Stories by Katha Pollitt

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Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: The Nation

Acknowledging that sex work can be exploitative seems to be difficult for some feminists to come to grips with.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2012, Source: The Nation

The vagina may be built to withstand multiple childbirths, but apparently even a joke at its expense can shut women down, according to Naomi Wolf's strange new book.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2012, Source: The Nation

Rejecting evolution expresses more than an inability to think critically; it relies on a fundamentally paranoid worldview.

Posted on: May 20, 2012, Source: The Nation

Not only is 'attachment parenting' bad for women; it's not necessarily good for children, either.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2012, Source: The Nation

There's an urgent need to help low-income women receive abortion care.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2011, Source: The Nation

Right-Wing politicians at the federal and state levels have launched an attack on contraception.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2011, Source: The Nation

Only in America would the first female president be a woman who has promised to obey her man as Christ's representative on earth.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011, Source: The Nation

It's getting awfully crowded underneath that bus. You know, the metaphorical one women keep getting thrown under, along with their rights, their health and their money.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2010, Source: The Nation

Conservative movements have always marshaled women's organizing prowess.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2010, Source: The Nation

The moral authority granted the Catholic Church in the secular world is the most repellent aspect of the current crisis.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2010, Source: The Nation

The Democratic Party and the Obama administration owe supporters of women's rights a huge payback for cooperating on its signature issue. Here are some suggestions.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2009, Source: The Nation

In the wake of the passage by Democrats of a radical anti-abortion measure, Democratic women are asking, "Whose party is this?"

Posted on: Sep 6, 2009, Source: The Nation

Julie & Julia is that very rare movie about women's struggle to express their gifts through work. Not a boyfriend, a fabulous wedding, a baby or escape from a serial killer.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2009, Source: The Nation

Well, not quite. She is still black .. and a woman. So while half the country swoons over her, there are those who feel a little threatened.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2009, Source: The Nation

Controversial ethicist Peter Singer says that the destitution abroad compells us to share our wealth, even in an economic crisis.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2008, Source: The Nation

Obama has an opportunity to make gender equality a keystone of his administration.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2008, Source: The Nation

God's gift to journalism -- and to feminism.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2008, Source:

He's voted against contraception for more than 20 years, and yet doesn't even care or know enough to explain why.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2008, Source: The Nation

The media claims McCain is a moderate, but voters who care about women's rights won't fall for it.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2008, Source: The Nation

Some think that Hillary Clinton's loss is a set-back to female politicians. They're wrong.

Posted on: May 25, 2008, Source: The Nation

Anti-choicers in South Dakota are again attempting to ban abortion. So where are the progressive voters and organizations?

Posted on: May 9, 2008, Source: The Nation

Republican hegemony, conservative Christianity and misogynist media are taking their toll.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2008, Source: The Nation

When it comes to keeping women in their place, polygamous Mormon fundamentalists and the Pope have a lot in common.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2008, Source: The Nation

Harvard's woman-only gym time has the Islamophobes out in full force. But let's get a grip: This isn't about terrorism, Osama bin Laden or burqas.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2008, Source: The Nation

The post-scandal humiliated wife standing next to her politician husband is a trend that needs to die.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2008, Source: The Nation

Pundits may be writing McCain off as a grumpy old man, but in a race against a black man or a white woman, his identity could be the trump card.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2008, Source: The Nation

Iranian women's rights activists are working to stop stoning in their country. It's time for us to hep them.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2008, Source: The Nation

If the campaign becomes a competition between race and gender, the winner will be whichever white man the GOP nominates.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2008, Source: The Nation

Teens getting pregnant: bad. Teens having babies: good. If this makes no sense, wake up and smell the Enfamil: it's 2008!

Posted on: Dec 10, 2007, Source:

Have you noticed how liberal white male reporters get crushes on right-wing male candidates?

Posted on: Sep 27, 2007, Source: The Nation

A look at the penny-wise, pound-foolish complexities of our bizarre healthcare system.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2007, Source:

According to director Judd Apatow's family values, beautiful women drag men into adulthood. Then what?

Posted on: Jun 22, 2007, Source: The Nation

US invasions have made the work of Muslim feminists much more difficult. The last thing they need is for women's rights to be branded as the tool of the invaders and occupiers and cultural imperialists.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2007, Source: The Nation

It's ridiculous that we don't fight attempts to promote population growth while we wring our hands over global warming, species loss and suburban sprawl.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2007, Source: The Nation

The right-winger's latest book has "The Vagina Monologues" and single moms bearing the brunt for 9/11.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2006, Source: The Nation

"The reason the Democrats lose elections is that they pander to female voters instead of being manly and tough. Oh, wait a minute, the Democrats won the last election. Women aren't just evil, they're powerful."

Posted on: Oct 5, 2006, Source: The Nation

Rep. Mark Foley was a cancer in the House, and the GOP leadership screwed up royally in protecting him, but why can't Democrats attack Republicans on more serious issues that matter to the country?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2006, Source: The Nation

If you thought the War on Terror was bad, get ready for the international disasters that the "war on Islamic fascism" will produce.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2006, Source: The Nation

Bush is on the defensive. The GOP is mired in corruption. The media are waking up. Here are 14 good things that happened in 2005.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2005, Source: The Nation

Does Maureen Dowd's new book promote, rather than report on, the problems she describes?