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Rudy Giuliani Is In Ukraine Right Now. SURE, WHY NOT.

At least OJ Simpson had the courtesy to wait until after the murder trial was over to write that book about how he would have murdered his ex-wife and her boyfriend IF HE DID IT. Rudy Giuliani is right this very minute, as the impeachment is ongoing, in Ukraine filming If Trump Colluded With Shady Ukrainians To Frame Joe Biden. Subtle!

Fox's first cousin (on all four sides!) One America News Network (OANN) has been filming a documentary with a bunch of corrupt prosecutors who got shitcanned by Ukrainian presidents Poroshenko and Zelenskyy for being dirrrrrrty. Apparently this heroic act of journalisming has been going on for some time and we never heard about it because THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. Just ask VRY SRS investigative journalist Chanel Rion -- not her porn name, apparently! -- seen here conducting a "deposition."

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Loser Gov Matt Bevin Sad Black People Stole His KY Election :(

Thanks to the "power of Donald Trump," Republican incumbent Matt Bevin managed a triumphant second place finish in last month's Kentucky governor's race. Bevin gave a series of exit interviews on talk radio yesterday where he described his loss as a "surprise." That's interesting because Bevin was recently ranked the least popular governor in the US. He even bragged that it was "a sad, sad day for Democrats when they can't beat somebody like that." Well, Andy Beshear called his bluff and Kentucky will soon have a governor the residents don't loathe. But Bevin is still gobsmacked by the Democrat's "dirty tricks," which involved engaging the public and convincing them to vote for you. We call that "canvassing" but Bevin claims it's "harvesting" votes, like what Dr. Frankenstein does in graveyards.

BEVIN: The left, those who think of a different ideological bent, they are getting so good at harvesting votes in the urban communities. They were able to go into urban communities where people are densely populated on college campuses and public housing projects.

"Urban communities" are inconvenient truths for Republicans. People live there, unlike the empty acres of land where the GOP dominates, and worse those "people" are often minorities, sometimes even in Kentucky. The Founders intended for each white man to receive exactly one vote. The slaves they rode to their polling places weren't supposed to have a say in government. That leads to chaos or Republicans losing elections. The Democrats were so diabolical they didn't just stop with Kool-Aid rallies at housing projects. They even went to college campuses, which are filled with eligible voters. It's like they were running a competent campaign.

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Next Time, Pam Karlan, Just Make Fun Of Donald Trump Jr.'s Face

The GOP was having a bad day in the impeachment of Donald Trump, just like all their other days in the impeachment of Donald Trump. Three brilliant law professors were sitting before Congress and giving chapter and verse explanations, in simple and illuminating terms, for why Trump is a criminal president who should be removed from office. Also Jonathan Turley was there.

Trump idiots needed something -- anything -- to distract themselves and their base from what was happening. This boring academic hearing was actually not boring! People were watching it!

And then Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan accidentally gave it to them, when she committed the cardinal sin of saying Barron Trump's name out loud, acknowledging the president's son with a harmless joke that wasn't even about the president's son. He wasn't the butt of the joke, it was just a silly play on words. Hey, at least somebody said Barron's name out loud this week, because we doubt his shitty-ass parents did.

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It's The Great Thanksgiving Drink-All-Day Of 2019!

One year -- it was 2005, I remember because it was the Great Thanksgiving Drink-All-Day of 2005 -- my mom put me in charge of booze. Because I am brilliant and also fun, I went to the hangar-sized liquor store in Costa Mesa and bought tiny airplane bottles of every different premium gin so we could all do taste tests. Suparna liked the Hendrick's! I liked the Thompson's! (Which the internet tells me cannot ship to the United States? TRUMP WHAT HAVE YOU DONE NOW.) Everybody else liked other everything elses! The tiny bottles meant we sipped like hamsters, creating a perfect toasty buzz all day that never fell over into us falling over. I mention this because I have nothing else to start this post with.

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2020 democratic primary

Hot: That New Joe Biden Ad. Not: FIGHTING A AUDIENCE, JOE.

This is some MALARKEY right here.

This is not a post about supporting Joe Biden or not supporting Joe Biden or anything like that. We are already tired of your fucking circular firing squad, and at this point, we just hope somebody survives it and has the energy/reputation left to beat Trump next November.

But hey, did y'all see that Joe Biden ad that dropped last night, capitalizing on world leaders at NATO mocking and LOLing at Donald Trump, about how the entire world is laughing at our dumbass president, with alllll those clips of Trump getting laughed at by everybody who ever lived? It is a good fuckin' ad! It is the kind of ad every Dem who can afford it should be running right now, not least because it'll get right under Trump's thin loserbaby skin.

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Russia

Naming And Shaming The 71 House Republicans Who Just Took Russia's Side In Ukraine War

SPOILER: Devin Nunes is not on this list. Maybe he is not feeling well?

Rachel Maddow's Wednesday night show alerted us to a little vote that happened in the House this week that most didn't notice, what with Trump crying himself to sleep on Air Force One after Justin Trudeau made fun of him, and oh yeah, impeachment.

The House voted this week on H.R. 546 -- just a simple resolution, really. It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey and says NO, Donald Trump, you cannot try to sneak your boyfriend Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7), not even as a guest and definitely not as a member, no matter how much he begs and/or promises you more sweet election interference in 2020. (As Yahoo! News notes, Russia decided to quit the group for good in 2017, because of how they definitely don't want to be invited to your party, you fuckin' betcha no they never. Yahoo! News also reports that French President Emmanuel Macron actually agreed with Trump at the NATO summit that they should invite Russia to the G7 next year as a guest. Emmanuel, WHAT R U DOIN?)

It passed, of course. But 71 (71!) House Republicans voted against it.

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Class War

Donald Trump Giving 700,000 Americans The Gift Of No Food This Christmas

Are there no workhouses?

This week, the Trump administration announced that, come April, it will be implementing new work requirements for people receiving SNAP benefits, which will result in over 700,000 Americans losing said benefits and perhaps starving to death. What a lovely way to celebrate the holiday season!

Under the current rules, SNAP recipients who are not disabled and who do not have children are required to work for 20 hours a week for at least three months over 36 months in order to qualify. However, states are allowed to grant areas with high unemployment a waiver. These new rules would eliminate that ability, limiting the waivers to areas with unemployment rates of 6 percent or higher.

Such a rule is an especially big problem given that the gig economy tends to artificially inflate employment rates — there are a lot of people out there taking gig jobs like ride sharing or food delivery that allow them to be technically "employed" (whether they are working or not) while not actually being on a payroll. If you don't have a car, as is the case with many poor people, you can't even get one of those "gigs," anyway.

Naturally, it's being presented as the Trump administration actually doing all these poor people a big favor.

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Impeachment

Nancy Pelosi Sticks Lump of Impeachment Up Trump's Stocking

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's off to an impeachment vote we go!

Yep, it's official. Nancy Pelosi is going to put Donald Trump's eye out with a shiny new Red Ryder impeachment for Christmas. The House speaker announced this morning that she would ask House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff to proceed with articles of impeachment against the president. She said she came to this momentous decision "sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and a heart full of love for America." (Those are also lyrics from Pelosi's little-heard 1970s country-western album.)

If this feels slightly anticlimactic, it's because even the media, which normally loves a horse race, has declared this whole process tedious and routine, like having your driver's license renewed. It's been more than 20 years. Guess we need to impeach another president.

CBS NEWS: As Democrats control the House, Mr. Trump is likely to be impeached. The vote is expected to occur on party lines, as Republicans consider the impeachment inquiry an overreach by Democrats bent on undermining the president. The Republican-led Senate is unlikely to vote to remove Mr. Trump from office, however.

This is hardly the roller coaster constitutional crisis we were promised. That's the downside when Republicans have, to quote Diane Chambers, the "morals of a rutting sea elephant and the intelligence of lint." Trump is not a master criminal. His misbegotten administration isn't a season of "House of Cards." If his party wasn't wholly corrupt, he'd have resigned long ago and we'd all have to endure President Mike Pence. No one's a winner in that scenario, but at least poor Nancy Pelosi wouldn't have to give a remedial civics class to remind Americans why the president shouldn't extort foreign nations for his own personal gain.

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Courts

George Zimmerman, Larry Klayman Team Up To Do More Evil Sh*t To Trayvon Martin's Family, DEFINITELY AREN'T RACIST

Shit is fucked up and bullshit.

George Zimmerman, apparently not satisfied with having merely shot Trayvon Martin dead in 2012, is now suing Martin's family and everyone involved in the second-degree murder case against Zimmerman, even though the trial ended in Zimmerman's acquittal. But you see, decent people nationwide detest George Zimmerman, and for some crazy reason think he's a racist. Plus he can't seem to hold a job, and his attempts to make a living selling shitty racist art, signing autographs, or auctioning off the not-murder weapon haven't brought in the wealth and acclaim he clearly deserves. Surely some evildoers must be responsible for that. Couldn't be anything George Zimmerman did, because he's a very great guy.

Please disregard the domestic violence.

So that's why he and wingnut lawyer Larry Klayman are suing Trayvon Martin's family and a few thousand other people, demanding $100 million in damages from all those who conspired to defame Zimmerman and manufacture evidence against him and just generally ruin his life. The defendants, the suit claims, "have worked in concert to deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other legal rights."

Oh yes, and would you believe that, by sheer coincidence, the lawsuit is based on claims in a book and "documentary" movie with the compelling title The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud That Divided America, released in September. And the lawsuit is being flogged to media outlets by the movie's director, Joel Gilbert, who's described by the Daily Beast as "a fringe filmmaker who traffics in conspiracy theories." You don't say!

A cynic might even suspect Zimmerman, Klayman, and Gilbert know the lawsuit will have every bit as much success as Klayman's other legal efforts, but that it might generate some book sales and movie downloads. But that's a very uncharitable take. Probably the book and movie are simply so full of astounding new evidence proving George Zimmerman is the real victim that Klayman and Zimmerman had no choice but to file the lawsuit, to correct the public record. All Zimmerman wants is his good reputation back. And One Hundred MILLLLLION dollars.

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News

Who's Bill Barr Gotta Blow To Get Some Made-Up Conspiracy Theories About Russia Investigation For Donald Trump?

NOT JOHN DURHAM, APPARENTLY.

LOL WOMP WOMP, Bill Barr's terrible horrible week of being the worst Big Lots clearance version of Roy Cohn in recorded history just keeps getting worse! The news about the upcoming Department of Justice inspector general report has been bad (for Barr) and good (for reality) all week long, as we learned the other day that Barr is very disappointed and disagreeable and probably constipated about the fact that Inspector General Michael Horowitz has determined that actually the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia was correctly predicated, and actually was not the nefarious work of a Deep State cabal hellbent on taking down Trump, actually.

Now? The news is getting bad with his own Carmen-Sandiego-on-bath-salts investigation around the globe, where he appears to be seeking to manufacture fake evidence that the Russia investigation was #DeepState, and somehow thereby absolve Russia of responsibility for the 2016 election attacks, in service of his royal shitlord Donald Trump.

He had to do this despite how he said the Mueller Report TOTALLY EXONERATED Trump, which makes sense, because that was a lie.

Barr handpicked a US attorney to conduct the investigation for him, man by the name of John Durham, who is actually well-respected by current and former FBI/Justice types. Those guys traveled near and far to find "evidence" that the incident that kicked off the Russia investigation in the first place -- drunk-ass Trump foreign policy dude George Papadopoulos drunk-assedly drunked to an Australian diplomat that Russia was about to fuck Hillary Clinton right in the emails, which Pap knew because a weirdo bozo Maltese professor who is probably a Russian asset named Joseph Mifsud had told him so, leading the Australian government to go to the FBI -- was all some sort of Hillary/CIA/Deep State set-up to entrap the Trump campaign.

John Durham cannot sign on to that theory, LOL WOMP WOMP:

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Ukraine

Rudy Giuliani Is In Ukraine Right Now. SURE, WHY NOT.

Never stop f*cking that chicken.

At least OJ Simpson had the courtesy to wait until after the murder trial was over to write that book about how he would have murdered his ex-wife and her boyfriend IF HE DID IT. Rudy Giuliani is right this very minute, as the impeachment is ongoing, in Ukraine filming If Trump Colluded With Shady Ukrainians To Frame Joe Biden. Subtle!

Fox's first cousin (on all four sides!) One America News Network (OANN) has been filming a documentary with a bunch of corrupt prosecutors who got shitcanned by Ukrainian presidents Poroshenko and Zelenskyy for being dirrrrrrty. Apparently this heroic act of journalisming has been going on for some time and we never heard about it because THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. Just ask VRY SRS investigative journalist Chanel Rion -- not her porn name, apparently! -- seen here conducting a "deposition."

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Elections

Loser Gov Matt Bevin Sad Black People Stole His KY Election :(

He won't be missed.

Thanks to the "power of Donald Trump," Republican incumbent Matt Bevin managed a triumphant second place finish in last month's Kentucky governor's race. Bevin gave a series of exit interviews on talk radio yesterday where he described his loss as a "surprise." That's interesting because Bevin was recently ranked the least popular governor in the US. He even bragged that it was "a sad, sad day for Democrats when they can't beat somebody like that." Well, Andy Beshear called his bluff and Kentucky will soon have a governor the residents don't loathe. But Bevin is still gobsmacked by the Democrat's "dirty tricks," which involved engaging the public and convincing them to vote for you. We call that "canvassing" but Bevin claims it's "harvesting" votes, like what Dr. Frankenstein does in graveyards.

BEVIN: The left, those who think of a different ideological bent, they are getting so good at harvesting votes in the urban communities. They were able to go into urban communities where people are densely populated on college campuses and public housing projects.

"Urban communities" are inconvenient truths for Republicans. People live there, unlike the empty acres of land where the GOP dominates, and worse those "people" are often minorities, sometimes even in Kentucky. The Founders intended for each white man to receive exactly one vote. The slaves they rode to their polling places weren't supposed to have a say in government. That leads to chaos or Republicans losing elections. The Democrats were so diabolical they didn't just stop with Kool-Aid rallies at housing projects. They even went to college campuses, which are filled with eligible voters. It's like they were running a competent campaign.

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Cops Behaving Badly

Bill Barr: Support Your Local Police. Or Else.

It's all about Order and Order.

Attorney General Bill Barr likes to think of police officers as a brave army that's literally at war -- with crime, or with evildoing criminals, or maybe with the communities they police. And if people don't like it, they should just shut up, submit to lawful authority, and stop resisting. Back in August, at a Cop Convention in New Orleans, Barr explained that American law enforcement shouldn't be hamstrung by all this stupid stuff about "rights," because cops are right and anyone a cop decides is a criminal is wrong:

We need to get back to basics. We need public voices, in the media and elsewhere, to underscore the need to "Comply first, and, if warranted, complain later." This will make everyone safe – the police, suspects, and the community at large. And those who resist must be prosecuted for that crime. We must have zero tolerance for resisting police. This will save lives.

Barr didn't explain how a 10-year-old who gets shot to death within seconds of cops pulling up on him was being too much of a loudmouthed resister, but on Tuesday he offered further thoughts on who deserves police protection and who doesn't. He seems to think that "comply first, and if warranted, complain later" offers too much latitude, because there's entirely too much complaining about unarmed black people getting shot by cops.

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News

Next Time, Pam Karlan, Just Make Fun Of Donald Trump Jr.'s Face

Feel free to be as cruel as you'd like!

The GOP was having a bad day in the impeachment of Donald Trump, just like all their other days in the impeachment of Donald Trump. Three brilliant law professors were sitting before Congress and giving chapter and verse explanations, in simple and illuminating terms, for why Trump is a criminal president who should be removed from office. Also Jonathan Turley was there.

Trump idiots needed something -- anything -- to distract themselves and their base from what was happening. This boring academic hearing was actually not boring! People were watching it!

And then Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan accidentally gave it to them, when she committed the cardinal sin of saying Barron Trump's name out loud, acknowledging the president's son with a harmless joke that wasn't even about the president's son. He wasn't the butt of the joke, it was just a silly play on words. Hey, at least somebody said Barron's name out loud this week, because we doubt his shitty-ass parents did.

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News

The Need For Speed! Wonkagenda For Thurs., Dec. 5, 2019

Impeachment updates, cannibalizing Kamala's California network, and Google puts on big boy pants. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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SCOTUS

Supreme Court Hears Gun Case, We're All Gonna Die

Maybe the Court will rule narrowly. Or maybe Brett Kavanaugh will yell I LIKE GUNS, OK?

How do we love guns? Let us count the ways.

Gun rights are up at the Supreme Court this term and the Court's decision could gut gun control laws all around the United States.

On Monday, SCOTUS held oral arguments in NY State Rifle v. City of New York, a case that could upend gun control laws nationwide.

As if we didn't already have enough terrible shit to worry about.

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Featured

Some Asshole Sending Wonkette Stupid Letters In James O'Keefe's Name

And it isn't even James O'Keefe.

Would you be shocked to learn that James O'Keefe, of the Dildo Boat O'Keefes, has a stupid idiot for a lawyer? Man, we were. Behold, some asshole!

The first thing you may notice about this "lawyer" letter is that it is whining about "defamation" in a story that is more than six years old. This will send you googling for "defamation statute of limitations" and learning that it is ... not six years. Did some schoolchildren bury this letter in a time capsule to be opened by the far future Apocalypse People in the year 2019? Based on all available information, Occam's Razor suggests "yes."

Then you will probably be like "I wanna read this awesome James O'Keefe story, which Wonkette broke by the way, where is it please?" Not afraid to be servicey, it is right here! It is indeed titled, not captioned, "Wonket Sexclusive: Totally Blameless Crime-Stopper James O'Keefe to Pay $100,000 to ACORN Criminal." Does O'Keefe want us to retract "blameless" and "crime-stopper"? Probably. That guy is of bad moral character and also has done more than one crime!

Then you will notice that "John Sullivan, General Counsel" is mad about BESMIRCHES! Is "John Sullivan, General Counsel" actually Diamond and Silk? Probably. He is about as good at libel law.

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State/Local Politics

Beto O'Rourke Doing Kickflips ... On The Texas House

The best House-flipping show there is.

Beto O'Rourke, the angsty smart annoying inspirational former congressman who we fell in love with when he ran against Ted Cruz and then fell out of love with when he ran for president, is now doing something wonderfully useful with the donor/email list he built up during his two campaigns. No, he's not running for Senate. That ship got torpedoed -- for Texas in 2020 at least -- by Beto's own call to ban and buy back assault rifles. It's a great idea for America, which is precisely why it's electoral poison for Texas at large. For now.

Instead of running himself, O'Rourke is campaigning for a far more achievable goal: electing enough Democrats to the Texas House of Representatives to flip it blue. That might sound like a crazy notion, but only if you haven't been following Texas politics. As O'Rourke points out in tweets and an email blast, in the 2018 midterms, 17 Republicans in the Texas House won their races by less than 10 points. Flip just nine of those seats in 2020, and control of the Texas House goes to Democrats.

O'Rourke's email says that's a very realistic goal:

There are almost 90,000 people in these 17 target districts who have voted Democrat in the past but aren't registered to vote at their current address.

We only have to win nine of these seats for Democrats to have a majority in the Texas legislature. Victories in these districts will mean an end to racist gerrymandering, and a chance to address gun violence, reproductive rights, Medicaid expansion, criminal justice and climate change in Texas.

O'Rourke is urging his supporters to contribute to Flip the Texas House, a group that grew out of his 2018 Senate run. Contributions will pay to send unregistered folks who previously voted Democrat "pre-filled voter registration forms with stamped return envelopes" Easy-peasy! At least, the registration outreach part, which is an absolutely vital first step.

Of those 17 targeted districts, O'Rourke notes, nine of 'em voted for him in 2018, so a Democrat can definitely win there if there are enough Dems registered to vote. (Yes, yes, finding good candidates is kind of important, too! And GOTV! And canvassing!)

You want a map? Here's a map, from Flip the Texas House. Some of those crazy district shapes give you a good idea of why it might be better to have another party drawing the district lines, huh?


The Houston Chronicle points out the targeted districts are clustered in the kinds of areas where Democrats have been making gains nationwide: 10 are

in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and five are in and around Houston. One is in San Antonio and one is in Killeen.

The push follows a 2018 cycle in which Democrats flipped 12 Texas House seats from Republican control. Texas Democrats have not had the majority of seats in the Texas House since 2001.

Seems like it's high time to change that, huh? NINE SEATS. Redistricting is in the balance. And the Texas GOP is already freaking out about the possibility of challenges to incumbents making some of those races even harder to win.

It won't happen without a lot of work, but it's an awfully exciting prospect. Can't you just imagine how tickled the sainted Molly Ivins would be to see the Texas House go blue again? We'll close with a favorite Molly quote, a fine mantra for a campaign -- even if it's a bit long to chant in full:

So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.

Go, Texas. And allies from the other 49 stars on the flag. Let's flip the Texas House!

[Houston Chronicle / Daily Kos / Texas Tribune / NBC News / FLIP the Texas House / Photo by Edward Jackson, Wikimedia Commons]

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Feminininism

Having Your Kid's Hymen Inspected Should Definitely Be Illegal

New York lawmakers agree!

Last month, rapper T.I. went on a podcast and told a tale about how he takes his daughter, who is now 18 years old, for annual hymen inspections to ensure she is still a virgin, and we all, collectively, screamed in horror. Well, except for a few terrible people on social media who had to come out and defend him, saying he had a right to "protect his investment" or that he was just from "a different time." T.I., for the record, is 39 years old, and let me assure you, the 1990s were not really "a different time" in that way. Never once did anyone say, "Oh, let's go out and buy some flannels at Contempo Casuals, drink some Orbitz, and then my dad is gonna take me to the gyno to make sure my hymen is still intact!"

In case you need a refresher:

T.I. offered this information after being asked whether or not he's had the sex talk with his daughters, and then shared a story about how on her 16th birthday, he "let her" have fun and celebrate and enjoy the day, and then the day after the party, "she's enjoying her gifts" but he went and "put a sticky note on the door: 'Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.'"

He then went on to explain that although the doctor explained to him that the presence of a hymen or lack of one did not necessarily mean anything, and that a hymen could also break from regular activities like riding a bike or a horse, he had responded:

"So I say, 'Look, Doc, she don't ride no horses, she don't ride no bike, she don't play no sports. Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.'"

Has there ever, in the world, been a more repulsive sentence? Probably, but I sure as hell can't think of one right now.

Now, state lawmakers in New York are looking to pass a bill to make such inspections illegal, ban doctors from performing them and deem any so-called "virginity inspection" done outside a medical office as a sexual assault. Which, you know, it is.

So far, the bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, has three co-sponsors in the Assembly, and Senator Roxanne J. Persaud has introduced another bill in the state Senate. Via the New York Times:

"It made me angry and I was just very upset," said Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, a Democrat who introduced a bill last week to prohibit the practice. "To use your platform to say that you did this is just misogynistic and it sets the women's movement back."[...]

"The invasive procedure of a virginity examination violates the sanctity and purity of a female," Ms. Persaud said of the exams, commonly known as purity tests or virginity tests. "Whether a child or adult, this breaches not only moral grounds, but also the privacy entitled to a female and their doctor."

The World Health Organization, last year, also recommended that the procedure be banned:

"Virginity testing" is a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and can be detrimental to women's and girls' physical, psychological and social well-being. "Virginity testing" reinforces stereotyped notions of female sexuality and gender inequality. The examination can be painful, humiliating and traumatic. Given that these procedures are unnecessary and potentially harmful, it is unethical for doctors or other health providers to undertake them. Such procedures must never be carried out.

Of course, one expert cited by the New York Times suggested that making "virginity tests" illegal could pose a problem, given the fact that there is no actual way to tell whether or not someone is a virgin.

"I saw it and am appalled and disappointed," said Dr. Maura Quinlan, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. "You can't tell if someone is a virgin, so how can you ban something that is not possible?"

I get it, but if anything, this seems like a problem with working out the phrasing so that it doesn't appear to legitimize the procedure as something it's even medically possible to do. Maybe call them "hymen inspections" or refer to it as any "inspection of female genitalia designed to determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse," as the WHO does.

The fact that it's not a real medical thing doesn't mean that it's not happening — and it's the fact that it is happening at all that is the problem, not that T.I. or whoever may not get an accurate result. We know that "conversion therapy" isn't "real" either, but that doesn't mean that attempting it isn't harmful. A doctor literally cannot re-implant an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus, but that doesn't mean that the Ohio law requiring them to "attempt" it is not a very bad law.

However they decide to put it, let's hope that other states soon follow suit.

[New York Times]

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