Today we begin commemorating
Women's History Month. Hooray! But funny thing about that. As far as women's rights are concerned, you'd think it was 1912 all over again! Where is Margaret Sanger when you need her?
She said the punk leaned over and said to another student - loud enough for her to hear - "Did you understand what she just said?" His tone was irritated. "Because I didn't understand one word."
She never called him "punk" when she told me the story. I chose the label because it's the strongest non-expletive I could come up with that conveys both his petty ignorance and my aversion to comments like this. It infuriates me that such a thing could happen at my alma mater, the so-called "Mecca" for Black college students, Howard University....more
Last night, in the Republican contest to be that party's presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney looked relaxed as he addressed supporters in Michigan (one of his multiple home states; New Hampshire and Massachusetts most often cited as the others). He sounded it, too....more
[Editor's Note: The Latino population is expected to play a key role in the 2012 political season, from the primaries through to November's election. Sofia Sanchez posts on Latino Politics Blog about what's on the minds of Hispanic and Latino voters -- and why it's important to both Republicans and Democrats. --Grace]...more
Viola Davis is still in the headlines. A pretty impressive feat considering that Meryl Streep finally won another Oscar after 12 consecutive nominations without wins and should be the talk of the town....more
Virginia's attempt to force women to have a vaginal ultrasound before seeking an abortion proved several things. One, that consent is kind of important to women when it comes to their bodies. And two, that men have been obsessed with women's vaginas and how to control them for a long time. Kendra Hamilton recounts some of that horrifying history at The Goddess of Gumbo.
This week's Time magazine cover boldly declares "Yo Decido. Why Latinos will pick the next President." The accompanying story by Michael Scherer explores how the rising force that is the Latino vote can turn Arizona into a presidential battleground in 2012. The cover illustration is made of 20 different portraits of Latino men and women in Phoenix, all photographed by Marco Grob. In classic Time form, it's clean and powerful....more
On 22 September 2010, the wallet of Tyler Clementi -- a gay freshman at Rutgers University -- was found on the George Washington Bridge; his body was found in the Hudson River the following week. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, was charged with 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and tampering with witnesses and evidence tampering. Ravi pleaded not guilty. Ravi's trial officially begins this week, but in the court of public opinion, he has already been convicted. This is a terrible irony, since the case itself is about bullying.