Tag Archives: Sexism

A Quick Note on Santorum & Porn

Rick Santorum’s pledge to enforce U.S. obscenity law in a new fight against pornography — widely reported and debated on conservative sites — ought to raise questions. First; why? Second, and more importantly; what laws? As a capstone on America’s sordid history of pornography laws, Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union makes clear that banning adults from viewing pornography […]


In Changing Social Norms, Narrative (and the Court’s Fragile Sensibilities) Matter

Consider this a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the culture of the legal academy. Last week’s New Yorker offers the true tale behind Lawrence v. Texas, the watershed Supreme Court case that made unconstitutional any state law targeting morality in the bedroom, and therefore inaugurated the modern gay rights movement. Per Dahlia Lithwick, and her reviewed author Dale […]

Yeah, This is Tacky

Just so we’re clear, stories like this one are not acceptable, even about our comically inept opponents. Jezebel’s position is probably right: stories like this wouldn’t matter if the subject was male. We can go farther: by focusing on a female candidate’s sexuality (which she has, admittedly, put partially in issue), rather than her ridiculous […]

Speaking of Phyllis Schlafly…

…and fundamentalist-inspired misogyny, the Republican Party’s inexplicable hatred of independent women continues apace. While we’re on the subject, don’t miss her son’s take on feminism: Specifically, a modern feminist tends to: shirk traditional gender activities, like baking [. . .] prefer that women wear pants rather than dresses, presumably because men do [. . .] […]

Phyllis Schlafly: Just as Bad as Shar’ia

In a speech today, Newt Gingrich will come up with all manner of reasons that America is under attack by her Muslim citizens. ThinkProgress has already demonstrated the falsity of some of the incidents he’s pledged to mention; let’s take a closer look at one. Gingrich decries an American court’s apparent decision to exonerate a […]

WorldNetDaily Hates Sex Now, Too

Conservative blog WorldNetDaily caught flak last week for printing a post by Pat Buchanan, reviving the old anti-Semitic meme that Jews exercise power out of proportion to their numbers: If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the […]

For Glenn Beck, Which Comes First? Conservatism, or Sexism?

Tyranny always contains the seeds of its own downfall. Sarah Palin is a disaster. But not because she’s a woman. Beck apparently came to the right conclusion for the way wrong reason.

In One Great Victory, Many Small Triumphs, but Two Defeats

Saturday’s vote on the Affordable Health Care for Americans Act capped a week full of equal parts triumph and tragedy — upstate voters handed the extreme wing of the Republican party a resounding defeat, but Democrats lost the state houses of two generally blue states. Because the latter events were easily attributable to the personal […]

The Extent of Sarah Palin’s Credibility as a Feminist…

…is her ability to wax poetic about mother bears: (1) Great day w/bear management wildlife biologists; much to see in wild territory incl amazing creatures w/mama bears’ gutteral [sic] raw instinct to (2) protect & provide for her young;She sees danger?She brazenly rises up on strong hind legs, growls Don’t Touch My Cubs & the […]

Sexist Stereotypes of Judge Sotomayor: Money

Over the last week, we’ve written more than a few things about soon-to-be-ex-governor Sarah Palin. Previously, these criticisms by myself or others have triggered in conservatives something we didn’t know they had in them: righteous feminist outrage. Good for them! Even if I disagree with the application to governor Palin – criticizing a woman is […]


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