Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist and columnist who focuses on feminism and politics. She writes regularly for Slate, the Daily Beast, AlterNet, and USA Today. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 12:17pm
She's Just an Easy-Bake Oven: How the GOP and the Anti-Choice Movement See Women
The good news about the Rep. Todd Akin situation is that it genuinely seems to have raised the public’s awareness of how much the anti-choice movement is rooted not in some love of fetal life, but in a profound misogyny that focuses heavily on fear of female sexuality. Akin’s ready assumption that women frequently lie about rape to cover up their sexual adventures was a perfect example of the demonized view of female sexual liberty driving the anti-choice movement, one that has very little relation to how women actually act in the world.
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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 1:04pm
Why Attacks on Contraception Meet Success in Such a Pro-Contraception Culture
Another month in the ramped-up war on women, and another unfortunately successful attack on women’s access to contraception. The story of the North Carolina legislature defunding Planned Parenthood is remarkable mainly for the doggedness of the anti-choice faction, from the fact that it had to be done with an override of the governor’s veto to the fact that it was done late at night before a holiday.
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Monday, June 11, 2012 - 10:38am
As Cries of "Religious Freedom" Grow Louder, It Is Clear Anti-Choicers Are Targeting Contraception
The always-excellent Sarah Posner responded to this past weekend’s anti-contraception rallies (disguised as “religious freedom” rallies, but timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Supreme Court legalizing contraception) by writing articles profiling some of the anti-choice activists who have really been gaining in prominence because of their unadorned hatred of birth control.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:53pm
The Real Reason Romney is Struggling with Women Voters
Back in February, things started to look dire for the Romney campaign’s ability to attract female voters.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 1:13pm
Who, Me? Limbaugh Regrets Not Slurring American Women With a Better Euphemism for Slut
After spending three days on his radio show calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified in front of Congress about the importance of health insurance coverage, names like “slut” and “prostitute,” Rush Limbaugh did something unusual: he apologized. Just kidding!
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Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 12:52pm
A Sex Ed 101 Curriculum for Conservatives
Recent national kerfuffles over abortion and contraception access bring up many important questions: Should employers retain control over your wages and benefits after they sign them over to you? Is contraception, a service used by 99 percent of American women, really so controversial? How much state regulation should there be over women’s most private decisions?
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Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:07pm
Four Ways to Show How the "Religious Liberty" Claim Against Contraceptive Coverage Is Nonsense
Nancy Scola has a piece at Salon on the Republican delusion that the newly loud anti-choice war on contraception can somehow be repackaged as “religious liberty” and sold to the public, accomplishing the real goal--undermining women’s fundamental right not to just basic health care but also to make their own sexual and family decisions--and dressing it up as a fight for freedom.
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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:16pm
In Bad Faith: New Study Further Underscores Lack of Truth in Anti-Choice Claims
One of the most frustrating parts of dealing with the modern conservative movement is their incredibly practiced disingenuousness. From a bunch of white people denying racism while pushing racist policies to a bunch of straight people claiming that they want to ban gay marriage not because they hate gays, but because they love “traditional marriage,” the constant pose of the modern right winger is one of bad faith.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:42am
Anti-Choicers Longing for the Scarlet Letter "A"
Both the activist and political behavior of anti-choicers lately has made one thing excruciatingly clear: shame is the name of their game. The vague principle of “life” has always been a farcical cover story for anti-choice sentiment, of course, and much of this website lately has been dedicated to drawing a line between recent anti-choice antics and how little relationship they have to this cover story about “life”.
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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 12:00pm
Lies, Lies and More Lies: How Anti-Choicers Are Using "Personhood" to Ban Birth Control
What do you do when all the discourse around a topic is based around a scientific fallacy---or even an outright lie---but pointing that out distracts from the most pertinent issues of a specific debate? Most of the time, the right wing war on science is an easy one to figure out how to fight: conservatives tell lies about science, pro-science people fight back with the facts. There are drawbacks to this strategy, since it’s often a matter of pitching emotions vs. reason, but at least the path of fighting lies with facts is clear.
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