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: 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.

Posted on: May 9, 2011, Source: AlterNet

State Republicans have introduced nearly 1,000 laws restricting women's reproductive health access. Here are 10 of the worst states to be a woman between puberty and menopause.

Posted on: May 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

At the state level, the GOP's attacks on reproductive rights may widen the already huge gulf between red and blue states in health, family stability, and education.

Posted on: May 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

If you get pregnant outside of their very narrow parameters of what's acceptable (middle class, married, white), conservatives simply want you to suffer for it.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011, Source: RH Reality Check

As the right's crusade against abortion becomes a war on contraception, its viciously misogynistic agenda becomes ever more clear.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The war on contraception and general sexual health care is just heating up, and liberals best be prepared for more battles over contraception access and funding in the future.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Anti-choicers are trying to destroy Roe v. Wade by a death from a thousand cuts.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

South Dakota hit a triple, attacking reproductive rights, privacy rights and religious freedom with a law aimed at the state's one remaining abortion clinic.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Women are being assaulted by attempts to establish fetal rights.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Recent coverage of a young girl's rape in Texas reveals our twisted assumptions about sexual violence.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The dusty old argument that female sexuality is a subversive force that needs to be strictly controlled is alive and well in the GOP.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The GOP seems to think that a woman forsakes the right to basic privacy the second she makes the choice to have sex.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Republicans hate the organized pro-choice world so much because they believe pro-choicers have the power to win elections.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2011, Source: RH Reality Check

If you're forcibly impregnated along with being raped, then you have to get medical care. A new bill pushed by Republicans would deprive many rape victims of access to abortion.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

Street harassers don't come by their utter disrespect for women's autonomy and humanity by accident.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

Guns, womb patrol, war and fear of emasculation. The Tea Party's motivation is not about any kind of freedom, it's about male anxiety of the Freudian variety.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

Chances are that if an actual ban were to be instated, anti-choicers would eagerly seek to punish women caught having abortions.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2010, Source: Pandagon

Marcotte argues that the Harper's article, examining the generational battles in feminism has some unfair assumptions and biases against young women.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

We're closer to 1965 than we care to admit, where women with resources still have access to abortions, but women without face a gauntlet of obstacles.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

The words "religious freedom," in the mouths of social conservatives, mean protecting the right of fundamentalist Christians to persecute others.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

AMC's 'Mad Men' starts this weekend. Will Don Draper finally pursue the kind of relationship that makes him happy, and what about Betty Draper's remarriage?

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

The argument underpinning anti-choice "feminism" is one based on the very un-feminist belief that women are simply too stupid to know their own minds.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The new crop of conservative women will happily gobble up the rights won for them by others, while blocking efforts to improve the lives of all women.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

Sexual shaming can dramatically increase the likelihood that an individual will look for excuses and rationalizations for not using contraception.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2010, Source: RH Reality Check

The religious right is rallying around a study that supposedly proves their legitimacy. In reality, the findings just demonstrate how important comprehensive sexual education is.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

The one good thing about these extremists is that they help reveal the anti-woman, anti-sex agenda of the anti-choice movement.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Will abstinence-only programs continue to get funding to misinform kids about sex?

Posted on: Jun 30, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Marriage is failing many, many people. Why do we still idealize it?

Posted on: Jun 4, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Every person who trots out vicious nonsense and misinformation about abortion played a part in the murder Dr. George Tiller.

Posted on: May 4, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

The message of the film is clear -- only bad people use condoms to have sex for pleasure.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Lots of porn dovetails nicely with the conservative view on sex: that good girls dislike sex and bad girls who get down don't deserve respect.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2009, Source: Pandagon

Abusers often taunt their victims with just this question, because they grasp the psychological power and the self-esteem erosion behind it.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

There is a growing movement of 'sex-positive' evangelicals, who bluntly talk about how to have better (married) sex.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

The word slut describes women, not men. We still live in a world where Good Girls Don't. No wonder many women have trouble being sexual.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Hostility to women perceived as "sexually loose" cripples efforts to protect women's rights and health.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2009, Source: RH Reality Check

Health care reform would give us the opportunity to create jobs that pay us back tenfold.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2008, Source: RH Reality Check

What does it take to kill a right-wing myth? Garlic, sunshine, wooden stakes, silver bullets?

Posted on: Oct 21, 2008, Source: RH Reality Check

What Obama and McCain's positions on contraception and health services would mean for Americans.

Posted on: May 23, 2008, Source: RH Reality Check

We're lucky to have the Pill, but a wider variety of contraceptive options would do womankind good.