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FFFF: “How to Talk to Women” for Republicans

Funny Feminist Friday Film square logoA progressive PAC in the US has put together this spoof Republican training video for candidates on “how to talk to women” without offending them as pesky potential voters.

h/t to Feministing for sharing the video and reminding us how spot-on this in, especially given the GOP is really offering lessons on speaking to women voters.

Transcript (after the jump): Read more

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Speak Out Against Slapstick Misogyny: A Stern Ethics Rant/Sermon for Hillary Haters

Screen capture from the "Slap Hillary" game, showing a cartoon hand slapping Hillary Clinton's face

Screen capture from the “Slap Hillary” game, showing a cartoon hand slapping Hillary Clinton’s face

by Jessica Mason McFadden

I’m going to take a moment to deliberately not be nice, for the first time on Gender Focus. It’s time to get mad, again, about the archaic scapegoating of women-who-serve-as-public-officials in the guise of slapstick comedy.

If you haven’t already heard, Hillary Clinton is, once again, on the dark side of the news without having done anything to elicit it. A Republican Super PAC, “The Hillary Project,” self-proclaimed as “the only thing standing between Hillary and the White House,” has revived a “Slap Hillary” game that allows “players” to make a Hillary-head speak with the click of a button, and to slap her with another click. These are the only two options in the game. Make her speak and slap her.

The game is simple. Disturbingly so. But there is nothing simple about the message that this game sends about and to women and girls.

Proverbial “slapping” of ambitious women is old, stinky, mothy, moldy hat. Hat with a big hole and fist full of misogyny through it. There is nothing poignant, clever, or funny about it. Anyone who slaps, even virtually, a woman in earnest or in humor has made a cowardly, unfortunate choice. One with many consequences.

Since when is it okay to invoke a visual rhetoric of violence in order to … wait, I’m hard-pressed to even guess as to a motive. It’s certainly not to promote a political position, that’s for sure. As a matter of fact, it has nothing at all to do with governmental politics. Let’s call it what it is: what’s we’re dealing with is the politics of misogyny, plain and simple. Take the donkey vs. elephant element out of this because that’s the guise misogyny’s hiding behind.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and trust in my personal ethics enough to believe that most rational people who read this article will find themselves in agreement. For starters, people should not be slapped for being outspoken and staking a political or intellectual position. Not Palin. Not Clinton. Not your mother. Not your sister. Not your daughter. Not your brother. No one. If you’re truly angry, then find a productive, non-violent, non-bullying way of expressing it. Advance society rather than devolving it. It can’t be that hard to talk about issues rather than slapping people, right?

Sometimes we need to growl that collective growl, and let loose a big: Humanity, get your shit together! Read more

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FFFF: Binders Full of Women

More than one video today because there have been a whole bunch of ones recently mocking Mitt Romney’s politics on women’s issues, particularly his recent debate comment around “binders full of women.” That one made Jonathan Mann’s Song of the Day this past Tuesday:

Here’s Slate News on why the comment resonated:

Another musical homage by Eytan and the Embassy:

And finally another great video that’s been going around, not on the binders comment but on Romney’s comment that it’d be easier for him to get elected if he was Latino. Rosie Perez sets Mitt straight:


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FFFF: Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign

Ashley Judd, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katy Mixon, and Eliza Coupe weigh in on what Rick Santorum should really consider before aborting his campaign. From FunnyOrDie.

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VA Ultrasound Bill Shows Need to Stay Active on Reproductive Rights

by Sarah Jensen

“When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up and fight back!”

–Demonstrators at Virginia State Capitol

On March 3rd, a protest was held in Virginia against the newly passed forced ultrasound bill. An estimated 1,000 women, men and children walked from downtown Richmond and assembled at the Capitol building. There they were met by police who, within three minutes of their arrival, decided to use force to disperse them. More officers were called in, equipped with riot gear, pepper spray, dogs and machine guns.

The reason for the authorities’ swift, extreme reaction? The demonstration was deemed unlawful because many of the protesters were on the Capitol steps without a proper permit; the permit that they had acquired only allowed them to assemble at the nearby Bell Tower. So, because of this transgression, police armed with riot shields held back protesters at the bottom of the steps, while unshielded officers arrested 33 demonstrators who sat in peaceful protest on the steps.

Del. Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, has spoken out against the arres, saying they are “…the latest example of government overreach that we’ve seen in recent weeks.”

“The men and women who marched on Capitol Square have a right to peacefully protest without the threat that they will be arrested for exercising that right,” McQuinn said in a news release. “At several recent women’s rights events, there has been an overabundance of police presence. In fact, the Capitol Police tactical team has been at all of the events,” she said.

The pictures and video from the event are both disturbing and inspiring. It’s frightening that peaceful protestors were met with intimidation and threats of violence. These extreme reactions, however, have only brought more attention to the issue. Read more

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Social Media Helps Boycott Rush

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke Giving Testimony

by Sarah Jensen

Last week Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, a “slut” for speaking out in support of accessible birth control. He later elaborated

“A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is.  So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. … So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal.  If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

After years of bullying and slandering women, these comments became the final straw; over the weekend thousands of angry people took to the internet, urging his sponsors to stop cut their ties with him. He’s been dropped by 35 of them so far, and the number continues to rise.

Among the many articles which have been written about the situation, one of the most interesting I’ve found is the Forbes piece that I’ve excerpted below, which discusses the powerful role that social media has played in the boycott:

“Women aren’t waiting to be told what to do or which petition to sign, they’re just doing what we do best: talking and connecting,” agreed Allison Fine, senior fellow for progressive think tank Demos.

It’s the next chapter in many ways to the story that hit the public consciousness with the strong, active online reaction to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood a month ago. The response was quick, massive, and targeted. My own social graph (on both Facebook and Twitter) lit up like a summer fireworks display after sundown – stirring conversation, concentration around hashtags and shared media, and truly crowdsourced action.

“What we’re seeing right now is a continuation of the networked response to the right-wing war on women’s health that began with the Komen reaction a few weeks ago,” said Fine. “It is across generations and extra-organizational with individual women using a variety of social media channels to connect with other women and create their own protests.”

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