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GOP Platform: Anti-Abortion, No Exceptions

Once again, the GOP is preparing to add an anti-abortion plank to its official party platform that will be announced at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. According to CNN, a draft of the platform includes: ...more
Extreme is that abortion is promoted as choice for any reason what so ever.  Let's leave rape ...more

Paul Ryan Loves Freedom--Except When It Comes to Women and the Poor

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make writing about Paul Ryan entertaining. Sure, Romney’s vice-presidential pick has inspired endless material about his killer work-out routine, his obsession with high-school philosophy favorite Ayn Rand his ability to catch a catfish bare-handed. ...more
Hi beachbird2, I'm (well) over 50 (yikes), and I do remember when abortion became legal...I have ...more

Yes, I speak Chinese. No, It's Not Amazing.

I always find it ironic how everybody in China wants to learn English, but so few people in America consider learning Mandarin Chinese-- even though it is the most commonly spoken language in the world. It's refreshing to hear Tell me why the world is weird explain why she learned Chinese and why people shouldn't be so surprised....more

The Aftermath of the Pussy Riot Verdict

Days after three members of the Russian female punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison, the Russian police are looking for two more members of the group who apparently escaped. Last Friday, three members were convicted of “hooliganism” fueled by religious hatred for performing a “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral in February. During their performance the group did something unthinkable: they criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin. ...more
I wish that we could find a way to sustain engagement in politics and world news. It seems that ...more

Ignorant Legislator of the Week: Todd Akin on "Legitimate Rape"

During a television interview this past weekend, Akin explained his anti-abortion stance and why he doesn’t support exceptions in the case of rape. Said Akin of pregnancies resulting from rape, “It seems to me first of all from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” ...more
I don't understand how anyone has the right to dictate what decision a person ...more

Not sharing my X with Paul Ryan

You have a candidate whose agenda promotes a series of policies that are anti-women rights, anti-health such as Medicaid and birth control, and anti-gay rights and these are all Human Rights....more
Really? The best you can come up with is his taste in music? Before you decide a man is ...more

Are We All Your People? A Look at the Wisconsin Shooting.

I am an American Sikh, however I wasn't going to write anything about the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin because I didn't think I had anything original or new to say. And I don't.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything that many of you have not already thought, and even put into words....more

Paul Ryan: More Than a Pretty Face

The political world went from zero to sixty in mere seconds earlier this month as Mitt Romney’s announcement that Paul Ryan would be his running mate split America straight down deeply ingrained party lines....more
Your title to this piece states that Ryan's more than a pretty face, yet you make a big deal ...more

Is It Irresponsible to Encourage Black Kids to Be Pro Athletes?

As a parent, how do you find the balance between encouraging your chidren's dreams and teaching them about reality? For Jen Marshall Duncan, a white woman raising mixed-race kids, this is especially complicated because her son and daughter talk about going into professional sports. Jen realizes that athletes may be the many of the role models black kids see on TV, but as she shares on empatheia, she doesn't want her kids to pigeonhole themselves. Read on to see how her daughter reacted, and share your thoughts in the comments. --Grace...more
 @aclinton Thank you for that excellent advice. Tying the dream to the reality, with positive ...more

What Anti-Trafficking Advocates Can Learn from Sex Workers

For the last year, I've been trying to get my head around different aspects of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors. I've been meeting with a variety of relevant actors, including anti-trafficking advocates, law enforcement officers, researchers, and sex workers. I've talked with survivors and buyers, observed online traces, and scoured the literature. ...more
Thank you so much! I helped in the fight for the decriminalization of sex work in Australia - we ...more