only able to take place through tons of hard work and grassroots organizing by Democrats after Walker’s despicable union busting legislation inspired thousands of protestors to take to the streets last year. You may remember some of the iconic images of workers and union supporters and others swarming the Wisconsin Capitol.

But what about actual labor organizers? How are they feeling about all of this?

I spoke to Michelle ...

There’s no way around it: the results of yesterday’s election in Wisconsin suck. In case you haven’t heard, Republican Governor Scott Walker defeated Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee with 53 percent of the ...

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