February, 2012

So, are men whose Viagra is covered by insurance also prostitutes?

By · Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 · 19 Comments »

I glanced at the news a few minutes ago, just long enough to be reminded of why I hate the news. It seems that Rush Limbaugh has found yet another way to be both asinine and grotesquely misogynist: he’s denouncing Sandra Fluke as a prostitute because she testified in favor of health insurance coverage for […]

Time for another dog video

By · Saturday, February 25th, 2012 · 24 Comments »

It’s of a Siberian Husky talking to his bone. Yes, he’s talking to his bone: Now, if I saw a Sheltie doing that, I’d think there was something wrong. I would think he was lonely, bored, lacking in stimulation, sorely in need of environmental enrichment. I do know that wolves sometimes roll around exuberantly in […]

Virginia Republicans suddenly uneasy about being identified as rapists

By · Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 · 3 Comments »

Good news on the state-mandated object rape bill. Gov. Bob McDonnell checked the poll numbers, looked out at the protesters on the Capitol grounds, watched Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show, and suddenly realized that maybe he doesn’t want this particular tin can around his neck. Of course he’s not admitting that; instead he’s […]

One of these is a U.S. citizen

By · Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 · 9 Comments »

Or will be, if the Virginia legislature has its way: It’s poll time here at the Reclusive Leftist! The illustration above depicts four vertebrate embryos at similar stages of development. One is a bird (chicken), one is a mammal (human), one is a fish, and one is a reptile. Can you guess which is the […]

Virginians silently protest state-mandated object rape bill

By · Monday, February 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments »

This is the picture from the Maddow Blog of protesters lined up along the walkway into the Capitol today to protest the object rape bill: You know what makes me happy about that picture? The dog. David Dayen thinks our godbag legislators and neo-Confederate governor may be getting cold feet. I hope so, but I […]

The war on women, Obama, and Hillary Clinton

By · Saturday, February 18th, 2012 · 52 Comments »

In the comment thread on my “War on women” post, Jill from Brilliant at Breakfast brought up Hillary Clinton. I’m not sure what prompted it, since we weren’t talking about Hillary Clinton, but here’s the question she posed: Are you all absolutely certain that “Hillary never would have put us in this position”? 100%? I’m […]

War on women reaching some kind of fever pitch

By · Thursday, February 16th, 2012 · 34 Comments »

The top news today is that Democratic congresswomen walked out of the all-male hearing today on contraception, after that asshole Issa refused to let any women testify. They’re not qualified, you see. Here’s the picture seen around the wires: Meanwhile, Santorum’s top donor ridiculed women’s need for contraception: FRIESS: On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, […]

My letter to Governor Bob McDonnell on the state-mandated object rape bill

By · Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

The Virginia legislature has passed an object rape bill mandating that if a woman wants an abortion, she has to submit to a medically unnecessary vaginal probe. As constitutional law professor Tobias Wolff describes it, “The mandated procedure requires that a woman’s vagina be distended with a speculum and that a probe be inserted into […]

Through the looking glass and down that slippery slope

By · Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 · 4 Comments »

Remember when I said that some feminists were “prepared to argue that it’s crucial to hold the line, to make sure that Obama’s religious liberty exemption applies only to contraception“? Here we go: “Sen. Blunt’s proposal would render the notion of health insurance meaningless, and give businesses and corporations effective veto power over their employee’s […]

Question for the group

By · Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 · 4 Comments »

A longtime reader writes: Hi Violet, Do you remember the article (I think published within the last year) describing a study that explored negative attitudes towards women held by men who use porn? I have been searching various blog archives, but haven’t been able to come up with it. This sounds vaguely familiar, but I […]