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In 2008 when then-Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate for good or for bad the choice was in part to try and connect with women voters. This Saturday we learned the Republican party is no longer even interested in trying. Sure, Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) may be the first perfectly-coiffed ticket from the right, but Romney’s choice in Ryan represents one of the most extreme anti-woman candidates available. In addition to his horrific budget, Ryan co-sponsored a federal fetal personhood bill, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and wants to write discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage. It’s the classic Republican rouse: talk about “economics” while legislating to restrict women’s rights, so if you liked the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections you’re going to love a Romney-Ryan administration.
Naturally a Romney-Ryan ticket is horrible for education as well.
By contrast the Democrats plan to include support for trans workers in the party platform.
The Dehli, Louisiana charter school that was forcing female students to take pregnancy tests only to kick them out of school if they either tested positive or refused has backed off its obviously unconstitutional policy. Success!
The Vatican has shifted its stance on contraception–slightly–to accept condom use to prevent the spread of disease. It’s a step in the right direction but a small one, especially because it continues to disregard any form of contraception that women can control on their own.
Times have not gotten any easier for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Will a change in leadership change that?
Some idiot filmed a mother breastfeeding and put it up on a porn site. She found out and sued.
Junk food and dumb kids: is there a link?
Meanwhile this pediatrician was arrested for waterboarding his own daughter.
The latest installment of Teaching Feminism looks at what to do with the phrase “that’s so gay.”
Are stressed out men attracted to curvier women? This study suggests they may be.
And then there’s this one that looks at the men who would seek love from a sex worker.
Fox News needs to STFU over Gabby Douglas.
Claressa Shields is simply awesome.
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