#NotThere Yet: Kerry Washington, Other Stars Mark International Women’s Day

#NotThere Yet:  Kerry Washington, Other Stars Mark International Women's Day

#NotThere Yet: Kerry Washington, Other Stars Mark International Women’s Day

Scandal” star Kerry Washington and other stars including Pink, mark International Women’s Day. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s #NotThere initiative sheds light on the inequality that still exists.

Cameron Diaz, Kristin Chenoweth, and Victoria Beckham are among the stars who posted messages on social media in honor of International Women’s Day. #HappyWomensDay, #InternationalWomensDay and #IWD2015 are trending on Twitter.

The mission statement from the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says, “On International Women’s Day, the world woke up to find that many women were not there. This symbolic act reflected  what a new analysis of women and girls’ progress says about the state of gender equality: we’re NOT THERE yet.” The program is a part of the “No Ceilings: Full Participation Project.”

Here are some celebrity tweets on #InternationalWomensDay:

Ted Cruz Praises Michelle Obama for Not Wearing Headscarf on Saudi Arabia Trip

Ted Cruz Praises Michelle Obama for Not Wearing Headscarf on Saudi Arabia Trip

Ted Cruz Praises Michelle Obama for Not Wearing Headscarf on Saudi Arabia Trip (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

For once First Lady Michelle Obama has done something the right wing agrees with.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised FLOTUS in a Facebook post: “Kudos to First Lady Michelle Obama for standing up for women worldwide and refusing to wear a Sharia-mandated head-scarf in Saudi Arabia. Nicely done.”

Of course, the comments on his page about Michelle Obama’s decision to forego the headscarf were just crazy. It’s not even worth repeating.

The White House issued a statement on FLOTUS not wearing a headscarf during trip: “Attire the First Lady wore to Saudi Arabia is the same as former First Ladies.” – @lesleyclark

LOL: Saudis Upset Michelle Obama’s Didn’t Wear Headscarf During Visit

LOL: Saudis Upset Michelle Obama's Didn't Wear Headscarf During Visit

LOL: Saudis Upset Michelle Obama’s Didn’t Wear Headscarf During Visit (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

The Saudis are ticked off at First Lady Michelle Obama for not covering her head at King Abdullah’s funeral. Um, whatever. I am pretty sure Michelle Obama doesn’t give a damn what they think. I don’t get it…A blogger was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, but they are worried about FLOTUS covering her head? Really?

King Abdullah wasn’t exactly the peace-maker they are making him out to be. In fact, he was a misogynistic tyrant under whose watch Saudi women lived under the most oppressive conditions, such as bans on driving and voting.

Additionally, Saudi women can’t try on clothes while shopping and must have a male chaperon when they go out in public. They must also get their husband’s permission to open a bank account. So, yeah, I don’t blame Michelle Obama for having a disgusted look on her face for the four hours she was in Saudi Arabia.

Some people were upset because Michelle O didn’t cover her head and vented on Saudi Twitter using hashtags that translated to #Michelle_Obama_Immodest and #Michelle_Obama_Not_Veiled.

It will be interesting to see how the right wing will spin this. I am sure you’ll hear, Michelle Obama was rude and condescending. But wait, Laura Bush never covered her head when she visited Saudi Arabia in 2006 either. Of course, truth never stopped the right wing freak-out. By the way, Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tagged along as part of a bipartisan delegation to Saudi Arabia and neither wore a head scarf.

Eckerd College President Blames College Sexual Assaults on Drinking, Casual Sex

Eckerd College President Blames College Sexual Assaults on Drinking, Casual Sex

Eckerd College President Blames College Sexual Assaults on Drinking, Casual Sex

Eckerd College president Donald Eastman III penned an open letter, published by The Current, urging students to cut back on alcohol and casual sex in order to stop sexual assault. He said by doing so, students will address the “nexus of problems” in regards to sexual assault.

Eastman wrote, “You know that these incidents are almost always preceded by consumption, often heavy consumption, of alcohol, often by everyone involved in them.

On the subject of casual sex, Eastman wrote, “No one’s culture or character or understanding is improved by casual sex, and the physical and psychological risks to both genders are profound.”

“Virtue in the area of sexuality is its own reward, and has been held in high esteem in Western Culture for millennia because those who are virtuous are happier as well as healthier,” Eastman said.

Lincoln University President Robert Jennings Defends Shocking Rape Comments

Lincoln University President Robert Jennings Defends Shocking Rape Comments

Lincoln University President Robert Jennings Defends Shocking Rape Comments (Photo Credit: Vimeo)

Lincoln University President Robert J. Jennings is defending some shocking remarks in which he seemed to accuse females on campus for making false rape claims. He now says those comments were taken out of context.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the YouTube video is an excerpt from a speech that Robert Jennings gave to Lincoln’s annual All Women’s Convocation in September.

Jennings said “Men treat you, treat women, the way women allow us to treat them.” “When it comes time to make that final decision, we’re going to go down the hall and marry that girl with the long dress on.”

“And let me tell you why I know I’m right about it. I’m right about it because we had on this campus last semester, three cases of young women, who after having done whatever they did with the young men, and then it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did? They then went to Public Safety and said, ‘He raped me,’” Jennings said.

“So then we have an investigation. We have to start pulling back the layers and asking all kinds of questions.”

Robert Jennings told the Inquirer that the four-minute snippet posted on YouTube was not representative of the 26 minute speech. He insisted,
“No one would ever discourage a young woman on this campus from reporting a sexual assault. In fact, I emphasize to them how serious that allegation is and that the university takes it very seriously and so does the federal government and so does the court.”

Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

I am convinced that some Republicans just can’t help themselves when it comes to women-bashing and to their detriment. Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is quoted by Kathie Obradovich, a political columnist at The Des Moines Register saying that “men like to hunt and fish together, women like to use the bathroom together.” Huckabee reportedly made the comments at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser in Waukee.

He claimed he’s “not homophobic but one-man/one-woman marriage is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

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Mike Huckabee: Democrats Think ‘Women Can’t Control Libido’ Without Help from ‘Uncle Sugar’

Mike Huckabee:  Democrats Think 'Women Can't Control Libido' Without Help from 'Uncle Sugar'

Mike Huckabee: Democrats Think ‘Women Can’t Control Libido’ Without Help from ‘Uncle Sugar’

The Republican Party’s attack on women continue with former presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee making a really offensive comment.  The former Arkansas governor says Democrats tell women “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”

Mike Huckabee also said, “Women I know are mart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anybody else can do.” “Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, that’s a war for them.”

Virginia State Senator Richard Black Says Spousal Rape Should be Legal

Virginia State Senator Richard Black Says Spousal Rape Should be Legal

Virginia State Senator Richard Black Says Spousal Rape Should be Legal (Attribution Unknown)

The Republican Party’s war on women continues. Virginia state Sen. Richard Black believes spousal rape  should be legal, the Daily Beast reports. Yes, you read right, spousal rape should be legal. Here’s more from Molly Redden at Mother Jones:

[I]n a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

In 1998, Black was elected a delegate to the Virginia House. He sparked multiple battles over social issues until he was voted out of office in 2005. But Black wasn’t done. In 2011, after moving several times around Northern Virginia in search of a friendly district, Black was voted back into the Legislature, this time to the state Senate.

In the GOP nomination fight to replace Wolf, Black, who commands substantial support among the conservative grassroots, would have a strong chance to beat his moderate opponents if the party chooses to nominate candidates through a convention, rather than a primary. (Tea partiers and social conservatives have dominated Virginia Republicans’ nominating contests in recent years.) The party will decide between the two on January 23. Republicans have held the seat Black is seeking for 14 years, but the congressional district voted for Mitt Romney by only a slim margin in 2012.

New Texas Voter Identification Laws Could Suppress Women’s Votes

Texas New Voter Identification Laws Could Suppress Women's Votes

Texas New Voter Identification Laws Could Suppress Women’s Votes (Photo credit: Library of Congress)

More voter suppression: New Texas voter identification laws could be really meant to suppress women’s votes. The law states that a person’s identification must match the current name. That means women who take their husband’s name will be required to get additional documentation before they can vote.

As Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has repeatedly said, “Almost every single person either has a valid photo ID … or it is very easy to get one.” What they don’t say, however, is that the people who don’t are largely married women who have taken their husband’s name.

In fact, only 66% of women have an ID that reflects their current name. If any voter is using name different than what appears on their birth certificate, the voter is required to show proof of name change by providing an original or certified copy of their marriage license, divorce decree, or court ordered name change. Photocopies aren’t accepted. Source: Policy Mic

Now that Texas is changing to purple and possibly blue, the Republicans will try their darnedest to keep it red. It’s clear that diversity isn’t on their side, but they will cheat to keep winning.

Rev. Al Sharpton at March on Washington: Rosa Parks Was No Bitch, Fannie Lou Hamer Was No Ho’

Rev. Al Sharpton at March on Washington: Rosa Parks Was No Bitch, Fannie Lou Hamer Was No Ho'

Rev. Al Sharpton at March on Washington: Rosa Parks Was No Bitch, Fannie Lou Hamer Was No Ho’

Rev. Al Sharpton is the keynote speaker at the rally during the March on Washington. He had a special message for those entertainers who like to denigrate women, including black women, saying, “Rosa Parks was no bitch and Fannie Lou Hamer was no ho.” He said we are going to march to get voting rights. #mlkdream50, #marchonwashington #alsharpton

Rev. Sharpton also said we redeposited check Dr. King talked about but it bounced again but this time, because it was marked stop payment. They bailed out banks and made life easy for the upper class, but nothing for the middle class. Sharpton also hit out against those Republicans who engaging in voter suppression via strict voter identification laws on the false premise of voter fraud being rampant. He said “we had ID when we voted for Johnson, for Nixon, for Carter, why do we need a new ID to vote for Obama?”

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) who also spoke at the March on Washington in 1963, said “I’m not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right right to vote away.”

Think Progress: You cannot stand by. You cannot sit down. You have to stand up, speak up, speak out and get in the way. Make some noise. The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It’s the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society and we’ve got to use it. Back in 1963 we didn’t have a cellular telephone, iPad, iPod, but we used what we had to bring about a non-violent revolution. And I said to all of the young people, you must get out there and push and pull and make America what America should be for all of us. We must say to the Congress, ‘Fix the Voting Rights Act.’

History — Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III embrace as Dr. King’s granddaughter, Yolanda King, looks on:

Martin Luther King III and Rev. Sharpton embrace at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

Martin Luther King III and Rev. Sharpton embrace at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington (Photo credit: Instagram)