Oprah's Family Secret...

I'm sure everybody knows by now, Oprah has a sister! Family secrets were exposed today on The Oprah Show by none other than Ms. Winfrey herself. Oprah had hinted in pre-show sound bites that her upcoming Monday Show would expose a secret that left her "speechless". Well, now that's old news already as the show has aired and we all know the deal as far as the family wants to open it up to the eyes of the world. ...more

I get what you're saying, Margaret. I'm hopeful that Patricia and her new family will be happier ...more

Fat Chicks need Blogs too!

Not so long ago, I started to write a blog for fat chicks. There, I said it. FAT. I hope you won’t be offended, but I’ve had it with euphemisms like chubby, plump or plus size.I think a healthy body image is a lot about acceptance and respect, and less about adhering to whatever the media dictates as the norm. I strongly believe that beauty and health does not depend on your dress size!...more

Every Mother’s Nightmare

An eerie face, floating on a blue screen.  Shaved, lumpy skull surrounding twisted features.  Eyes blazing with an unfathomable glee.  A determined, satisfied grin twisting harsh young features into a frightening clown mask of human misery.   The face of a 22 year old man from Tucson.  An unknown man, from an everyman street in an every man suburb.  And yet, this is every mother’s worst nightmare.  Jared Lee Loughner wasn’t born in this image.  Going back 22 years, he was undoubtedly a lovely infant, with chubby cheeks and toes.&n...more

Wikileaks: The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break

www.whenpigsfly.squarespace.comDid the U.S. government learn nothing from Tiger Woods' affairs? Technology is a very fickle friend. One minute it's transporting all of your innermost thoughts through the ether to destinations known, the next it's letting everyone and their brother know who you are sleeping with and what you'd like to do to them. All it takes is someone with a grudge and a little flexibility in the morality department and suddenly every secret comes trickling out....more

Lolita Redux: The Early Sexualization of Our Daughters

Little Lolitas are in the news again. Or rather, society’s sexualized images of young girls are in the news again. A recent report by the Parents Television Council warns us that the objectification of young women in the media must be stopped; that girls’ self-esteem, body image, and sexuality will be deeply harmed because of this oppression. While I couldn’t agree more, I wonder, is this really new news? ...more

and I see the over-sexualization of girls far too often. While I'd like to blame culture and MTV ...more

Is Race-Based Bullying the "Elephant in the Room?"

Despite all the recent online campaigns and the media’s effort to increase awareness of the effects of bullying, there has been little interest in discussing the cause. There have been several public initiatives to combat racism, but no one has looked at the effects of race-based bullying has on its victims. We do not hear about the suicides, the depression, the inability to trust people and the ability to forgive. Instead what happens is a whole lot of denial. ...more
@randamace Well, I'm glad you're happy in Fairfax county, but they are very intolerant of ...more

The Rise of Enlightened Sexism

By Susan J. DouglasCross-posted at On The Issues Magazine....more

Disney: To Watch or Not to Watch

I bet a lot of people will be annoyed by this post upon reading it, but I still need to talk about it because it's been weighing on my mind quite heavily. In English, during my first year of college, I had a rather progressive male teacher. To get us to think outside the box, he brought in a documentary about Disney. The documentary was about the stereotyping & prejiduce that Disney movies have historically portrayed. First of all - something that I am sure most of you have heard of - the lack of diversity in Disney Princesses....more

Introducing Miss Representation

I'm still in shock over the recent November election. What was supposed to be another 'year of the woman' ended in a step backwards for women and for the U.S....more

This brings together so much of what I've been researching and writing about over the years. ...more