The Raging Grannies are a political action group that started in Canada in 1987. They now have chapters throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Israel, Japan, Greece and the UK. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have a very strong presence these days in the San Francisco Bay Area. They aim to “shock with unladylike antics to get attention for their issues.” They got my attention with this song, directed at Rep. Todd Akin (the asshole who coined the phrase “legitimate rape” recently). I have been seething at his comments and idiocy, as much for what he said as for the phony condemnations of it by politicians whose records on women’s rights are as bad and worse than his. These Grannies say it all. I admire that they have claimed their voices, that they have turned the “grandmother” stereotype into something potent in a society that doesn’t have much space for women once they’re aging. Plus they all look like they could be friends with my mom. Literally. Down to the hats, which look like the hat my mom wears to Jazz Fest.