Author Archive


August 20, 2012 Is Crowley’s Presence as a Presidential Debate Moderator a Signal of Women’s Equality? That’s Debatable.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. When the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the moderators for the 2012 presidential and vice presidential debates, there was widespread excitement about the fact that two women were on the list. Think Progress’s Annie-Rose Strasser called the […]

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July 23, 2012 “#killyourselfbitch” and other Misogynistic Responses to the Aurora Theater Shooting

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda.                       Last week’s tragic shooting in a Colorado movie theater  has prompted a predictable series of debates over gun control, the influence of media in society, and the […]

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July 13, 2012 Tosh, Rape Culture, and the Number Five

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. Five. It’s the number of guys Daniel Tosh joked about gang raping a female audience member. It’s also the number of women you have to assemble in the U.S. in order for one of them to be the […]

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June 18, 2012 Words Matter: Google Docs is Not the Only Thing Trying to Silence Us

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. Last week was a(nother) rough one for women in language and politics. First, we got our collective lady parts (of speech) handed to us by Google Docs, which flagged “Congresswoman” as a grammatical error and suggested “Congressman” as […]

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May 09, 2012 Why “The Avengers” is a Feminist Film

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. The Avengers assembled a record-breaking box office take ($200.3 million from U.S. audiences) on opening weekend, breaking the record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows—Part 2. The Christian Science Monitor attributes the film’s opening-weekend success, in […]

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May 08, 2012 Obama, Women Voters, and “The Life of Julia”

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. The summer blockbuster season is upon us and Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign is officially in wide release. Unlike most Hollywood executives, however, Obama is targeting women. Last week, he launched a new slogan, debuted a campaign video, rallied […]

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April 02, 2012 The “Madness” of Bracketology Bias

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. Last week we bid farewell to March Madness—and not just on the basketball court. In the past month, the war on American women produced a dizzying array of misogynistic attacks so anachronistic it seemed like the world had, […]

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March 05, 2012 On “Sluts” and the Speakability of Sexism in U.S. Political Culture

 The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. Last week, a media firestorm was ignited by Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before Congress on the question of whether or not religiously-affiliated institutions should be required by […]

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February 22, 2012 Hey, PETA–Don’t Women Deserve as Much Respect as Animals?

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. By now you’ve probably heard about PETA’s latest attempt to convince people to go vegan. The animal-rights organization known for its racy ad campaigns recently launched a website called “Living with BWVAKTBOOM,” an acronym that stands for the […]

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December 14, 2011 Porning Politics: How Pornification is Making the (Political) World a Worse Place

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda. In his recent Huffington Post piece, Mike Edison made his case for “How Sex Magazines Made the World a Better Place.” His conclusion? In addition to supposedly holding “pictures of naked ladies” in a “more sacred light” than […]

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