I probably don’t have tell anyone here that last night was pretty great for vaginas.

Let’s get into the details.

  • For starters, the obvious. We have a pro-choice,
    pro-equality President for the next four years. We also have four Supreme Court
    justices well over the age of 70. (I predict we will see far fewer
    anti-abortion laws floated on the state level, because the pro-life movement’s
    hopes of one of those laws making it to the SC and being used to overturn
    Roe v. Wade just got turned upside-down.) http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/30/opinion/la-oe-chemerinsky-scotus-future-20121030
  • A record number of women will serve in the US Senate next
    term; 20, up from 17 this term, and more than double the number that served 15
    years ago. The new senators include the first openly gay woman (Tammy Baldwin,
    Wisconsin), the first female combat veteran (Tammy Duckworth, Illinois), and
    the first Asian-American woman (Mazie Hirono, Hawaii) to serve in the Senate.
  • All six female Senators who were running for reelection won; Maria Cantwell
    (Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar
    (Minn.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)
  • Female Senate candidacy broke records as well; Almost half of the 33 Senate
    races this year had serious female candidates, and in two races, both final
    candidates were female.
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This ad is making Republicans Ca-RAYZEE.

A successful young woman made an ad for Obama that contains sexual double entendre.

 

Some people are very, very upset about it.

Which makes me like it even more.

They seem to fall into two basic categories:

1 – It’s inappropriate.

There are various flavors of this; Analogies between sex and politics are inappropriate, the Obama campaign should be ashamed to be associated with such an ad, it’s in poor taste, etc.

The sex & politics analogy objection is a pretty weak argument, given how much actual campaigning has been done around the various issues surrounding reproduction – and Republicans have only themselves to blame for that. You want to separate sex and politics? Stop trying to legislate reproductive issues, and for the love of all you think is holy, BACK AWAY FROM THE RAPE BABIES.

The shame and bad taste objections just boil down to people’s discomfort with a young woman talking about sex in a way that doesn’t objectify or shame her. Lena Dunham has had sex. She’s not ashamed of it, she doesn’t regret it, she’s not embarrassed if other people know it. That just squicks some people out, and to them I say TOUGH SHIT, GET USED TO IT.

2 – It panders to women.

Yes, it does. It’s a political ad. Every political ad there’s ever been has pandered to someone. So why are some people particularly bothered by an ad that panders to young women? First, it challenges what the culture tells us about young women. They might bear no resemblance to cheerleaders or sexy co-eds or uptight virgins or teen moms or the other representations of young women we usually see. They might have tattoos, they might embrace their sexuality, they might be smart at the same time, and they might have political opinions and priorities that differ from our own. There’s a generation of female voters out there who are far more progressive on “social issues” than the generation before them, they care about these issues a lot, and they don’t care whether the rest of us like it. That scares the crap out of some people. And I love it.

Bindergate

Well WHAT should we talk about today?



I haven’t yet watched
the debate; I had dinner with three fantastic female friends instead. But it
only took one post-cocktail phone-check to hear about the “binders.”

Personally,
I find his later comment about being flexible so women can go home and cook
dinner much more repugnant. I also don’t think it’s news that a) he sucks on
women’s issues, and b) he sucks at talking about it. But Bindergate puts public
attention back on these issues, which is great, and it’s led to some handy
round-ups of the facts on Romney’s record on women.

First, read today’s blog post from Rachel Maddow. (She’s a
woman, but she already has a job, so she wouldn’t be in a binder. She works
late sometimes though. But she doesn’t have a husband. Hmm. Perhaps in the next
debate, Bob Schieffer can ask Romney which came first, the demanding job or the
lesbian?)

Then go to http://bindersfullofwomen.com/.
(Gosh someone put that up fast. Probably in all that spare time after doing the
dishes and putting the kids to bed.)

Our judicial system is more diverse than ever before.

Good Vagina News!

As of today, Obama has put 72 female judges on the federal bench – the most ever appointed by a president in one term. (That’s the same number W appointed in 8 years. Clinton appointed 111 female judges in total, but only 61 in his first term.)

29 of those women are racial minorities (22 for W), three are openly gay (0 for W.) Obama has also doubled the number of Asian-Americans on the federal bench.

70% of Obama’s federal judicial appointments have been women or minorities, making him the first President in history not to appoint a majority of white men.

That’s change a vagina can believe in.