5 Questions To Ask Defenders of DOMA

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Opponents of marriage equality have grown so accustomed to parroting the same arguments over and over again that they don’t seem to notice the ground shifting under their feet. Such is the point of a brief (PDF) filed at the end of last week by the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), a New […]

Complementary Loin? The Latest Argument (and Bill) Against Gay Marriage

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At just the time that the national tide seems to be turning in favor of same-sex marriage, North Carolina wants to make doubly sure that it’s banned in the state. Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate voted by a margin of 30-16 in favor of a bill that, if approved by the state’s electorate, would amend […]

Who’s Behind the Mask of Feminist Hulk? Only the Ms. Blog Knows!

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In comic books, superheroes always have secret identities, and only a handful of people ever get to know the person behind the mask. But readers are insiders, knowing all along that Batman is really Bruce Wayne and Superman is Clark Kent. (Less well-known, except to avid comic readers: Catwoman is Selina Kyle.) In the online […]

Respect Marriage, Repeal DOMA!

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The past 24 hours have been exciting ones for supporters of gay marriage rights. If the President and progressive members of the Senate get their way, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is on its way out. At a press conference yesterday, White House press secretary Jay Carney released word that President Obama supports the pending […]

Obama Administration Says Marriage is Between a Woman and a Woman

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Karen Golinski has a wife. She and Amy Cunninghis have been legally married in the state of California since August of 2008. And now, even the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially recognized the validity of that marriage, emphatically stating that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to deny same-sex couples the […]

FEMINIST HULK MEET MS. MAGAZINE: THE SEQUEL

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When we last checked in with our big green superhero friend, Feminist Hulk, in his first-ever interview last June (one of the most viewed posts on the Ms. Blog 0f 2010), he was just learning to flex his muscles in the Twittersphere. But his feminist superpowers were mighty and growing stronger ever day. Now, with […]

Judge Rejects Bigotry of Prop 8 Proponents

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The proponents of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that stripped same-sex couples of their right to marry, aren’t above fighting dirty. In their campaign materials, they whipped up fear about protecting children and defending families, irresponsibly painting lesbians and gays as molesters and degenerates. When they had their day in court and an opportunity […]

We Heart: “Nerdy Misanthrope” Using His Art to Aid Cheerleader

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If you’ve been following the case of Texas cheerleader Hillaire S., who was assaulted at a party by star athlete Rakheem Bolton and then kicked off the cheerleading squad for refusing to chant, “two, four, six, eight, ten, come on Rakheem, put it in” (see the Ms. Blog coverage of the case here, here, here, and […]

We Know Women Rock–Tell Us Something New

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a reputation for being a boys club. Since 1986, when its first annual list of inductees consisted of men only, women have been snubbed three additional times (1992, 2003, 2004). But now that the Cleveland museum has a new exhibit, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, […]

Rereading Women’s Lit with “Madwoman” Sandra Gilbert

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“Is the pen a metaphorical penis? Literary paternity implies ownership!” When I pulled my well-worn copy of Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s 1979 classic The Madwoman in the Attic off the shelf the other day, I found these words scrawled across a Post-it, tucked inside its pages. Not in my handwriting (most likely written by […]