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US: Maine GOP Leader’s ‘Man’s Brain’. When Conservative Senators Sound Like Anti – Porn Feminists.

Study: Female Politicians Are Defined By Their Deficits TheJaneDough.com “Voters seem to be ambivalent towards female politicians and to have ill-defined ideas about what it means to be a female politician,” Schneider and Bos write in the latest issue of Political Psychology “Despite gains in the percentage of politicians …

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who recently criticized pornography use in the military (Susan Walsh/AP Images)

 

When Conservative Senators Sound Like Anti-Porn Feminists The Atlantic Who knew that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions harbored stirrings of radical feminism? Sexually explicit magazines are responsible for sexual assaults in the military, Sessions suggested during recent Senate hearings.”We live in a culture that’s awash in sexual activity,” he said. “There are videos and so forth that can be obtained, and it creates some problems, I think.” He sounds remarkably similar to feminist anti-porn crusader Gail Dines, who has said, “young men who consume more porn than ever before, have difficulty forming healthy relationships … Sex becomes something like making hate to a woman’s body.”

 

 

Ken Fredette, Maine GOP Leader, Says ‘Man’s Brain’ Has Him Voting Against …  Huffington Post Maine House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) appeared on the state House’s floor Wednesday, making his pitch to oppose federal funding. Maine People’s Alliance posted video of Fredette invoking the book during his speech, which also included some differences between the brains of men and women.

“From the other side of the aisle I hear the conversation being about ‘free this is free, we need to take it and it’s free and we need to do it now’ and that’s sort of the fundamental message that my brain receives,” Fredette said. “Now, my brain being a man’s brain sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it’s not if it’s free is it really free because I say in my brain there’s a cost to this.”

ThinkProgress captured backlash from the female side, with State Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) blasting Fredette’s remarks.

[WATCH] The truth about the left’s gender parity campaign also known as the … Red Alert Politics Gender pay gap Despite the left’s claims that the Equal Pay Act – which turns 50 Monday – doesn’t go far enough to create gender parity in the workplace, the truth is that there are many reasons that women and men earn different salaries, none of which …

Barbara Vucanovich, 91, Dies; Served Nevada in Congress New York Times Barbara Vucanovich, who traveled from New York to Reno, Nev., in 1949 to get a quick divorce and ended up staying and becoming the first woman to be sent to Congress from Nevada, serving seven terms in the House as a conservative Republican, died on …

GOP’s demographic challenge: Race, not women or youth Red Alert Politics Exit polling from the 2012 presidential election found that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the white female vote and the white under-30 vote in 2012. He ultimately lost, however, because he fared poorly with all other female racial…

Republican congressman resurrects embarrassing episode from 2012 elections … Daily Mail Akin later tried to walk his statement back, clarifying that by ‘legitimate rape,’ he meant to focus on cases where women have made false claims about being sexually assaulted. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s campaign came to an …

Canada

MP Eve Adams’ Expenses Keep Women in Politics Huffington Post Canada Both men and women visit the dry cleaners, but their costs differ greatly. A guy can take in a dress shirt to get washed and pressed for under $3. Women, by contrast, can’t likely get a blouse dry cleaned for much less than $7 or $8. It’s about time…

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