A Lousiana School Forces Girls to Take Pregnancy Tests--Or Else

[Editor's note: What if your teenage daughter got pregnant? Would you make her quit school? Publicly humiliate her? Of course you wouldn’t. But in an appalling case involving the rights of teen girls, a Louisiana high school is forcing girls even suspected of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test. Former teen mom Natasha Vianna explains why she launched a petition to stop the school's heinous policy at Change.org.--Mona] ...more
I wanted to point out that because of the public outrage, the charter school has since revised ...more

The Right to Bear Ridiculousness

After the Dark Night Rises shooting spree, gun control reemerged as a talking point.  Of course, I kept hearing conservatives say it “wasn’t the time” to discuss gun control.  Right.  Like September 11th, 2001 was an inappropriate time to discuss national security?  Give me a break....more

Olympic Medalists, Wells and Harper, Bring Us All Down

It pains me, when on a world stage, medalists in the Olympics bring fellow-athletes down—especially female athletes....more
@BlogHer this was disappointingmore

Encouraging Words for Gabby Douglas

 Last night, we sat down to watch the Olympics just as we had been doing since the opening ceremony.  I have cheered, bitten nails, and teared up at many of the stories of the athletes and the triumphs they have conquered to get to the big dance.  Who knew the Olympics would be THIS emotional?...more

My Screen Door Is Now Locked. Is Yours?

The other morning, I was home alone baking in my kitchen.  It was going to be a hot day and I wanted to start early, so I never bothered to change out of my pajamas and got right to work. I had the storm door open and screen door unlocked.  Being raised in the city, I should know better.  However, after years of living in rural New Hampshire, I have relaxed my crime fears. At least I thought I did....more

You're Out of Here

The majority of my blog postings get started by me reading something in the news that really upsets me or that I feel really strongly about. The most recent issue in the news that's really grinding my gears is the one about Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Lousiana. They have a new policy where if they suspect a girl at their school is pregnant they will force her to take a pregnancy test....more

How Do We Talk About the Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting?

Two weeks ago, a gunman entered a movie theater in Colorado and killed twelve people. In the days following the shootings in Aurora, there were discussions. We spoke of inadequate gun laws. Or we argued that this had nothing to do with guns....more
20,000 miles away, in an era where news ought to reach each end of the world in the speed of ...more

Moms & Babes - The First 1000 Days

Every day I wake up and I know my children have enough to eat. It's always been that way. When I lived in Chicago with a new-born baby, breastfeeding for the first time, I would wake up and have a nutritious breakfast, full of protein and the calories necessary for my baby to thrive. When we lived in Pakistan, a land where the average daily wage is three dollars and fifty cents and poverty inescapable, my children were well nourished babies and toddlers. Egypt was the same....more

olympic spirit: a lesson for our young girls

I've never been an athlete. The closest I came to competitive sports was a one year stint as a right-fielder in a junior high softball league. We started out as the second worst team in the league, but quickly swapped that title for the worst team. I did not do much to help relinquish that honor. ...more

Why I Have Birth Control Envy

I have birth control envy. You know how some girls look at a penis and wish they had one? That’s the way I feel about birth control. I wish there was more access to birth control options in my country, the Philippines. I first felt the pangs of birth control envy at the not-so-tender age of 24. I had been living in the Philippines for 12 years and returned to the Bay Area to re-connect with some girlfriends in grade school. ...more
why not teach natural family planning?more