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Thursday
Nov072013

Emily's List Membership Reaches 3 Million, a 6-Fold Increase Since The 2010 Tea Party Declaration To Put Women In Our Proper Place

We can’t resist politicizing this Fidan Martinovic editorial, lensed by Semih Kanmaz for Elle Turkey’s November issue. Stylist Irem Akalin chooses sophisticated retro elegance, a point of contrast against this boys club of all white guys. It really looks like today’s Republican Party establishment.

Republicans cay say that there is no war on women, but membership in Emily’s List, dedicated to electing pro-choice women to political office, has risen sixfold in three years, reports The Huffington Post. Not every Republican woman is running scared. But even the % of white married women voting Republican in Virginia dropped in half on Tuesday, compared to the Bob McDonald election four years ago.

A new milestone of 3 million members was hit recently by Emily’s List, compared to 500,000 when the Tea Party came to Washington and many state legislatures in 2010. Perhaps we all have spaghetti for brains, but Republicans have women running very, very scared. They can deny it all day long, but the facts speak for themselves.

Emily’s List played an influential role in the 2012 elections, one that elected a record — though still small — number of women to political office. The majority were Democrats.

Emily’s List is likely to be a key player in 2014 and already is involved in high-profile races that include Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The group has also has thrown its weight behind Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator who garnered national attention for her marathon filibuster against a highly restrictive abortion bill.

Huff Po says that the pro-woman biggest single boost in members came in May, when “conservative radio host Pete Santilli declared Hillary Clinton should be shot in the vagina over Benghazi.” Emily’s List says those comments led a surge of 170,000 new members as a result of Santilli’s comments.

Power to all the Smart Sensuality women around the world!!! ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Jun302013

As A Dominionist, Rick Perry Seeks To Replace Constitution With Old Testament Law | Texas Abortion Battle Resumes

A Shifting Center?

Bloomberg reminds us that Texas isn’t the only state where women’s healthcare is under assault. There are 27 other states that have already passed bills like the one the Texas legislature will take up again tomorrow, in a second special session called expressly to pass last week’s defeated bill on procedural issues.

A “subterfuge” of legislation not undermine;s the constitutional guarantees of Roe v. Wade for more than 60 percent of American women of reproductive age.

Yet the two sides are not as unequally matched as it might seem.

“By the time Davis sat down, people opposed to the recent restrictions on abortion rights — represented not only by the noisy throngs in the Texas Capitol but also some 200,000 watching Davis’s filibuster on the Internet — staged their first big public backlash. They demonstrated that, when pressed, the reasonable American center can push back against the extreme elements opposed to abortion.”

Bloomberg’s editorial board predicts what we’ve been writing since 2007.

“Davis and other legislators in states dominated by social conservatives are right to keep up the fight to protect abortion rights. Even if they lose their battles this week or next, this year or next, they shouldn’t be discouraged. They won’t be standing alone for long.”

Tiana Angel agrees, weighing in for JewishJournal.com: Wendy Davis is good for women, while Rick Perry is bad for women.  Rick Perry is bad for America, while Wendy Davis is making America better.

Understanding ‘God’s War’

The Guardian’s Sarah Posner reminds progressive women and men that Texas is God’s Country. She’s not alone in writing that it doesn’t matter is Rick Perry is a true believer. He acts like one, and he has delivered big-time to the most conservative of social conservatives.

“The religious activists who call on him to ram anti-choice bills through the legislature view politics as a battle between good and evil. They believe they are on a mission from God to battle Satanic forces. In that same 2010 fundraiser speech, Perry described his mission as “bigger than any law or policy,” of being engaged in a struggle not of “flesh and blood,” but “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.

Rick Perry prepares for another 2016 presidential bid with promises to deliver a major piece of abortion-rights legislation this week, a bll that will leave only five clinics in the entire state as abortion providers.

“I feel like I am in the garrison of an army that has devoted itself to the defense of the unborn, here in this state and across the country,” Perry said in a 2010 speech at a fundraiser for a (Christian) crisis pregnancy center.

Rick Perry is very tight with John Hagee, the pastor repudiated by John McCain in 2008, after Hagee’s anto-Catholic remarks became widely-known. Both men are Dominionists, believing that certain Christians are destined to take ‘dominion’ over government. These beliefs are more politial than religious, seeking to replace the Constitution with strictures of the Old Testament.

Blow the Trumpet in Zion!

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too AOC Women

Today, we learn more about a little-known movement of radical Christians who are determined to take over the US government, subordinating all Americans to their view of not only God’s grand plan for Texas. Schlueter and Long have proclaimed that Texas was ‘The Prophet State, ‘annointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government.

The Texas Observer writes that Perry is their man.

If you’re a Democrat, you’re dead meat. These prophets believe that Democrats are controlled by Jezebel and three lesser demons. You think I exaggerate. Last weekend the man who probably seeks to be our next president hugged Alice Patterson, a self-proclaimed apostle from San Antonio who believes the Democratic Party is controlled by ‘an invisible network of evil comprising an unholy structure’ released by the demon Jezebel.

Monday
Nov192012

Lara Stone & Laetitia Casta | Daniele Duella & Iango Henzi | i-D The Wise-Up Issue #322

I-D’s staggeringly beautiful preview of mother to be Lara Stone and mother of three Laetitia Casta couldn’t arrive at a better moment. Themed ‘The Wise Up Issue’, the title is spot on with the reality that women are taking stock of our lives, our rights and the fundamentalist forces moving against us in America and around the world.

While we pad this gorgeous tribute to womanhood with precious quotes that are indeed ‘thoughtful’ about the issues facing American women, enjoy this Monday morning magnificence lensed by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi. If hair stylist and creative director Luigi Murenu is behind the concept, I know that we’re about to enjoy a tribute to Smart Sensuality women. Charlotte Stockdale is the fashion director for this shoot, with makeup by Stephane Marais.~ Anne

Track the development of this issue at i-Donline.

 

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