Why This Pope Is Better for Women Than Republicans

Let’s begin with a qualifier: us saying the Pope is better for women than Republicans does not mean we think the Pope is some new progressive superhero. He’s got 2000 years of dogmatic baggage to contend with. He believes people — including those in third world countries where HIV and overpopulation are serious problems — shouldn’t […]

Who’s the Least Sexy Republican Presidential Candidate?

We thought about asking who the sexiest Republican presidential candidate was, but that seemed like an unanswerable question. “Least sexy” seems much more do-able…and more competitive. At last count, there were over 30(!) declared Republican candidates. We’ve narrowed them down to the biggest players. Polldaddy wouldn’t allow more than 11 options, so we had to […]

Wise Guys
Why Men Cat-Call, According to Men

Advice from three of our guy friends. This week, they answer the following: Why do men cat-call? Straight Married Guy (Figleaf): Oh boy, where did I just see a link to a TV clip of a woman walking up to men who cat-called her and asked them why?  (You can answer in comments if you’ve […]

Understanding Islamic Feminism

“Islamic feminist.” Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But this week’s episode of the PRI radio show “America Abroad,” produced and written by (our amazing friend) Mia Lobel, will get you thinking. This fascinating hourlong podcast called “Understanding Islamic Feminism” covers feminist reinterpreters of the Koran in Egypt, Morocco’s most progressive family law in the East (which makes it […]

Some Early Sexist Tweets About Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

Yep, we totally live in a post-feminist world, where gender doesn’t matter, everyone’s on an equal playing field, and sexism has been stamped out. And can we get a pony, while we’re at it? Maybe a unicorn? Because that’s just not the reality we live in. Below are just a handful of the charming tweets […]

Sign More Petitions: White House Endorses Ban on Conversion Therapy

Earlier this year, transgender teen Leelah Alcorn committed suicide and said, in her suicide note, that her family had forced her to see Christian therapists who told her that she was  “selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.” Soon after, a White House petition was launched on Change.org, calling for […]

20 Rand Paul Quotes That Tell You Everything You Need to Know

So Senator Rand Paul is running for president. The good news is, there’s no need to do any hard-core investigative reporting in order to figure out if he’s the man for the job. His own oh-so-quotabe quotes tell you everything you need to know. You know, whichever way you’re planning on voting. 1. “My opponents […]

Pop Culture
Interesting Kickstarter: A Documentary on an Alternative Love Model

Filmmakers Ian MacKenzie and John Wolfstone are challenging what they call “the myth of the one” by profiling a group in Portugal called Tamera, a “free love” community dedicated to “social sustainability” and a “future without war” by making all matters of love and sexuality within a community completely transparent. Check out their impressive pitch […]

TBT: Stephen Fry on the Catholic Church’s Obsession with Sex

Lo listens to YouTube debates on religion for fun. (Seriously, it makes doing the dishes so much more entertaining.) She just came across an oldie-but-a-goodie: A 2009 “Intelligence Squared” debate entitled “The Catholic Church Is a Force for Good in the World” featuring Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Ann Widdecombe (with a voice only a Monty […]

Love Has No Labels

“Before anything else, we are all human. It’s time to embrace diversity. Let’s put aside labels in the name of love.” No, it’s not skeleton porn. #LoveHasNoLabels is the new diversity and inclusion campaign by the Ad Council.  There’s a dedicated website with a quiz, stories, tips, resources and the obligatory adorable video that will melt the […]