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Happy Independence Day! How are you celebrating? If you’re a Republican, likely by taking a swipe at women’s independence all in the name of “helping”. Here are a couple of examples. To start there is this New York GOP Senator who thinks the whole “war on women” thing would be taken care of if women were just more “ladylike.” Even better, he plans on hosting a “business etiquette and social protocol” summit to help women cultivate their “feminine presence.”
Here’s another example. Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound law is set to go into effect and to “help” women and the girls in the state who need an abortion but can’t afford the extra, medically-unnecessary procedure the state released a list of “clinics” that provide ultrasound for free. The problem is, almost all of the clinics on the list are crisis pregnancy centers and may not actually satisfy the requirements of the law. Is this a case of governmental incompetence or something more sinister?
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill) is best known as a Tea Party dead beat dad who has a real problem with the fact that his challenger, Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth lost both her legs in Iraq. Walsh, who has not served in the military, doesn’t believe Duckworth is a “true hero” like John McCain.
A Navy SEAL training facility had planned on using an image of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab and aiming a gun as target practice up until the Council on American-Islamic Relations objected.
Mitt Romney isn’t eager to talk about the fact that he invested in a company that disposed of aborted fetuses.
After a drunk driver killed her son this grieving mother was stuck paying for the clean up.
Want to wreck a public university? Just ask Gov. Chris Christie how to do it.
Louisiana approves state funds for religious schools–just so long as they are christian.
There’s a serious movement to rid the gaming community of misogyny and they’re bringing in the big guns.
This is a project we can get behind. The Bitch List is an effort to get more quality female characters in film. It will be a compilation of great scripts that have well-developed female characters in front of producers, read and made into a film.
The nuns on the bus are still going!
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