I am an agnostic. My family is Mormon. My husband is a Hindu who came to the U.S. for grad school. Within this spectrum of religious and cultural identities is the beauty and promise of the American dream; we are a nation of diversity and opportunity. We are a pluralistic society, one in which every individual’s religious and cultural identity should be respected. The strength of the United States is in the promise of tolerance for the entire spectrum of humanity. ...more
There are two sides to every story.
I wanted to eat my breakfast.
"Everyone," said Lisa Stone from the stage, "it's time for Speed Dating."
Imagine a hotel convention room filled with thousands of women. Not just ordinary women. Blogger women. ...more
[Editor's Note: While the Presidential debates don't begin until October, Spanish language network Univision is getting things started by inviting both candidates to televised town hall meetings. GOP candidate Mitt Romney went first, and Fausta's Blog thinks these events are a good preview of the debates: --Grace]
Recently, freelance writer Jenny An caused an online firestorm with her confessional essay I’m an Asian Woman and I Refuse to Ever Date an Asian Man for xoJane. But is it her defense of interracial dating or the way she defends it that's stirring up so much controversy?...more
[Editor’s note: Hanna Rosin’s fascinating new book, “The End of Men” is generating quite a lot of controversy. Based on her articles in The Atlantic, her book argues that women are surpassing men in nearly every sphere--from college to careers to even mastering the hook-up culture. But as Christianne Corbett points out at Fem2pt0, women still haven’t caught up to men in one key area.--Mona]
The Glamourbaby Diaries is a film based on a writing program I created for Asian American women and women of color. It was shot and edited by Alexis Casson. By: Ruby VeridianoAbout two years ago, I came across an article on Essence Magazine written by Michelle Obama. It was a personal letter addressed to young African American women, a letter filled with compassion and guidance for the next female generation. Her words offered a road map for the journey ahead with knowledge that the world will look different for a woman of color....more
As soon as Mother Jones broke the video of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47% percent” statement, liberal leaning Facebook and Twitter streams were filled with snarky comments calling the election all but over.
But it isn’t. ...more
I spent the first nine years of my life caught in the war that waged on and on between my parents. My dad was fierce with words, but contrary to the popular saying, his bite was actually worse than his bark. I can recall nights spent awake listening to him terrorize my mother in the next room. The time he pushed her down in a Toys-R-Us parking lot in front of horrified onlookers. The false molars my mom has from that time he punched her in the face.
In 2003, I was unexpectedly pregnant. But, oh, I was in love with my child.
I began working at a low-paying job, at all kinds of stupid hours, so I could provide for my child, for myself. I did sign up for Medical Assistance through state assistance because my employer did not offer (affordable) insurance, but I didn't sign up for Food Stamps or Cash Assistance through the state of Pennsylvania because certain groups of people made that a shameful action. I believed I was stronger and better than people who needed such things. I was going to Make It in the world, without help, without assistance.
Ah, how pride cometh before the fall.
At 18 weeks pregnant, I was at work when I started to feel a little woozy. My back hurt horribly, and not in an "I'm Pregnant and Achy All Over Way." I wasn't even showing yet, so it wasn't even an "I Gained Too Much Weight Already And My Back Hurts." I knew it was different. I felt whiny, but I left work early, ate a sandwich, and took a nap in my modest, self-funded apartment. I woke up with a fever of 104. After calling my doctor, I went straight to the Emergency Room.
David Corn of Mother Jones today published "secret video" of Mitt Romney, which he reports was taped during Romney's appearance at a private fundraiser held by private equity manager Marc Leder in Boca Raton, Florida on May 17. In the video, Romney describes the "47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" as "entitled" people who "pay no income tax." Romney tonight confirmed the video is of him speaking, noting that his comments were not "elegantly stated."