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Want to hear the biggest dad joke of the year? Missouri state Representative Paul Joseph Wieland wants to prevent his three daughters from obtaining birth control through their group health insurance. Did I mention that two of his daughters are adults? It’s not enough for Wieland to tell his daughters not to take birth control. He wants their insurance to block coverage for the three women in case they decide to disobey his wishes. Read More
  On June 17, 2015, Raul Labrador – Idaho’s 1st district representative – introduced the H.R. 2802. The bill specifies protection against any discrimination of a person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” The First Amendment Defense Act "protects" the religious freedoms of employers, meaning they could fire unmarried pregnant women or LGBT employees. Read More
At thirty years old, Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress. With her strong and assertive manner, the New York Republican has done her best to move beyond her past as a target of bullying. In a profile piece published in the New York Post, Stefanik reveals that in her youth she was the mark of “mean girls” who singled her our for being “too studious” and participating in classroom discussions. Read More
In what we wish was more shocking news, Virginia Senator Steve Martin is under fire for responding to a letter from pro-choicers with disturbing hostility—an attitude we are all too familiar with when it comes to many of our Republican politicians.  In what seems to us like a very reasonable argument for women’s rights, the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition wrote: “All women deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options—including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion. Read More
  Robert Redford thinks women and young people might be the solution to ineffective and less-than-unified government (ahem, shutdown). The actor, now seventy-seven, tells CNN that we should “give [women] the reins [...] they can do better than we have.” I don't take his words as a reiteration of the controversial ideas of feminists who believe that women are inherently more nurturing and therefore can build a more cooperative government. Read More
There's "too far" and then there's "too far." These anti-Hillary Clinton buttons, seen at a California Republican Party convention this past weekend, go "too far" and infinitely beyond; pretty much entering an entirely new realm of oh-so-wrong. Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the above picture on Saturday, saying these "popular" buttons were being displayed outside of a VIP reception area. Less than an hour after Marinucci's pic hit the net, the buttons were nowhere to be found (my guess is her arch-nemesis Rudy Giuliani bought them wholesale). Read More
In case you hadn’t heard, the government is taking a little break (which does not mean you can smoke weed at school, kids). Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a badass. Monday night, she took to the Senate floor to call out Republicans for irresponsibly taking the U.S. economy hostage in order to get what they want. Warren explains that in order to uphold an archaic view on access to birth control, the Republican Party is putting millions of Americans at financial risk. Read More
  Civil rights, you're doing it wrong. The Supreme Court has decided to strike down sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - taking some major steps backwards for fair democracy in our country. The Act was made to protect the minority vote and was a huge victory for the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s. All states run their own elections; that’s part of the deal, but the federal government provides the guidelines to do so via the VRA. Read More
We can't get over this extremely upsetting attack on women's healthcare. Because conservatives just can't leave Roe Vs. Wade alone, Republican Arizona Congressman Trent Franks wrote this bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks except under very limited conditions. You can thank 23 dude Republicans who helped the bill make it out of the House Judiciary Committee. Franks' response to rape resulting in an unwanted pregnancy might as well have come straight from Todd Akin's wonderfully idiotic, uninformed mouth: "...you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low. Read More
  There was a breach in security at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last Wednesday, but the gatecrashers in question weren't there to get violent. The perpetrators were 21-year-old Laura Mills, a recent college graduate from Illinois' Knox College, and retired colonel Ann Wright. The two feminists are members of the women’s anti-war group, CodePink, and caused a scene to interrupt the speech of Vice President candidate, Paul Ryan.   The CodePink members waited until Ryan was eight minutes into his speech to strike. Read More