The Anachronistic First Lady Cookie Bakeoff

Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel asks a rather obvious question: "why the fuck are we still making the candidates' wives bake cookies?" Good question. Apparently, Michelle Obama beat Ann Romney in a cookie bakeoff sponsored by Family Circle. But who the hell cares? And why is this still going on? This actually surprised me: … [Read more...]

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Today's dumbass quote of the day comes from W.F. Price, writing at something called The Spearhead about what he calls the "inherent conflict between atheism and feminism." In explaining why there are more more male atheists in our communities than female ones, he proposes that it's because women are just so damn irrational: … [Read more...]

Those Edgy Nude Calendars

Rebecca Watson has a post at Skepchick about the wisdom and usefulness of all those nude calendars. She notes that Skepchick used to do the same thing but stopped a few years ago and she explains the reason why. The post is prompted by the new calendar for Secular Woman, in which several of my friends are slated to appear, but these things seem to be popping up like mushrooms after the rain lately. … [Read more...]

Schlafly’s Bizarre Title IX Claims

Phyllis Schlafly is a fountain of absurd and crazy claims, but this one may take the cake. On her radio show last week, she actually attacked Title IX on the grounds that women won too many medals at the Summer Olympics and the men didn't win enough. … [Read more...]

A Tiny Bit of Justice in Iran

This story makes me smile.An Iranian cleric said he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan after giving her a warning for being “badly covered,” the state-run Mehr news agency reported. … [Read more...]

How Defunding Planned Parenthood Hurts Women

The state of Texas has thrown Planned Parenthood out of its Women's Health Program, which is intended to replace the federally-funded Medicaid Women's Health Program. And it claims that there are lots of clinics available to replace the PP clinics and serve women's health needs. Andrea Grimes has produced an article and a video report that shows that the state's list of such clinics is a fraud. … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson: Marriage Counselor

Wow. This video of Pat Robertson answering a question from a man who says his wife has become rebellious and won't submit to him really has to be seen to be believed. And he says that the man should move to Saudi Arabia so he can beat her legally. He was clearly trying to make a joke about that, but he apparently realized just how bad that was because they edited it out of the video of the show on the CBN website. And notice how he does a complete psychological diagnosis of the man's wife based … [Read more...]

Judge Lets Cop Off, Lectures Woman

Here's a troubling story. A police officer uses his badge to get in to a bar free, then gropes a woman, putting his hand up her skirt and grabbing her genitals. Bouncers threw him out, a jury convicted him of sexual assault and the police department, in a very rare move, actually fired him after an internal investigation supported the criminal conviction. So the judge, naturally, tells the woman she should never have put herself in that position by going to a bar. … [Read more...]

How the RNC Appeals to Women

How does a political party that consistently pursues policies that anger women and violate their rights, that thinks the government should make the most intimate and difficult decisions for them go about trying to get women to vote for them? By making them think they're breaking up with Obama. Seriously. This is a real RNC ad: … [Read more...]

Dobson and Passno Create Straw Woman Feminists

Diane Passno, who works for Focus on the Family and has a new anti-feminist book out, appeared on James Dobson's radio show and the two of them had a good old time beating up that tired old straw woman feminist who allegedly believes in a world without men. And Passno claims, with a straight face, that feminism was originally a Christian movement. … [Read more...]

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Kevin Williamson writes a supremely idiotic column at the National Review where he uses a little evolutionary biology, which he doesn't understand, to turn Mitt Romney into a manly man and deride Obama as weak and effeminate. Why? Because Mitt is rich and Obama has daughters. Seriously. … [Read more...]

FRC Declares Akin the Victim

Poor Todd Akin. According to the Family Research Council, he didn't say something appallingly ignorant and vile that dehumanizes rape victims -- he's just getting a "bad break." And they stand behind him 100 percent because he agrees with them -- and they agree with him -- that rape victims should be forced to carry the rapist's child. … [Read more...]