Six Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:45 am

The United States Supreme Court term begins in October, and while the entire docket has not yet been set, already it’s shaping up to be a historic term, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and affirmative action, just to name a few. Here are the key cases to keep an eye on as the term starts up.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Leigh Ann Wheeler, How Sex Became a Civil Liberty

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 1:59 pm

Do you believe that the government should stay out of your private sex life? Let me guess… What I love about How Sex Became a Civil Liberty, by Leigh Ann Wheeler, is how she forces us to reexamine our assumptions.

Wheeler, a historian at Binghamton University and the co-editor of the Journal of Women’s History, sets out to unearth the history of a phenomenon most of us probably see as natural—that we possess, in Wheeler’s apt phrase, “sexual civil liberties.”

Late Night: So Many Potential Sword Jokes

By: Monday August 27, 2012 8:00 pm

For some reason no one up until now has considered that Lancelot might be bi?

Late Night: Let’s Spend the Night Together

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 8:00 pm

Years ago I read The. Best. Trash. Novel. Ever: Angel Dust, by Lindsay Maracotta who went on to pen a heap of chick-lit mysteries centering around Hollywood and has always been an idol of mine. The tagline to Angel Dust was awesome: “Their dreams were as fleeting and shifting as ANGEL DUST.”

FDL Movie Night: Bell, Book and Candle

By: Monday February 14, 2011 5:00 pm

Tonight’s movie, Bell, Book and Candle, based on the play by John Van Druten addresses aspects of love and power, as well as magic and romance. It’s really a tragedy rather than a comedy, as it reinforces stereotypical roles about men, women and witches.

In BB&C–which was directed by an old family friend Richard Quine, who I thought was soooo cool as I was growing up–Greenwich gallery owner/witch Gillian’s attention is drawn to new neighbor Shep Henderson (Jimmy Stewart) so her aunt, also a witch, does a spell to draw them together. The implication is that it’s lust, as opposed to falling in love–according to the plot, not real life–will cause a witch to loose her powers.

Punishing Women: A Woman’s Job?

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 9:50 am

Women are roped into judging each other’s sexual behavior and controlling each other’s lives because we’re led to believe it’s our only realistic source of control.

Written by Amanda Marcotte for – News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

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