Feminist Friday: Goodbye, Michelle Bachman. Hello, Melissa Harris-Perry.

Welcome to Feminist Friday, a round-up of women-centric stories from the world wide web this week.

You know how you mostly keep your TV on MSNBC just in case Rachel Maddow feels like popping ’round to share her opinions? Well, good news for you: MSNBC is about to get even better. Tulane professor and sometimes Maddow-fill-in Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry announced this week that she will begin hosting her own show on the network starting Feburary 4th.

This is one of those rare occasions when I actually feeling like going, “Squeee!”

And now for something that makes me feel the opposite of squeee: Have you heard about this Florida Representative/Baptist minster who has introduced a bill to the state legislature that would make abortion a felony, punishable by a life sentence in prison. The only exception to the law would be if the mother’s life is in danger and half a dozen doctors are willing to sign off on it. Otherwise the doctors could also spend the rest of their lives in jail. Obviously, Roe V. Wade won’t allow the law to stand, but Jezebel points out that even so, “lawmakers have packed it chock full of methods to take away a woman’s right to choose, in the hope that some bit of it will wind up becoming a law.”

Equally ludicrous is a proposed Tennessee law that would allow bullying of LGBTQ people as long as the bullying is being done for religious reasons. No, I’m not making that up. David Fowler, the same jackass who made Tennessee’s legislature a laughingstock last year with the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, says he wants to “make sure [the law] protects the religious liberty and free speech rights of students who want to express their views on homosexuality.” He’s acting like it’s a First Amendment issue when he clearly has no idea what the aim is of the First Amendment.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re actually living in 2012.

Cartoonist Amy Mebberson posted a new drawing this week of Disney Princesses reimagined as X-Men mutants, and I am in love with it. Tiana as Storm, Belle as Rogue and Ariel as Scarlet Witch? I’d watch that movie! I’d watch it a thousand times!

 

And finally, we can all breathe a sigh of relief now that we know Michelle Bachman will not be the first female president of the United States. At least not in 2012 as she dropped out of the Republican primary race this week.

So long, lady. Sorry you didn’t learn one true thing about gay people on your tour around the country. 

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