Former CIA Director’s Casual Sexism and Hypocrisy

Michael Hayden, who was the director of the CIA during part of the Bush administration, went on Fox News and put his sexism on display, saying that a single line from a statement made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the need for transparency about torture shows that she's too "emotional" to be objective. She said this: … [Read more...]

WTF, Federal Judge?

This just leaves my jaw agape at the idea that someone could become a federal judge and show such staggeringly poor judgment. A federal judge in Nebraska wrote a blog post about how female lawyers should dress in the courtroom. It included this passage about a real lawyer that appears before him: … [Read more...]

Iraqi Women Protest Horrifying Legislation

There is a new law proposed in Iraq, and approved by the cabinet, that would set the cause of womens' rights in Iraq back many decades and constitute a serious regression even from the days of Saddam Hussein, who was, despite many other flaws, relatively progressive in that regard. A group of women protested that law last week. … [Read more...]

Republicans Really Should Stop Talking About Rape

Has there been a situation where a Republican politician has talked about rape and not ended up saying something incredibly heinous and damaging to them? Amanda Marcotte has an excellent recent example of a Missouri state senator showing some truly epic hypocrisy on the subject. … [Read more...]

Pussy Riot Members Violently Attacked

A few of the members of Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but they clearly aren't out of danger. They've been arrested, struck with whips and now had acid thrown on them and been beaten by a mob of thugs at a McDonald's in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. … [Read more...]

Duke Porn Star Student Still Fighting Back

The young Duke University student who has been savaged for doing porn to pay for college is still being defiant and fighting back against the appalling behavior toward her. In a new XOJane article she reveals the name she uses in porn and her picture, then delivers a blistering rebuke to the assholes mistreating her. … [Read more...]

Slut Shaming at Duke University

An uproar has broken out on the campus of Duke University, where a freshman who makes porn movies to pay her tuition has had her identity outed and is facing the predictable slut-shaming that goes with it. But she's not shrinking from it. She wrote an eloquent and compelling essay about it at XOJane. … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Kile Jones Interviews Judith Butler

This is a guest post by Kile Jones, a religious studies PhD candidate at Claremont Lincoln University and founder of the Claremont Journal of Religion. He’s also a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. This is an interview he did recently with Judith Butler, one of the most prominent philosophers and feminists in the country. … [Read more...]

Morse’s Dishonest Framing

Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, has an interview with the National Catholic Register that shows just how utterly dishonest wingnuts can be in framing the issues they care about. Some of the rhetoric is simply inane: … [Read more...]

No, Single Mothers Are Not Breaking the Budget

Amanda Marcotte answers an increasingly common argument from the right about single mothers and how if they'd all just find a man and get married, they'd stop costing us so much in public assistance payments. Some examples of this argument being made: … [Read more...]

LA Parish: 14 Year Old Rape Victim Wanted It

It's the same story you've heard a hundred times. 40-year old guard at a juvenile detention center in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana rapes a 14-year old girl. Girl sues the detention center and the parish that runs it. Parish says, "Sure, it happened. But she was asking for it." … [Read more...]

Sikivu on Secularism and Social Justice

FTB's own Sikivu Hutchinson is interviewed in Psychology Today about secularism and social justice and what she has to say, as always, is fascinating and important. The first question was about a statement she had made about how women of color are drawn to religion despite its constant attempts to oppress them. … [Read more...]