Archive for the ‘women’ Category

Amelia Earhart & the Atlantic Crossing

June 17, 2013

Amelia Earhart & the Atlantic Crossing

On June 17, 1928, 30-year-old Amelia Earhart became the first woman  to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane, with co-pilots Wilmer “Bill” Stultz and Louis “Slim” Gordon. Four years later she flew it alone, first woman to fly the Atlantic solo.

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100 Years

March 3, 2013

On March 3, 1013, the day before Woodrow Wilson’s Inauguration, American women paraded on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue and demanded the right to vote.  They didn’t get it until August 18, 1920.

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Chinese Space Gal Returns!

July 3, 2012

Chinese Space Gal Returns

China’s space vessel Shenzhou 9 returned to Earth last Friday after a successful 13-day mission which included a rendezvous with the orbiting Tiangong 1 (“Heavenly Palace 1″) space lab module. The crew of three included China’s first woman “taikonaut,” Major Liu Yang (sorry fellas, she’s married). Major Liu is a seasoned fighter pilot in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

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Okie Embryos Denied Personhood

April 21, 2012

Okie Emryos Denied Personhood

A bill to grant personhood to unborn Oklahomans tragically miscarried in the state’s House of Representatives this past Thursday. The legislation seemed perfectly viable in the State Senate two months ago, when it was passed 34 to 8, but the bill failed in caucus before it could become implanted on the House floor for a vote, and has been resorbed back into the body politic. Come to think of it, that’s just like the development of the vast majority of fertilized human eggs, which don’t lead to live birth.

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Redskins Cheerleaders

April 7, 2012

Redskins Cheerleaders

NFL cheerleader tryout finals were held at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia today. You may be thinking “Hey! Falls Church doesn’t HAVE an NFL team,” and you’re right. The team in question has “Washington” in its name, right before a racial slur, but it practices in Virginia and plays in Maryland.

Anyway, NFL cheerleaders are picked for their athletic skills dance talent personalities and pom-pom prowess. They’re all about the same height, too. But don’t think pro sports cheerleaders are dumb; many are scientists and engineers. Need empirical proof? Observe this demonstration of classical mechanics:

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Penetrating Politics in Virginia

February 26, 2012

Penetrating Politics in Virginia

Virginia Republicans want to keep government out of your business – except if you’re a woman. Republicans in the Virginia Senate voted to force pregnant women to have ultrasound probes stuck up their ladybusiness before they can terminate pregnancies.

Virginia Republicans are against healthcare mandates – except if you’re a woman. Women would be forced to pay for their own forced transvaginal ultrasound probes, too.

For some reason, Virginia Republicans were surprised when their plans were met with outrage, ridicule, and the withheld affection of their own wives. Governor Bob McDonnell has since withdrawn his support for the forced, intrusive physical violations. It’s a shame, in a way, now that they’ve made up all those Bob McDonnell commemorative transvaginal probes.

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What a Pair

February 24, 2012

What a Pair

Foot fetishes flourish during epidemics of sexually-transmitted diseases, according to a 1998 study. The paper, published in the PubMed database of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), was unearthed by the Discovery Magazine Discoblog:

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Old Men in Skirts & Women’s Health

February 20, 2012

Old Men in Skirts & Women's Health

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is objecting to a recent HHS rulemaking which grants American women equal access to healthcare and directs health insurance companies to provide them with contraceptive services. Of course, America’s Roman Catholic bishops have their own sort of family planning; they are (presumably) celibate. Not so the females in their flock, two-thirds of whom use some form of contraception. The HHS regulation does not apply to employees of churches but to workers in the separate nonprofit corporations spun off by religious institutions. It has little to do with health reform, and everything to do with the rights of employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Unborn Virginians, Rejoice!

February 16, 2012

Unborn Virginians, Rejoice!

On Tuesday, the Virginia House of Delegates sent a Valentine to the Commonwealth’s fertilized human ova by granting them “Personhood.” If the bill passes the Upper House, perhaps impregnated women will be allowed to drive solo in the HOV+2 lanes.

The bill also neglects to state if the 80 percent of Virginia zygotes that do not result in human births will still remain “Persons.” Virginia is for Lovers, but apparently not for physicians, women, or rational human beings.

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New Model Year at the Auto Show

January 29, 2012

New Model Year at the Auto Show

It’s that that time again. Gleaming new automobiles are being previewed at auto shows, and pretty young girls are leaning on them. This symbolism sends messages you won’t find in manufacturers’ specifications. Men: buy this car, get that girl. Women: buy this car, be that girl.

Back in the last century, when the USA manufactured real products instead of just bad business deals, the auto show circuit started in Detroit, the Motor City, and fanned out around the country. Today the auto industry is globalized, and so is the car show circuit. The U.S. may not sell many American cars abroad, but the Girls-Leaning-on-Cars concept is a hot export. Compare the ladies of the Detroit, Delhi, Tokyo, Geneva, Guangzhou, and Qatar auto shows.

The meme has permeated all levels of American culture. See selected Flickr images from family photos, movie mags, and amateur hot rod shows in these galleries.

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