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In Which President Obama Name-Checked Mad Men While Talking About Equal Pay For U.S. Women

Last night’s State of the Union was very much like the Academy Awards. People were honored, people were bored, camera operators got a workout trying to find the right people in the audience. Just swap the political and pop-culture references (one or two political mentions at the Oscars vs. one or two pop-culture items at SOTU). Check out this relevant clip from President Obama’s SOTU last night then hit the jump to look at a depressing image of how many Congressmen stood up for this part of the speech.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Captain Picard Quilt

As long as you have this quilt by Candy Coated Quilts you can say you’re sleeping with Sir Patrick Stewart and it will only kind of be a lie. (Nerd Approved)


A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Amazon Reviewers Praise the Patriarchy-Busting Power of Wendy Davis’ Filibuster Shoes

Everyone’s still buzzing over Texas State Senator Wendy Davis‘ epic filibuster in defense of a woman’s right to choose. For good reason, too. I hope it proves to be something that people remember—and talk about, and teach their kids about—for decades to come.

That enthusiasm has found a surprising outlet on the page for the bright red running shoes Davis wore while (literally) standing up for women’s rights for a grueling 11 hours. Actually, no, it’s not particularly surprising that people would leave reviews praising Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoes for their ability to “outrun [the] patriarchy.” This is the Internet, after all.

But it’s still fun.


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Wendy Davis Filibusters Anti-Abortion Bill for 10 Hours Straight, Defeats It, Becomes Our Hero

The Texan senate made headline news yesterday when Senator Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, filibustered an anti-abortion bill for ten hours without pause, sitting, or leaning on her desk.

The bill, which would serve to ban abortions 20 weeks after pregnancy and be some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country, had been a priority of Governor Rick Perry‘s. With Davis’ incredible filibustering and the support of pro-choice protesters, the vote was pushed into the late hours of the night, which became the early hours of the morning, and eventually blurred the line between whether or not voting took place before or after midnight– a distinction which would define the success or failure of the legislation.


the internet is serious business

Representative Zoe Lofgren Shows Her Internet Savvy: Ask Reddit for Internet Law Suggestions

Zoe Lofgren made sure that her name echoed loudly through the hallowed halls of the internet (did you know we have halls? Yeah, like tons of halls. Acres. With pillars and junk.) a year ago during the SOPA/PIPA debates in congress, by loudly opposing it, and even engaging in a Reddit AMA, hoping to drum up some attention to the pretty alarming powers the bill gave to rights holders and the pretty alarming requirements it made of internet service providers. While I won’t say she brought the issue to Reddit’s attention in the first place, her engagement with a large and influential internet community became part of a temporary internet revolution that culminated in Wikipedia, Tumblr, Reddit, Google, and a host of other websites going completely dark or otherwise completely devoting a day to raising awareness of the bill.

She has returned to Reddit recently, at the turn of the tide to perform a rather interesting experiment:



History Is Made: There Was a Line for the Women’s Bathroom… in the U.S. Senate

For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women’s bathroom. There were five of us in there, and there are only two stalls.Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Ah, the unforeseen consequences of the 2012 U.S. election cycle, as reported by Amy Klobuchar, senator since 2007. After all the ballots were counted and votes tallied, American voters were shown to have ushered in a record for female representation in the Senate: 20%. Maybe they’ll consider opening up another lavatory?

Previously in the 2012 Elections


And Now For Something Completely Different

Election Recap: U.S. Senate Will Reconvene With Record Setting Percentage of Women

Right, right, victories for women and minorities in the polls last night, but we all know that the victories of the internet come first. Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the majority content of the world’s newest most tweeted and most Facebook-Liked post in history. This picture, with the text “Four more years.” was tweeted by and posted on the Facebook wall of President Barack Obama last night. Within the first hour of the tweet’s existence it generated almost 370k retweets, sitting at 661,267 retweets as of this post, while the Facebook post has a whopping 3,270,011 likes.

You did it, America. You made internet history.

All joking aside, let’s talk about how there are going to be more female senators than ever before in history starting next term.


And Now For Something Completely Different

Superheroes Endorse Political Candidates in Cute Crayon Drawings [No Really]

No, it’s not from Amanda. Writer J. Caleb Mozzocco draws cartoons of himself asking superheroes about their political endorsements. Some of them, like Wonder Woman, didn’t really feel the need to give indepth answers, but I particularly like the level to which Batman appears to have considered his decision.

Join us behind the jump for more, and don’t worry: we’ve provided annotations for non-comics readers. You can read all of Mozzocco’s cartoons here, and find out what the dogs of the superhero universe think about the election.



Mitt Romney Gains Coveted Joss Whedon Endorsement, Probably Doesn’t Want It

This morning, as one third of the editorial staff of The Mary Sue have been evacuated from their homes (but not to New Jersey, thank goodness), comes this news. Great. Check it out below.


Lies Damned Lies

Mitt Romney’s “Binders Full of Women” Comment Sparks Outrage, Fact-Checking, A Tumblr Meme

By now you’ve probably heard about Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment from last night’s presidential debate. If not, to recap: Romney answered a question about pay equality with an anecdote about how, as governor of Massachusetts, he responded to the lack of qualified female applicants for cabinet positions (O RLY, Mitt?) by making a “concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”