What Would Become of Our Husbands and Sons Under a Trump Presidency?

When confronted with a 2005 tape of Trump bragging about committing sexual assault, Mitt Romney declared that "such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters." I am tired of talking about wives and daughters. We need to start talking about husbands and sons. Many people have responded to Trump's comments by claiming that this is how all men talk about women in private. Trump himself said it was standard locker room talk. Who are these husbands and sons, who talk about women as though they … [Read more...]


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Trump: Central Park Five Guilty Despite DNA Evidence

Today, Trump released a statement on the Central Park Five. If you haven't heard of the Central Park Five, it may be because you're too young to remember it (like me) or it might simply be because Trump has so many scandals attached to him that it's become impossible for the press to do justice to each (or perhaps they were just late to the game of trying). But Trump's comments today matter, because they presage what a Trump presidency might mean for those who care about criminal justice reform … [Read more...]


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Trump On Grabbing P****

I'm absolutely horrified that so many Americans are planning to vote for Donald Trump. I've felt this way for a while now, but it's only getting worse. Today, tape surfaced of Trump making appalling, horrifying, disgusting comments about women---I'm running out of adjectives here---while speaking privately on a mic back in 2005. Trump's past comments about women ought to have disqualified him from seeking the presidency a long time ago. How they haven't is completely baffling to me.From the W … [Read more...]


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Anti-Refugee Fear Mongering Hits Montana

The Montana governor's race between incumbent Steve Bullock (D) and businessman Greg Gianforte (R) has gone full fear mongering. Check out this Gianforte flier:What's this about? Last fall the state's Republican lawmakers pressured Bullock to pledge to refuse entry to Syrian refugees, and Bullock refused to sign it. Montana resident Darcy Anne took Gianforte's flier down in style:Here is the text, for those who can't view the image: Hey, Montana, allow me to educate you for … [Read more...]


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In the VP Debate, Pence Was Wrong about Crime

Oh boy. I watched the vice presidential debate clear through last night with a group of friends. It was . . . interesting. I'm curious whether unconscious sexism played a role in both candidates completely ignoring the moderator, Elaine Quijano. Would they have responded differently if it had been a man telling them to stop speaking so they could move on to the next question, chiding them for interrupting each other, and asking them to please stay on topic? It got to the point where I really w … [Read more...]


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Why Conservative Opposition to Common Core Math Makes No Sense

I'm finding conservative opposition to Common Core math very very very strange. To explain why, let's have a look at this excerpt from evangelical-pastor-turned-activist Tim LaHaye's 1983 book, Battle for the Public School: Our schools just are not doing an effective job of teaching our children to read---and that has become a national and educational disgrace! At the urging of John Dewey and his disciples humanist educates have adopted an ineffective theory of reading instruction that has set o … [Read more...]


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Don’t Limit Immigrant Women. Give Them Options.

So you've read my objections to burka bans and burkini bans. You get my point that banning the veil (whether burkas or the hijab) can keep women out of public spaces, and that that's a bad thing. But you're still uncomfortable. When you see a woman wearing a niqab you assume that her male relatives must be forcing her to dress that way. You want to help her, but you don't know what you can do. If banning clothing you feel is restrictive and oppressive isn't the answer, what is? What can you do … [Read more...]


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