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Sex Gap in Pay Narrows to Smallest Extent in U.S. History

In the face of a mantra of “only get worse“, “only get worse,” “only get worse,” “only get worse,” I offer this instance of bad matters getting better. The U.S. Census Bureau has just released information on the gap in median pay between men and women working full-time year-round in the United States:

Median [...]

Matilda Joslyn Gage On The Freethought Trail

Matilda Joslyn Gage was an abolitionist, an advocate for Native American rights, a Women’s Rights Movement leader, and a prominent freethinker. [...]

Men Speak Out For Women Speak Out PAC?

When I looked through the FEC record of a recent set of independent expenditures for the Women Speak Out PAC, I noticed an odd thing. There were a lot of men being paid to speak for Women Speak Out. Does the Women Speak Out PAC think that women can’t speak for themselves?

The Women Speak [...]

Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black Endorses Discrimination Against Women In The Workplace

Will Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black continue to use his governmentally-established religious power to promote the political agenda of those who push for a reactionary, Bible-based subjugation of women? [...]

Women, History and Tom Reed

I got this postcard in the mail today from my member of Congress, Tom Reed. Well, when I say that “I” got the postcard, I’m not being completely accurate. My wife  got the postcard, and I didn’t.

Standard practice for U.S. Representative Reed is to send two copies of every postcard to our [...]

What Should We Do About Animal Testing Of Cosmetics?

Puppies are cute.

Women who wear cosmetics are cute.

Who is more cute?

U.S. Representative James Moran made his choice yesterday when he introduced H.R. 4148, a bill that would gradually end the testing of cosmetics products on animals.

Moran says puppies are more cute. Do you agree with his choice?

[...]

Real Men and Real Women

The five most recent posts on “real men” on Twitter tonight:

“Real men salute me cause I only talk the truth” “Real men rub they girls feet” “Real men take bubble baths” “The boyfriends who still hold bags, open doors, tell their girlfriends they’re beautiful and show respect are real men” “Real men don’t love [...]

Guygones

Guygones [gi-gonz]. plural noun. The trait of forgiveness when occurring in a relationship between two men.

In case you’re curious, a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology concludes that women are more forgiving than men.

Boston Cardinal Deeply Regrets that Women Don’t Like Being Told What to do by Old men in Robes

Women have caused Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley a pain. Lisa Wangsness reports:

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston, said Wednesday that he is worried and saddened that the controversy over the Vatican’s rebuke of a US nuns’ group may have fostered a perception the church is inhospitable to women.

“It’s a [...]

In “Slut” Debacle, Rush Limbaugh Reflects Us

It would be nice to be able to say that Rush Limbaugh is an outlier for shouting “slut!” at a woman who dared to testify regarding contraceptive coverage policy on Capitol Hill. But I don’t think I can honestly say that. I just finished a review of the 1,577 Twitter posts yesterday that contained the [...]

Sad Note on the “This Slut” Meme

Number of Twitter Posts (tweets) featuring the phrase “This Slut” between March 21 and March 25 2012: 356

Number of these tweets uttering the anti-Limbaugh protest meme “This Slut Votes“: 2

Number of these tweets declaring some particular woman or another to be “This Slut”: 354

Was Rush Limbaugh really an aberration? Can someone remind [...]