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January 31, 2008

Dumb Things Guys Say: Ghost of Candidates Past

Dumb Things Guys Say #19

Right now we're researching some upcoming blog entries on the election, and we've been reminded just how completely batshit crazy some of the candidates were in the last few elections.

Here's a real gem from Alan Keyes:

KEYES [to McCain]: What you would say if your daughter was ever in a position where she might need an abortion? You answered [earlier today] that the choice would be up to her and then that you’d have a family conference. That displayed a profound lack of understanding of the basic issue of principle involved in abortion. After all, if your daughter said she was contemplating killing her grandmother for the inheritance, you wouldn’t say, “Let’s have a family conference.” You’d look at her and say “Just Say No,“ because that is morally wrong. It is God’s choice that that child is in the womb. And for us to usurp that choice in contradiction of our declaration of principles is just as wrong.

McCAIN: I am proud of my pro-life record in public life, and I will continue to maintain it. I will not draw my children into this discussion. As a leader of a pro-life party with a pro-life position, I will persuade young Americans [to] understand the importance of the preservation of the rights of the unborn.

Source: (X-ref from Keyes) GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

We're going to go ahead and have our interns take Mr. Keyes off the invite list for the upcoming ESC Family Conference & Grandma Jamboree. And why does it have to be a grandma that gets killed? Why not grandpa, or some other relative? It's really very sexist and ageist of him. Also, "Just Say No"? I thought the daughter was contemplating killing grandma, not doing a couple of lines of coke with her.

But it's too bad that Keyes decided not to run this time around, because he and Mike Huckabee probably would have really hit if off.

January 30, 2008


Someone asked this question on a message board not too long ago and it stuck with me. So I thought I'd share it with you all and my response below it:

After overhearing a conversation at work between two very young girls I have one burning question....When did we become a society where it is more acceptable to considered be a "slut" than it is to be considered a "prude?"

I think it depends on how you actually define those words.
I don't define "prude" as someone who chooses to not have sex or who only has sex infrequently or who only has sex with one person or with someone they love or only after marriage or any of that. I define "prude" as someone who is uptight about sex, who thinks sex is dirty or naughty or taboo, who is overly concerned with what is "appropriate" or "normal", who doesn't have sex (or do anything else they might actually secretly want to do) because of what other people might think/say about them.

On the other hand, I define "slut" not just as someone who may or may not be "promiscuous" (whatever that is)... but as someone who is free, who is their own person, who realizes that sex can be pleasurable and fun and there's nothing wrong with wanting to have as much of it as possible, who makes choices not based on what other people have told them is "right" or based on what other people might think/say, but based on what they want... that includes sleeping with whomever they choose (even if that is many people, just one person, or no one at all) and as long as they're not hurting anyone there's nothing wrong with that.

The way most people use "slut" and "prude" (especially women against each other) I strongly disagree with... but in the terms I laid out above, I think with those definitions it IS better to be a slut than a prude. If only because being a "slut" implies more of an open minded attitude and being a "prude" implies being closed minded and judgmental (or on the other hand, fearful and self-loathing and resistant to their own desires). But again, I think a "slut" can be celibate or even a virgin... to me it's not about sex, it's about attitude.

To some people, the things we write on here or the way we behave or the fact that we proudly use the word "slut"might seem anti-feminist... but we believe that freedom to be who you are is one of the most important tenets of feminism. (We've already touched on this topic a bit before, while discussing a woman's right to choose and of course who can forget our guest blogger Adam's ode to sluts: Sluts Rock My World).

I like to think of it as an expression of choice. I will sleep with whomever I choose and as long as I'm not hurting anyone in the process, no one can make me feel bad about that. If that makes me a "slut" in someone else's eyes, that's fine because it stops being derogatory when I think of it in those terms. If being who I am and sleeping with who I want to, makes me a slut in your eyes, then fine. I'd rather be a slut in your eyes than a fraud in my own.

From The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities:

...a slut is a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.

Calling ourselves sluts (regardless of our actual level of "promiscuity") takes the power away from those who would use that word against us. Kind of like how the gay community has reclaimed "queer" and turned it around. (Similarly to what we've previously written about the word cunt) I do believe in the ability to refuel words with other intentions. Things are what you make them and I think by embracing the word "slut" in my own way, it gives it the power I want it to have. Basically, it's only offensive, if you choose to be offended by it.

One problem with our using this word, is that so many other people refuse to let go of it's derogatory origins. Another problem is that no one can decide on a clear-cut definition of what a "slut" is.

From Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation:
Today there is no general consensus about what qualifies a girl as a "slut". Instead there are multiple, shifting distinctions between "good" and "slutty". In the 1950s, the bottom-line definition, everyone agreed, was a girl who had premarital intercourse (though, to be sure, there were subtle nuances to the categorization process). Today, when having intercourse with a steady boyfriend does not raise an eyebrow, the definition has broadened; it changes from community to community and from school to school. To some it's a girl who has intercourse with many different boys. To others it's a girl who "fools around" with different boys even without having intercourse. To some it's a girl who has intercourse with one boy too soon. To others it's a girl who "messes around" with one boy too soon. But who is to judge how many boys are "too many"? Or what it means to fool around with someone "too soon"? Everything is subjective and open to interpretation. In today's climate "slut" refers to any girl who appears open and carefree about her sexuality.
It's about choice. If being (or even just appearing) open and carefree about sexuality makes me a slut... then I'm a slut and I'm proud!

From Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood
...The fear of being out of control - in relation to food and money as well as sex - is characteristic of contemporary women. We understand loss of control to be inappropriate - and that it could turn a woman into a monster. We understand from books and movies that something terrible must happen to the slut. Where do we get our sense that our past must be immaculate, that our "promiscuity", our being in any way out of control, can lead us, if discovered, into symbolic or actual annihilation? It is neither natural nor inevitable that women's lust should be punished.

This split - "Feminist or Slut?" - has antecedents. Feminists of the past contributed to the debate about female desire, in two contradictory ways. Most Victorian feminists believed that the feminist was the archenemy of the slut in herself and the rescuer of the slut in the street. This, for instance, was anti prostitution activist Josephine Butler's crusade. The early feminists campaigned not for women to have more sexual expression, but for a single sexual standard in which men had less. Many feminists of the time opposed birth control on the grounds that it would make pure women even more vulnerable to male sexuality. Feminists with a more retiring view of female sexuality highlighted male sexual brutality, which was, realistically enough, associated with exhausting pregnancies, disease, forced prostitution, and debility.

But others, a minority, believed that the feminist must integrate the slut. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, referring to a Whitman poem wrote, "He speaks as if the female must be forced to the creative act, apparently ignorant of the fact that a healthy woman has as much passion as a man, that she needs nothing stronger than the law of attraction to draw her to the male."

A while ago, we asked some strong sexy women (and a few men) what their thoughts were on being "slutty", the meaning of the word, and when other people (particularly women against women) try to use the term in a bad way. The results were awesome so instead of leaving with our own thoughts, we thought we'd leave you with some of their wisdom:

Sex is on my mind a lot. Sex is something I think about a lot and something I WANT A LOT... and if I'm lucky, it's something I get a lot as well. So I guess I'm a "slut" but I don't have a problem with that.

Things that I love:

1. Women who own their sexuality and love themselves.
2. Women who make their own choices without worrying about what society thinks or what labels ignorant people might slap on them.
3. Women who stand up for themselves.
4. Women who stand up for other women.
5. Women who are true bad girls in every sense of the term.

Things that I don't love:

1. People who judge.
2. Women who call other women sluts.
3. People who try to encourage women to shut up about things that are totally okay to talk about, especially with friends.
4. People who assume that if your morality differs from theirs, you must not have morals at all.
5. People who believe that women all have to conform to the same mold when it comes to sexuality.

My parents raised me to be very very lady like, respectful of myself and my body, blah blah blah. Although my mom completely understood when she found out my ex boyfriend were sexually active, we were in a committed relationship, but her feelings about sexual activity outside of one were very apparent. That guy and I aren't together anymore, hence my term "ex", so I am not getting that much action.

My point being this: Because of the way my mother constantly reiterated those values, which I respect, no matter who I'm with or what I'm doing with him, she is sitting on my shoulder telling me "Wait! He won't respect you! Blah blah blah!" I hate it. The thing is, I respect others for being comfortable doing what makes you feel good! I'm 20 and am still having a hard time getting past the things my mother believes, and acting on what I believe is appropriate and good for me.

Trying not to sound cheesy, but you do inspire others. You can't make everyone else agree with you or make them happy, but you sure as hell can make yourself happy. Only you can decide whether you're slutty or not. It's how you feel about yourself, not what others feel.

I am not going to judge someone who lives her life to the fullest and has fun. I believe that makes you 100% sexy.

I feel this way about it, you have a life, just because you are an open minded person, and these other people that feel it is their important job to condemn you for your life and choices..... it is obvious to me, they are either on such a straight and narrow life style, they could actually be nuns or they are wishing they could have a life like you have.

I am not in the same age group as many of you. However, I can still relate. I have daughters that enjoyed an active sexual life. I really was not pleased about it, as they did not have protected sex, thus families were started before partners were ready or possibly the intention was there, and I had not been informed. I know I did not always share with my parents all of my actions either.

I have thought a lot about what being a slut means. Sluttiness is a personality trait; it has nothing to do with how many people one has slept with. It has everything to do with how you present yourself. You present yourself as a confident, intelligent, secure woman who is not afraid to speak her mind and get what she wants...

Why are women taught that sexuality is shameful? Sex is a verb; it does not reflect the whole person. To quote from the play, Shadow of a Man by Cherrie Moraga: Leticia says she gave away her virginity because "I wanted it to be worthless. Not for me to be worthless, but to know that my worth had nothing to do with it."

I think if more women had that attitude, there would be much less cattiness in the world. Sex is great thing; it should be celebrated, not hidden.

Society has taught us to continuously be at odds with our fellow females, because if we unite then we become too powerful and men would run away from us crying. Therefore, we are conditioned to get jealous of other women who are stronger, smarter, sexier, or more successful than we are. However, it takes a truly strong woman to embrace her sexuality and feel comfortable with it. Our foremothers did too much work for us to not take advantage of our opportunities.

I just had a convo about slut vs. whore with my 'friend'. His take: whores get paid, sluts love to have sex. His opinion: I'm his dirty slut.

Words like slut are weird. If you have a certain dynamic with your friends, you can call each other whatever you want. My friends and I go back and forth tossing "insults" at each other every time we talk... slut, whore, bitch, dickface, etc. And like I said, the other day my 'friend' called me his dirty slut, and I'm fine with that.

However, if I'm out and I don't know you and you say something like that to me, things will not end well for you. There's really no need for women to call other women these names, but 90% of women are guilty of it.

I don't feel this great sisterhood with women that says we shouldn't call each other sluts or bitches. There are women that I would say fit into the negative meaning of both slut and bitch.

Like someone else said it is one of those words that people take ownership of and use in jest. I prefer the use of the word 'whore' for this because I just like the sound of it better.

To me the negative use of slut isn't someone that enjoys sex and seeks it out. A slut is someone that seeks out sex and doesn't care who she hurts in the process to get what she wants...even if she is the one she is hurting. A slut has no respect for herself or others.

It is all in the way it is said.

Personally, my offense with the word "slut" comes from people who use it to intentionally hurt me. It's in the way THEY mean "slut" that the offense arises, because although I feel there's no shame in being a slut or acting slutty, a lot of people aren't as open-minded about it, and they think a woman shouldn't enjoy sex or seek it out. I also haven't developed a thick enough skin to shrug off the comments. But I love the word "slut" and I love it for what it means to me: a human who isn't ashamed of sex, loves sex, and seeks out sex, intelligently and empathetically, without shame and without worry for others' opinions.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about when other people use the word, because I don't think it's cut and dry insult or non-insult. There are a lot of degrees in between, and not necessarily something the person using the word is consciously thinking about. I think it's always a matter of context, and by using it less as an insult, it is slowly making it's way into a word to be proud of.

January 27, 2008

And the award goes to....

...Fred Thompson, for his role as a presidential candidate!

On Tuesday he dropped out of the race. (There goes our idea for a "Fred Thompson can suck it" blog entry). So we just wanted to have a little memorial for his campaign...

Even though there was no way in hell we'd support him for president, he did have a lot of experience acting like he's in politics . Okay, he does have actual political experience (such as being a lobbyist from 1875 to 1992 and a Senator of Tennessee from 1994-2003) but honestly, his acting resume is a lot more impressive.

Of course, everyone knows he was the D.A. on Law and Order, but he's also a military man... having appeared in Flight of the Intruder... The Hunt for Red October... Fat Man and Little Boy... and even a few episodes of China Beach!

In addition to that, he's played senators (including "Senator Fred Thompson", that one must have been a stretch), FBI agents, and the White House Chief of Staff (in In the Line of Fire).

But the most impressive thing? He's already been president three times!

President Ulysses S. Grant in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, [the voice of] President Andrew Jackson in Rachel and Andrew Jackson and the fictional President Charles Ross in Last Best Chance.

Fred Thompson as President Ulysses S. Grant (with Aidan Quinn, left)

January 26, 2008

Sex Workers Art Show 2008

The Sex Workers Art Show is on tour! The official info is below. This year's show looks awesome, and of course as Evil Sluts we love the idea of celebrating how creative and fun and funny and complicated and empowering sex work can be.

The Sex Workers' Art Show Tour is coming to your town! The show is an eye-popping evening of visual and performance art created by people who work in the sex industry to dispel the myth that they are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses!

The wildly successful cabaret-style show is hitting the road again, bringing audiences a blend of spoken word, music, drag, burlesque, and multimedia performance art. Intelligent and hot, disturbing and hilarious, the performances offer a wide range of perspectives on sex work, from celebration of prostitutes' rights and sex-positivity to views from the darker sides of the industry.

This year's incredible lineup of performers includes international burlesque sensation and winner of the “Best Body in Burlesque” award, Miss Dirty Martini; infamous feminist author of I Love Dick Chris Kraus; award-winning author of the coming-out memoir How I Learned to Snap, Kirk Read; porn star and writer Lorelei Lee; performance artist and comic queen of cleavage The World Famous *BOB*; performer and musical theatre mutineer Erin Markey; fierce activist and rapper Tre Vasquez; internationally infamous drag-subverter Krylon Superstar; dominatrix and destroyer of Asian feminine mythology Keva I. Lee; and tour founder and director Annie Oakley. Special guest at select locations: platinum-selling hip-hop queen Trina!

The show includes people from all areas of the sex industry: strippers, prostitutes, dommes, film stars, phone sex operators, internet models, etc. It smashes traditional stereotypes and moves beyond "positive" and "negative" into a fuller articulation of the complicated ways sex workers experience their jobs and their lives. The Sex Workers' Art Show entertains, arouses, and amazes while simultaneously offering scathing and insightful commentary on notions of class, race, gender, labor and sexuality!

"The Sex Workers' Art Show is not simply a display of those in the sex industry... but an active force in articulating, shaping, and contesting the meaning of the identity "sex worker" in the public sphere" --Theatre Journal

"Annie Oakley doesn't need a gun. She's armed with fierce creativity, political passion, big brains and exquisite sexiness. As the Sex Workers' Art Show's director, Oakley leads a brilliant crew which serves up whore culture at its most delicious and satisfying." --Annie Sprinkle, Phd

The tour just started on January 17th and runs through the end of February, so check out the official tour schedule and go!

January 25, 2008

You know who I wish would die of a drug overdose...

John Gibson.

Total douchebag.

Now I'm not one to go all goo-goo eyed over actors, nor am I the type of person to actually "grieve" someone I never met. But I also don't think it's okay for someone to disrespect someone's death in order to make homophobic, offensive comments.

I don't have a problem with some offensive humor, but this was just a little too much. I think he was exploiting the recently untimely death of actor Heath Ledger in order to push his own anti-gay agenda... and worst of all, he wasn't even FUNNY!

From Perez Hilton:

Petitions are being signed and offended parties are mobilizing in response to Fox News Radio host John Gibson's homophobic and inappropriate mocking of Heath Ledger's death.

We reported last night about Gibson's disgusting behavior and have vowed to boycott his show, which we've been on in the past, unless he apologizes.

Hopefully some action will be taken against him by the higher-ups at Fox.

Now, GLAAD has jumped into the fray as well.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has denounced Gibson's behavior and just released the following call to action, something we suggested our readers do earlier too.

They say:

"January 24, 2008

Fox News Host John Gibson Cruelly Mocks Heath Ledger's Death and his Role in Brokeback Mountain

In the wake of Heath Ledger's death, people around the world are mourning the gifted actor's passing and are expressing their appreciation for how he changed hearts and minds with his Oscar-nominated role as a gay cowboy in 2005's Brokeback Mountain.

In a stark and disturbing contrast, Fox News Radio host John Gibson cruelly mocked Ledger's death and his role in Brokeback Mountain during his Jan. 22 John Gibson Show radio broadcast. During the show, Gibson played an audio clip from the film of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack, telling Ennis (played by Ledger), "I wish I knew how to quit you." Gibson then coldly quipped, "Well, he found out how to quit you." Then, after playing another audio clip from the movie of Ledger's character saying, "We're dead," Gibson mockingly said, "We're dead" and played the clip again.

“Gibson’s remarks are vulgar and disgusting,” said Rashad Robinson, GLAAD’s Senior Director of Media Programs. “It’s sickening that Gibson would exploit Heath Ledger’s tragic death to promote such hurtful intolerance. And to do so at a time when family and friends are grieving shows a level of insensitivity that is beyond the pale.”

Beyond his mockery of Ledger's role in Brokeback Mountain, Gibson called the actor a "weirdo" with "a serious drug problem," and callously speculated on the reasons Ledger might have committed suicide. Gibson had previously mocked Brokeback Mountain–calling it a "gay agenda movie" on his Fox News TV program in 2006.

Audio of John Gibson mocking Heath Ledger just a few hours after his death:

Video of John Gibson's totally insincere apology:

Gibson’s Past Comments on Brokeback Mountain:

MSNBC Hosts, Keith Olberman and Dan Abrams’ reactions to Gibson’s on-air remarks:


We agree with GLAAD (and Perez and about 1,000 other pissed off people out there) that Fox News should know that this kind of thing is NOT okay.


GLAAD strongly urges you to contact Fox News and ask its representatives why they continue to provide a platform for John Gibson's cruel and tasteless comments.

Please contact:

Mr. Mitch Davis
Vice President
Fox News Radio Network
1211 Avenue Of The Americas
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New York, NY 10036-8701
Direct Phone: *212-301-5800
Outlet Fax: *212-301-5455
Outlet Phone: 212-301-3000
Email: mitch.davis@foxnews.com

Mr. Robert Finnerty
Senior Vice President
Fox News Radio Network
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New York, NY 10036-8701
Direct Phone: *212-301-5800
Outlet Fax: *212-301-5455
Outlet Phone: 212-301-3000

Ms. Irena Briganti
Vice President of Public Relations
FOX News Channel
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Direct Phone : *212-301-3608
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Email: irena.briganti@foxnews.com

Contact by: E-mail

Ms. Suzanne Scott
Vice President, Programming
FOX News Channel
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Direct Phone : *212-301-8558
Outlet Fax : *212-382-1411
Outlet Phone : 212-301-3000
Email: suzanne.scott@foxnews.com



January 24, 2008

The Rudy Giuliani Drinking Game

The ESC thought it would be fun to design drinking games for some of the presidential candidates. We decided to start with Rudy Giuliani, and take a drink every time he brought up 9/11 (twice if he brought it up in talking about a totally unrelated issue). We have to confess now that this is the reason why the blog has been so quiet this month--between the 2nd and the 7th we were drunk, and between the 10th and the 15th we were passed out. It's all Rudy's fault. So to pay him back, we give you this list of reasons why Rudy Giuliani can suck it.

He Exploits 9/11 Constantly

Of course Rudy Giuliani has to talk about 9/11. But does he have to talk about it as often as he does, and in the way that he does? This issue has been addressed by lots of people already, so we don't want to make the mistake of, you know, talking about it too much, but we just had to mention some of our favorite Rudy 9/11 quotes. It's like a game--Six Degrees of 9/11, anyone? Except it's a national tragedy, not a game or a plaything. We wish our former Mayor would remember that.

Asked whether there should be federal funding for AIDS drugs:

"I don't want to promise you the federal government will take over the role. My general experience has been that the federal government works best when it helps and assists and encourages and sets guidelines on a state-by-state, locality-by-locality basis. It's no different from the way I look at homeland security. Maybe having been mayor of the city, I know that your first defense against terrorist attack is that local police station, or that local firehouse."

Asked whether he is religious or not:

"I need God's help for everything, and I probably feel that the most when I'm in crisis and under pressure, like Sept. 11, when I was dealing with prostate cancer, or when I'm trying to explain death to people."

Asked about his personal life:

"You can judge me on my public record. I've had a long one. I've had an intense one. I've been under enormous pressure, took over a city that was the crime capital of America, had to handle the city at the very end, when it was part of the worst attack on America."

Asked about Hillary Clinton's "emotional meltdown" on the campaign trail:

"This is not something I would judge anybody on one way or the other, and the reality is, if you look at me, September 11th, the funerals..."

I think Jon Stewart put it best when he responded to that with "are you fucking kidding me?"

Just one more.

“If any Republican is elected president —- and I think obviously I would be the best at this —- we will remain on offense and will anticipate what [the terrorists] will do and try to stop them before they do it,” Giuliani said.

The former New York City mayor, currently leading in all national polls for the Republican nomination for president, said Tuesday night that America would ultimately defeat terrorism no matter which party gains the White House.

“But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have?” Giuliani said. “If we are on defense [with a Democratic president], we will have more losses and it will go on longer.”

“I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense,” Giuliani continued. “We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense.”

He added: “The Democrats do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us.”

Or, to sum up, "America will be safer with a Republican president". Now, if it happens that a Democrat wins the election, doesn't rhetoric like Giuliani's just make us more unsafe? Why can't he spend less time thinking up creative ways to work 9/11/01 into every conversation, and more time coming up with creative ways to actually deal with the national security issues that we're facing today, in the present? I have a feeling that's one question we won't be getting an answer to.

He Plays Both Sides of the Choice Issue

People keep referring to Rudy Giuliani as a pro-choice candidate, but when you look closely, it seems more like he's just a pro-whatever-is-convenient-for-me-at-the-time candidate or maybe a pro-whatever-you-want-to-believe-is-what-I-really-believe-too candidate or a pro-whatever-will-make-you-want-to-vote-for-me candidate. (Admittedly the pro-whatever candidate is not a rare breed in our political system.)

Here's a quote from Mr. Giuliani from December of 1999.

“I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights,” Giuliani said. He was then asked whether he supports a ban on what critics call partial-birth abortions. “No, I have notsupported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing,” he responded.
In February of 2007, Giuliani appeared on Hannity and Colmes.

GIULIANI: Partial birth abortion? I think that’s going to be upheld. I think that ban’s gonna be upheld. I think it should be. I think as long as there’s a provision for the life of the mother then that’s something that should be done.

HANNITY: There’s a misconception that you support a partial birth abortion.

GIULIANI: Well, if it doesn’t have provision for the mother then I wouldn’t support the legislation. If it has provision for the life of the mother then I would support. And I do.

Actual pro-choice people generally see two major problems (at least) with "partial birth" abortion bans. One, they take the decision-making power about critical health issues out of the hands of qualified medical professionals and pregnant women themselves and place it in the hands of politicians who are often more concerned with their own political agendas than with the lives of women and children. And two, the bans are supposed to prohibit only one or two specific medical procedures, but are often worded in such a vague way that they could potentially be used to prosecute doctors for performing any abortion procedures at all. Pro-whatever people who are running for president and trying to win over some of their party's right wing base can apparently get past such issues rather quickly.

When Giuliani first ran for mayor in 1989, his campaign issued a statement on his views on abortion in response to some questions about some possibly conflicting statements.

As mayor, Rudy Giuliani will uphold a woman's right of choice to have an abortion. Giuliani will fund all city programs which provide abortions to insure that no woman is deprived of her right due to an inability to pay. He will oppose reductions in state funding. He will oppose making abortion illegal. Although Giuliani is personally opposed to abortion, his personal views will not interfere with his responsibilities as mayor.

Today, Giuliani pledges that if elected, he will appoint only "strict constructionist" judges. Where the issue of choice is concerned, many people consider that to be code for 'judges that would be more than happy to overturn Roe v. Wade'. He has also offered up some examples of judges that he likes--John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas, who as we know are all longtime champions of a woman's right to choose. Oh, wait, they're totally not.

What else was in that statement? Something about funding...no woman deprived of her right due to an inability to pay, something like that? Hell, I'll just let Media Matters take this one:

As weblogger Greg Sargent noted, in a June 18, 1993, article, The New York Times reported that Giuliani campaign leaflets "said that he opposes restrictions to Federal Medicaid financing for abortions and opposes the Hyde Amendment, which is intended to deny support for that financing." But the National Review reported on March 1 that Giuliani director of policy Bill Simon, Jr. said, "I have an assurance that he is in favor of the Hyde amendment." On March 1, an anonymous Giuliani spokesperson "clarifi[ed]" Giuliani's position to the National Journal's The Hotline, asserting, "It's not a change of position. The Hyde Amendment is a current law and, as such, he respects it." The Hotline concluded that Giuliani's "agenda for governing does not include any changes to the law as it's currently enforced." Similarly, syndicated columnist and National Review editor Rich Lowry wrote on March 13 that Giuliani's "aides say he supports -- or wouldn't seek to change -- the Hyde amendment ... even though he once opposed it."

Then, at a Republican debate in back in May, Rudy said "I don't [support public funding for abortions]. I support the Hyde amendment. I hate abortion. I wish people didn't have abortions...I believe that the Hyde amendment should remain the law. States should make their decision. Some states decide to do it. Most states decide not to do it. And I think that's the appropriate way to have this decided." He went on to say that he supported public funding when he was mayor of New York, but that he thinks that other people in other places could come to different decisions.

Now, it's not necessarily a change of position for him to say that the public funding issue is something that should be decided on the state level, but if he truly believed what he said years earlier about women not being deprived of their right to choose for financial reasons, it seems like he would be taking a different position on the Hyde Amendment now. Why would it be the right decision for women in New York, but not in Colorado or Texas or Hawaii?

By the way, during that same debate he also said "it would be okay to repeal" when asked if the day that Roe v. Wade was repealed would be a good day for America. (He went on to say that it would also be "ok" if a "strict constructionist" judge viewed it as precedent.) Man, he is so pro-choice it's not even funny.

He Has the Least Diverse Campaign Staff

The Huffington Post analyzed the gender breakdown of the staff of many of the major campaigns, based on data from federal disclosure documents, and found that the Giuliani campaign was the most unbalanced.
In the campaign of the former New York mayor Giuliani, there is only one senior female staffer, who holds the title of Communications Director. Fewer than one-third of Giuliani's staff who earned $9000 or more in the last quarter are women, and just a quarter of his top twenty paid staff are women.

DiversityInc took a similar look, this time at the racial breakdown of the major campaigns.

Turns out that of the eight major presidential campaigns studied by DiversityInc.com — Clinton’s, Obama’s, Edwards’, Richardson’s, Biden’s, McCain’s, Giuliani’s and Romney’s — Giuliani’s is 100% white. Furthermore, even the least-diverse Democratic campaign, that of Joe Biden, was still twice as diverse than that of the most-diverse Republican campaign, which was John McCain’s.

You could argue that the makeup of a campaign staff isn't nearly as important as the candidate and what he or she has to say, but we think that this does say something about each candidate and what they stand for. It doesn't seem too unfair to say that a candidate who has made an effort to put together a diverse campaign staff would put forth the same effort in his or her administration. It's also hard for us not to wonder how someone who was the mayor of one of the most diverse cities on the planet couldn't find any qualified and talented people for his senior campaign staff who weren't white men.

It almost seems as if Giuliani made an effort to build a campaign that was an old (white) boy's club. We're not actually saying that he went out of his way to hire only white men, but he certainly didn't go out of his way not to. So, if he were elected, would he welcome many women and minorities in his administration? Would he welcome diverse viewpoints? Would he be committed to diversity in any meaningful way? We think these are legitimate questions to ask. 100% white? Come on.

He Refuses To Clearly State His Position On Sex Education

Womens Enews took a look at where all of the candidates stand on sex education.

Rudy Giuliani, the only Republican candidate still waffling about his pro-choice
stance, avoids the topic. He talks about increasing adoptions and decreasing abortions but is mum on sex education. As New York City mayor for eight years, he presided over a major free condom distribution campaign that included public schools. A campaign spokesperson says Giuliani's stance can be compared to what he says about education in general: "The enforcer of standards should . . . be the parent."

Shouldn't someone who (sometimes) claims to be pro-choice but also to wish that nobody had abortions be totally in favor of comprehensive sex education as a way to cut down on unsafe sex and unplanned pregnancies? If he believes that the "enforcer of standards" should be the parent, does that mean that he's not in favor of any sex education in schools at all? Or that, like his comments about abortion, parents and schools in different part of the country could make different decisions about what kind of sex education is best? How does he feel today about the free condom distribution program that he presided over as mayor? What are his thoughts on emergency contraception and its availability?

One of the 12 Commitments on his official campaign website is:

I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions, and protect the quality of life for our children.

Well, that doesn't sound so bad. Aside from promoting adoption, what exactly is his plan to decrease abortions? This is where sex education has to come in, right?
Rudy supports parental notification and the ban on partial birth abortion.
Rudy will direct the Office of Faith-based Initiatives to find new ways to support organizations that promote adoption as an alternative to abortion.
Rudy will make the $10,000 adoption tax credit permanent.
Rudy will veto any attempt to weaken the Hyde Amendment and other limits on the public funding of abortions, like the Mexico City Policy.

Oh. Well, he's not lying. If women can't afford abortions, or the procedure that they need is banned, or their parents won't allow it, or they can't get accurate information from faith-based organizations, that will all probably add up to a decrease in abortions. So, in a section that is full of more questions than answers, let's add a couple more. Exactly how is all of this easier or better or healther for anyone than simply supporting comprehensive sex education programs? Why can't Republicans face reality on this one? It's a good thing Rudy isn't the mayor of New York City anymore, because we don't want him taking away our free NYC condoms.

He Was Endorsed By Pat Robertson

Do we even need to elaborate on this one? Okay, just for fun.

Some people were surprised by this endorsement, since Giuliani is supposedly so "liberal" for a Republican candidate, but the more research we do and the more Rudy opens his mouth, the less liberal and the more 'I'm kinda liberalish on certain issues, if that's what you're into, but if it's not than I'm totally not' he seems.

What's more interesting to us is the fact that the '9/11 candidate' would accept an endorsement from someone who participated in this exchange on The 700 Club on September 13th, 2001.

JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.

Robertson later claimed that he hadn't fully understood what Falwell was saying, which certainly seems plausible given the ambiguity of phrases like "I totally concur".

Here are just a few more of Robertson's greatest hits.

"(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."

"I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period."

"I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you, This is not a message of hate -- this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs; it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor." –Pat Robertson, on "gay days" at Disneyworld

"Over 100 years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that’s held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." –Pat Robertson, on the dangers of judicial activism

The issue of "activist judges" in our court system is one of Robertson's top priorities, so in order to get his endorsement Giuliani would definitely have had to promise to appoint only strict constructionist judges. This makes it very hard for us to take it seriously when people say that Giuliani is pro-choice or pro-gay. And the fact that the man who thinks that hurricanes are sent by God to punish Disney World for admitting gay people also thinks that Rudy Giuliani would make a great president? Well, it makes us want to tell both of them to suck it.

He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Although Giuliani signed domestic partner legislation into law when he was mayor of New York City, and says that he doesn't believe gays should be discriminated against, he does not support gay marriage.

"Unlike what some of my opponents have said, I'm not in favor of gay marriage," he said. "I have consistently said marriage should be between a man and a woman. I do think that people who have a sexual orientation one kind or another should not be discriminated against."

"It isn't my role to determine what is a sin, what isn't a sin," he said. "What my role is, what is legal, what is illegal, I have been really clear on that role throughout my life."

He has also said that his views on homosexuality stem from his Catholic faith, and so he believes that it's not someone's orientation but their actions that determine whether they are sinful.

"My, my moral views on this come from the, you know, from the Catholic Church, and I believe that homosexuality, heterosexuality as a, as a way that somebody leads their life is not -- isn’t sinful. It’s the acts, it’s the various acts that people perform that are sinful, not the -- not the orientation that they have."
This is that very special argument that being gay is kinda okay, as long as you don't have any of that icky gay sex. Sort of an 'abstinence only forever' view of sexuality, which I guess is appropriately Republican of him. And in this quote, he's extending that viewpoint to apply to heterosexuals as well. I wonder if he supports the Alabama sex toy ban?

Rudy Giuliani Can Suck It

There are plenty of negative things to be said about a candidate like Mike Huckabee, and we have. But at least he's pretty straightforward with his views, and he's probably not going to do too much shifting and spinning just to get elected. You know exactly where he stands...so that you can stand far, far away. The same can't be said of Giuliani. And I think the fact that Rudy Giuliani just put me in a position to pay a compliment to Mike Huckabee says it all. Goodnight, folks.

January 22, 2008

Blog for Choice Day 2008

Today - on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - we are participating in Blog for Choice Day!

Blog for Choice Day

Blog for Choice Day provides us with an opportunity to raise the profile of reproductive rights in the blogosphere and the media, while celebrating Roe's 35th anniversary. Plus, it's a great way to let your readers and the mainstream media know that a woman's right to choose is a core progressive value that must be protected.

Last year we wrote about why we are pro-choice. This year's topic is why it is important to vote pro-choice. And on the other side, why it's so important not to vote anti-choice (or "pro-life" as the anti-choicers like to call themselves).

1) Because these men are all running for President right now...

John McCain:
"I think the respect and commitment to the rights of the unborn is something I've fought for, and it has a lot to do with national security. Because it says very much what kind of a country we are and our respect for human life, whether it be here in the US or anyplace else in the world. So I think it is connected."

"I have stated time after time after time that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision, that I support the rights of the unborn."
I don’t believe they should advocate abortion with my tax dollars."

Mitt Romney:
"I was always personally opposed to abortion, as I think almost everyone in this nation is. And the question for me was, what is the role of government? And it was quite theoretical and philosophical to consider what the role of government should be in this regard, and I felt that the Supreme Court had spoken and that government shouldn't be involved and let people make their own decision. That all made a lot of sense to me. Then I became governor and the theoretical became reality. A bill came to my desk which related to the preservation of life. I recognized that I simply could not be part of an effort that would cause the destruction of human life. And I didn't hide from that change of heart. I recognize it's a change. Every piece of legislation which came to my desk in the coming years as the governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life."
"...each law that was brought to my desk attempted to expand abortion rights and, in each case, I vetoed that effort. I also promoted abstinence education in our schools. I vetoed an effort, for instance, to give young women a morning after pill who did not have prescriptions. So I took action to preserve the sanctity of life. But I did not violate my word, of course."
"I'd like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and allow the states to put in place pro-life legislation. I recognize that for many people, that is considered an act of murder, to have an abortion. It is without question the taking of a human life. And I believe that a civilized society must respect the sanctity of the human life."

Mike Huckabee:
"I would love to see us have in this country what I helped lead in our state in Arkansas, and that's a human life amendment to our state constitution, Amendment 65, that says that we believe life begins at conception, and that we ought to do everything in the world possible to protect it until its natural conclusion. And that means that we truly value and respect, elevate and celebrate every life."
"I always am going to err on the side of life. I believe life is precious. I hav been in the pro-life camp since I was a teenager. It's because of my view that God is the creator and instigator of life."
"It would be fair to say that I am in politics because I am pro-life. By no means am I a single-issue person, but on that single issue I am steadfastly consistent."
"The record I am proudest of is having signed numerous pieces of pro-life legislation, including a ban on partial-birth abortion."

Fred Thompson:
"What the situation is now is as follows. Because of Roe vs. Wade, all states are restricted from passing rules that they otherwise would maybe like to pass with regard to this area. If you abolish Roe vs. Wade, you're going to allow every state to pass reasonable rules that they might see fit to pass. There hasn't been a serious effort to put forth a constitutional amendment because people knew that it wouldn't pass. What I've been talking about is directing our energy toward something that was halfway practical, something that might could get done. So now where we have no states with the option of doing anything about it, then we would have however many states wanted to. You could move from zero yard line, to the 60- or 70-yard line instead of standing pat, which is where we will remain if we don't abolish Roe vs. Wade."

"I thought Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. I think this platform originally came out as a response to particularly Roe v. Wade because of that. Before Roe v. Wade, states made those decisions. I think people ought to be free at state and local levels to make decisions that even Fred Thompson disagrees with. That's what freedom is all about. I think Roe v. Wade hopefully one day will be overturned, and we can go back to the pre-Roe v. Wade day."

Ron Paul:
"I'm surprised that I don't have more co-sponsors for my Sanctity of Life Act. It removes the jurisdiction from the federal courts & allows the states to pass protection to the unborn. Instead of waiting years for a Constitutional Amendment, this would happen immediately, by majority vote in the Congress and a president's signature. It's a much easier way to accomplish this, by following what our Constitution directs us. Instead of new laws, let's just use what we have & pass this type of legislation."

"As an O.B. doctor of thirty years, and having delivered 4,000 babies, I can assure you life begins at conception. I am legally responsible for the unborn, no matter what I do, so there's a legal life there. The unborn has inheritance rights, and if there's an injury or a killing, there is a legal entity. There is no doubt about it."

"The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it. We don't need a federal abortion police. That's the last thing that we need. There has to be a criminal penalty for the person that's committing that crime. And I think that is the abortionist."

2) Because all of these news headlines are just from the last two weeks....

Cutbacks in Family Planning Foster US Baby Boomlet
A report released last month by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reflects that that the 2006 birth rate exceeded the replacement rate for the first time since 1971 reports the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report. An Associated Press analysis of the birth rate globally reflects that the U.S. birth rate is higher than “every country in continental Europe, as well as Australia, Canada and Japan.

A Kansas Grand Jury convened on Tuesday to begin an investigation into Dr George Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers for women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems. The investigation is the result of a citizen petition circulated by anti-abortion extremist groups.

Young Americans Support Anti-Abortion Movement At Washington Gathering
The rise in number of anti-abortion movements on campuses has dovetailed with a recent report that in the past 30 years, there was a steady decline in abortions performed across the nation. On Tuesday, thousands of student activist started the three-day annual March for Life gathering in Washington, marked by speeches, prayer vigils, masses and other spiritual activities. Student for Life chapters are present in over 400 American colleges and universities. The support for anti-abortion campaigns is not limited to Catholic or church organizations. Even feminists and male groups are in.

Anti-abortion Advocates Organize Events In San Francisco Area to Address Issue In Black Community
Black antiabortion advocates planned to host three events in the San Francisco Bay Area in an "aggressive push" to reduce the disproportionate number of abortions among black women, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rev. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, said San Francisco's "top civil rights issues are education, economic empowerment and political engagement," adding, "These pro-life people are demagogues and ideologues and are not receiving overwhelming support from the black community".

3) Because the following legislative decisions were made this month...

The Senate Health Committee passed a proposal that would give pharmacists the right to refuse to dispense drugs they believe will be used to abort a pregnancy or "destroy an unborn child". Critics are wary of this bill because it could be interpreted to include refusal to dispense emergency contraception and even birth control pills, because it does not give a clear definition of what constitutes an "unborn child".

Other proposed legislation would require doctors to tell abortion patients: "Life begins at conception, and a fetus could feel pain during an abortion." Supporters of the bill say this is to make sure women considering abortion have all the facts they need to make an "informed decision". Critics of the bill object to the notion of defining life at conception and presenting the theory that a fetus can feel pain during an abortion as fact (there are differing medical opinions on the subject).

The Senate Health Policy Committee passed legislation to enact a state ban on "partial-birth abortion" (mirroring a federal prohibition that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year).

A measure requiring women seeking an abortion would first have to undergo an ultrasound and review the results with their doctors, was proposed in the General Assembly. Physicians who don't comply could be fined up to $100,000 for the first offense and $250,000 for each subsequent offense.

Senate Republicans have taken up a controversial proposal to change the state's constitutional stance on abortions. The proposed amendment would say that “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” The resolution aims to nullify a 2000 ruling by the state Supreme Court that the Tennessee Constitution offered greater protection of abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution and could allow the restoration of restrictive laws (such as requiring a 48-hour waiting periods before abortions, detailed disclosure about the abortion process and that all but first-term abortions be performed in hospitals).

The Colorado Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to proponents of a ballot initiative seeking to amend the state constitution in 2008
to define "personhood" as a fertilized egg. The amendment, if approved by voters, would extend constitutional protections from the moment of conception, guaranteeing every fertilized egg the right to life, liberty, equality of justice and due process of law. Critics of the measure feel it would lay the foundation to making abortion illegal in Colorado.

The Elliot Group, an anti-abortion group based out of Springfield, Illinois, is seeking to add a ballot initiative to the Missouri 2008 election that could greatly reduce access to abortion in the state. The Elliot Group claims that abortion causes long-term physical, psychological and emotional problems. The proposal would require doctors to extensively review any so-called "medical literature" on abortion and investigate each patient’s background and lifestyle. It also would require doctors to certify that the abortion was necessary to avoid a woman's death or prevent permanent disability. The proposal would subject doctors to lawsuits from women who later regretted their decision to terminate a pregnancy, and would offer no exception whatsoever for the victims of rape or incest.

4) Because this is what can happen in countries where abortion is illegal...

Despite tough anti-abortion laws, an estimated 1.3 million women have them each year, mostly illegally, usually due to economic inabilities to care for another child. Often these back alley abortions come with painful "consequences" including death of the mother or deformed babies (who survived botched abortion attempts).

In July, it was reported that some 100 women die annually from botched illegal abortions, while many more suffer serious health problems. About 11 percent of all maternal deaths registered in the nation's capitol were a result of illegal abortions, making it the third leading cause of maternal mortality in Mozambique (which has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world).

Last February Portugal's prime minister announced that he would try to enact more liberal abortion laws. Originally the procedure was only allowed in cases of rape, fetal malformation, or if a mother's health was in peril (and only in first 12 weeks of pregnancy) and around 10,000 women were hospitalized every year with complications from botched back-street abortions. (Later in the year, the parliament approved a motion to hold a referendum on the decriminalization of abortion).

Official estimates in 2005 put annual abortions at 400,000 to 500,000, and rising. The World Health Organization estimate put the figure at nearly 800,000, one of the highest rates of unsafe abortions in Asia. Seventy percent of unwanted pregnancies in the Philippines end in abortion according to the World Health Organization. One of four pregnancies in the Philippines end in abortion, according to Pro-Life Philippines, an anti-abortion group. According to the Department of Health, nearly 100,000 women who have unsafe abortions every year end up in the hospital. Some hospitals would refuse to treat women for abortion-related illnesses like profuse bleeding because they view them as "sinners" and in a few instances doctors have performed post-abortion dilation and curettage without anesthesia as a punishment for these women's sins.

Nicaragua, Chile, El Salvador, Malta, Vatican City:
Abortion in these countries is illegal without exception. This means that you cannot legally have an abortion if you are a victim of rape or incest. You cannot legally have an abortion if you suffer complications that threaten your health or future fertility. You cannot legally have an abortion if you suffer life-threatening complications. Women go to jail, suffer, and die because of the laws of their land.

And when reproductive rights are granted...

South Africa:
After South Africa removed restrictions on abortion in 1997, maternal deaths from botched abortions dropped 91 percent.

5) Because these pro-choice victories are only a small step towards protecting our rights...

The Chicago Abortion Fund has begun providing vouchers (accepted by local abortion providers) to help low-income women who can't afford legal abortion. Medicaid does not cover abortion and many women live too far away from a facility that provides it. The Chicago Abortion Fund is one of 104 groups affiliated with the National Network of Abortion Funds (such as Haven in New York or Fund for Choice in Pennsylvania).

This month former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack launched the Iowa Initiative to Reduce Unitended Pregnancies, a program focused on overall awareness and helping women between the ages of 18 and 30 receive family planning information. While the group will not provide contraception and services directly, it does intended to partner with existing groups that do and, hopefully, prompt the public to request funding for such services from the state legislature.

2007 saw a big jump in the number of states rejecting federal funding for abstinence only sex education programs, in the wake of growing evidence that these programs just do not work. We think of this as a big pro-choice victory. Young women (and men) deserve comprehensive sex education that will give them the tools they need to make informed choices and have safe sex. Access to accurate information about sex, followed by access to birth control--this is the way to truly reduce unplanned pregnancies and improve the quality of life for a whole lot of people.

The Supreme Court recently refused to review a challenge to a court ruling that struck down a ban on "partial-birth abortions" in the state of Michigan. The ban has been struck down three times because although supporters of the ban say that it is only meant to prohibit certain specific abortion procedures, opponents say that the wording of the ban is too vague and could be applied to all abortions, potentially putting abortion providers at risk of prosecution for performing any abortion procedure. Organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposed the ban not only because of the threat to doctors, but also because they viewed the legislation as a threat to women's health.

NARAL Pro-Choice America recently released its 17th annual "Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States," which tracks legal activity on the state and federal levels that is related to reproductive rights. They are reporting that in 2007, 28 states enacted a total of 80 pro-choice measures, a 43-percent increase from 2006. States enacted 17 Prevention First measures (Prevention First means things like sex education, access to birth control, emergency contraception, etc.) in 2007, an 89-percent increase from 2006.

Some days it feels like we're making progress and heading in the right direction when it comes to reproductive rights. Other days, especially lately, it feels like we're sliding backwards and at risk of losing it all. But when we think about all of the people who fought for the rights that we have today, who are out there now working for freedom of choice all around the world, and especially the women who have suffered and died because their rights were taken away from them, we know that voting pro-choice is the least we can do. This is our fight, and voting for choice is just the first step.

January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

There's a lot that we could say today, but we think his own words say it best.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

January 20, 2008


Here they are... the long awaited results of the first ever Evil Slutopia Contest! We bet you almost forgot all about it didn't you. Sorry it took us so long... we had a lot of trouble choosing our favorites out of all the great submissions. (And we also had a lot of trouble concentrating, what with our constant hangovers.)

Just to recap:

The "Dare the ESC" Contest

Just what it says: Dare the ESC.

Dare us to do something - anything - and if you win, we promise to do it and share the experience with the world. You can suggest anything you'd like to see us do/write about/take pictures of/make fun of/etc. in the upcoming year. This is your chance to have an effect on what the Evil Slut Clique does (and in turn, blogs about). Make your mark on Evil Slutopia! And if we like your idea the best, we'll send you a little something special to say thanks.

And so here are the winners...

First Place goes to Bill:
Obtain an interview with a celebrity evil slut. Over email even. Monica Lewinsky, Madonna, Lance Bass, etc.
We have no idea who we are going to find (or exactly how we'll do it), but our top priority for 2008 is to find as many awesome celebrity evil sluts as possible to interview for the blog.

If any of our readers happen to know celebrities (or happen to be celebrities) - help an evil slut out would ya?

Second Place also goes to Bill:

Yes, that's the same Bill as our first place winner. We don't care if you think it's unfair, he entered a ton of times and all the entries were kinda awesome. These two were our favorites. Maybe someday we'll do some of his other suggestions too, but for now let's start with these.
Get a bar or bartender to name a shot after Evil Slutopia. I want to be able to walk into a bar and order an Evil Slut, or a Jezebel, or a Lilith, or an ESC, or something, and actually get a shot without having to give an explanation. Having it just be the bartender is fine, as long as I know when to go and who to ask. And preferably a shot that won't make me gag (just wouldn't be right for an evil slut, y'know?).

Third Place goes to Mrs. Chiquita von Lederhosen:
Next time you have ladies' night, work the word "meow" into your conversation and see how many times you can use it on one person, and whether or not the other person catches on.
We like this one a lot, but we think we'd like to extend it. Instead of just "meow", we'll use a different word each time. Please feel free to write in and give word suggestions. When we do it, we'll let you know (and give you credit for your word choice) and of course... let you know the reactions we got. The more random the better.

Honorable Mention goes to Steve:
I dare you to prepare a six to eight minute speech on a ridiculous or fraudulent topic. Present it to an unsuspecting group, such as attendees at a convention. Do so with a straight face. Here are some ideas:

Global Warming: Could Ozone Pirates Be The Culprit?
Ride Out The Housing Crisis By Living In A Castle
How To Tell If Your New Boss Is A Giant Coffee Lid
A Junior Executive's Guide To Not Being A Complete Fucking Douchebag
Three Losing Investment Strategies
We chose this entry just based on his examples alone. Ozone pirates? Hilarious. Again, we are happy to accept suggestions for other speech topics. And if you happen to be running any upcoming conventions or seminars, let us know! We'd be happy to crash it!

We'd love to hear your feedback on the entries we chose, but we don't want to hear "that sucks, mine was better!" because that's just being a sore loser. There are a lot of other entries that we liked a lot and will definitely be doing in the future. When that time comes we will absolutely give you credit for your suggestions on the blog, even though you didn't make the top 4 entries. Hopefully our winners will also write in after they receive their very small and meaningless prizes (TBA).

Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the (hopefully) hilarious blog entries that this contest inspires.