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Neil Gorsuch is sexist and racist? Dems are really getting desperate now

‘Heroine epidemic’ uncovered by North Carolina newspaper

The good thing about publishing online is that you can easily make corrections to simple things like typos. The bad thing is you can also make stealth edits that alter the entire meaning of your piece and hope no one notices.

Pity the poor copy editor at one of the remaining print newspapers; once it’s in print, it’s in print forever. For example, readers of the Observer News Enterprise in North Carolina were treated this spring to a front-page story about a “heroine epidemic” plaguing Catawba County. We thought it might be a story about concerned mothersfighting drug trafficking, but no, it was just a misspelling.

Hold off on selling your home and moving to Catawba County; it might not be what you expected.

Gee, what changed? After 8 years, CNN suddenly discovers WH’s ‘gender pay gap’; Updated

Barbara Boxer And The Myth Of The “Year Of The Women”

In 1992, the election of six women to the Senate seemed to herald a new era of gender equality. Twenty-two years later, it’s clear we still have a long way to go.

Sen. Barbara Boxer Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

I was half-listening to my 9-year-old daughter talk about her day as I made dinner a few months ago when she suddenly asked, “Mommy, why has there never been a woman president?”

Standing next to the stove, I froze. How could I answer this question without revealing so many things about the world that I wished weren’t true and that I didn’t want her to know yet?

This moment has come back to me as a mini-political soap opera unfolds here in California in the wake of Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer’s decision not to run for re-election in 2016. Her retirement, coupled with the potential retirement of fellow Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2018, opens up one and possibly two seats atop the ballot in California that have been closed for years.

For many women who came of age in California, as I did, during the 22 years that Boxer and Feinstein have been the state’s two senators, Boxer’s retirement marks the end of more than a political era. It’s also about the triumphs, and the disappointments, of the sea change that was supposed to come about from the so-called “Year of the Woman” — 1992, when Boxer and Feinstein (and two other women, Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois and Patty Murray of Washington) were elected to the Senate.

Already, commentators have poured out thousands of words assessing Boxer’s legacy, her advocacy on behalf of the environment and women’s rights. The Los Angeles Times hailed her as a “liberal lion.” If Feinstein steps down, there will be thousands more about her.

Like many young women of my generation, I had been raised to believe that it was only a matter of time — and a short time at that — before no one would notice whether a Senate candidate was male or female. Sexism, sex discrimination, unequal pay for the same work — those things still went on, regrettably, but they were on the way out. Those battles had been fought, the war won, right?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Saul Loeb/AFP / Getty Images

I was a teenager in 1991 when Boxer, then a congresswoman, marched into the Senate and demanded a hearing for Anita Hill, the law professor who had accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

I vividly remember my mother’s fury and outrage, and also the hope that came the next year, with the election of the four new female senators. That election tripled the number of women in the body, bringing the grand total to 6 out of 100. Nineteen women were also elected to the House of Representatives for the first time that year.

Years passed. I graduated from college, and, after a time, went to work as a reporter in Los Angeles. I learned, over the course of hundreds of incidents large and small, that though the sexism our mothers faced may have been a thing of the past, the gender parity my friends and I expected would soon be upon us was, alas, ever on the horizon, and sometimes receding.

When I started covering Los Angeles City Hall in 2003, five women held elected office in the city. Today there is one, Nury Martinez, a councilwoman from the San Fernando Valley. The other 17 positions, including mayor, city attorney, and controller, are held by men. San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento? All those cities, too, are led by men. The picture is slightly more equal at the state level, but nowhere near parity. (And nationwide, the number of female governors has been declining since 2009.)

The issue comes up occasionally — most recently, on Los Angeles’ Eastside, where a retired county supervisor, Gloria Molina, is challenging a sitting council member on a platform that includes the need for more women in city leadership. But given California’s reputation as a bastion of progressive feminism, it doesn’t come up as much as you might think.

It’s easy to understand why. Reporters, including me, tend to focus on issues of governance and politics, particularly the many instances where the politics are nasty and the government is failing. Women leaders are, as a group, no less immune than men from the messy compromises, hypocrisies, and petty calculations that come with most elected positions.

Certain incidents, of course, do thrust gender back into the headlines. Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in a landslide in 2003, despite a wave of allegations that he had groped women. More recently, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner stepped down in 2013 after 17 women accused him of sexual harassment.

Through it all, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein remained perched atop the pantheon of California elected officials. And then Boxer announced her resignation, unleashing a stream of remembrances about the Year of the Woman.

A day after her announcement, I was talking to a former Boxer staffer about the end of this era. I told her about that moment with my daughter in the kitchen.

The staffer laughed sadly, and told me about the time a beloved teacher crushed her with an offhand comment, saying it was too bad that as a young, nonwhite woman, she had no chance of ever being president.

To the extent that has changed dramatically in the last two decades, Boxer and Feinstein deserve some of the credit, she pointed out.

“There is a generation of people in California who have grown up thinking it is normal,” she said, for two of the most powerful people in the state to be women.

Already, a predictable scramble for Boxer’s seat has ensued. Attorney General Kamala Harris has jumped into the race. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is said to be eyeing a run, as is Rep. Loretta Sanchez and billionaire investor Tom Steyer.

As candidates position themselves to be the one to replace Boxer in 2016, the political press in California is full of chatter about various electoral calculations, among them the question of the “women’s vote.” If Hillary Clinton runs for president as expected in 2016, will that boost Harris if she is on the same ballot? If Rep. Sanchez jumps into the race, will that hurt Harris, by siphoning off women’s votes?

To be sure, all of this is an illustration of how far we’ve come since 1992. But when my daughter comes of age, I hope it is in a world where there are enough women in elected office, at every level, that such calculations sound quaint.

15 Real Vintage Ads That Were Really, Really Sexist. Jeez, How Was This Okay?

Commercials can be annoying today, but they’re nothing compared to the incredibly offensive stuff ads used to get away with in the early days of consumerism.

Ads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s were notoriously sexist, but it isn’t until you actually see some of them when you realize how bad it really was. Nearly every product, even those that have nothing to do with domestic duties or beauty ideals, was an excuse to demean women everywhere. Wow. See for yourself…

1.) Just what she always wanted: chores.

2.) Something tells me there was something more in these vitamins than B-12.

3.) “Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things.”

4.) Simple, silly, soft… So many ways to call women dumb.

5.) It could have easily just been the cigarette box, guys.

6.) Wait, what? This is just rude.

7.) But… He’s a chef!

8.) Domestic abuse because of… coffee. What.

9.) At least she gets a beer, too.

10.) According to this, women are only useful indoors. “Even pleasant.”

11.) There’s nothing nice about this.

12.) No, pedophiles aren’t sexy, move along.

13.) And we wonder why there are so many girls with body issues…

14.) Do you get extra jerk points for wearing a suit to bed?

15.) Anyone wearing this is probably only getting it for themselves.

I’m glad things have changed. There’s no way these could exist in the present. Can you believe people actually thought like this?

She Added Toothpaste And Lemon To Some Water — You’ll Never Do Your Nails The Same

Removing nail polish is such a pain. The harsh chemicals weaken the keratin that makes up your tips, causing discoloration, dryness, and breakage. It’s even worse when you try to get glitter polish off because it’s thick and textured — it often takes a number of scrubbing sessions to get the job done.

But if you add some new ingredients to your mix, not only will your polish come right off, this solution is less harmful and will leave your digits looking better than before!

Here’s the skinny:

  1. Clean off the top coat with a little bit of nail polish remover.
  2. Rub Vaseline on your nails.
  3. Mix a tiny bit of water with toothpaste and a squeeze of lemon (for whitening purposes).
  4. Then scrub your nails using the solution and a nail brush (or even a toothbrush).
  5. Apply another coat of Vaseline to promote healthy nails and smooth the skin around them.

This is so easy and her nails look amazing after! Way better than the dry, cracked mess I always end up with. Will you try this trick?

Not Every Pirate From History Had A Beard…And Some Were Even Women. Awesome!

When you think of Pirates with the Caribbean, you think of Johnny Depp and his merry band of (predominately male) pirates. Sure, Keira Knightly was the damsel in distress, but not a pirate. After all, when were pirates ever more than cantankerous bearded men?

Maybe it’s time you had a little refresher on pirate history. These women’s stories from the time of pirates will blow you away.

1.) Lady Elizabeth Killigrew

An insider and lady at Queen Elizabeth I’s court, Killigrew and her husband orchestrated the piracy of English ships off their coastal home for years. Most of her servants were put to death after authorities discovered her crimes. Killigrew was then freed after a suitable bribe from the very loot she stole.

2.) Jacquotte Delahaye: Back From The Dead Red

Jacquotte turned to a life of piracy when her father died at a young age and she was left to take care of her autistic brother. She dressed like a man, faked her death, and even conquered an island in the Caribbean before later dying in its defense.

3.) Ching Shih

In the early 19th century, former prostitute Ching Shih commanded almost 1,800 junk ships and 20,000 to 80,000 pirates. She also unified pirates by creating the infamous pirate Code of Conduct to ensure good behavior and honor among thieves. It worked out well—she retired with the Chinese government’s blessing and ran a gambling house in Canton during her golden years.

4.) Sayyida Al Hurra

Al Hurra was the last ever Islamic Queen of both Spain and Morocco. She pirated the western half of the Mediterranean for 40 years before her death at the hands of her no good son-in-law.

5.) Rachel Wall


Rachel was America’s first pirate. She raided distraught boats in high seas, killed people for money, and posed as a hand maiden to steal items of fortune. She was eventually arrested and sentenced to death for stealing a bonnet. Her pleas to be tried as a pirate went unheard by a confused courtroom.

6.) Jeanne De Clisson: The Lioness Of Brittany

De Clisson was super angry that French royalty killed her English husband for allegedly being an English spy. She spent the rest of her life commanding three pirate ships she purchased and destroyed every French ship she came across, killing every nobleman on board.

7.) Anne Dieu-Le-Veut

Diana Hirsch

Anne married three pirates. The third pirate, Laurens de Graaf, proposed when she challenged him to a duel for killing her second husband. He pulled out a sword and she pulled out a gun and love blossomed. She accompanied him as the good luck charm of his pirate crew for the rest of her life.

8.) Baroness Christina Anna Skytte

Diana Hirsch

Christina, along with her brother and husband, raided 17th century ships cruising the icy Baltic Sea for years. After attacking too many wealthy Dutch merchants, Dutch authorities went on the offensive, catching and killing Christina’s brother. Christina and her husband Baron Gustaf Drake fled hunters and returned to Sweden. They were pardoned as aristocrats, and then supposedly retired to their estates.

9.) Queen Teuta Of Illyria

She was a 3rd Century B.C.E. Queen living on the high seas and raiding Roman ships. When Rome sent 2 ambassadors to stop her, she killed one, and informed the other that piracy was legal in her kingdom. Rome subsequently declared war on her and besieged her forces until she gave in. She kept her crown and kingdom, but was forbidden from ever boarding an armed ship in the peace treaty.

10.) Sadie The Goat

Sadie, a pirate of the Hudson River, would headbutt her victims before stealing their purses. This earned her the nickname “Sadie The Goat.” She was also a notorious brawler and had a longtime feud with fellow NY female criminal and bouncer Gallus Mag. Mag famously bit off Sadie’s ear in a fight and kept it in a jar on the bar of her nightclub. Sadie got back it eventually—and wore it as a necklace for the rest of her life.

11.) Charlotte Badger & Catherine Hagerty

Australia’s first women pirates were serving wenches on a ship were they killed the captain and took command. After raiding other ships for three years, they settled on a small island. However, only Charlotte survived this new life—she married a local Maori chieftain.

12.) Anne Bonny & Mary Read

They were the only two female pirates ever to be convicted of piracy during its Golden Age. They were pardoned execution by pleading pregnancy, although the cross-dressing Read died in prison of a fever. Twenty year old Bonny is a different story, as her fate is unknown. Her rich father or government spy ex-husband may have ransomed her. Or she could have escaped and led a further life of piracy.

13.) Lo Hon-Cho

This Chinese widower took lived in the 1920s (!) and took command of her husband’s 80 ship fleet to capture young girls for human trafficking. Her fleet had had enough after two years and turned her in.

14.) Grace O’Malley: The Sea Queen Of Connaught

This Queen of Western Ireland was famously promiscuous and perfectly happy to confiscate the castles of her lovers and ex-husbands. She had tea with Queen Elizabeth I, while at the same time controlled the high seas of her surrounding nation with an iron fist.

15.) Æthelflæd: Lady Of The Mercians

This English queen set sail in the 10th century to stop pirates. For seven years, she successfully fended off Viking pirates. Her kingdom fell shortly after her death, but she’s still remembered as an exceptional fighter and queen.

(via All Day)

I doubt I could be a pirate back in the day. These women could do it against all odds. I suppose they’re tougher than I ever could be.

These 15 Ridiculous Rules For Women Used To Be Enforced On College Campuses

Most of us think of college as a place where we can finally become independent from our parents’ rules and live how we want.

However, before (and during) the 1960s, being in college didn’t exactly mean that people could make their own decisions as adults, especially when it came to women. The term in loco parentis, Latin for “in the place of a parent,” was a doctrine that many universities followed so parents would feel better about letting their children go to school.

While strict rules and regulations were put into effect for both male and female students, it’s clear that women were on a much tighter leash when it came to higher education. Here are some of the most ridiculous rules that college women had to follow back in the day.

1. At Wellesley and Oberlin, if a man and a woman were in a dormitory room together, they were required to keep three feet on the floor during the visit.

2. Women at Oberlin College were also only allowed to have male visitors between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

3. In 1930, 44 women at Bucknell University were put on a six-month dating ban by the Women’s Student Senate after admitting to smoking in their rooms.