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March 31, 2009

ESC Women's History Month Roundup

Since we've completely sucked it on the Women's History Month coverage this year, we thought we'd take a quick look back in our own history and remember times in the past when we did not, in fact, suck it. Many, but not all, of these posts are from our women's history post-a-day awesomeness last March. We've divided everything into categories for your reading pleasure.

Art:
~Ana Mendieta
~Frida Kahlo
~Madame X
~Artemisia Gentileschi
~Votes for Women
~Judy Chicago
~WACK! Art & the Feminist Revolution


Books:
~Beyond Chick Lit
~The ESC Women's History Month Book List
Also, check out our new Women's History store on Amazon. We're still adding stuff because we've read and want to read tons of books on this subject, so we'd love suggestions too: The ESC's Women's History Store.

Religion/Mythology:
~Jezebel
~Lilith
~Catholic Feminism
~Evil Sluts of Celtic Myth


Health/Choice:
~Beyond Abortion And Breast Cancer: Women's Health
~Reproductive Rights: The Right to Reproduce?
~Ask for Jane


Politics/Activism:
~The ERA
~The Old Tired Ethics of Prostitution
~Women and Justice (posted on the birthday of the awesome Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
~CWLU: Posters & Pins
~No More Miss America
~What We All Know About Women's History


LGBT:
~Remembering Del Martin
~The History of Same-Sex Marriage
~The Lavender Menace


Awesome Women:
~Betsy Ross
~Abigail Adams
~Rosa Parks
~Nellie Bly (aka Fox News Celebrates Women's History Month)
~The Olympics: Women's Right to Compete
~Are those cookies made from real Girl Scouts?
~Election Day (awesome quote roundup)

Also check out...
~Top 100 Women of History (About.com)
~Top 100 (and then some) women in history (Writes Like She Talks)

Happy Women's History Month!


March 28, 2009

When Good Toys Go Bad

Disclaimer: We are away from reliable internet for the week, while we go to WAM and check out Boston. This blog entry was written previously and scheduled to be posted today. If anything is outdated or has been disproved by now, well, too fucking bad.

So apparently dolls are going to corrupt our children. There's been some stink this past month about dolls doing damage to our little girls... some of it is just conservative parents being overprotective and some of it is legitimate. We're not going to judge (okay, that's bullshit, we're going to judge a little bit). But for now, we're just going to give you an update on the most recent toys gone wild...

As you know, Barbie turned 50 this year. (She totally doesn't look her age by the way). She celebrated the big 5-0 by getting some tattoos, which has totally freaked out some uptight parents. Unfortunately it looks like it's just the same old cliche tattoos that everybody else has, like a butterfly or a flower, mixed in with some silhouettes of barbie's head which are just creepy. Is Barbie really such an egotist that she's going to tattoo herself on herself? Oh wait, she probably is.



Meanwhile, Jeff Eldridge wants to ban Barbie all together, because she's a bad role model. All we can say is, well duh. But the only way to make Barbie even more popular is to say you're not allowed to have her.

Oh and while we're on the subject of Barbie, we just have to throw this in because we fucking love Sarah Haskins: Barbie's Little Secret and Target Women: Barbie. (PS - She's totally going to be at WAM. In fact, we might even be in the same room as her right now as you read this. Jealous much?)

But enough about Barbie... This past summer Strawberry Shortcake and a few other favorite characters got makeovers. This year it's Dora.

She's not just getting a new image, she's growing up. I don't agree with the parents who claim that Dora is being sexualized. There's nothing sexy about the new Dora (unless you find pre-teens sexy... which if you do, please leave our site right now because you're either too young to be here or you're just creepy). We do understand the concern with the new Dora, but honestly I'm not nearly as concerned about it as I could be. I don't think girls are going to start dressing differently because of Dora. I think that the girls who are already dressing like that will give Dora another chance.



While I definitely think it's important to have strong female role models out there, I don't think you have to be a "tomboy" to be empowering. Sometimes in our attempts to make sure our daughters don't feel the pressure to be "girly", we end up alienating those who do happen to be into fashion, etc. You can do both you know.

Also getting a makeover are the Disney princesses. Although honestly, I barely can even notice the changes. I can't tell if the new princesses look "better" or "worse". They pretty much suck either way because they're Disney princesses, right?

March 27, 2009

Random Round-Up: In The News

Disclaimer: We are away from reliable internet for the week. This blog entry was written previously and scheduled to be posted today. If anything is outdated or has been disproved by now, well, too fucking bad.


The following are a list of recent news stories that, well, to be honest, are either kinda odd, pretty infuriating, or both. Just a few of those "I don't know exactly what to say about this, but I feel like I should say something about this" stories. These are the stories that deserve some real thought, research, and intelligent commentary. Unfortunately we don't have time for any of that right now. So here you go. The super short version. We'd love to hear what you have to say about them.
  • New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has proposed a $10 tax for patrons of strip clubs. He says the revenue would go towards helping victims of sex trafficking. Texas already had a similar $5 "pole tax", which was intended to fund sexual assault and health insurance programs. However, a state judged deemed it to be unconstitutional. (State lawyers have appealed).
  • The tennis community isn't sure what to do with Sarah Gronert, a 22-year-old tennis pro from Germany who was born with both male and female genitalia, but who identifies as female. Some members of the tennis community (mainly the coaches of her opponents) claim that she has an unfair advantage in women's tennis because she's really "a man".
  • A recent radio poll for Connecticut's KISS 95.7 asked women "would you rather be called a slut or fat?" No, really. (In case you're wondering, being called a slut won).
  • Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar was the first swimmer to be stripped of a world record (50 metre butterfly) because she wore two swimsuits in order to protect her modesty. The International Swimming Federation recently ruled that swimmers cannot wear anything at all under their skin-tight racing gear.
  • Last year more people came forward to report sexual assaults in the military. However, only a small number of the cases actually went to military courts and prosecution is still low. According to Congresswoman Jane Harman (California) military women are "more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq."
  • Yahoo news has tried to claim that the daughters of famous politicians are following in their dad's footsteps by getting involved in politics. Their examples include: Meghan McCain (sorry, but blogging about how Ann Coulter sucks doesn't automatically make you a political pundit); Chelsea Clinton (um, dad's footsteps? what about mom's?); Alexandra Kerry (she "hit the campaign trail" during her father's presidential bid, even though pretty much every presidential candidate's kids have done that); and the Bush twins (they introduced their father at the 2004 Republican Convention, holy crap, you should just give them a Senate seat now).
  • For some reason, people are still talking about A-Rod. This time we're subjected to his creepy photo shoot for Details magazine. Seriously, can't he just go away already?
  • New Jersey has canceled plans to ban "Brazilian" bikini waxing after angry salon owners complained about losing business. The ban was proposed by the state Cosmetology and Hairstyling Board after two women were hospitalized for infections following the procedure, one of whom filed a lawsuit.

March 26, 2009

On Our Way to WAM...

The ESC will be on a brief hiatus while we go to WAM! and spend a few days enjoying the Boston/Cambridge area.

In fact... we're on the way there RIGHT NOW! (We finally learned how to use the "Schedule" function on blogger, heh).

We may or may not have reliable access to the internet while we're gone, so we've scheduled a few blog posts for the week that we'll be gone... but a lot can happen in a week, so we can't promise that they will still be brand new and current at the time they get posted. (For instance, we heard this wild rumor about John McCain choosing a female running mate for the 2008 election. Crazy right?)

Anyway, we'll be back in a week and will definitely have some great stories to share when we get back! And don't forget, you can still support the ESC's trip to Boston retroactively... Do it for Debbie!

We will be updating Twitter during the trip, so if you'd enjoy all of our annoying updates of the 'we're on the train!', 'we're drinking Corona at a bar...in Boston!', 'we're stalking Sarah Haskins!', 'we're eating lunch with other feminists!' variety, make sure you're following along at twitter.com/EvilSlutClique

March 25, 2009

Conservatives: Please take a break from sucking it so that we can pack for WAM

Seriously, we're leaving for WAM tomorrow so we've got a lot of shit to do today. We can't be this distracted with right-wing lunacy.

~According to Mike Huckabee, abortion = slavery.

Huckabee said that when it abolished slavery, the U.S. debated and decided it was immoral for one person to have complete, life-or-death power over another. He said that should not change whether the control involves racial bigotry or a pregnant woman making a decision for her unborn child.

"What are we saying to the generation coming after us when we tell them that it is perfectly OK for one person to own another human being?" Huckabee said. "I thought we dealt with that 150 years ago when the issue of slavery was finally settled in this country, and we decided that it no longer was a political issue, it wasn't an issue of geography, it was an issue of morality. That it was either right or it was immoral that one person could own another human being and have full control even to the point of life and death over that other human being."

He said civilization cannot survive if "one group of people have life and death control over another for no particular reason other than their own conveniences and, in that case, prejudices."


~While guest-hosting for the delightful Laura Ingraham, Tammy Bruce referred to the Obamas as "trash in the White House".


~On Townhall.com, a guy named Burt Prelutsky wrote a column in which he called First Lady Michelle Obama a bitch, and also a "James Brown-look-alike". The "bitch" line was later scrubbed from the piece. (Don't worry, the link doesn't go to Townhall but to the fabulous Queen of Spain.)


~Rush Limbaugh "accidentally" confused President Obama with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, referring to him as "Barack Ogabe". Suck it, etc.


~Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Crazytown) said this during a recent radio interview:
And really now in Washington, I’m a foreign correspondent in enemy lines. And I try to keep everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington. […]

I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.

Having a revolution every now and then is a good thing. Honey, it's not a Pampered Chef party. (She also threw in "the science indicates that human activity is not the cause of all this global warming" for good measure.)


~This makes me really sad that we don't get the Fox Business Network here, because clearly the ESC would be rich already if we had access to this kind of brilliant analysis every day:

Fox Business Network anchor Dagen McDowell made her case against a new tax on Wall Street bonuses funded by the government by comparing it to sexual abuse. McDowell: "You don't want to think if you get in bed with Uncle Sam he's going to strip you naked, chain you to the bed, leave you there and then take nasty pictures of you and then put them on the internet."


~The idiotic Fox News show (is there any other kind?) Red Eye mocked the Canadian military during the same week that four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in Afghanistan.

If I forget my toothbrush because of one of you fuckers, I'm going to be really pissed.


Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action

Today is the annual Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action! This year we're doing a slightly revised and updated version of the emergency contraception Q&A that we did back in 2007. Even though it's now been a few years since EC was approved for over-the-counter sale, research still shows that there are a lot of people who don't know what EC is, what it does, and where to get it. So this is a "day of action" where something really simple like talking to a friend or showing your support for the campaign on facebook or myspace can have an impact, and it's much easier to get educated about emergency contraception before you actually find yourself in a position to need it.




Back Up Your Birth Control? What does that mean?

The Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign is designed to raise awareness about emergency contraception (also called "EC" or "the morning-after-pill"), a safe and effective method of back up birth control.

So what exactly is EC anyway?

EC pills contain higher dosages of the same hormones that are found in regular birth control pills. They are meant to be taken within 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or failure of birth control, although they are more effective the sooner they are taken, and they can reduce the risk of pregnancy by about 90%. The brand of EC available in the U.S. is called Plan B. It is also possible to use some brands of regular birth control pills in specific doses to produce the same effect as Plan B.

Is this the same thing as the abortion pill?

EC is not the same as Mifeprex or RU-486, a drug that terminates early pregnancies. EC is designed to prevent ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg. It does not terminate a pregnancy. If you are already pregnant, EC will not work.

And this really works? Safely?

Research has shown that EC is both safe and effective, and generally produces only mild side effects such as headache and nausea. A full report on EC, including information about its safety and effectiveness, can be found here. Most health care professionals seem to be in agreement that EC is safe, and that EC poses fewer risks for both teens and adult women than unintended pregnancy. (And by preventing thousands of unplanned pregnancies each year, EC can help reduce risks to women's health, cut health care costs, and also reduce the need for abortion services.)

Don't I need a prescription for this?

In August of 2006 the FDA (finally!) approved over-the-counter sales of EC. There's one catch though--OTC sales were approved for adult women only. Girls under 18 still must get a prescription in some states. But this may all change very soon thanks to a recent court decision:

"New York District Court Judge ruled yesterday that the FDA must reconsider its 2006 ruling that allowed emergency contraception (EC), also known as Plan B, to be sold without a prescription to women 18 and older. The ruling (see PDF) also specifically orders Barr Pharmaceuticals, which distributes Plan B, to make EC available over-the-counter to women as young as 17 within 30 days."

Basically the judge found that the FDA's decision-making process on EC approval was heavy on "political considerations, delays, and implausible justifications" and light on actual science and facts and logic. But with the FDA under new leadership thanks to the Obama administration, there's now hope that this will be reconsidered in a way that makes more sense. Of course, as important as this ruling is, it's just as important that teenagers are actually aware of what's going on, so spread the word.


Why don't I hear more about EC? This information really needs to be out there!

Because then everyone would be as evil and slutty as we are, and we wouldn't have an excuse to run this blog.

Seriously, information about EC should be more widely available and accessible. That's why campaigns like Back Up Your Birth Control are so important, and deserve your support. Get involved!

So how do I get EC if I need it?

That depends on how old you are and where you are.

  • Women who are 18 and older can purchase EC over-the-counter at the pharmacy. You'll need to present a valid government ID. If you're 17, stay tuned to the outcome of the recent judge's ruling we mentioned above, because you may also be able to get EC over-the-counter soon.
  • Women under the age of 18 living in certain states need a prescription for EC from their doctor or other health care provider. (See the point below to determine what the law is in the state that you live in.) Many doctors require an office visit before they will give you a prescription, but some will handle it for you over the phone.
  • Women of all ages in the following states can purchase EC over-the-counter at some pharmacies thanks to pharmacy access legislation: AK, CA, HI, MA, ME, NH, NM, VT and WA.
  • To find a provider near you, visit www.not-2-late.com. You can also make a confidential call to 1-888-NOT-2-LATE (1-866-EN-TRES-DIAS for Spanish) 24 hours a day.
For more information, visit www.ec-help.org and www.backupyourbirthcontrol.org. And make sure that all of the women in your life have the information that they need about all of their birth control options.


March 24, 2009

Bill O'Reilly Has a Stalker

We don't mean that someone is stalking Bill O'Reilly (who would ever!?) We mean that Bill O'Reilly has his own little stalker lynch man to pit against anyone who dares to disagree with him. As if there weren't already enough reasons to tell Bill O'Reilly to suck it.

Honestly, we're too pissed to even write about this. Here's the really short version:

Amanda Terkel (of Think Progress) saw that Bill O'Reilly was due to speak at the Alexa Foundation last week, a group that helps rape survivors. Terkel criticized some of O'Reilly's former comments about rape victims (that is, his rape victim blaming). So then O'Reilly's minions stalked and followed Amanda Terkel on her vacation to ambush and harass her for daring to criticize the high and mighty Bill O'. (Only they called it "causing pain and suffering to rape victims", huh, what now?) Apparently this is something they pull all the time. Follow-up with a overly edited, misrepresentation of what happened on the O'Reilly Factor. Any questions? (Here you go.)

Like we already said:


To show Terkel some support on Facebook: We stand with Amanda Terkel
To tell Jesse Watters (O'Reilly's head stalker) to suck it: Jesse.Watters@FOXNEWS.COM

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March 23, 2009

Feminism is for Everyone

We have written previously about not feeling 100% comfortable with being labeled "feminists", not because we don't consider ourselves feminists (because we absolutely, totally, completely do) but because we don't like to be put into a box, even if it's a well-designed, well-fitting box. We are absolutely feminists, but we are also a lot of other things - each of which are just words that describe us but do not define us. While we definitely write about a lot of feminist issues, we were sometimes surprised to see Evil Slutopia called a "feminist blog" because it is about so much more than just feminism, it's about everything.

But the more we think about it, feminism is about everything and everything is about feminism. So we may not be super keen on labeling ourselves, but we're definitely feminists. And so are most of the people who say things like "I'm not a feminist, but..." (one of our least favorite statements).

The concept of all people being equal and deserving equal rights is not just the concern of women. (We've written about this many times). Feminism is for everyone - men and women, young and old, cisgender and transgender, every sexual orientation, every race, every religion, every nationality, every socio-economic status - everyone.

We often like to check in on the younger generation (we particularly like the rotten little girls, who we have lovingly dubbed "the Jr. ESC") in part because college is its own miniature ecosystem which can either feed or hinder the growth of feminist ideals. It's kind of great to witness the "hey, I am a feminist" epiphany that a young woman may have at that age. Often referred to as when they became a feminist, we prefer to think of it as when they realized they had been a feminist all along. I think generally the late teens to early twenties is usually when women who may have thought that feminism wasn't for them realize that it's for everyone.

So imagine our surprise when we saw another young female blogger decide that she didn't consider herself a part of feminism.
...the more I learn about feminism, the more I think, “this just isn’t me.”
She went on to describe feminism as a "cool girls clique":
It's about looking edgy and wearing all these alternative, subculture clothes. It’s about putting buttons with “empowering” women logos on backpacks. Or it’s about saying one thing in a women’s studies class and doing another in real life. Like, every month, when I get my subscription from Bitch there are these ads for knee-high rainbow socks and beautiful, thin, white girls reading “Powell’s Books” on the back. Jessica Valenti (who, I guess, is like the spokesperson for current feminism or something right now) is just another thin, beautiful cool girl.
Of course, we don't believe that her description is accurate. I definitely believe her that there's a stereotypically "cool feminist" group at her college, but really that's because it's... college. It's hardly fair to say that a group of girls at her school represents actual feminism as a whole. And we found it ironic that she chose Jessica Valenti (founder and executive editor of Feministing.com) as the poster child for exclusive "too cool" feminism, because Feministing seems to be quite the opposite for most women.

She is responsible for a lot of young women who thought feminism “wasn’t for them” (because of the negative stereotypes) realizing that they do have feminist ideals and embracing the idea of gender equality.

She wrote this book on “50 doublestandards sluts/studs” or something like that, and a huge component of it was to “jazz” up feminism for a new generation. I know feminism suffers from an image problem, but I don’t think it’s the image that needs to be changed–I think it’s people’s perception of it.

[...]In her attempts to make feminism available to everyone, her blog is frequently crowded with people who don’t understand and refuse to understand core feminist concepts that are inextricably tied to women’s sense of self, security, and humanity. If she’s going to make feminism “cooler,” it’s going to get dumbed down in the process because that’s how our culture is.

So feminism is too exclusive, but it's also too inclusive. She's right about one thing - feminism doesn't need to be jazzed up but the image/perception (FYI: the "image" and the "perception" are the same thing) does - and that is what Jessica Valenti has tried to do with the website and with her books. It's not about making feminism cooler, it's about helping young women realizing that feminism already is cool and has always been cool.

Trying to make feminism accessible to a wider audience doesn’t automatically mean watering or dumbing it down. It also seems a little unfair to say that Feministing is crowded with people who "refuse to understand core feminist concepts". Maybe some of those people just don't understand everything yet because they're still learning, or they understand certain concepts but have areas of disagreement with the theory or with other feminists. I'm sure this blogger herself doesn't understand everything, because really, who does? And that's not to say that we never get frustrated while reading some of the comments on Feministing (because we do), but overall we think it's good to have that space for discussion and not so realistic to expect everyone there to be perfect feminists, whatever that means.

On a personal note (for the sake of full disclosure), we met Jessica Valenti at a Feministing event and she was extremely approachable and welcoming and open, as were the other editors.

We definitely understand what it's like to feel excluded from a certain group, but there are two important points to remember...

1. Just because you feel excluded from a group doesn't mean you are actually being excluded. How much of her feelings of exclusion were based more on the fact that she doesn't feel like she fits in with the "cool girl" feminists vs. the "cool girl" feminists not letting her in?

2. If you are in fact being excluded by a certain group of feminists, that doesn't mean that feminism is exclusive. (Although of course we're not saying that because we're taking some issue with this particular critique, that means that feminism is magical and perfect and above criticism.) Those "cool girls" don't necessarily represent feminism as a whole. You can't expect to become the best friend of every woman with whom you share a label. And if everyone who reaches a point where they feel left out or excluded decides that the solution is to walk away from feminism, where does that leave us? We don't have an answer to that, but we think it's an important question.

We just felt this was an important issue to address. Not to criticize the blogger - she's welcome to her opinion, even if we disagree with it - but to get this message out to any other young women who might think feminism isn't for them. It is. It's for everyone. You might not fit in with every human being on the planet, and that's okay, but there are other women out there with whom you will resonate and connect. And some of those women might even be the "too cool" feminists that you've prejudged.

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March 22, 2009

The ESC goes to WAM next week!

We're going to WAM! That is, the Women, Action and the Media conference.



Women, Action & the Media: A Conference for Activists, Journalists & Everyone

If you care about amplifying progressive women’s voices in the media, WAM! is for you, whether you’re a media producer or a PR strategist, a journalist, an activist, an academic, a community organizer, a feminist, a funder or philanthropist, a “citizen” media watchdog, a media policy advocate, an alternative-network-builder, a blogger, writer, teacher, artist, technology trainer, cartoonist, deejay, or anything else!

The goal of WAM! is to bring together everyone who has a stake in achieving gender justice in media, in order to share facts and ideas, develop skills, build collaborations, bridge differences and create action plans. We’re bringing together more than 600 participants to exchange observations, ideas, experiences, opinions, and tools for change—and plan together for action.

For the first time this year, we’ll be exploring a theme throughout the Conference: Inside/Outside. We all belong inside some communities or networks and are new to or feel excluded or alienated from others. The tension that exists between insiders and outsiders to any given movement, identity, industry or ideology can be destructive, but it can also be harnessed toward mutually beneficial change. At WAM!2009, we’ll explore both sides of this inescapable dynamic in our relationships, organizations, societies and movements.

The conference is March 27-29 at MIT's Strata Center in Cambridge, MA although we will be spending a full week in the Boston/Cambridge area getting some evil slutty business (and pleasure) done. We'd love to hear from any other people attending the conference and also from the locals, as we're always looking for suggestions on how to have the evilest, sluttiest time in every city we visit. (For those of you who will be in New York that weekend though, get yo ass on the floor in Williamsburg on the 28th).

And while we're here... we thought we'd direct your attention to our "Help the ESC" program that you can now participate in. It's very simple... you give us money and we spend it and Evil Slutopia doesn't disappear into the pits of debt.




There are other non-monetary ways you can also help the ESC, so please do check out the info on our new website ESCForeverMedia.com. Help send us to WAM and be a new VIP and BFF of the ESC ASAP (and any other letters that you want).


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March 21, 2009

Pro-Life Isn't: The Votes Have Consequences Campaign

Former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is heading up a new campaign, called Votes Have Consequences, which will target certain pro-choice members of Congress in the 2010 election.

The new group is an arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, which has focused on electing anti-abortion women to Congress.

Musgrave and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said they would mimic tactics that worked for Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund in 2006 against Rep. Richard Pombo of California and in 2008 against Musgrave. In both elections, Defenders' began organizing and running ads months before the election, established local offices, and claimed credit for playing a major role in defeating an incumbent.

"We need to know that the person that we defeat has a scalp that we can hold up high and say their pro-abortion leadership is why they lost," Dannenfelser said.

Yes, because apparently there's no cognitive dissonance at all in using scalping imagery to promote your cause of defending the sanctity of precious human life.

We'll have to keep an eye on this wonderful new campaign, especially since the Susan B. Anthony List's website has a list featuring the pro-life women in Congress, which includes such luminaries as Rep. Michelle "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America, or anti-America?" Bachmann and Rep. Jean 'It's a great idea to stand on the floor of the House and imply that a fellow Representative and decorated Vietnam veteran is a "coward" who wants to "cut and run" in Iraq' Schmidt. If you can't trust women like that to tell you how to make one of the most important and personal decisions of your life, who can you trust?

March 19, 2009

Laura Ingraham: Consider the Source

Since Laura Ingraham is still trying to fuel her "catfight" with Meghan McCain, I thought it would be fun to just do a quick trip down memory lane and have a laugh at the idea that Ingraham thinks she's the best judge of who is intelligent enough to speak out on politics and who deserves to be taken seriously. (And yes, I know I'm just enabling her, and I promise to put her on the Ann Coulter 'Pretend She Doesn't Exist' List once I get this out of my system.)

Here's her latest:

~"I never called Meghan McCain fat!" It was a "throwaway comic line".

Okay, so calling her a "plus-sized model" who is only speaking out about politics because she can't be on The Real World was really meant as just a lovely compliment about how young and curvy and beautiful she is, even though her looks are irrelevant her political views. Got it. Guess that means the Barbie comparison was supposed to be flattering as well, maybe a reference to Barbie's many successful careers. But if that's the case, then how is it a "comic line"? What was the joke supposed to be if you weren't insulting her by calling her a dumb fat girl? Oh wait, I forgot, you don't have to take responsibility for the words that you actually said, because it's somehow all liberals' fault anyway.

And here are some gems from the Ingraham vault:

~"Oh, did anyone see President Bush at the White House? This was interesting: He was celebrating African-American History Month, and he made that comment, saying, you know, "People shouldn't play around or -- with nooses," and that was clearly a reference to, you know, all the problem that, you know, appearance of nooses has caused in this country. And he talked about that. And then, he welcomed Al Sharpton to the White House. I hope they nailed down all the valuables." [2/13/08, on her radio show]


~Discussing Hillary Clinton having an emotional moment on the campaign trail: "I think one thing about the weeping episode, just to -- I actually felt sorry for her for that moment. But remember, we have Islamic jihadists, bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and all these other freaks that want to come to the United States and wreak havoc upon our population. We can't have people who break down and start crying at the most, you know, difficult moments. I mean, come on. This is the big time. She's been in the big time." [1/8/08, on Fox & Friends]


~On veteran journalist Helen Thomas questioning White House press secretary Tony Snow on the U.S. role in relations between Israel and Lebanon. (Thomas is of Lebanese descent.)

INGRAHAM: Oh, come on, grandma, I can't -- I can't -- I can't -- Grandma, grandma, you gotta stop. Was she in her rocker when she was asking those questions? That's my question.

FOX: A walker or a rocker?

INGRAHAM: She should grab a -- no, she should grab a couple of knitting needles and get to work. OK, just enough.

[audio clip: "Help, I've fallen, and I can't get up!"]

INGRAHAM: I got it. I think she's got to stop representing Hezbollah at the White House briefing room. [7/19/06, on her radio show]


~ On stem cell research:

KING: Laura, would you -- Laura, would you agree that more than 50 percent of the public would support stem cell research?

INGRAHAM: I think more than 50 percent of the public would probably approve of public executions of child molesters, but it doesn't mean that we actually do that, Larry. I mean, please. [10/30/06, Larry King Live]


~On former President Bush's declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq:

INGRAHAM: Speaking as a woman, and listening to the women who called into my radio show, seeing President Bush get out of that plane, carrying his helmet, he is a real man. He stands by his word. That was a very powerful moment. [5/4/03, CNN's Reliable Sources]


~Ingraham made GLAAD's list of worst anti-gay and anti-transgender voices of 2008:

"Transgender people were repeatedly used as punching bags by Fox News Channel and guest Laura Ingraham, even as violence and harassment against transgender people continued with disturbing frequency throughout 2008. While guest hosting Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor on February 8, Ingraham interrupted a guest by saying that a transgender conference was "killing the culture." Earlier this year on The O'Reilly Factor, she questioned how parents of a transgender youth "aren't embarrassed" by their child, and most recently, on December 11, she alluded that being gay is a "bad choice" when discussing a Newsweek feature on marriage for same-sex couples."


~Speaking of gay rights: "She went to Dartmouth University and became the first female editor of the conservative Dartmouth Review, where conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, a former boyfriend, also worked. While there, she secretly sent a reporter with a tape recorder to a campus gay students association meeting; she then outed the students in print and sent tapes of the meetings to the students’ parents. In the magazine she called association members “cheerleaders for latent campus sodomites.” (In 1997, more than a decade later, she wrote an article in the Washington Post detailing how she had changed her views in light of her brother Curtis’ coming out as gay.)"


~I can't even bring myself to transcribe this, but enjoy this clip from The View of Ingraham explaining to Whoopi Goldberg that she wanted to "take back" the term "power to the people" from "elitist protestors" like the Black Panthers. [11/13/07, The View]


~Hey, remember that time she encouraged her radio listeners to flood a voter assistance hotline sponsored by the Democrats with crank calls? That was some harmless fun.


~Meghan McCain shouldn't feel too bad, because Ingraham was bodysnarking the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger back in November. She also suggested that California "just secede already". [11/10/08, on her radio show]

~Ingraham clerked for Clarence Thomas in the early 90s, and shockingly, she's not exactly a supporter of Anita Hill. Again, everything is all liberals' fault.


~Ingraham accepted an award from the Republican National Coalition for Life on Sarah Palin's behalf before the Republican National Convention, and said, "Sarah Palin represents a new feminism....And there is no bigger threat to the elites in this country than a woman who lives her conservative convictions." Um, no.


~Feminist scholar that she is, Ingraham had this to say about Brett Favre tearing up during a press conference announcing his retirement:

"All these years, and I didn't know there was a woman quarterback in the NFL," said Ingraham to start her Friday show that aired on replay on Monday at 2:00 a.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

"Brett Favre...we're watching this in the studio, obviously retiring from the NFL, great quarterback, handsome 38-year-old man, he gets up there and he does this press conference that was frankly one of the most embarassing things I have ever seen.

"That's a great message for young boys. 'Get up there and act like a girl and start blubbering like a baby."


~Laura had a nice chat with her buddy Tucker Carlson about gay rights, abortion rights, and feminism, and said, "...it's like, with the so-called women's movement. It's not about women. It's not about women who are vulnerable in the womb, it's not about women who are conservative and are successful, because they don't count as women. It's about a series of issues that move the country farther to the left, and the sooner we understand that, the easier it is to discount this." Tucker also whines about being "hated" and losing friends for being anti-choice and thinking abortion is "evil", and Ingraham's response is that "you're supposed to be hated for this. It's in the Bible. ...doesn't bother me one bit. I'm happy to be hated for that...all the right people are hating you if that's the case."


~On President Obama's appointment of Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius to the post of HHS Secretary: "It's really a slap in the face to Catholics nationwide and I think to the people of this country. Look, she's not just pro-choice. You would expect an HHS Secretary nominated by Obama to be pro-choice. She has forged an alliance over the years with the most ardently, in my mind barbarous "abortion doctor", George Tiller...Her work to protect him over the years really is so shocking and way outside even a mainstream view of the pro-choice issue. It's really shocking." Catholics for Sebelius provides a different take on this supposed "alliance". [3/3/09, Fox & Friends]


So, to make a long story short...



NYC Fundraiser Friday Night!

Last night's fundraiser was so much fun! We may write more about it later (and we definitely will be writing about Girls for Gender Equity sometime very soon, because they're a great organization that deserves your support) but for now, just a quick note-

If you're in NYC, there's another fundraiser tomorrow night for RightRides For Women's Safety. RightRides offers women, transgender and gender queer individuals a free, safe, late night ride home on Saturday nights from 11:59 PM - 3 AM, early Sunday morning in 45 NYC neighborhoods. To get a ride home simply call 1-888-215-SAFE(7233) during the hours of operation. Their mission is to build safer communities by addressing gender-based violence, harassment, and sexual assault by community organizing, offering direct service programs, plus fostering greater safety awareness in related educational programs.



RightRides benefit
in observation of Women's History Month
@ Touchy-Feely


with DJ's Alex, Brian & Julie

Heather's Bar
506 E. 13th Street (at Ave. A)
East Village, NYC

Friday, March 20, 2009 10 PM - late

Entrance is free, but please donate what you can to support RightRides at the DJ booth!

March 18, 2009

NYC Fundraiser/Happy Hour Tonight

Go to the Village Pourhouse tonight to rock out with the Feministing gals and support the kick-ass women of Girls for Gender Equity.

Girls for Gender Equity is committed to improving the physical, psychological, social and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing, and physical fitness, Girls for Gender Equity encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.

Feministing Happy Hour - GGE Edition

@ The Village Pourhouse

64 3rd Ave (and 11th St), New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, March 18th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

20% of the bar sales will go to the GGE.

Happy hour specials until 7pm!

(RSVP to Feministing's Facebook event here.)


Hope to see you there!

March 17, 2009

Support the ESC

First off, we wanted to let you know that we have a brand spanking new website!

ESCForeverMedia.com

Don't worry, Evil Slutopia isn't going anywhere. We just needed a new home for our growing media empire.

And speaking of that...

Many many people have written to us asking how they can be a part of the ESC Movement for Change. And we get it, because if we were them we totally would want to help us too. Okay, fine, maybe we're not actually that shameless, but some of our readers have asked us how they can help us as we build our evil slutty empire. Even after all this time, we have to say that we're still so flattered whenever we realize that other people actually care about what we do.

We're not really the type to look for charity (although we're perfectly okay with lots of shameless self-promotion), but the truth is we have been stressing about money lately. And time. Specifically not having enough of either. And apparently time is money, so technically you could say we're stressing about money twice.

Domain names cost money. Internet access costs money. Upkeeping our ancient computers costs money. Most important of all - Corona costs money, and you know we can't do our best work without Corona. We're also doing a lot of traveling this year - we try to attend events across the country to spread our evil slutty message (ya know, for the betterment of society and crap) - and surprise, that costs money too. Also, hopefully the incomparable Chiquita is coming to visit us this summer, and anyone who kicks in to her travel fund will automatically become a BFF of the ESC, and any other letters that you want.

So basically, the bad news is that the ESC Empire is sort of in debt right now. In fact, we've named our debt: Debbie Debt. We used to call her Little Debbie, but she's really let herself go and has gotten too big for her britches. We would really love to downsize Big Debbie, or even replace her with Patty Profit or Susie Surplus.

The good news is that we have a bunch of projects in the works that are sure to make us rich and famous any day now, including some new sites that we'll be launching later in the year. But in the meantime, you can help us with our empire. We normally wouldn't ask for help, but if some of you want to give it to us anyway... we might as well let you know how!


1. Donate Money

The quickest and easiest way you can help is by making a small a donation to our Paypal account, in order to help offset the costs associated with running the blogs, etc. Do it for the children. And, you know, world peace and stuff.




2. Buy Our Merchandise

If you prefer the "PBS pledge drive" form of fundraising, you can buy something from one of our online stores. Perhaps a nice tote bag? (We've got tons of other cool stuff, but we know how much PBS loves their tote bags).


3. Support Our Sponsors

We invite you to support our sponsors and affiliate programs. You know who they are. They have good shit, that's why we advertise for them. (Well, that and the fact that we get paid. Minimally). If you see an ad on our sidebar, read it. If you see a link to a book or album in one of our blog entries, click on it... it's there for a reason! We know you're going to buy it anyway, you might as well let us get the 2 or 3 cents credit from your purchase.


4. Link to Our Site

Promote us on your website or blog. Digg us or stumble us or tweet us or whatever else modern technology allows you to do to us now... Or just shout our URL from your bedroom window. Whatever works.

http://evilslutopia.com

http://escforevermedia.com


5. Promote Us in Your Neighborhood

Join the "ESC Street Team" and we'll send you a package of Evil Slutopia cards and stickers and other cool stuff to pass out to evil sluts in your neighborhood.

For more information: ESC Street Team


6. Apply to Be an Intern

Want to really be a part of the clique? Apply to be an ESC Forever Media intern!

Will you get paid? No. Will you get school credit? Maybe. (We're willing to fill out any paperwork required for your school, but it ultimately depends on their requirements. We don't have to mention the word "slut", unless you think your school would be into that). Will we let you write for the blog? Possibly. Do you have to live in the New York area? No, but it's a plus, and not just because it means we can take you out drinking.

For more information on how to become an Evil-Slut-in-Training and what the requirements/responsibilities would be: Employment Opportunities


7. Hook Us Up!

Volunteer your time, if you have any "services" or special skills that might be benefit the cause. If you have any other connections that might be helpful towards our ESC World Domination goal, let us know!

(Or, you know, if you just want to send us presents, that's okay too... Our Wishlist)

Got an idea on how to help that we haven't listed? Tell us! We're also always open to suggestions for new merchandise (like our on-going "Suck It" series) or news stories/topics you'd like us to address on the blog.


8. Hire the ESC

We're in the process of getting our consulting service up and running... We can help you with your website, blog or social networking, as well as offer freelance writing and editing services. Please check out our Services page to see if we can help you with your needs.


9. Stay in Touch

Add yourself to our mailing list, so you can keep informed of new and exciting stuff that's going on with the ESC. (You can also add us on myspace, become a fan on facebook, or follow us on Twitter - get links here).


10. Keep Reading!

The final thing you can do to support us is to just continue reading and commenting on our blogs. You are the reason Evil Slutopia still exists. This has truly been an amazing few years and we are so proud to have come so far and hope to continue evolving and growing as time goes on. We couldn't have kept it going without the awesome response we've gotten from our readers and fans, so thanks for the love! Keep it coming!

But your love won't pay our bills.

(Come on, do it for Debbie.)





March 14, 2009

Dumb Bitch Parade: Laura Ingraham

Dear Ms. Ingraham,

Saying the equivalent of "Oh yeah? Well, you're fat" is not an effective counter-argument to anything. If that's all you've got, you should probably just keep your mouth shut. There's only one person in this situation whose ugliness is showing, and it's not Meghan McCain.

Kisses,
The ESC

P.S. Could you possibly be any more transparent? Meghan McCain attacks Ann Coulter to get herself some media coverage and establish a voice, and it seems to be working, so you attack Meghan McCain to try to grab a slice of the attention because you're jealous and threatened and don't want to be replaced by someone younger and blonder. Do you wear pink on Wednesdays too?


I know I wasn't overly complimentary of Meghan's Ann Coulter blog, but I get what she's trying to do right now in terms of her career and I can kinda respect it. And trying to help the Republican Party suck a little bit less isn't necessarily a bad thing, right? It's a thankless job that I certainly wouldn't want. (I prefer being ringside with popcorn watching the GOP crash and burn, but that's just me.) Also, I feel like she deserves a little credit for being willing to come out publicly and say that maybe it's okay to be a moderate Republican and that it doesn't mean you're secretly a latte-drinking gay terrorist who provides abortions as a hobby, knowing that it would make her a target of the right wing shitstorm that comes down lately on any Republican who strays too close to that dreaded 'center' area.


Update: Right after I posted this, I noticed that Meghan's response to the whole drama had just gone up on The Daily Beast.

"I expected substantive criticism from conservative pundits for my views, particularly my recent criticism of Ann Coulter. That is the nature of political discourse, and my intent was to generate discussion about the current problems facing the Republican party. Unfortunately, even though Ms. Ingraham is more than twenty years older than I and has been a political pundit for longer, almost, than I have been alive, she responded in a form that was embarrassing to herself and to any woman listening to her radio program who was not a size zero."

We may not agree with most of her political views, but we have no problem saying we're on Team Meghan on this one.

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March 12, 2009

You know who else can suck it?

Bill O'Reilly. No explanation necessary, you all know it's true.






More items in the Bill O'Reilly Can Suck It store.

If you'd like a list of all the reasons why Bill O'Reilly can suck it in the form of a book that also happens to be hilarious, check out Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly by Joseph Minton Amann and Tom Breuer. It's one of my favorites.

So who should suck it next? This is fun!

Joe Biden Feminism Watch: VAWA in the UK?

There's a new study out that shows some pretty disturbing attitudes towards rape and domestic violence among people in the UK. (The survey covers England and Wales only.) Between 10 and 20% of the people surveyed believe that it's sometimes acceptable for a man to hit his wife or girlfriend if she does something to upset him, including things like flirting with other men, nagging, or dressing sexy in public. Similar numbers believe that if a woman is dressed provocatively while out in public, she is partly responsible if she's raped or sexually assaulted. There's more info and analysis of the numbers at The F Word, a great UK feminist blog.

Reading about this study reminded me of a piece that I read on the Guardian's Comment is free site before the election which suggested that maybe the UK could take some lessons from Joe Biden and the Violence Against Women Act. It never made it into the Biden Feminism Watch at the time, but I think it's still relevant now that the Obama/Biden team is actually in office. Here's my slightly trimmed down version, but the full piece is still up at Comment is free:

The government could learn a thing or two about tackling violence against women from the US vice-presidential candidate...For [Joe] Biden is the man who wrote the groundbreaking Violence Against Women Act in 1994 that was renewed – and strengthened – in 2000 and 2005.

The Vawa has led to programmes, laws and initiatives including a national domestic violence hotline, improved criminal justice responses, better legal access for poor and immigrant women, prevention programmes and – critically - funding for support services such as domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centres. Administered by the Department of Justice, more than $5bn has been awarded to governments and community-based responses under the Vawa. It's no wonder that Biden says he considers the act the "single most significant legislation that I've crafted during my 35-year tenure in the Senate".

In America, the Vawa represents a concerted national effort to tackle gender-based violence. Closer to home, the Scottish government has also been addressing violence against women more strategically and a national violence-against-women fund has led to the expansion of Rape Crisis Centres. In contrast, there is a fractured, criminal justice-driven approach in the rest of the UK that has resulted in a funding crisis for women's support services. The Rape Crisis sector south of the border is being decimated as one group after another closes because of funding cuts.

There are now just 38 affiliated Rape Crisis Centres left in England and Wales – half the number there were in the 1980s – and no funded centres in Northern Ireland at all – meaning that most rape victims do not have access to the specialist support they deserve. A one-off injection from the government of £1m to shore up centres facing immediate closure is welcome but not a long-term solution. In fact, one-in-three local authorities across the UK do not have domestic violence shelters or other specialist services at all as was graphically demonstrated by End Violence Against Women and the Equality and Human Rights Commission last year in our Map of Gaps report.

Nevertheless, ministers are digging their heels in by maintaining that funding for life-saving services is not possible at a national level, rather it is the responsibility of local authorities. Unfortunately, as a result of local commissioning processes, local authorities are increasingly turning to larger, generic services such as housing providers or faith organisations which are cheaper than women's organisations but do not have the expertise on gender-based violence that's been developed over decades in the women's sector...

...So you could say it's all a bit of a mess. Meanwhile in America there is the prospect of a vice-president who believes that national funding of violence against women services is one of the biggest achievements of his political career. Ministers here could take a leaf out of senator Biden's book.


Obviously this isn't to say that politicians in the UK are going to immediately get going on their own version of VAWA just because Obama and Biden won the election. But it's worth considering whether a commitment to ending violence against women coming from the highest levels of the Obama administration (which now includes a feminist Secretary of State) could have an influence on the way that officials in other countries address the issue. If nothing else, the existence of VAWA here in the U.S. gives anti-violence activists around the world something to draw from when tackling the issue in their own communities and with their own governments.

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March 10, 2009

Meghan McCain Has A Beef

It's true. And she wants us all to know it. Meghan McCain has a beef...with Ann Coulter. Edgy. Her very fresh and insightful argument is that Ann Coulter actually hurts the Republican party because she's too extreme and negative and offensive, which is so trite and boring that I had to break for a nap in the middle of typing this sentence. So I'm not in it for the profound political commentary, but there is some stuff in here that I find entertaining.

Meghan starts out by talking about how President Obama is super hip and a rock star and the popular kid in school, while Republicans are uncool and lame and she's sad about that because when you're not hip you can't get down with the youth, or whatever. Between this 'Republicans aren't cool' thing and the shocker about Ann Coulter possibly being too negative, this blog is just full of breaking news. Although, I don't think that someone who's still using not-at-all-dated slang like "my beef" can get too judgmental about how unhip other people are. If she had written "I'm Going To Pop Off On Rush Limbaugh" instead, at least she would have been a little closer to the target.

Now comes the painful part, because Meghan actually says something that makes me briefly consider defending Ann Coulter, which has never happened before and should never happen to anyone anywhere. Here it is:

"Coulter could be the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party. And in some ways I could be the poster woman for the opposite."

Look, I don't really fault Meghan for the whole McCain Blogette thing. If my dad was running for president, I'd be on the bus with him every day and blogging about it too. Fine. But Ann Coulter is a lawyer who has written several best-selling books. (They're poorly written and researched books that are horribly offensive, full of lies, and contribute nothing positive to society, but she still hustled a book deal and duped a bunch of morons into buying them.) Meghan McCain is a chick who got hired as a blogger because she's Meghan McCain and not Meghan Smith. I'm just saying they're not quite at the same level in the "poster woman" competition. Also, I feel like this whole thing is really just about Meghan not wanting Sarah Palin to be the #1 Republican poster woman anymore.

At this point Meghan all but drops the whole Coulter angle to talk about herself and where she stands politically. I guess she's trying to demonstrate her qualifications for the poster woman position. She should have included some sort of graph or timeline because it's very confusing. Let's try to walk through it together based on the info she provides: She voted for John Kerry and says she became a Republican less than a year ago, because she fell "in love with the Republican party" after two years on the campaign trail hanging out with the "most famous and most intelligent" Republicans. Didn't she spend her entire life hanging out with one of the most famous Republicans there is? If he couldn't even sell his own daughter on the GOP, it's no wonder he got his ass kicked in the election. And I have to say that I find all of her talk of being "in love" with the party and "drawn" to it and wanting to fight for it to be vaguely sinister and creepy, but maybe that's just me. So she's a Republican now, and she doesn't like people who say that she's not a real Republican and not conservative enough, but she considers herself a "progressive Republican" because she supports things like stem cell research and gay marriage, at least as much as someone who belongs to a party that wants to ban gay marriage by constitutional amendment can support it. "Progressive Republican" doesn't sound like a very real category to me, so I understand people's confusion about how down with the GOP Meghan really is, but I guess we just don't understand her special love relationship. It couldn't possibly be that she became a Republican when she thought she might get to live in the White House, and now she's sticking with it as a gimmick for her blogging career, but she still wants everyone to think of her as cool and hip and not too Republicany. It's cynical and not loving of me to even think that.

There is a decent argument buried in here somewhere about the fact that catering exclusively to the extreme right-wing of the party really isn't getting the GOP anywhere when it comes to winning elections or attracting new members or appealing to young people. "You're not conservative enough so go away" isn't exactly a winning outreach strategy. Meghan concludes by saying "I love the Republican Party, but if it turns out I am somehow not conservative enough to please its leaders, it makes me wonder—am I then not worthy of even being a member?" Honey, you drink beer, you use the word fuck in casual conversation, you love Dita Von Teese which means that you're not repressing your sexuality completely like a good conservative woman, you once said that Barack Obama was sexy, you enjoy music from genres other than Christian rock, you have a tattoo, and you found A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila hilarious. Do you really need to ask what the conservative party leaders think of young women like you? Just give it up and come over to the dark side already. We'll even make an 'Ann Coulter Can Suck It' shirt for you.

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