Posts Tagged Politics

Feministing Five: Elisa Kreisinger

 Cutting, splicing, and reattaching her way through pop-culture, Elisa Kreisinger is a vibrant artist of the 21st century. Elisa, through her work at Pop Culture Pirate, creates feminist multi-media remixes of popular culture which lucky for us, she shares with the web. For example, she’s created works that reinvent shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to create a feminist contestant, have introduced a passion between Mad Men’s Don Draper and Roger Sterling, and (perhaps my personal favorite) documented Peggy Olson’s growth from entry-level to boss. 

Elisa’s remixes are smart, pithy, and entertaining, but they also express the potential for pop-culture to centralize more identities and more communities. Additionally, Elisa has become an advocate for ...

 Cutting, splicing, and reattaching her way through pop-culture, Elisa Kreisinger is a vibrant artist of the 21st century. Elisa, through her work at Pop Culture Pirate, creates feminist multi-media remixes of popular culture which ...

Quote of the Day: Minnesota state rep says wanting equal pay and sick leave makes women “look like whiners”

“We heard several bills last week about women’s issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time. We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.”

That’s state Rep. Andrea Kieffer, of my home state, objecting to an omnibus bill intended to address the barriers to economic progress for Minnesotan women. The legislation would raise the minimum wage to $9.50, enhance protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence, expand access to paid sick leave and childcare, and protect women from discrimination and unfair pay.

“We heard several bills last week about women’s issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time. We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing ...

Judge overturns Arkansas’s obviously unconstitutional 12-week abortion ban

Last year, Arkansas state legislators overrode a governor’s veto in order to secure the dishonor of having the most blatantly unconstitutional abortion ban in the country. Guess what prize comes with that title? Having the courts strike it down. Surprise! 

Last year, Arkansas state legislators overrode a governor’s veto in order to secure the dishonor of having the most blatantly unconstitutional abortion ban in the country. Guess what prize comes with that title?

Republican presidential contenders compete for title of Biggest Abortion Hater to court anti-choice org’s support

On Wednesday night, the GOP’s best and, um, brightest (?) got together for a gala hosted by the deceptively-named Susan B. Anthony List. Hoping to get the prominent anti-choice group’s endorsement in the 2016 presidential primaries, the Republican contenders all shamelessly pandered to the anti-choice fringe.

ThinkProgress has pulled together some of the greatest hits from the night–from our fav Mike Huckabee comparing abortion to killing the elderly to Sen. Mike Lee, a Tea Partier from Utah saying pro-choicers support a “culture of death” and engage in “savagery.” Sen. Ted Cruz, for his part, thinks we’re Satan-worshippers. See? You can tell just how much they care about “the babies” by how little they seem to care about the fact ...

On Wednesday night, the GOP’s best and, um, brightest (?) got together for a gala hosted by the deceptively-named Susan B. Anthony List. Hoping to get the prominent anti-choice group’s endorsement in the 2016 presidential primaries, the ...

"I want you to respect all people" image and "Respect is something earned no something given."

Dear Mike Huckabee: Saying you “respect women” is how we know you’re sexist

In an interview with The New Republic, Mike Huckabee explained that running against a female candidate requires a special touch:

“I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach,” he tells me. Different how? “For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect. … You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.” A male opponent is “common,” a woman requires “a sense of pedestal.”

“I’ll put it this way,” Huckabee says. “I treat my wife very differently than I treat my chums and my pals. I wouldn’t worry about calling them on Valentine’s Day, opening the door for them, or making sure they were ...

In an interview with The New Republic, Mike Huckabee explained that running against a female candidate requires a special touch:

“I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach,” he tells ...

The Feministing Five: Saru Jayaraman

 Back in college, one of my favorite American literature professors remarked, “If you want to sense of a culture’s inner-workings, take a look at what’s happening around the kitchen table.” At the time he was referring to the plethora of metaphors of America as “melting pot” vs. “salad,” but I was reminded of his observation during this week’s interview. In the Grand Foodie race to towards Ultimate Hipness, America’s restaurant culture disjointedly seeks acclaim for its sustainable veggies, meats, and grains while skirting sustainable labor practices for those who cook, clean, and serve. As the brilliant Saru Jayaraman would point out, America’s restaurant scene is not one of yuppie abundance, but deeply ingrained inequality.

As the co-founder and co-director of ...

 Back in college, one of my favorite American literature professors remarked, “If you want to sense of a culture’s inner-workings, take a look at what’s happening around the kitchen table.” At the time he was referring ...

Quote of the Day: Maine state lawmaker once argued that if abortion is legal, men should be able to rape women

But don’t worry–he regrets saying it.

Rep. Lawrence Lockman is a relatively new state representative in Maine, but he’s been involved in local politics for awhile. During that time, he’s amassed quite the record of saying awful, ignorant things about everything from LGBT rights to the AIDS epidemic. This quote on abortion from when Lockman was a director of the Pro Life Education Association back in 1990 might take the cake though. 

But don’t worry–he regrets saying it.

Rep. Lawrence Lockman is a relatively new state representative in Maine, but he’s been involved in local politics for awhile. During that time, he’s amassed quite the record of saying ...

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