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We heart NY, Gay Marriage & the Empire State Building

Article: We heart NY, Gay Marriage & the Empire State Building

One state at a time! Last Friday evening New York passed a marriage equality bill, allowing gay couples to finally legally marry in the state. Within hours the Empire State building was lit up in a rainbow of colors — woohoo! The pics of the building went Twitterrific all weekend. The most plausible explanation we’ve heard is…

The first cut is the deepest: the recent circumcision debate

Article: The first cut is the deepest: the recent circumcision debate

Thanks to San Francisco’s proposed circumcision ban on the ballot this coming November, there’s been a lot of turtleneck debate of late. Many have been crying antisemitism, which seems a bit ludicrous if you think of male bodily integrity as a human rights issue (i.e. no one would call fighting against female genital mutilation anti-religion) — but then you you find out that one of the main proponents of the ban (btw, proponents are called “intactivists”!) recently put out an anti-c comic with some rather indelicate imagery (i.e.”Monster Mohel”, WTF?). It’s been interesting to read some different takes on the issue:

Beyonce, who run the world? Not girls.

Article: Beyonce, who run the world? Not girls.


Beyonce’s latest hit “Run the World” is a girl-power anthem, sort of: “Who run the world? Girls” over and over. Maybe it’s aspirational. Eh, probably not

Abortion foes seek to redefine "personhood"

Article: Abortion foes seek to redefine "personhood"

If anti-abortion activists thought that redefining the laws of gravity would help their cause, they wouldn’t let a little scientific evidence get in their way. And the latest campaign is almost as far-fetched: A group called Personhood USA is trying to redefine when life begins. It starts “exactly at creation,” according to Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA. “It’s fertilization; it’s when the sperm meets the egg.” Mason wants laws to recognize every fertilized egg as an individual and complete human being.

Using shipping containers to house prisoners: green or inhumane?

Article: Using shipping containers to house prisoners: green or inhumane?

Shipping containers have become a hot form of prefabricated building material: they’re cheap, plentiful, and ready for retrofitting. Their modular nature provides lots of opportunities for creativity, and architects have used them for both homes and larger buildings.

All of these reasons have played into Adelaide, Australia’s decision to experiment with shipping containers as prison cells. But a number of state legislators and activists are crying foul, claiming that the plan is inhumane. Civil libertarian George Mancini told The Advertiser that he sees the plan as representative of short-term thinking on corrections: “I would have thought the future of prisons involves the rehabilitation of prisoners… There needs to be a focus on rehabilitation and reasonable conditions, not just cheap housing but effective housing.”

God is obviously gay-friendly

Article: God is obviously gay-friendly

In case you missed this making the rounds this last week, check out this 3 minute video of Representative Steve Simon (DFL Hopkins/St. Louis Park) eloquently — and we mean EL-O-QUENT-LY — urging his fellow Minnesotan lawmakers not to put a gay marriage ban on the ballot in 2012. They did, unfortunately. But that fact…

Pat Robertson vs. evil lesbians

Article: Pat Robertson vs. evil lesbians

Have you had your daily allowance of crazy today? If not, here’s a little something to meet your needs — and then some. It’s a clip of Pat Robertson explaining why liberals are so intent on killing babies: apparently, it’s all part of a vast evil lesbian conspiracy. The clip was posted by RightWingWatch.org. So…

Naked News: We are all sexual deviants.

Article: Naked News: We are all sexual deviants.

A massive internet study finds that we are all sexual deviants.
It doesn’t just happen in Thailand. Sex trafficking in the U.S. is called “an epidemic.”

Married same-sex couples refusing to lie on their tax returns

Article: Married same-sex couples refusing to lie on their tax returns

RefuseToLie.org is an effort to take a stand against the federal government’s refusal to recognize gay marriages across the country. As it is now, the IRS calls for gay couples who are legally married in states that recognize the union to file as “single” — and some people aren’t going to step in line anymore.…

Let's Talk About Sex (a documentary)

Article: Let's Talk About Sex (a documentary)

Its title may be tired, but the documentary LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX is as relevant and necessary as ever: LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX takes a revealing look at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality affect today’s teenagers. We live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from lipstick to laptops. Yet fear and silence…

Anti-Muslim hate speech in Orange County

Article: Anti-Muslim hate speech in Orange County

“Mohammed was a child molester, Mohammed was a pervert…” Those are just some of the chants protesters hurled at attendees (many children) of a charity dinner held in Yorba Linda, CA by ICNA Relief (an American Muslim relief organization) to help raise money for projects that include women’s housing, hunger prevention, family counseling, medical aid, and emergency financial.

Something to do this Saturday: repro rights rally in NYC!

Article: Something to do this Saturday: repro rights rally in NYC!



The Republicans talk a big game about focusing on getting people more jobs, but as far as actions go, this new Congress seems more intent on limiting people’s freedom, especially women’s. The right wing is going after reproductive rights in general and Planned Parenthood specifically — women’s health care is at greater risk now than it has been years: on February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care! Just check out this funny but horrifying Daily Show summary.

2nd annual Unmarriage Until Gay Marriage ceremony

Article: 2nd annual Unmarriage Until Gay Marriage ceremony

For the second year in a row, the Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping will be celebrating this Valentine’s Day weekend with an un-marriage ceremony for straight married couples who support gay marriage at The Bethesda Fountain in NYC’s Central Park on Sunday from 1 – 2pm. The idea is “no marriage…

Best 3-minute argument for gay marriage ever

Article: Best 3-minute argument for gay marriage ever

Passionate, eloquent, convincing, short and to the point — this is a defense of gay marriage made for the Internet. Zach Wahls,  a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student, spoke out before the Iowa House of Representatives last week against a resolution which would end civil unions in that state by describing his life with…

Naked News: Gagging over Lady Gaga's new fragrance

Article: Naked News: Gagging over Lady Gaga's new fragrance

Ted Haggard reveals to GQ that he would identify as bisexual if it weren’t for, you know, God. But wait, didn’t God make him bisexual to begin with? Religion is confusing.
Ubiquitous James Franco to play porn star Linda Lovelace’s former husband.
New research suggests are no differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals or between women and men in terms of the brain systems regulating romantic love.

What you remembered about the State of the Union

Article: What you remembered about the State of the Union

Immediately after President Obama’s State of the Union address, NPR asked its listeners to describe his speech in just three words, which were all then compiled and put into Wordle, a fun word cloud generator. NPR received responses from over 4,000 people and the result above is a graphic representation of how in tuna people…

Valerie Jarrett on gender parity

Article: Valerie Jarrett on gender parity

Rahim Kanani, a Research Associate for the Justice and Human Rights domain of practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, recently conducted an in-depth interview in the West Wing with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. They discussed the…

How to become a scandal

Article: How to become a scandal

Laura Kipnis is the kind of writer we’d like to be if we weren’t so fond of making poop jokes and cheesy ’80s references (but, hey, there’s still time to grow up, right?). She writes smart books about topics close to our hearts, like love, sex, pornography, and — most recently — scandal. Her new book is called How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior and it will make you feel okay — even intellectual — about rehashing all the gory details regarding Eliot Spitzer’s mistress or the astronaut in diapers. You get to revel in scandal for two hundred pages and still respect yourself in the morning.

Voter to Miller and Murkowski: Bite Me

Article: Voter to Miller and Murkowski: Bite Me

So Republican Lisa Murkowski has been announced the winner in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race against Palin-supported Joe Miller as a rare write-in vote. While growing up in Alaska in a decidedly Democrat household, I never ever thought I’d be rooting (okay, half-heartedly, sorta, lesser-of-two-evils, casually rooting) for a Murkowski, a blue-blood political family. The way…

What the mid-term results mean for reproductive rights

Article: What the mid-term results mean for reproductive rights

Okay, so there were some bright spots in the mid-term election results from Tuesday. Like the resounding defeat of an anti-choice ballot initiative in Colorado, and the seeming triumph of Alaska’s write-in candidate Lisa how-the-hell-do-you-spell-her-last-name Murkowski, who ran against Sarah Palin’s man Joe Miller. But the rather bleak news is that the House of Representatives is now in the hands of politicians who play a little too fast and loose with reproductive rights for our liking.

100 best signs at Sanity/Fear DC rally

Article: 100 best signs at Sanity/Fear DC rally

The always reliable BuzzFeed scoured the Interwebs for the 100 best signs from this weekend’s Colbert and Stewart sponsored rally to “Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in DC.

Bill Maher for President

Article: Bill Maher for President

On Facebook this week, during you know, the times the site was not down, I wrote the status update “Bill Maher should be president.” I don’t think I’d ever gotten as many “likes” as I did with this post. It got me thinking about Maher. He’s in the group of comedians turned political voices, that includes the intentional comics (Colbert, Stewart) and the unintentional comics (Beck, Coulter). But he’s better than them. He’s never acting. He just tells it like it is.

Al Franken chokes up over Don't Ask Don't Tell

Article: Al Franken chokes up over Don't Ask Don't Tell

We should all be choking up, now that Congress has blocked the defense authorization bill (the bill that funds the miliatry) for the first time in decades simply because conservative members (and two Democratic senators!) don’t want to support gay rights, either because they think homosexuality is wrong or, more likely, they’re afraid of pissing…

Marriage = an institution free from state-mandated gender roles

Article: Marriage = an institution free from state-mandated gender roles

Everyone’s saying you’ve just got to read the full text of Judge Vaughn Walker’s overturning of Prop 8 in California last Wednesday — apparently it’s a page turner! You can view it here in full. We admit, we haven’t yet read the whole thing ourselves, but thanks to Rachel Maddow, we were apprised of one…

Graffiti art to be displayed in White House?

Article: Graffiti art to be displayed in White House?

There may be street art hanging up inside the White House thanks to the British Prime Minister David Cameron’s gift to President Obama. In his first official visit to the White House, the Prime Minister presented a painting “Twenty First Century City” by Ben Eine, a familiar presence in the London street art and graffiti…