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YOUR DAILY MENENDEZ

Libertarian Republican: YOUR DAILY MENENDEZ: A new feature here at LR: News round-up of stories surrounding America’s favorite underage foreign Hooker solicitor PHILLY INQUIRER Fr…

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 I was at this event. The four panelists were very different. Economist Veronique de Rugy made it very clear that she was neither a conservative nor a Republican, but a libertarian, and actually discussed how, though the government and both the Republican and Democratic parties have shrunk the economy, caused unemployment, raised taxes, and saddled everyone with 16 trillion in debt, feminism has created more opportunity for women in America to pursue whatever career they’d like.

I guess this is a misfired sophomoric attempt at a humor piece, and not reportage?
Conservative Women Want You to Know They Enjoy Sex. Really.

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Conservative Women Want You to Know They Enjoy Sex. Really.

If conservatives like sex, they sure need to do a better job of showing it. And it’s not just lefty feminists like myself who think that.
A woman at a panel held Wednesday night by the right-wing Independent Women’s Forum on how to reach out to woman had the same take. Leslie Paige, 55, who works for an advocacy group promoting smaller government, had her mind on bigger things when she took the mic and said, “I just want to say one small word and the word is sex.” Paige explained that college-aged women see Republicans as “a bunch of prudish, anti-sex, anti-reproductive freedom people.” So Paige has a brilliant suggestion for combatting the image problem: bumper stickers that say “We Like Sex Too.” The room went silent for a second, but then broke into a round of applause and hoots.
Great! Now we can all go home. Not really. The problem that Paige doesn’t get is that this isn’t an image problem. This is a content problem. I’m happy that conservatives enjoy sex, but that doesn’t mean the policies they and their party support aren’t “anti-reproductive freedom.” And if Paige doesn’t think the conservative movement and the GOP isn’t in opposition to reproductive freedom, she’s in denial.
And she’s not the only one who thinks “De Nile” is a river in Egypt, if you get my “drift” (doy! Two puns in ONE sentence). The Independent Women’s forum panelists pretended contraception was totes not an issue for conservatives. As Talking Points Memo reports,
When prodded by audience questions, the panelists said that contraception was a non-issue. As [conservative blogger Mollie ] Hemingway put it, contraception was thought up by Democrats who found it tested well in focus groups despite being a completely settled issue. Her response was to urge Republicans to respond with their own accusations that are “just as crazy,” something like, “they’re stealing your hot dogs!”
With all do respect to Mollie Hemingway, that is a bald-faced lie and an idiotic or totally dishonest comparison. (Maybe conservatives need to just stay away from comparisons for a while, because they’re pretty shitty at them.) I mean, don’t get me wrong: the comparison totally works in an alternate universe in which Democrats ran on stealing hot dogs. But science fiction aside, Republicans and not Democrats turned contraception into an issue when they, I dunno,“flipped out” about the Obamacare mandate that required employers to cover contraception. Rep. Darrell Issa made it an issue when he held an all-male hearing against birth control and barred Sandra Fluke from speaking. (Talk about good optics!) Paul Ryan made it an issue when he vowed that the contraception mandate would be gone on “day one” of the Romney presidency (remember when that was going to be a thing?). And these are just some examples, because we don’t have all day.
In all seriousness, I don’t know if these women are being cynically dishonest or are in denial. But there is some kind of cognitive dissonance going on here. Because somehow, somewhere they really know that Republicans suck when it comes to women’s issues.
Panelist and anti-feminist Hoff Sommers said,
“We have some problematic allies…. Conservative leaders and funders, they don’t take women’s issues seriously….I’m not sure what’s worse: conservatives ignoring women’s issues, or conservatives addressing them.”
And Sabrina Schaeffer, the executive director of IWF and a panelist (whom I once debated on MSNBC and who thinks you can be a feminist without supporting pay equity) complained:
“I know sometimes when I go into a donor meeting and I see someone’s eyes just glazing over, like, ‘why would I care about women?'”
But the solutions the panel offered reveal they don’t really care about women’s issues, either. They just care about getting more women to vote for a party which is fighting to turn back the clock on women’s issues. They want improvements in optics to trick women into voting for Republicans. They,
cheered the fact that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is part of the Republican House leadership and urged Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to “glue” her to him because the optics of having a visible woman in the GOP are important….They wanted more Republican women legislators and conceded that the GOP should take a page out of Democrats’ playbook and simply ask more women to run for office…. Both she and conservative blogger Mollie Hemingway talked about the importance of changing the way Republicans relate to women….They needed more Laura Ingraham and less Rush Limbaugh, [paneslist Karlyn] Bowman said.
I’m all for less Rush, but more Laura Ingraham? Really? She may have a vagina, but that doesn’t mean she’s good for women. She slut-shamed Sandra Fluke, denies there is a war on women, and lies about Planned Parenthood. But yeah, great choice, ladies. Definitely go with her.
So maybe a better bumper sticker would be “We Like Sex Too! We Just Want to Control the Way You Have it and Block Your Access to Contraception.” Though that may be a little long.

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Cleanliness Is Next to Manliness: Which Chores Will Get a Guy Laid?

Cleanliness Is Next to Manliness: Which Chores Will Get a Guy Laid?

Not getting intercoursed enough, lads? It’s probably because you’re too fucking helpful around the house. A new sociological study has the gender traditionalists a-buzzing, because it says exactly that—it seems that couples who stick to gender segregated housework have more sex than couples who don’t. Slightly more. Like, 1.6 times more. In other words, if my boyfriend cooks dinner every night while I work on the car, and we have sex 7 nights per week; and YOUR boyfriend, uh, plows fields all day while you embroider your trousseau, then you guys will be having sex a totally weird and excessive 11.2 times per week. Congrats! Personally, I’ll hang on to my egalitarianism and this braised pork shoulder. More »

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Gays and lesbians who come out about their sexual orientation are less stressed than those who remain in the closet, and often more relaxed than heterosexuals, according to a new study.

Men in angel costumes pose during the traditional

Men in angel costumes pose during the traditional “Gays and Lesbians Pride” rally in central Brussels Photo: REUTERS
Researchers at Louis H Lafontaine Hospital, affiliated with the University of Montreal, tested the levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – and other indicators of strain in homosexuals, bisexuals and heterosexuals.
“Contrary to our expectations, gay and bisexual men had lower depressive symptoms and allostatic load levels (a measure of body stress) than heterosexual men,” lead author Robert-Paul Juster said.
“Lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals who were out to family and friends had lower levels of psychiatric symptoms and lower morning cortisol levels than those who were still in the closet,” he added.
The researchers tested 87 men and women, all around age 25, administering psychological questionnaires and taking blood, saliva and urine samples to measure stress.
The findings, published Tuesday in Psychosomatic Medicine, could lend support to gay rights advocates.
The mostly French-speaking province of Quebec has long been a haven for French homosexuals who say they face intolerance in their native country, which is now locked in a heated debate over legalizing gay marriage and adoption.
“As the participants of this study enjoy progressive Canadian rights, they may be inherently healthier and hardier,” Juster said.
“Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate but a matter of public health. Internationally, societies must endeavor to facilitate this self-acceptance by promoting tolerance, progressing policy, and dispelling stigma for all minorities.”
When asked about the small sample size, Juster told AFP that given the cost of the study – with each participant getting $500 – the number of people surveyed was “respectable.”
He added that neurological studies often seek out more detailed information from a smaller pool of subjects, compared to epidemiological research.
Source: AFP

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