Monthly Archives: August 2012

Abortion Exceptions: Hypocrisy Defined

Throughout the abortion debate we hear all about exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.  If a politician doesn’t support these exceptions they are considered particularly horrible – that is more horrible than their counterparts who do support such exceptions but do not support abortions in other cases.  However, in a conversation with my totally badass grandmother – she suggested that perhaps those who do make such exceptions are the wrong ones and, after a long and rambling conversation covering everything from the necessity and ultimate arbitrariness of voting to ancient and modern cultural expectations about love, I came to agree with her. Continue reading

Romney/Ryan/Rand 2012

I’ve been ruminating recently about Romney’s VP selection of Paul Ryan.  I know I’m not alone since the entire Internet has been blowing up over it, dissecting Ryan’s records and views and general way of being.  His stances on reproductive rights, which are horrifying, and his views on the economy, also horrifying, have been covered in great depth on a variety of news media from every conceivable angle.  His love of Ayn Rand and apparent confusion over the fact that her atheist beliefs of selfishness do not comfortably juxtapose Ryan’s Catholicism (would Jesus approve of Ayn Rand, I think not).  And his commitment to selfishness Continue reading

Dudepins

Dudepins founders, Colin Brown and Kamil Szybalskic. Image courtesy of latimes.com

Apparently there is a new website (or maybe not so new?  I’ve only just heard of it) for finding and curating things you enjoy on the interwebs.  So, basically you find something you like, pin it to an online board, and others can see it, like it, repin it, or follow your boards.  Now, I know what you’re thinking… seriously?  You’re that out of touch that you’ve just discovered Pinterest?!  My response would be no, not quite. Continue reading

Dear Todd

Dear Todd,

I am writing to express my gratitude for sharing the wealth of information you have on female reproduction.  Throughout my Masters education in Human Sexuality, I was implicated in the lie that women ovulate.  It was my understanding that if sex occurs (whether by force or by choice) during this period, there is a high likelihood of pregnancy.  I was taught that women have no control over this phenomenon other than their horrifying use of birth control.  That when a woman ovulates her egg (or eggs, as the case may be) is available for any sperm to fertilize.  But now, now I know that this is not that case.  Now I know, however Continue reading

Media Monday

What I’m watching:  Star Trek The Next Generation – Season 5

There is one episode in this TNG season that really stands out for me.  Episode 17, The Outcast.  This episode of TNG focuses on a race of people called the J’naii.  The J’naii are an alien race that does not have gender in their culture.  Instead everyone is androgynous, shunning of gender as a primitive ideology.  The character, Soren, speaks of how on her planet, the feelings of being more male or more female (that’s sex, by the way, not gender) are considered abnormal.  Continue reading

Eek! A Blog Contest!

Hello devoted readers, fans, lovers, and friends.  I still love you, but I will only be posting once this week.  Feministing.com (one of the best sites out there for feminist content, news, and analysis) is looking for a new contributor.

So You Think You Can Blog will be held from the 20th-25th of August (that’s next week) and each participant is required to submit two posts.  A group of finalists will be selected and then a winner!  Because of this amazing opportunity, I am writing up a storm and will not be able to post today.  However, next week I hope to post twice here and twice on Feministing.com so you’ll have DOUBLE the delight!

But, this post is not just to inform, I also need your help.  The judges are looking for how readers respond to an author’s post so I’ll need you guys to stop by and comment on my posts, continue the conversation, and just be your totally badass selves.  Let’s DO THIS.

Born this way is irrelevant

The debate about homosexuality will, in all likelihood, continue ad infinitum.  At least as long as oppressive ideas of boy/girl, gay/straight, moral/amoral continue to be the mainstream discourse.  Unless you’ve been living under a big gay rock, you may have noticed that the conversation has turned to the inevitability of gayness.  That someone is born this way, or that they haven’t chosen this lifestyle and therefore cannot be faulted for it is a predominant argument in the LGBT movement.  From the other side, the idea that it is a chosen lifestyle and can be fixed/changed/altered if only you try hard enough is an equally predominant discussion.  Continue reading

Stop Walking, Start Doing Something

Susan G Komen is kind of a bigwig around here.  Actually, she’s kind of a bigwig everywhere.  The Susan G Komen foundation raises millions of dollars each year through walks, donations, and pink everything.  And it does a lot of good, right?  It raises millions of dollars and gives it to funding research to find a cure for cancer.  A noble goal – one in which few, if any, could find fault.  But, here’s the wrench in the cogs:  Susan G Komen does not donate their fundraising dollars to finding a cure.  37% of their funds go to education.  Now, having worked in non-profits, I know that ‘education’ can mean many things to many people.  Handing out Continue reading

A Response to Rebecca Walker on behalf of feminism – not your mother

This post is in response to an article written by Rebecca Walker – daughter of Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.  Here is the original post:  How my mother’s fanatical views tore us apart

Walker writes to wound – something that seems to be in response to many of years of neglect – in all liklihood both perceived and real.  In the process of discounting her mother and airing the dirty laundry of her relationship – not that one shouldn’t do such a thing, but perhaps with a bit more diplomacy – Walker insists that feminism has hurt women by furthering their opportunities for growth.  Continue reading

Media Monday

What I’m watching:  Breaking Bad

This show is super intense and crazy.  If only there were more strong female characters…

What I’m reading:  American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

I’m still not sure how I feel about this book.  I find it kind of depressing because the main character, Alice, is always compromising.  While I know, realistically, that compromise is essential to life Continue reading

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