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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Trump Is Now Slut-Shaming Alicia Machado on Twitter

In the early hours of morning, Donald Trump fired off a series of three tweets.Tweet 1: Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!Tweet 2: Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con. Tweet 3: Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen … [Read more...]


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Why Trump Answered the Wrong Question on Race

In this week's presidential debate, when asked to speak on race, Donald Trump endorsed New York City's "stop and frisk" policy. In order to understand how completely out of place his comments felt, let's start by looking at the question he was responding to: HOLT: Well, we're well behind schedule, so I want to move to our next segment. ... And let's start by talking about race. The share of Americans who say race relations are bad in this country is the highest it's been in decades, much of it a … [Read more...]


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Swiss Men Tell Women What They Can and Cannot Wear

The lower house of the Swiss parliament has voted in favor of a bill that would ban covering one's face in public. This is, of course, a burka ban, and it is being pushed by Switzerland's far-right nationalist party. According to The Independent: The proposed law would see paragraphs written into Switzerland’s federal constitution against the “concealing of one’s face” in public places, other than religious sites, with exceptions for health and safety, the climate and unspecified local customs. … [Read more...]


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The Green Party’s Forgotten Woman Nominee

I recently came upon this meme, one of many memes this year about Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 presidential nominee. Have a look:The meme features a picture of Jill Stein with the text "This is the first woman to receive her party's nomination. Don't buy the Hillary hype."I get that not everyone does the whole history thing. What I find disturbing about this meme is not that Jill Stein isn't the first woman to receive a party's nomination (literally dozens of women hit that mi … [Read more...]


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First Debate Highlights: That Moment Every Woman Knew What It Felt Like to Be Hillary

I wasn't going to write about last night's debate, I really wasn't. And then I started watching it. My god. Wow. Let me just highlight a few things that stuck out to me.Let's start with this:Yep. You read that right. Clinton had five "fleeting interjections" while Trump had three interruptions (successfully grabbing the floor) and twenty-four "fleeting interjections." Some have argued that that is an undercount, and that Trump actually interrupted Clinton fifty-one times.Watching … [Read more...]


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Abraham Lincoln Was Not a Third Party Candidate

I'm sure by now you've all seen this meme:It's a picture of Abraham Lincoln with the text "This is what happens when you waste your vote on a 3rd party candidate." This meme is an attempt to persuade people to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson rather than one of the two major party candidates, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. The idea is to convince people that a vote for a 3rd party vote is not a vote thrown away, because our two party system has in the past (once, anyway) been … [Read more...]


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