Washington University is giving Phyllis Schlafly an honorary doctorate?

Backlash Spectacular by Katha Pollitt

Washington University is giving Phyllis Schlafly an honorary doctorate. Let me run that by you again. Washington University, the distinguished 155-year-old seat of higher learning in St. Louis, is giving an honorary degree to Phyllis Schlafly–archfoe of the Equal Rights Amendment, the United Nations, Darwinism and other newfangled notions, and the promoter of innumerable crackpot far-right conspiracy theories who called the Bomb “a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God.” Her eighty-two years haven’t mellowed her one bit: last year she blamed the Virginia Tech massacre on the English department; called intellectual men “liberal slobs”; advocated banning women from traditionally male occupations like construction, firefighting and the military; and defended men’s property rights over their wives’ vaginas (“by getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape”). The campus is in an uproar, and no wonder. After four years of hard work, female seniors get to watch their school honor someone who thinks they should park their diplomas in the kitchen sink. Washington U might as well bring in mad misogynist Chris Matthews as commencement speaker. Oh. You mean…? No! Yes.

Published in: on May 12, 2008 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Cleavage Conundrum

Published: July 28, 2007

The Washington Post’s penetrating exposé of Hillary Clinton’s “surreptitious” show of cleavage on the Senate floor last week (“To display cleavage in a setting that does not involve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres is a provocation”) sent me trawling on the Internet, digging through sites like eBay and Hijabs-R-Us, desperate to buy a burqa.

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Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Elizabeth Edwards Criticizes Hillary Clinton

Elizabeth Edwards is once again making sharper comments on the campaign trail than any of the candidates, particularly about her husband’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. This time, Mrs. Edwards is giving a pointed critique of Senator Hillary Clinton.

In aninterview published today with Salon, Mrs. Edwards says Mrs. Clinton is not as vocal an advocate for women’s issues as she wishes she were and lances the Clinton campaign’s suggestion that people should vote for Mrs. Clinton because she is a woman.

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tell Congress to Correct the Court

I just signed a petition to urge congressional leadership to correct the harmful Supreme Court decision in the pay discrimination case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear!

After a jury found that Lilly Ledbetter had been the subjected to wage discrimination because of her gender over many years at her job, the Supreme Court ruled against her, even though she had earned far less than her male counterparts.

We have a chance to urge Congress to correct the Court’s error and help Americans be able to recover wages that they have been unfairly denied. Will you join the petition calling on congressional leaders to support legislation to correct Ledbetter v. Goodyear?

You can sign the petition here:

It’s important to speak out in support of individual rights and the laws Congress has passed to protect them.

Thank you very much for your help

Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Place Where Women Rule

All-Female Village in Kenya Is a Sign Of Burgeoning Feminism Across Africa

Ten years ago, a group of women established the village of Umoja, which means unity in Swahili, on an unwanted field of dry grasslands. The women said they had been raped and, as a result, abandoned by their husbands, who claimed they had shamed their community.

Stung by the treatment, Lolosoli, a charismatic and self-assured woman with a crown of puffy dark hair, decided no men would be allowed to live in their circular village of mud-and-dung huts.

In an act of spite, the men of her tribe started their own village across the way, often monitoring activities in Umoja and spying on their female counterparts.

Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Comments (2)  

Body ID’d As Pregnant Ohio Woman’s

The body found Saturday in a park was that of 26-year-old Jessie Davis, whose due date was July 3, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said. Bobby Cutts Jr., who authorities suspect is the father of the unborn child, is charged with two counts of murder.

What is the most common cause of death for pregnant women? Homicide.

Published in: on June 24, 2007 at 2:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Goodling Girl

How Monica Goodling played the gender card and won.

By Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick

Published in: on May 26, 2007 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Words That Wound the Working Mother

Judith Warner
Domestic Disturbances
May 24, 2007, 6:45 pm

The story of Madeleine McCann, the British three-year-old kidnapped from her resort apartment during a family vacation in Portugal, has obsessed the British public and media for the past three weeks. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, Simon Cowell from “American Idol” and Virgin founder Richard Branson have offered rewards for her return; a findmadeleine.com Web site has received over 65 million hits; Madeleine’s aunt, Philomena McCann, has reported more than 2,000 responses to a chain e-mail appeal she sent out internationally in the hopes of increasing the odds of a chance sighting of her niece.


Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 11:57 pm  Comments (1)  

The joys of the Jane Fonda junket

Thanks, Jane, for a great week!

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 3:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Feminist Tea Party?

Few of us realize that the income tax code has always favored men over women—especially those with stay-at-home wives.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wellesley Class Sees ‘One of Us’ Bearing Standard

“Just knowing that one of us is trying to be the first woman president is a kick in the butt,” said Jayne Abrams, executive director of a Pennsylvania nonprofit group, “enough to keep you going at an age when some of us might be thinking of slowing down.”

Published in: on April 13, 2007 at 11:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Misogyny in the Morning

What would possess nappy-headed radio host Don Imus to think “nappy-headed hos” was an amusing way to describe the Rutgers University women’s basketball team? Why would it occur to him to say such a thing even in private conversation, much less to millions of listeners on CBS Radio and the MSNBC cable network?

Published in: on April 13, 2007 at 9:30 pm  Comments (1)  

Nappy-headed Hos of the World Unite!

I have straight blondish hair and have never sold any sexual services, but if the Rutgers women are “nappy-headed hos,” then I’d be proud to be one too.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Networks Condemn Remarks by Imus

On Wednesday morning, Don Imus called the students who play for the Rutgers University women’s basketball team a bunch of “nappy-headed ho’s.”

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 10:35 pm  Comments (2)  

A Woman’s Work Earns Her Enemies

April 8, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

MEERWALA, Pakistan

You might think that the worst tragedy that could befall a couple would be for their young daughter to be raped and murdered.

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday Gloria Steinem

snipshot_d4113j39q178.jpgIt’s the birthday of feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem, born in Toledo, Ohio (1934). She got poor grades in school, but she managed to get into Smith College based entirely on her entrance examinations. After college she went to work as a journalist and made her name with a piece called “I was a Playboy Bunny” (1963) about her undercover experiences working at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Club in midtown Manhattan. That piece got her a series of magazine jobs writing celebrity journalism. (more…)

Published in: on March 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Glass Slippers? Old Hat

March 10, 2007
Guest Columnist

We were laid out on the couch the other weekend, stopped in our tracks by an unforeseen afternoon broadcast of “Maid in Manhattan,” when an important moment of sociological revelation arose.

Published in: on March 9, 2007 at 11:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Heels Over Hemingway

February 10, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


I was cruising through Borders, looking for a copy of “Nostromo.”

Suddenly I was swimming in pink. (more…)

Published in: on February 10, 2007 at 1:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Rest in Peace, Vickie Lynn

No candle in the wind, Anna Nicole Smith was more like a bonfire in a hailstorm — and we couldn’t pry our eyes away from her.

Anna Nicole Smith: Burlesque Queen Who’d Found Her Home

International Herald Tribune obit


Published in: on February 9, 2007 at 2:29 am  Leave a Comment  

The ladies man

Kate Michelman, lifelong feminist and former head of NARAL, talks about why she’s signed up to work for John Edwards.

[Thx LL]

Published in: on January 29, 2007 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Is it just my imagination or are women wreaking more evil than usual these days? We all know the reason boys don’t read is that female teachers assign books about girls, and girls have cooties; and the reason half of all marriages end in divorce is that women have outrageous expectations, like that their husbands should talk to them; and the reason the Democrats lose elections is that they pander to female voters instead of being manly and tough. Oh, wait a minute, the Democrats won the last election. Women aren’t just evil, they’re powerful.

by Katha Pollitt

Published in: on January 28, 2007 at 12:38 am  Leave a Comment  

The Troubles of Sista P.

January 9, 2007


Kingston, Jamaica

Thirty-two years ago, a young working-class woman, Portia Simpson, exploded onto the Jamaican political scene with an unexpected electoral victory in the slums of southwestern Kingston, the heart of opposition party turf, dominated by armed political gangs. (more…)

Published in: on January 9, 2007 at 12:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jubilant Democrats Assume Control on Capitol Hill

Woohoo! It’s about time a woman was in charge!

I don’t care, today is a day to celebrate, feet-holding-to-the-fire can begin again tomorrow.

Published in: on January 4, 2007 at 10:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Maternal Profiling

How Employers Discriminate by Marital Status

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 2:21 am  Comments (2)  

Barbara Ehrenreich on Poverty, War and Feminism’s Place in the World

Well, there is an alternative theory of poverty that some of us have been trying to get across, which is that it’s not a character flaw, it is a lack of money.

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Inappropriate Behavior

I am having trouble figuring out what could possibly be considered “Inappropriate behavior” in the context of 2006 America

Published in: on December 15, 2006 at 1:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Elizabeth Edwards for President

Chris Matthews is an idiot

Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 1:51 am  Leave a Comment