It Isn’t About Abortion, It’s About Contraception

I have been arguing for many years now that the anti-abortion movement isn't really about abortion at all, that the real target of their anger and their political maneuvering is not to outlaw abortion but to control women's sexuality by taking away their ability to decide when they have children and when they don't. Monica Miller, head of the anti-abortion group Pro-Life Society just confirmed that in no uncertain terms. … [Read more...]

Wingnuts Want Sanger Bust Out of the National Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian, contains thousands of portraits and busts of famous Americans and figures from history, but the Christian right only cares about one of them: Margaret Sanger. As part of their incredibly dishonest campaign to smear Sanger as an advocate of black genocide, they're now demanding that her bust be removed from the museum. Ted Cruz and Louis Gohmert are leading the charge. … [Read more...]

Kelly, Kilmeade Have Dumb Conversation About Feminism

Fox News is not exactly a bastion of feminist thought on the best of days, but Megyn Kelly and the incredibly dumb Brian Kilmeade had one of the silliest conversations imaginable about Hillary Clinton and feminism. It was prompted by an interview she did with Lena Dunham, which I didn't watch because I couldn't really care any less. But listen to this drivel that it prompted on Fox News. … [Read more...]

In Which a Man #ShoutsHisAbortion

Many woman have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion in an attempt to remove the social stigma from those who have made that choice. I'm not a woman, obviously, but I am a strong supporter of a woman's right to choose and I have been a party to an abortion, with an ex-girlfriend nearly 20 years ago with whom I was in a relationship for many years. So I think I'll tell my story in solidarity. … [Read more...]

Shoebat the Lesser: Women Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote

Theodore Shoebat, son of fake "ex-terrorist" Walid Shoebat, joins a remarkably undistinguished list of wingnuts that includes Theodore Beale (Vox Day) and Jesse Lee Peterson in saying that women should not be allowed to vote or be involved in politics at all. And that's just one part of the misogyny in this video, where he lavishes praise on Vladimir Putin as a great Christian leaders and calls Carly Fiorina an ugly wretch. … [Read more...]

New England Journal of Medicine Defends Planned Parenthood

In the wake of a highly coordinated and highly dishonest attack on Planned Parenthood, the New England Journal of Medicine, along with Lancet the most distinguished and prominent medical journals in the world, has issued a strong editorial condemning those attacks and supporting the organization as vital to the health of millions of women. They also defend the use of fetal tissue in medical research. … [Read more...]

We Now Have a Circuit Split on the Secondary Accommodation

Religious non-profits are given an exemption from the contraception mandate, but dozens of them have gone to court to argue that this is not good enough, that even with the exemption it's a violation of their religious liberty. So far, every appeals court that heard such a challenge has rejected it -- until last week, when the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of one such organization. … [Read more...]

Russell Moore Says Christians Should Not Support Trump

Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has an op-ed column in the New York Times arguing that evangelical Christians should not support Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Why? Well partly because his claims of being a serious Christian and loving the Bible are clearly nonsense, and partly because of his hedonistic lifestyle. And one more reason, which I'll get to later. … [Read more...]

Jesse Lee Peterson Compares Davis to Rosa Parks

The astonishingly stupid and vile Jesse Lee Peterson is the latest person to absurdly compare Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to Rosa Parks, a comparison that goes in exactly the opposite direction. In fact, he says that Rosa Parks would be doing the same thing Kim Davis did if she were alive today and in the same position. Oh, and so would Martin Luther King. I'll get to the central irony after this quote: … [Read more...]

The Men’s Rights Movement in a Nutshell

David Futrelle at We Hunted the Mammoth calls our attention to a video of Paul Elam, Dean Esmay and a bunch of other MRAs having a "family reunion" in which they decided that the best way to prove that they are a real "human rights" movement and not a bunch of crude, middle-aged misogynists who hate women was to record this video of themselves making crude, misogynist statements about Jessica Valenti and Amanda Marcotte. Some of what is on that video: … [Read more...]

Donald Trump, Still a Misogynist Pig

Donald Trump is at it again, letting his sexism flag fly in the breeze. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he insulted fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's looks, saying he can't believe that America would vote for someone with "that face." Then he lied and said that he was really talking about her "persona," because that's what you do when you repeatedly refer to someone's looks. … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Damon Wayans is Human Excrement

I have a very simple rule when it comes to going to the movies. Okay, I have a lot of rules about movies. But one of them is: Never see a movie starring anyone with the last name Wayans. Keenan Ivory Wayans did some fairly funny stuff decades ago, but the rest of them have produced nothing but crap. And Damon Wayans just revealed himself to be a major league piece of shit with his vile attacks on the "bitches" that Bill Cosby raped: … [Read more...]