What’s the Most Important Presidential Debate Question?

[Editor's Note: Are you planning to watch the Presidential Debates in October? The first one starts next week, on Wednesday, October 3. Gloria Feldt of Heartfeldt calls it "required watching for all voters". If you had a chance to ask questions to President Obama or Mitt Romney, what would you want to know? Here's what Gloria suggests. --Grace] ...more
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The Hello Ladies Guide to Sexism in Politics (revisited)

Clearly it’s time to revisit The Hello Ladies Guide to Sexism in Politics. Recently, in a story about whether Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan would run for governor, a reporter for the Chicago Sun Times wrote, “Madigan and her husband, Pat Byrnes, have two young children, ages 7 and 4. She was asked whether she could serve as governor and still raise her kids the way she wants to.” ...more

Dear GOP: President Obama is Not "Bad Boyfriend"

[Editor's Note: Have you seen this ad produced by the Republican National Committee? BlogHer Nordette Adams calls it the "Break up with your boyfriend Obama ad", playing on the President's charisma. But Nordette explains at her blog Whose shoes are these anyway? that she finds this comparison both sly and condescending. --Grace]...more

Is Education Reporting Failing?

[Editor's Note: How much do you REALLY know about the state of our public schools? Even in discussions with educated, concerned parents, I find that many people have only vague ideas of what's going on with our educational system and what needs to be done. Susan at Over the Edge writes that when it comes to education coverage, most media outlets aren't doing enough to investigate. What do you think? --Grace] ...more

It's Not Just The Bachelor or Girls, Hipster Racism is All Over TV

[Editor's Note: There's been a lot of talk recently about hipster racism and how shows like The Bachelor or Girls lack people of color, but isn't that a pretty common characteristic of mainstream TV? And by diversity, let's move beyond the the funny black sidekick or the accented Asian diner cook! Lori Tharps of My American Meltingpot has some suggestions for other shows, too. --Grace]...more
 @catlin1111 This is a big country. There are all kinds of folks living in it. Television is a ...more

Why John Derbyshire's Nonblack Version of "The Talk" Offends

[Editor's Note: The Trayvon Martin case has brought into the open "the talk" that many black parents have with their sons. Last week, The National Review writer John Derbyshire attempted to spoof the concept by writing a post called "The Talk: Nonblack Version" on Taki's Magazine. After much public outrage, The National Review fired Derbyshire....more
@spicycheeni I can't think of any book on it! People talk about rescuing girls from brothels. ...more

Maher: As Misogynist as Limbaugh and as Free to Be Vile

Editor's Note: The Cute Conservative shared a video released last week by ShePAC which contrasts the comments in the media and by politicians on the misogynist language by Rush Limbaugh with that on the misogynist language of comedian and Obama supporter Bill Maher. Here's what she has to say. -- Julie...more
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Sexism in Politics: A Guide

Editor's Note: Hello Ladies broke down what they're seeing in the political discourse into Overt, Subtle, Blink-and-You-Miss It types of sexism. Read the full post and tell me if you agree. -- Julie]...more
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Ashleigh Burroughs on Gabrielle Giffords' Return to Congress

Editor's Note: Like a lot of us who are outraged about the debt ceiling crisis, BlogHer Ashleigh Burroughs -- always outspoken with her political views -- is not very happy with Washington these days. She starts a post today with "I am sizzling. Steam is pouring out of my ears. You do not want to be near me if you are a member of Congress." ...more

Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng, and an Embarrassing Pie in the Face

Editor's Note: Today Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks testified before members of Parliament about the News International phone hacking scandal, which has resulted in a wave of resignations and arrests, including Brooks'. ...more

When I was writing about Snowflower and the Secret Fan a few days ago, all the major news ...more