Jessica Valenti

Let's Stop Pretending Ivanka Trump Ever Gave a Damn About 'Women's Rights'

So much for Ivanka Trump as America’s moderate savior. The favored first daughter – who wants her name to be synonymous with women’s equality at work – has failed again and again to provide a measured influence on her father’s obsessive rollback of women’s rights. Her presence in the White House, a polished false promise, has done almost nothing to protect the most vulnerable victims of Trump’s policies.

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The Week in Patriarchy: Trump Clearly Doesn't Understand Health Insurance

If you want to be able to sleep this week, do yourself a favor and don’t read the New York Time’s expansive interview with Donald Trump. The president makes little sense as he answers questions about everything from Russia to Jeff Sessions and healthcare – and if you were already worried about whose hands the country is in, this piece will not put your mind at ease. For example, it seems pretty evident that the president of the United States has no idea how health insurance works.

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Trump's Sleazy Flirtation with a Reporter Felt All Too Familiar to a Lot of Women

If there’s one thing women know how to do well, it’s deftly handle lecherous men. That’s why it didn’t surprise me when reporter Caitriona Perry laughed and smiled as Donald Trump made inappropriate comments toward her in the Oval Office. She was doing what we’ve all done, so many times over – trying to defuse an uncomfortable situation.

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The Latest US Shootings Are an Awful Reminder of How Normal They Feel

My daughter is in first grade, but she’s been doing “lockdown drills” since she was two years old – her pre-school started them a few weeks after the massacre of 20 children at Sandy Hook. She knows how to keep quiet when her teachers shut the lights, and that she’s hiding from “robbers” or “bad guys”; she’s not quite old enough to understand the full implications of what the drill means.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Deeply Unsettling but Not for the Reason You Might Think

When Hulu released a trailer for their adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, some conservatives didn’t realize the series was based on a decades-old novel – they thought it was created in response to Trump’s presidential win.

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The Real Reason Mike Pence Refuses to Dine Alone with Women

I have to hand it to conservatives: it’s 2017, and somehow they have Americans debating whether it’s appropriate to dine alone with a woman.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Isn't the Only Bigot Republicans Are Cozy With

It’s odd to watch conservatives distance themselves from the writer Milo Yiannopoulos because he condoned child sex abuse. After all, they just elected a president who has a history of making inappropriate sexual comments about children – including his own daughter – and was accused of walking into the dressing rooms of changing teenagers.

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The War on Abortion Is Only Just Beginning

f you’ve ever wondered what the oft-used and much maligned word “patriarchy” looks like, you need look no further than a picture of Donald Trump, surrounded by white men, reinstating the global gag rule. The policy, which bans funding any international organization that dares to even talk about abortion, has contributed to thousands of women’s deaths across the globe.

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Trump's Sexism Is Trickling Down: Let's Refuse to Accept It

In 1998, philosopher Richard Rorty made a prediction about American politics that turned out to be eerily prescient. He wrote that people tired of “having their manners dictated to them by college graduates” would look for a “strongman to vote for.” He thought progressive gains around race and sexuality would be rolled back and that “jocular contempt for women [would] come back into fashion.”

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Women Are Already on the Front Lines. Now They Get Official Recognition For It

After years of debate, all jobs in combat units are now open to women. Defense secretary Ashton Carter announced the decision on Thursday, saying: “There will be no exceptions.”

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