The Religious Great Equalizer: Devaluation of Women

Three recent stories from the Middle East reminded me that people may use religion and culture against women in different ways, but at the end of the day, they are really the same. If we look at these stories and see the threads of commonality rather than casting one culture/religion as "bad for women" while others are "good," I think feminists can find new ways to work together to solve global problems. When women and girls are abused anywhere in the globe - be it the U.S. or Pakistan or Russia or Bolivia - because she transgressed against some social norm, the roots of the violence turn out to be the same (patriarchal control), as these stories show. ...more

Thanks Mata.  I love that quote and I'd never heard of The Elders before.  The ...more

Samantha Bee on Male Inequality

Feb. 3, 2010: The Daily Show's Samantha Bee reacts to all those news stories about it being a women's nation and the so-called "new economics of marriage" by crashing a men's retreat: "Having never heard of Las Vegas, these disenfranchised men seek solace in the woods, where they play games no one liked in PE class and complain about their wives." ...more

Harriet’s Voice: A Writer and Her Inhabitation

by Karen Jones Meadowsfrom On The Issues MagazineAs a child I learned of Harriet Tubman, icon of the anti-enslavement movement, and the most celebrated “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, a network of diverse citizens in the U.S. and abroad who ushered enslaved people to safe states and countries. I had no idea Harriet Tubman would become an intricate and intimate fixture in my world, leading, sometimes dragging me, into successive levels of life and creativity....more

A Different Take On Interracial Relationships: Questioning The Motives Of Our Mates And Ourselves

Many of us live in diverse communities where we interact with a culturally diverse group of people, but because I work in the downtown core in a large, metropolitan city, I understand that for some their racial tolerance has a short expiry date, ending at 5pm on Friday afternoons. Once they get off the commuter train and reach their homes in the suburbs, that tolerance goes out the window. But in this day and age, I'm of the opinion that anyone who has issues with their children dating or marrying across racial lines should have raised them in a forest or under a rock. ...more

I think this article is interesting, but I think it's difficult to understand/connect with the ...more

Rock the Red Pump - 500 in 50 Campaign

Every year, the United States recognizes March 10th as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). It's a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls and encourages ladies to take action. While progress has definitely been made in the areas of AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group....more

On Superbowl Sunday, A Concussion Conversation Continues

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and even if your hometown’s team is one of the competitors, none has completely escaped chatter about the brain-injury controversy—from CNN’s report on the long-lasting damage suffered by former players, after years of impacts like those at left, to stories from ...more

The "F" Word

  This week my students forced me to give them a 30 minute long lecture on why being called a Feminist isn't necessarily a bad thing – mainly because they were embarrassed to call themselves Feminist – even when they were. This class has inspired this rant/ blog post. I've wrote this on my blog a couple of weeks ago. But, this week when my students insisted that my ranting skills need a bigger audience - I thought of posting it up here.  ...more

Valentine's Day for Feminist Lovers

I know that some people believe that "feminist" and "lovers" do not belong in the same sentence, either because feminists are horrible people incapable of love (especially heterosexual love, which is why we never shave our pits or legs or bikini lines) or because feminists are horrible people that no one else is capable of loving (because we never shave our pits or legs or bikini lines).Pat Robertson famously opined that, "Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." Obviously anyone who engages in feminism must be terrible....more

(I'm making the gesture Mr. Burns uses when he's excited.) 

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Disagreeing on Green Values: Why My Husband Thinks I'm Ned Flanders

A few weeks ago, my husband Michael forwarded me the NY Times article, "Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes" As awareness of environmental concerns has grown, therapists say they are seeing a rise in bickering between couples and family members over the extent to which they should change their lives to save the planet. ...more

Beth, thanks again for including ChildWild in this piece.

This whole topic has been on ...more

Please don’t feed me fairytales if you let me get raped as a child.

Renee B. Cooper is building a platform to address the issue of sexual assault.  She is finishing her second round of mental work to clear all the trauma and misconnections.  She only has to go thru the final two stages in theraphy 1) loss and sorrow 2) sexaul healing. ...more