The “gender card”: “It’s a gender card that men’s bodies are not publicly debated” – @schemaly

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“Google “gender card” and the results look like this: “Clinton Plays the Gender Card,” “Why playing the ‘gender card’ really could be enough for Hillary Clinton,” “Carly’s Not Playing the Gender Card,” or, conversely, “It’s Time for Carly Fiorina to Stop Playing the Gender Card.” If there is a reference to male candidates playing the gender card, it’s buried. In […]

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“To continually assert that Hillary Clinton is representative of “the establishment,” into the…”

“To continually assert that [Hillary Clinton] is representative of “the establishment,” into the highest echelons of which women aren’t even allowed, is a neat way of obfuscating the fact that she is, in her very personhood, a challenge to the establishment. Let me say that again, plainly: Sanders calls Clinton emblematic of an establishment that has never even allowed a […]

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Hillary’s big problem: motivating younger women voters: “Shattering “that highest, hardest glass ceiling” doesn’t seem revolutionary to some younger women” – @JillAbramson

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Hillary is just not revolutionary enough for younger women voters. By  Jill Abramson on alternet: The other day in Manhattan, Hillary Clinton supporters met for lunch at the home of the media executive Geraldine Laybourne. A group of 50, mostly women, was determined to generate excitement for Clinton’s campaign for president. They were frustrated to see her lagging again among younger voters, and […]

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#todayin: misogyny: the Creepy Misogynist Movement That’s Making Conservatives Even More Sexist

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This can warm the cockles of your hard on a cold Winter day. (Or, rather, terrify you to within an inch of your life.) American conservatives, fretting that they’re not quite sexist enough, up the ante every so often. At the moment, it’s all about Men’s Rights Activists. In short, they’re the folks who believe that “women [are] a subversive […]

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US right wingers claim marriage solves poverty for women

It’s the 1950s, in case you were wondering what happened there. On lip magazine: Bush administration press secretary, Ari Fleischer has proposed that marriage inequality is the cause of a hell of a lot of single ladies’ poverty. In a conservative editorial published in the Wall Street Journal, Fleischer implored US President Barack Obama to focus economic policy around the […]

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How the GOP Became the ‘White Man’s Party’

On alternet The following is an excerpt from Ian Haney-López’s new book, “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.” (Oxford University Press, 2014) . This excerpt originally appeared on Few names conjure the recalcitrant South, fighting integration with fire-breathing fury, like that of George Wallace. The central image of this “redneck […]

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Conservatives Double Down on the War on Women

On rhrealitycheck: With all the moaning and wailing at Fox News and other right-wing media outlets about the supposed unfairness about the phrase “war on women,” you’d think conservative politicians would try to avoid the charge by, you know, not waging it. Or at least laying off it a little. Instead, the opposite is happening. The American Civil Liberties Union […]

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Working Mothers Blamed For Low Literacy Rates

More working-mother/ mothering-in-general shaming from the US. Because that never gets old. Bust: In today’s feature of “How did these people get elected?” news, Governor Phil Bryant from Mississippi is blaming America’s troubled education system on working mothers. Education is a hot topic in today’s political sphere, and while almost everyone can agree that our system needs to be reformed, […]

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When a Doctor Wields a Bible: The Alarming Rise of Catholic Hospitals (US)

On alternet: Across the U.S., religious healthcare corporations  are absorbing once secular and independent hospitals and in the process imposing religious restrictions that pit standard medical practice against theology. Recently, a woman was traveling across the Midwest when she developed abdominal pain. She and her husband went to the nearest hospital, where she was diagnosed with a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy. The […]

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American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government

Democracy Now: Describing the United States as an “advanced Third World country,” longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader calls for a new mass movement to challenge the power corporations have in Washington. “It is not too extreme to call our system of government now ‘American fascism.’ It’s the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano […]

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