New Voter ID Laws Threaten Women’s Right To Vote

This week marks two landmark anniversaries in the history of American voting rights. Ninety-one years ago tomorrow, U.S. women won the legal right to vote. Forty-eight years ago this Sunday, Americans marched on Washington and paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which would ensure voting rights for African American men and […]

Almost 100,000 Have Told the FBI That Rape Is Rape. Have You?

Nearly 100,000 people have signed onto the Ms. and Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) campaign to change the FBI’s definition of “forcible” rape. After a Ms. investigative report found that the FBI’s fundamentally flawed definition excludes hundreds of thousands of rapes from the yearly Uniform Crime Report, Ms. and FMF started a Change.org petition urging the […]

TOMS Joins Forces with Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Group

UPDATE: In response to public outcry, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie has posted this mea culpa to his blog, apologizing for his appearance at a Focus on the Family event and insisting that the company is not a “TOMS giving partner.” For socially conscious consumers, TOMS Shoes has always seemed like a no-brainer: The company gives […]

Apparently Richard Dawkins Is a Jerk and Miscarrying Is a Crime: Editors’ Picks, July 3-July 9

World-renowned evolutionary biologist/atheist/smarty-pants Richard Dawkins showed his true colors this week (which, one assumes, are the colors of the official flag of privilege) when he instigated a comment war with feminists after leaving a particularly clueless and vile sarcastic response to a post on activist Rebecca Watson’s blog. The Atlantic Wire has the play-by-play. A […]

Red Tape, Racist Sentencing, Gates of Hell: Editors’ Picks, 6/19-6/25

On “Counter Earth,” the imagined alternate universe of cartoonist Ruben Bolling, women are able to exercise their constitutional right to choose abortion, while seemingly endless red tape makes unilaterally waging war a logistical nightmare, requiring President Obama to endure a series of obstacles designed to discourage him from going through with it, like traveling 500 […]

No Comment: “Give Us Your Cash, Bitch”

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes “Give Us Your Cash, Bitch,” the frontrunner for the most racism and misogyny ever combined in one political ad. In it, Los Angeles City Council member Janice Hahn, who is running for California’s 36th Congressional seat against Republican Craig Huey, is portrayed as a stripper […]