Jayne Cravens

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I Am for Sale, Who Will Buy Me? The Epilogue in Afghanistan

Editor’s note: This is a follow-up from the essay that ran in January, I Am For Sale, Who Will Buy Me?, by a writer who faced a forced marriage. Thanks to an outpouring of help from readers and others, she was able to match the bride price and buy her freedom. This is what her life has been like since then. ...more

Wonderful pieces of writing.
This "uncle" is a sadist and a control freak. How sad that the ...more

Manifesto: I Am Not a Brand

I am not saying that it is a bad or dishonest thing to try to sell your work. It is not. What I am saying is that I am tired of the rush to commodify everything, to turn everything into products, including people. I don’t want a brand, because a brand limits me. A brand says I will churn out the same thing over and over. ...more
So refreshing to read this! I'm an artist & write a blog which I love writing for its own sake ...more

Beyond Road Rage: Expanding bicyclers' rights and privileges

Bicycling became big news in LA this week when a guy suddenly braked in front of a couple bicyclists, causing one of them to crash into the car's rear window face first. ...more

Texas should be a perfect place for bicycle commuting, especially in Austin. Sadly, the ...more

Giving Back - The volunteers descend on Ghana

That time of year is upon us again in Ghana – the time where every international flight that arrives, pours out scores of the bright and bushytailed, the hopeful and positive, the naïve and trusting… they are… THE VOLUNTEERS. Most of them come for the summer, some come to build a school and leave, some come for 6 months or even 2 year contracts. I hear that some of them pay thousands of hard earned or raised money to come and volunteer. ...more

Back when I was a volunteer, we did not even consider looking into the issues in our own ...more

Giving Back - The volunteers descend on Ghana

That time of year is upon us again in Ghana – the time where every international flight that arrives, pours out scores of the bright and bushytailed, the hopeful and positive, the naïve and trusting… they are… THE VOLUNTEERS. Most of them come for the summer, some come to build a school and leave, some come for 6 months or even 2 year contracts. I hear that some of them pay thousands of hard earned or raised money to come and volunteer. ...more

Back when I was a volunteer, we did not even consider looking into the issues in our own ...more

Honoring Contemporary Muslim Feminist Leaders

Religion and feminism are not something that people often connect, but with the spate of holidays that come up this time of year, I realized that many feminists find their voices and take action because of their religious beliefs. Last week, I wrote about Jewish feminists in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In honor of Ramadan, I'd like to highlight the work of a few contemporary Muslim feminists. ...more

That is a brilliant idea. I'm going to tell my daughter, who is currently taking a public ...more

Wyoming State Libraries and Nekkid Chicks: Flap Over Flaps

Wyoming State Libraries have unveiled their new advertising campaign, the purpose of which, of course, is to drive more users into the library. Their stated purpose is to have people experience the "WOW!" factor through the library. I am not 100% certain what wow-factor is, but as we are facing down flu season, I'm hoping it's not contagious. Let's see what they say: That "WOW!" factor is what we want people to take away from this campaign. We want them to realize: "There is something for me at the library, and I can grow, explore and wonder." Well, I can get behind that. But what's caused some controversy is one of the images they are using in this campaign. ...more

I don't see this as an image I would like to claim as a feminist no matter what the cause or ...more

Public Service Announcement: Help Girls Achieve Their Dreams

When I was in India in March, I saw girls like this everywhere I went. They lived in unsafe conditions, and many girls who were younger than this one were wandering the streets they called home only half dressed. It was devastating. And that is why I am so touched by My Free Implants plea to “help girls” get “free boob jobs.” No cause is worthier, and clearly this girl in a pile of rubble would agree. ...more

Can't... breathe... laughing...

Gee, what am I doing in *Afghanistan* trying to help out?!? ...more

Supporting Transgenderism in Sportswriting

A few weeks ago, my husband asked me if I had heard about the LA Times sportswriter who announced that he was undergoing a sex change. “Of course I haven’t heard about it!” I said. I’m always the last to hear about anything, and I don’t closely follow sports. “How are people reacting?” ...more

Thanks for sharing the story with us. I thought, from reading a lot of hardcore sports ...more

Australian Govt pushes anti-choice agenda

Although the abortion issue is a Big Issue in US politics, in Australian politics it is an issue that only sparks every now and then, and I can't remember it ever being an election issue. I'm not sure if this is a trend which will continue, however, given the current Federal Government's anti-choice stance. ...more

I had no idea this kind of thing happened down under. How sad. And absolutely frightening. ...more