I’m not so much a fan of Michelle Obama’s fashion as much as I’m just a huge fan of Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama waving in purple dress

“Suck it, haters!”

Our lovely First Lady sure makes waves for being fashionable, even if, in my humble opinion, a lot of her style choices are a little suspect. Big belts on everything? Meh. Patterns on patterns? Hit or miss. And those new bangs? Just no. Now I applaud her daring to change her look and all, but I can’t believe she covered those killer eyebrows. (Can you imagine being a child on the receiving end of her sharp arches? I’d ground myself!)

I think FLOTUS is so admired for her fashion simply because people have so much love for her they don’t know what to do with it. Our love spilleth over. Because deep down, we all know that she is is a sassy-pants FLOTUS like no other. We all know that she wields all the power in her relationship with the most powerful man in the world. And we all know that her safe-to-champion causes, like healthy eating and childhood obesity, are just to give her a lady-like, FLOTUS-appropriate activity to do, lest those whiny Republicans complain about her looking too influential or powerful. Continue reading

Why I Vote (and why you should too)

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Once upon a time, in a place called the United States of America….

By Lindsay Patton-Carson

As an American, there are many reasons why I hit the polls. I want marriage equality, I want women to get paid as much as men for the same job, I want General Electric to pay their fricken’ taxes, I could go on…

But there’s one basic reason why I vote and why I’ll continue to do so until I die:

I’m a woman, and I CAN vote.

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified – allowing women the right to vote. That’s not even 100 years ago. To put things in perspective: George Washington was elected as our first president in 1789. Women gained the right to vote 131 years later.

To be succinct, American women have spent more time not voting than voting.

And to get women’s right to vote? It took more than 40 years. Forty years to allow someone like me to participate in the choices that make up our country, my country.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony drafted the 19th Amendment in 1878 and both died more than a decade before it was ratified in 1920. These two women fought their whole adult lives for something they never got the chance to be part of. Can you think of something you’d fight until your death for? Hard, isn’t it?

So, ladies, vote or not; it’s your choice as an American. But don’t forget about the countless women before you who were forbidden from doing what you choose not to do.

The best responses to Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ bullshit

Don’t you just love when politicians say they “misspoke”? Like, wouldn’t it be better just to say they had a stroke or were drinking?

For example, take this “misspoken” gem: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down,” said current rep in the U.S. Effing House of Representatives Todd Akin as he tried to defend his stance on abortion to a TV station. If I were his PR rep I’d blame the booze.

Akin’s suffered a lot of political setbacks in his Senate race since then––namely huge financial setbacks as GOP funders run away screaming, but dude’s digging in his heels, refusing to quit and instead offering some lame apology to the people (but none to Science, Biology, or FACTS).

Here are some of the best, definitely not misspoken responses since then:

President Obama: “Rape is rape. The idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me… We shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, the majority of whom are men, making healthcare decisions on behalf of women.” (Washington Post)

Wall Street Journal Editorial: “Mr. Akin has sunk his own ship.” (WSJ.com)

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.: “As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.” (ABC)

A DOCTOR: “A further problem with proclamations like Akin’s, though, is what they sound like to women who have been raped. If you believe what he does, then anyone who did get pregnant wasn’t ‘legitimately’ raped. Moreover, it belies a willful ignorance of science. Rape has occurred in history time and time again. Women get pregnant from it. This is known. There is no debate to be had. (CNN)

Katie J.M. Baker: “For decades, conservatives have claimed that women can’t get pregnant from ‘legitimate’ rape thanks to their wise, all-knowing uteri, psychic ‘juices’ and Spidey Sense-like ‘secretions.’ (Hmm, if legislators can applaud our vaginas for being so omniscient, how come they can’t let us control them?)” (Jezebel’s “Official Guide to Legitimate Rape”)

“Akin” himself: “I am an evil, fucked-up man who should never have been elected to the United States Congress, and anyone who would vote for me is probably a pretty big fucking dumbshit, too.” (The Onion)

–TC

Why the Mississippi “personhood amendment” failed

Mississippi voters decided yesterday by a 55 percent majority not to outlaw abortion and some kinds of birth control methods. Photo by The New York Times.

Yesterday Mississippi citizens voted against a so-called “personhood” amendment that would have outlawed abortion and would have prohibited some types of birth control, too.

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