More in the good news/bad news realm of thinking

The new Congress is pretty much the same as the old Congress when it comes to religion, and when it comes to gender. According to that last link at Vox: The 115th Congress, which was officially sworn in on Tuesday, will be the most racially diverse Congress in history. Gender diversity, though, is another story. While 14 non-incumbent women …

Welp, we have some more work to do on the Pope

Just kidding. I mean who am I to work on the Pope. but some remarks he made yesterday were disappointing, and not just to the LGBTQ crowd. In a private meeting with bishops from Poland, Pope Francis said that  schoolchildren are being taught they can choose their gender as part of what he called an “ideological …

Can a feminist vote for a man?

Is this even a question? Lately, some old-school feminists — some of whom I deeply admire — have been quoted as “chiding” young feminists who support Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Because Bernie’s a man, and Hillary’s a woman, and, well, if you’re a girl, you need to vote for a …

Let’s take a deep breath

Rachel Dolezal, former NAACP official in Spokane, Wash., went on “Today” — uh, today — and reiterated that she identifies as black. Dolezal’s parents recently went on record to say that the family is (mostly) Caucasian, though their daughter has identified as African American for some time. The Interwebs has gone wild with this in …

Sexism: It’s not just for women

Read Ozy Frantz and Noah Brand at AlterNet, who write: We live in a sexist society, one where gender programming starts at birth (though the advent of the sonogram has allowed parents to get a head start by painting the nursery pink or blue and stocking up in advance on gendered toys and clothes) and …