I try to avoid the news. Okay, not all the news -- just the news that talks about cannibals eating someone’s face off or something along those lines. I mean, dear Lord, is it really necessary to run a headline on that story and then put a warning about graphic photos? Does the world really need to see graphic photos of a man whose face was eaten off by a cannibal? I’m going to go out on a limb and say…no. I did, however, break my no-sensational-story rule when I saw the headline, “Texas dad beats 4-year-old daughter's alleged attacker to death” in the Los Angeles Times....more
[Editor's Note: Recently, we featured the controversy over a genital bleaching cream marketed to South Asian women. The comments ranged from shock, to laughter, to arguments that this latest fad is another example of sexism, not racism....more
The War on Women took on some racist overtones recently, with the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). The bill, which aimed to ban sex-selective abortions, failed in the House, but it's still important to point out how the supporters tried to use xenophobia to gain support. Hyphen blogger Victoria Yue explains:...more
Separately, each means nothing more than a headline but together, we can see the tightrope Mitt Romney is walking as he tries to reach out to Latinos, the demographic juggernaut and emerging voting bloc that he’s losing by significant margins to President Obama. He's trying to reach them in campaign ads like this one by avoiding immigration but laser focusing on the economy and jobs....more
What would you tell the president if you could? What would you tell him is at stake for women in this election? And now think about this: What would you tell the head of his campaign about how they are or are not reaching you??...more
[Cherie Blair recently gave a speech in London that drew a lot of flak. Blair, a high-powered lawyer perhaps better known as the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, said that women shouldn’t depend on men for money. Pretty mild stuff, I’d say. But it was what she said next that caused a tizzy in the press. Womaneer unpacks what happened.—Mona]
This morning, we learned that Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, has been diagnosed with MDS, or myelodysplastic syndromes -- what is that? What causes it? How is it treated? In this post, we answer your questions.
Last week, BlogHer asked you about your concerns and questions on the topic of women's health in America, and we took your questions with us to the White House last Thursday for the Women's Health Town Hall. With the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act looming in the background -- a decision is expected sometime in June -- the topics ranged from the financial side of health care to understanding how the law affects various communities.
Reading books with multicultural characters or themes is a great way to expose kids to diversity. Meeting an author and hearing her talk really brings it to life. But it's not always easy to find writers who can do so. The Children's Book Council Diversity blog has a great list of fifteen authors of different races and ethnicities who make talking about culture part of their visits....more
[As MTV’s first Asian correspondent, SuChin Pak broke barriers for young women everywhere. Even so, the Korean-born Pak felt inadequate because she didn’t fit Western standards of beauty. Now a correspondent for Daily Candy, Pak recently did a moving interview with Anna at Feministing. Be sure to read it and then share it with your daughter. --Mona]