Let’s Move?

Considering the Performative Politics of Food In the last two years, Michelle Obama has danced with Beyoncé, planted White House gardens with visiting students, and even jump roped on the lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as part of her Let’s Move! campaign. Let’s Move! represents the East Wing’s contribution to various peripheral White House initiatives …

The Splintering of the Evangelical Vote

  On the TLC reality television program “19 Kids and Counting,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar chronicle their lives raising nineteen children on a sprawling Arkansas ranch.  The Duggars adhere to a fundamentalist evangelical movement known as Quiverfull, which implores followers to birth as many children as reproductively possible — embracing the children-as-arrows metaphor of …

A State of the Union on Presidential Comedy

A recent piece in the New York Times lamented the lack of humorous quotables from this season’s GOP campaign trail. Sure, the candidates have been the collective butts of many a joke, but they aren’t intentionally funny, which is really what counts for Mr. Leibovich. He has a point: even The Onion lampooned frontrunner Romney’s …

Mississippi’s Red Herring

IN the first half of 2011 alone, nineteen states implemented over 160 pieces of policy and legislation related to reproductive health. Almost half of these provisions sought to curtail access to abortion in some way. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research-driven reproductive policy non-profit, these new provisions—many of which involve restrictions on late-term abortion …