To Facebook: A Strongly Worded Diatribe

 Being a progressive humanist in a religiously fundamental and politically conservative community I have learned to expect and live with a fair amount of ignorance from my neighbors and my own family. For many years, to keep the peace, I mostly remained silent. I don't recall a defining, pivotal moment when that changed, but over time it did.Being "different" from most of the people I know, or that I am related to, has kept me deliberately distant and I've tried, sometimes with great difficulty, to keep my opinions to myself. And then along came Facebook....more

Fourth of July, 2014. Corruptio optimi pessima.

 I’m a West Wing girl. I mean, I love The West Wing. I think it’s the finest show ever written for TV, bar none. I think Aaron Sorkin is a genius, and if I could have lunch with one person who is alive today, believe it or not, it would be him....more

The girl who pretended

[TW: Allusions to sexual assault and mention of mental illness]Some boys had me pretending. They never had me, but I pretended.As they talked at me about politics, opinions, sex, whatever, my attention wandered. I pretended to listen and agree. Maybe it was their tone or their demeanour, but I never really thought my input was asked for. Maybe it was because of a culture where women’s voices are devalued that I rarely sought to raise my own....more

“Fulfil the promises that we made to our daughters”

Cross-posted from UN Women ...more

The Political Upset That No One Saw Coming

Today, in Virginia, the unthinkable happened in the world of politics. Rep. Eric Cantor, Majority Leader and the number 2 guy in the House met defeat at the hands of a virtual political unknown, see "Eric Cantor loses GOP primary to tea party challenger Dave Brat."...more
I'm not so sure about that. From listening to some folks from Virginia talk, they weren't ...more

Did Feminism Fail Monica Lewinsky?

Monica Lewinsky is back, and on her own terms, in an essay for the magazine Vanity Fair. It took us a long time to get here -- the relationship she writes about, with former U.S. president Bill Clinton happened in 1995, when she was 21. It's been nearly twenty years since the affair happened, sixteen since it exploded in 1998, leading to the impeachment trial of Clinton, who was eventually acquitted of having lied under oath about having been involved with Lewinsky. ...more
The reality is she was a young kid in her twenties. The Clinton's (both slick Willy and ...more

Paying For It: How Paypal Hurts Sex Workers

"In a sluggish economy, never, ever f*** with another man's livelihood." - Risky Business ...more

How Ageism Kills the Youth Vote

Ageism is alive and well. It's one of those isms that isn't often talked about unless you are currently within its grasp. Like disease, it plagues those most venerable among us - the young and the old....more

4 Things We Can Do in 2014 to Help Pave the Way for a Woman President

In my new book, What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power, I interview some of the most influential journalists, activists, artists, politicians, and thought leaders of today about how to get a woman into the White House....more
This article is a reminder to all women to be vigilant in the portrayal of women especially for ...more

A Full Moon, Marianne Williamson and the Politics of Change

I missed my blog last week - it was one of those weeks, you know what I mean?  We all have them. We question where we are and if this is the right path. Let me take you back a few steps to explain. I recently got back into radio/tv as a host. Prior to this, I was working as a producer and director for years (indie films and reality TV) which contrary to popular belief is NOT that glamorous or financialy rewarding). Getting back to where my natural gifts shine (as an on-air talent, reporter, news anchor, television and radio host) at my age scared the shit out of me....more
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