Reblog: Poverty and the Perception of “Blurred” Sexual Lines

In 2013, Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” highlighted American rape culture with its message that when a woman says “no” to something, she does not really mean it.  The naked women parading across his video made it perfectly clear where the lines, to him, are most blurred. It is easy to look at the song — and all the controversy it created — and chalk it up to a mediocre “musician” playing a publicity stunt, a stunt that had Mr. Thicke laughing all the way to the bank. Except I’m not laughing and nor should any woman anywhere in the world....more

Give me a chance to succeed

All I want is a chance to succeed.  I don't want a handout.  I don't want the government to pay my bills.  I don't want to live off anyone else.  I just want a chance to succeed, a hand up, a real chance to rise above the challenges I was born into. My last name is Rockefeller.  But I am not descended of the robber baron who "earned" his millions by exploiting everyday Americans.  Everyday I hear jokes about my last name -- even former Governor David Patterson made that crack about Rockefellers and money when I met him in 2011....more

Remix by NKOTB: empowering or stereotyping?

 The New Kids on the Block are back with this summer's ear worm (a song you cannot get out of you...more

Is Jesus Really Odin or Balder? A historical theory

Yesterday an intriguing archaeological report appeared on my facebook wall.  My initial reaction was both interest and a bit of disgust.  The report does, after all, refer to the native Norweigan religion as a "cult" and Norweigan religous iconography as "idols," judgemental terms at best.  The report describes a recent discovery of an intentionally preserved Norweigan temple used in the 5th through 11th centuries which is we...more
Excellent article, Laurelarockefeller, I previously found out the church told Viking era ...more

"Religious" doesn't mean Christianity

Several days ago another writer on GoodReads told me about what sounds like a great idea:  donate some of my books to a charity asking for them for a literacy program.   ...more
@like2read And here I thought this was the country of diversity, freedom, and the absence of ...more

Back to Paperback: the limits of digital books

Digital media is all the rage.  what could be more convenient?  Download books in a matter of seconds and read on your phone, tablet computer, or ebook reader.  Digital books are cheap too; no shipping, no physical printing.  Win-win, right? I used to think so...until I took the plunge and became a self published author myself and learned a lot about the publishing business in the process. Lesson number one?  Digital formats have limits. ...more

The price of expressing positive sentiment

"Be positive," goes the mantra drilled into us.  Think positive, talk positive, live your life with the glass half full. It sounds like good advise.  Focusing on the negative parts of our lives instead of our blessings really do make us miserable -- and often very self-centric.  It's easy to want to nurse our perceived wounds instead of looking at the big picture that tells us just how much we really do have and take for granted. ...more

Long Term Unemployed, Talented, and Scared about the future

I hate balancing my checkbook and looking at the state of affairs with my finances. It's been four long years (feels like five or more, hence my math errors on the subject sometimes) since I was laid off from a small business in Manhattan.  18 months ago, money drove me out of the city I truly love (of all the many places I've lived, Brooklyn remains my favorite).  Money and mounting debt. ...more
A guardian angel west of the Missouri is watching over you.more