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A False Gotcha

July 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Quinn  Hyler is very eager for someone to press Sonia Sotomayor about how differences in judging may stem from inherent physiological differences. I hate to disappoint him, but there’s a thoroughly boring answer he could have unearthed himself with about ten seconds of research. The line originates in a speech Sotomayor gave that was exclusively […]

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Tags: Law · Science · Sexual Politics

The Logic of All Sex Laws

June 19th, 2009 · 6 Comments

The federal government’s first Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, used to be the District of Columbia’s top geek. He caught the Obama administration’s eye by, among other things, finding innovative ways to put public data online, and especially to make it more easily accessible through the use of third-party apps. A prime illustration of the […]

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Tags: Law · Sexual Politics · Sociology · Washington, DC

Speaking of Double Standards…

June 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Apparently Sonia Sotomayor’s membership in the Belizean Grove women’s club is turning into some kind of issue—with some wags purporting that it runs afoul of the canons of judicial ethics. Now, several other Supreme Court justices, male and female, have been members of men’s or women’s clubs, and it doesn’t seem to have been a […]

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Tags: Law · Sexual Politics

It’s OK If They’re Conservative, Right?

June 2nd, 2009 · 16 Comments

How is it that there are so many soi-disant liberal guys who think that the rules against being a sexist asshole are somehow suspended so long as you’re attacking a conservative woman? Megan has put up with a metric ton of the kind of abuse that would’ve prompted me to shut down comments long ago. […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Sociology

Stop Making Martyrs

April 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Last week, I couldn’t even have told you whether there still was such a thing as a “Miss USA Pageant,” let alone that it had been held over the weekend. Nor, needless to say, had I ever heard of someone named Carrie Prejean. Had Prejean won the aforementioned  competition, I feel pretty certain that none […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

Joe the Plumber: Metapundit

March 1st, 2009 · 18 Comments

Reading Patrick Ruffini’s jeremiad against “the Joe-the-Plumberization of the GOP,” it suddenly struck me that Joe may well be the first full-fledged metapundit. Here’s what I mean.  It’s hardly new to see political advocates whose non-ideological identities are as important to their public role as the substance of what they’re saying—but there’s traditionally been some […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

Is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?

February 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Huh.  So, a while back, I spoke at some length to a Washington Post reporter doing a piece about young conservatives feeling left out in the “Age of Obama,” what with all their peers caught up in Obamania and whatnot. I wasn’t able to be too helpful because—though I noted my many points of disagreement […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

There, uh, must be something in my eye…

February 6th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Ok, no, I actually got teary watching this too. Pass it around. “Fidelity”: Don’t Divorce… from Courage Campaign on Vimeo. Ok, Ok, when I say “got teary” I mean “bawled like John Turturro in Miller’s Crossing.” Seriously, this is some incredibly powerful stuff.  If they’d had this running during the campaign, I think there’s a […]

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Tags: Law · Sexual Politics

Shorter Mona Charen

December 26th, 2008 · 27 Comments

I have no idea what “bisexual” means.

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Stupid Shit

But Dude, They’re WRONG

December 22nd, 2008 · 9 Comments

It’s a week old now, but this Feministe post exhibits a type of category error that crops up in other contexts, so I figure it’s still worth saying a few words about it. The touchstone is this Rolling Stone postmortem of the battle over Caliornia’s Proposition 8, which concludes that the anti-gay amendment could have […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics