On January 7th, 2015 the world froze in terror as reports of the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris came to light. Three gunmen, enraged at the satirical magazine's various depictions of Islam in their publications, took their revenge and murdered twelve people. In the days since the world has spoken from either side of the controversy. For many, this killing was not only an attack on innocent people but an attack on freedom of speech and journalism as a whole....more
I am a Feminist. I am also a Republican. I am a Republican because I believe in a capitalist society and economy and I play into it with my feminist views because I want women to be able to climb up to the top of the social or fiscal food chain and run what they want to run....more
Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum were banned from speaking on the House Floor in Michigan because other representatives didn't like their choice of words during the debate. Apparently the other representatives forgot that the Constitution guarantees all of us the right to freedom of speech. Even women. Especially women who are representing constituents on the floor of congress....more
There is this big brouhaha going on about a Colorado high school student's yearbook photo. Sydney Spies, an 18-year-old Durango High School senior, and her mother are making the TV talk show circuit, claiming the teen's freedom of expression is being squelched....more
In 2008, Silsbee High School football and basketball star Rakheem Bolton allegedly raped a fellow student and cheerleader known as HS with the help of two friends at an after-game party. When her rapist came up for a free throw in a basketball game, the cheerleader, known as HS, refused to cheer for Rakheem by name. Yesterday the Supreme Court denied review of the cheerleader's appeal.
I've written a lot about abortion and reproductive rights lately, but that's only because in their zeal to fix the economy, certain legislators have focused on curtailing abortion and reproductive rights since keeping women pregnant and in the home will open new jobs for men. I guess. Whatever the case is, the latest series of ludicrous bills seem to touch on the right to free speech. If you are a person who agrees that abortion should be illegal, you can say whatever you want, even if you are not a sentient being who can speak. However, those of us who feel that women should decide for themselves whether or not they will carry a pregnancy to term are increasingly being silenced.