Stories by Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte co-writes the blog Pandagon. She is the author of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments. subscribe to Amanda Marcotte's feed

Posted on: Mar 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When you can't win, indoctrinate.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2012, Source: RH Reality Check

The fight against the birth control mandate is part of a larger effort to give the boss control over your private life.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

You’ll never stop people from having sex, but well-placed misinformation could discourage them from taking necessary measures to prevent unintended pregnancy and STDs.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

When countries embrace progressive social policy, that tends to create a decline in religious belief. Why?

Posted on: Jun 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Tea Party has intensified social pressure on conservative-leaning Americans to shun science and academia.

Posted on: May 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Christian right is increasingly out of step with how Americans feel about gay rights. This issue might be the one that destroys them in the end.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Romney seems to assume that women don't care about sexual rights. But reproductive issues impact almost all women.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Legislators are using the mandated ultrasound to scare, insult and humiliate women.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

How the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation put their corporation-friendly image before women’s actual health concerns.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Gingrich doesn’t live by the strict sexual rules laid out by conservatives, because those rules are meant for other people: the poor, Democrats, gays, and minorities.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2012, Source: RH Reality Check

To really understand Iowa, you need to understand the primacy of abortion as an issue to the Christian right.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Here are some predictions for where the anti-choice movement will try to go in 2012.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

When we deprive women of access to abortion, shun them, and even throw them in jail, we as a society become weaker.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

They’ve sent a strong message to Republicans: It’s not enough to be “pro-life” anymore. They want full-on war on women and sex.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2011, Source: RH Reality Check

Concerned Women for America claims that allowing military women access to abortion is somehow a "cover-up" of the crime committed against them.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet

What kind of sexual misconduct qualifies as an important news item, and what kind is just scurrilous gossip?

Posted on: Nov 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

As television becomes more daring, there are still many basic feminist ideas that read as taboo on the small screen.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A personhood amendment is a backdoor to stripping away women’s rights -- their very right to be considered autonomous human beings.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Less than a year after the 2010 elections, the right-wing is losing its ability to dominate the media's attention. Here's why it hasn't been able to tarnish OWS.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The Mormon-bashing directed at Mitt Romney should concern everyone for what it reveals about the undue influence of religion in American elections.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Anti-gay bigotry is just one piece of a larger picture of conservative fear and loathing of all forms of sexuality.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The Tea Parties are partly a product of the suburbs, where social isolation leaves communication about social mores to reality TV. Is it any wonder the movement lacks empathy?

Posted on: Sep 14, 2011, Source: Comment Is Free

Perry may have lost no sleep over Texas's 234 executions during his tenure, but the death penalty panders to crude bloodlust.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Atheists are moral, loving and multicultural, and you might even find them in foxholes.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2011, Source: Comment Is Free

The Texas governor's ultra-invasive sonogram law was overturned by a court this week, providing an excellent opportunity to examine his awful record on women's rights.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2011, Source: RH Reality Check

The belief that sex is "immoral" pushes Conservatives to support abstinence-only, sex-is-immoral education and policy, even though it is proven to be harmful.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Who really deserves a reputation as too much of a right-wing extremist for the Beltway media to take seriously?

Posted on: Aug 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Conservatives' attacks on sexuality have grown more radical, in the past year alone.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2011, Source: RH Reality Check

It's sex panic that helped create the modern right-wing populist, and it's the modern right-wing populist that created the current crisis.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Here are ten realities pro-choicers should throw in the face of opponents of choice they have the misfortune to get into arguments with.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

So many Americans object to other people doing it that opposition to sex drives American politics.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

No matter how young people are doing it, they’re doing it wrong, according to the mainstream media.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Atheism is not just about disproving religious belief; it's also a burgeoning social justice movement intent on tearing down the social structures that perpetuate injustice.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Republicans, who claim to find fetal life precious and abortion horrendous, also favor the very policies that drive increasing numbers of women to seek abortions.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to increasingly restrictive state laws, we're seeing a return to pre-Roe back-alley abortions and criminal treatment of women.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

This scandal may represent the end of the presumption of sexual privacy for anyone people like Andrew Breitbart deem interesting enough to harass.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2011, Source: Comment Is Free

The uproar over the improper photo sent from Rep. Weiner's Twitter account fits a larger pattern of rightwing culture warriors ganging up and sexually harassing young women.

Posted on: May 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Glib comments about rape by anti-choice Republican lawmakers reveal that the anti-choice movement is deeply rooted in antagonism to women's rights.

Posted on: May 13, 2011, Source: The Guardian

Republicans fear that if they aren't constantly shoring up masculinity and attacking the feminine, they might grow soft. This has dangerous effects.

Posted on: May 12, 2011, Source: The Good Men Project

Many ballsy women are afraid to say 'Please do this' or 'Don’t do that' in bed. Here’s what some women are really thinking.

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