Weekly Brief: February 5th, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
The Unabridged Truth
In a super-early poll pitting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie against Hillary in a hypothetical 2016 race, Hillary came in at a whopping 53 points to Christie’s 41. Put that in your bridge and gridlock it!
I Wish I Had Jersey’s Girl
Former New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman has condemned what she calls the GOP’s “condescending attitude” towards women during the past few election cycles. I know she’s not running, but could we swap one Chris for another?
Pack It Up— Sexism Is Over
After “extensive research” into her own checking account, Fox News host Martha MacCallum bravely announced that the Wage Gap is just a myth, saying that women “make exactly what they’re worth.” Wow! Deep down, I always knew that I was worth 20-some cents less than a man.
Open Your Eyes!
Rand Paul said that poor women who have too many children should be penalized. For an ophthalmologist, he’s awfully short-sighted when it comes to the needs of others. Maybe he should see someone about that.
Illinois has introduced legislation designed to ban revenge porn. We hope the other 49 states will join Illinois aboard the USS Common Decency.
2, 4, 6, 8! Who Don’t We Appreciate?
The Raiders’ Cheerleaders’ handbook is really victim-blame-y and creepy, telling Raiderettes to steer clear of player parties to avoid "ruining their reputations." Wouldn't it be easier to just tell their players not to assault women? Oh, silly me— boys will just be boys, huh?
The Glow of Oppression
The rights of pregnant women have increasingly come under attack lately, because some people apparently think a woman’s rights become invalid as soon as the pregnancy test shows “positive.”
My Cookies, My Choice
An anti-choice organization is attempting to organize a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the GSUSA tweeted an article supporting Wendy Davis. Does that mean we get their share of Thin Mints?
It’s a TRAP!
A new Louisiana law, the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, would severely limit the number of establishments where women can safely obtain abortions. Admiral Ackbar (and women everywhere) does not approve.
Better Late Than Never
Amazon FINALLY removed a pick up artist’s book that encourages men to badger women for sex, promising to turn “a no into a yes.” Oh, Amazon, your mythical namesake would be so ashamed.
Land of 10,000 Likes
Minnesota’s legislative house has introduced the Women’s Economic Security Act, which would raise the minimum wage, standardize maternity leave and expand availability of quality childcare. I don’t care if it’s a real-life version of Frozen up there; if this passes, I’d definitely maybe move there.
It's happening: Sandra Fluke has filed paperwork to run for Henry Waxman's Congressional seat in California...which means she's definitely been reading my diary, but I'll let it slide because OMGSANDRAFLUKE.
The Postal Service has honored Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress, and her efforts to stamp out racism and sexism! Stamp out. Get it?... I’ll see myself out.