Monthly Archive: November 2011

Siri Can Find Viagra but Not Birth Control.   ???? 0

Siri Can Find Viagra but Not Birth Control. ????

By Megan Carpentier for The Raw Story  Siri, the new iPhone 4S voice-activated assistant, has answers for everything from where to find Viagra and escorts to where to dump a body. One thing Siri won’t help you find, however, is an abortion. If you ask where to get one in D.C., Siri directs you to an anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Center instead of Planned Parenthood. Ask in New York City, and Siri says, “I didn’t find any abortion clinics.” Asked about emergency contraception in New York City, Siri says it doesn’t know what Plan B is. Siri mines Internet data to...

Sexism in Politics: “Lyin’ A** B*tch” Edition 0

Sexism in Politics: “Lyin’ A** B*tch” Edition

Though I disagree with Michele Bachmann’s politics… You know what? No. I’m not even going to preface this. Rep. Michele Bachmann was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. The show’s house band, The Roots, thought they’d be “snarky”with their choice of song for Bachmann’s entrance. I’d say they missed the mark. They played “Lyin’ A** B*tch” by Fishbone. Though the band did not sing the lyrics (they played an instrumental version), the message was pretty clear. It is beyond frustrating that a member of Congress and presidential candidate would be subjected to such a sexist and offensive outburst. If...

Women Becoming Union’s New Voices – “Redefining the Union Boss” 0

Women Becoming Union’s New Voices – “Redefining the Union Boss”

By Kathleen Sharp – New York Times Not long ago, truckers pulled off highways across America and tuned in to someone whose CB handle was “Troublemaker.” “I’m barely hanging on,” one driver lamented. His employer, the U.P.S. freight unit, was turning to nonunion drivers — people outside the International Brotherhood of Teamsters , he said. “We need to start enforcing our contracts!” Troublemaker replied. Troublemaker, better known as Sandy Pope, is the first woman to run for the presidency  of the Teamsters, against the powerful, three-term incumbent, James P. Hoffa. Yes, Hoffa. Odds are that Ms. Pope will lose — final results are due today....

Name It.  Change It. 0

Name It. Change It.

Do you want women candidates to have a fair shake in 2012?  Do you wish women running for office would have their stance on issues and policies covered in the media instead of stories on what brand of high heels they are wearing? Every day, Name It. Change It. points out sexist media coverage. In just the last month, they have called out a men’s magazine for their list of the “50 Hottest Women in Politics” (which included terms like “slutty,” “big-boobed,” and “uber babe” to describe female candidates), a newspaper that speculated whether Nancy Pelosi had plastic surgery, and online media that...

Independent Progressive Wins MO House Seat 0

Independent Progressive Wins MO House Seat

By Kathy Groob, Publisher of ElectWomen Magazine Tracy McCreery didn’t let her local Democratic Party shut her out of an opportunity to run in a special election that was held Tuesday to fill an open House seat in St. Louis County Missouri.  No primary was scheduled when the House seat was vacated; it was left up to the Republican and Democratic Parties to select their nominee.  That’s when Tracy felt the door slam in her face. The good old boys network didn’t stop Tracy from running, the long-time progressive Democrat filed as an independent and on Tuesday, she beat both...

Elizabeth Warren makes the “proper case for liberalism” 0

Elizabeth Warren makes the “proper case for liberalism”

Elizabeth Warren, who is running to be the next Senator from Massachusetts, makes a great argument defending progressive economic policies and debunking accusations of “class warfare.” “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have...