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What We’ve Been Reading

June 1, 2012

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A friend’s daughter posted this infographic from The 4th Estate to her facebook page today.  It’s like my favorite feminists are reading my mind.  Over at Jezebel, they commented on the piece, writing:

The stats are fascinating — and depressing — but The 4th Estate doesn’t specify whether these men are being quoted as “experts” on the subjects or if they represent the frustratingly high number of male politicians who think they know all there is to know about vaginas. (However, the data does exclude candidate statements.) Maybe it’s possible that the results have less to do with industry sexism and are instead indicative of the never-ending War on Women?

From Jezebel to Talking Points Memo to Politics on the Hudson, everyone is buzzing about Congresswoman Hayworth’s campaign spokesman, Jay Townsend, and the comments he posted on facebook — advocating violence against the Democratic women in the United States Senate.  The Congresswoman should have sent this guy packing immediately.  So far, we haven’t heard a peep from her in the press.  Not good enough.  It’s more than time for her to condemn his words, fire him, and apologize to her colleagues in the Senate.  Just more proof that she is a foot soldier in the War on Women.  And, another reason to just say No to Nan on Election Day.

PRENDA (the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act) was defeated yesterday. Miriam Yeung’s piece, PRENDA the Pretenda, on RH RealityCheck is one of the best of several well-written commentaries about the bill.  Another favorite of mine, also co-authored by Yeung, is on the Huffington Post.

Whether or not you like the expression “War on Women”.  The War is real.

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