Swiss Men Tell Women What They Can and Cannot Wear

While browsing social media, I came upon an argument over the proposal. One friend argued that the bill was a good thing, meant to stop Muslim men from forcing their wives/daughters to weir the veil. Another friend responded that it amounted to more of the same—men telling women what they can and cannot wear. The first friend objected, noting that there are certainly women in the Swiss parliament, so the bill isn’t men telling women what they can or cannot wear.

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The Green Party’s Forgotten Woman Nominee

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 milestone before she did). It’s that she’s not the first woman to win her party’s nomination. The Green Party nomination went to former African American congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2008.

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

Watching Trump talk all over Clinton while she smiled and retained her composure was fascinating, horrifying, and a bit too true-to-life. Not only did he interrupt her constantly, he did something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen done in a presidential debate—he talked over her while she spoke, during her turn, in a sustained manner, essentially carrying on a running commentary while she was speaking. And she just kept going.

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Newfound Independence, from Lowell Mills to the Bangalore Garment Factories

As a feminist, I am excited to read about the opportunities factory life is giving Shashi and her fellow workers. And as a feminist, I am concerned by the low wages, bad working conditions, and potential for exploitation we often see in sweat shops like those of the garment industry. I believe we can be both.

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Abraham Lincoln Was Not a Third Party Candidate

By the time the election of 1860 rolled around, the Republican Party had been the second party in a two-party system for four years. Abraham Lincoln was not a third party candidate. He was a candidate nominated by one of the two major parties. Even John Fremont, the Republican Party candidate in 1856, was not a third party candidate, because the Whig Party had collapsed so fully that they were not running a candidate.

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Lesbian Duplex 87: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also.

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Saturday Link Love: 5th Grade, Race, and Pickup Artists

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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“Things Didn’t Used To Be This Divided”

As white Americans, we will not see the racial profiling and police brutality experienced by black Americans unless we are willing to listen to black Americans speak of their experiences. But instead, when black Americans start speaking of their experiences, they are accused of stirring up racial tension and of making our nation more divided. I’ve got news for you—it’s not black Americans who are making things divided. It’s white Americans who refuse to listen or care. [Read more…]

Anonymous Tip: Lynn to the Rescue!

This whole kerfuffle makes several things very clear. First, Peter and Gwen may fancy themselves in love, but they don’t actually know each other. Second, Peter has crap relationship skills. And third, Peter’s whole wishing-Gordon-dead-so-he-could-marry-Gwen is so twisted and messed up that it really should forestall any relationship in and of itself. Gwen saw that, for a moment—but that was before Peter turned everything around and made her the bad guy. Lynn sees it, sort of, but she still sees this as something that can be fixed.

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Obtaining Consent Doesn’t End with Marriage

Even if we decided that sex should only take place in marriage, as Osborne believes, teens would still need to learn the importance of consent. Abusive marriages are far too common. Marital rape still happens. The idea that someone need only say “yes” once is terrifying. In a 1996 study of male college students, 50% did not believe it was possible for a husband to rape his wife. Education in consent isn’t just about premarital sex, whatever Osborne may think, and it sounds like something he still needs to learn.

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