Tunisia’s new Constitution: a breakthrough for women’s rights

Following the revolution and months of protests starting in 2011, Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly adopted a new Constitution on 26 January 2014, considered a harbinger of change for gender equality in the Arab States. ...more

WTF Jasper, TX?

Golly gee. I am so glad we now live in a colorblind and thus racism-free America. Otherwise, I would be deeply suspicious of the latest bullshit out of Jasper, TX. The cops of Jasper have officially decided that a black guy named Alfred Wright died of an “accidental drug overdose”....more

Divorce happens, but it can be OK

My parents are divorced. I could even describe them as "happily divorced," (if there is such a thing) as they've each found more suitable spouses and rewarding lives away from their first marriage. They divorced more than 20 years ago, and I am sure that at the time, it was difficult and upsetting....more

When Child Stars Made Us Smile

Shirley Temple died. It’s hard to think of her and not picture that tap dancing 6-year old with the dimples and the curls.But she died after living a full life and “child star”, a label she may never have escaped, was merely one of the many things she did in her lifetime. She was one of the lucky ones....more

Coping, Storms and Adorable Sh*t

NaBloPoMo Theme of the Day: What helps you keep thoughts in perspective so they don't overwhelm you? :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::...more

When a Not-So-Small Town is Struck: Rape Culture

I’m trying to articulate my thoughts.  They are jumbled, scattered, yet so, so clear in my mind.  It’s the words that aren’t coming together right.  Like a jigsaw puzzle, I am turning each piece over, observing its defining characteristics, and hunting down its precise place....more
Excellent and thought provoking article. Kudos to you for standing up and protesting this. Be ...more

Woody Allen's Bullshit Pity-Party

The thing about being a survivor is it becomes exhausting to have to think/talk about it, especially if you have a better, happier life to think about now. Nevertheless, Woody Allen’s “rebuttal” of Dylan Farrow’s accusation was so vile, so reeking of self-absorbed narcissism, so full of his palpable bitchery, and so clearly the rambling self-pity of a child molester that I HAVE to respond. My rage won’t let me do anything else. ...more
All I can say is... AMEN.more

Different worlds.

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Presumption of Innocence

On Monday, I had jury duty.Jury duty is a pain the ass. It's a hassle, it takes all freakin' day, and if you're unlucky a lot longer.Also, if you're really unlucky, it will give you a lifetime of nightmares.I've never served on a jury. Every time I get called for jury duty, I spend all day in silence as judges and lawyers question potential jurors about their ability to rule on the case....more

18 Hours To Home - from the Chronicles of the Atlanta Abominable

It was a beautiful Monday – a bright and balmy 50*. The weatherman on my news station said there was a a possibility of a wintry mix, a dusting of snow from the monster storm to our west. But it was heading across the gulf coast to the south of us. I shrugged it off and planned for a ho-hum, run of the mill Tuesday.That was my first mistake....more