Ever wanted a one-stop shop to keep track of your (un)friendly neighborhood anti-choice politicians (and to maybe pass a little bit of judgement)? There's an app for that.
Hinder -- designed by the hilarious team of comics, writers and superheroes at Lady Parts Justice -- uses the same model as another very famous swiping hook-up app to bring this information right to your phone.
"The Daily Show" co-creator and Lady Parts Justice co-founder Lizz Winstead told MTV News that the point of the app (and Lady Parts Justice) is to "take information [they] think is important and drop it in pop culture spaces."
They do a pretty good job of fulfilling that mission by making an app that looks just like a hook-up app (a digital symbol of bodily autonomy) but instead highlights the laundry-list of people who have the power to restrict our sex lives. While scrolling through both hyper-local and national players in the abortion-restriction game, you can read up on their quotes, the legislations they support and all the other painfully unsexy details of their political careers.
"We didn't use your usual suspects in the app," Winstead said. "Though we have big name people, we wanted to emphasize, when people look at the app, that a lot of these laws are coming out of their local elected officials. They can do a lot of damage to a lot of things."
While that's kind of a mood-killer, it's also super empowering; knowing the people who are fighting to restrict your reproductive rights gives us more power to elect and rally behind the people who will protect them.
While you can now get Hinder in the iTunes store, that wasn't originally the case. The Huffington Post reported on Monday that the app was rejected by the store for being "defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm's way." However, here's the funny thing about that rule: Comedians and satirists (like the folks at Lady Parts Justice) are supposed to be exempt from it.
Winstead told MTV News that she didn't initially want to bother with appealing to the App store authorities -- who she said didn't seem to understand that a feminist app could be funny.
"I was not interested in explaining to some other human that women are funny and that there are women comedians. It seems almost like it didn’t occur to them, because it was a reproductive rights app, that feminists could be funny," Winstead said. "Mother-f--ker guess what? We’re going to let people know we could be funny."
Winstead insists that caring hard about causes doesn't need to be separate from your social life and your sense of humor -- you can take that energy and do like the Lady Parts people do: "Incorporate a little bit of s--t-stirring into your social life."