Intersectionality illustrates how one person can experience several modes of discrimination at one time. For example: You could be a woman and a person of color from a lower socioeconomic status and with a history of mental health issues. You might be a male, Hispanic, just learning English, and in your late 50s. Each of these factors adds up to complex, multiple social reactions to who you are and how you can be discriminated against across more than one front....more
One of my favorite columns to write is my annual summer reading list. This summer I decided to ask the authors on my reading list what book they would recommend. I assured them that they shouldn’t feel like they should mention my book, Finding Mr. Righteous, because I would include it on the list. I assume they all sighed with relief.On to the rest of the list…...more
As I'm sure you've seen in the news, the country of Nepal recently experienced its worst earthquake in history. The death toll is over 4,600 and thousands more have been injured, displaced or lost their homes....more
I was never one of those little girls who dreamed of my wedding day, who cut out pictures from magazines and scribbled ideas in my diary. There would be a wedding and then there would be children. A boy and then a girl. That much I knew with certainty. The hows and wheres were always a bit vague. But as fuzzy as those details were, the post-wedding, post-raising-of-the-children years appear to be fuzzier still....more
On-line today, on most websites and blogs, people are talking about International Women’s Day. As a child I don’t remember having so many days. Heart health day, Cupcake day, Ice cream day, Grandparents day, Chocolate day, Jello day, French fry day; the list goes on and on and they add to it every year.Instead of all these “days” how about we just decide to do the following:...more
Okay, so… for this week’s post I received help from…NO ONE. Thanks a lot, Bloggity Peeps. Good thing I’m on top of it, otherwise, all ya’ll would be missing out on one heck of an awesome post. YOU’RE WELCOME, BLOGOSPHERE…So, without further adieu, (Ooh… there I go, gettin’ all fancy again…) here’s what made me go, “Hmm…” this week....more
From time to time, I get sucked into the mommy wars about vaccines. "Are you pro-vaccines? or anti-vaccines?" and then of course there are all of the stereotypes that go with each label.This was a big week for that since the big measles outbreak in Disneyland. What tickles me to death though are the moms who eloquently write about how dire the childhood disease of measles, mumps, pertussis and chicken pox were - how children were at death's door or severely disfigured by these diseases....more
We all may not agree on much in this world, but I'm sure we can pretty much agree on this:
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE.
Literally, everything. Has this not been one of the worst years in recent memory for violence, death, terrorism, and just overall shittiness?
As a result, we're all going on the Internet to share our opinions on all the horrible things. People from different backgrounds and with different beliefs are taking to social media to essentially participate in the broader conversations and speak their mind about everything that's going on.
And that's fine.