The Third Party Candidate: What Does He Make Me?

This November when Americans go to the polls to cast their vote, they will have three presidential candidates on the ballot; Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson.

A few days ago Johnson, a member of the Libertarian party, was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Like many Americans, I had no idea who Johnson was.… [Read more]

We’re Not There Yet

It’s Women’s History month.

I have seriously been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now, knowing I wanted to write something about it.

I mean, I am a woman who has her Bachelors and Masters degrees, a job, a happy marriage, and two little boys.

I vote and get to write about my opinions.… [Read more]

To Rule The World, Follow Instuctions and Repeat (Often)

“Five to ten million adolescent girls and women struggle with eating disorders and borderline eating conditions.”

“Among children in grades 1 – 3, 42% want to be thinner.”

“An average US woman is 5’4″ tall weighing 140 pounds; the average US model is 5’11” weighing 117 pounds!”… [Read more]

We Gotta Fight The Powers That Be

“We gotta fight the powers that be…”

…Those that got the answers…red tape in the way…

~ The Isley Brothers, Fight the Power, 1975

 

If everyone took leave of their senses, there would be an off chance that the nation could end up with an anti-women’s rights Republicans in the White House. Of course, that won’t happen if women stay awake —  and fight the power.… [Read more]

The Power of the Pill

Give ’em Hell, Jane!

My dad has been saying that to me for as long as I can remember. We’d sing along with “Stop and Smell the Roses” on the 8 Track , he’d pull up in front of the preschool, kiss me on the cheek and send me on my way with a “Give ’em Hell, Jane!”

I’ve always felt empowered.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review, March 11, 2012

What’s going on, brothers and sisters? OK, if you’re wondering why I’m calling you “brother” and “sister” it’s not because I’m having a 1970s throwback moment. It’s because I think that, like family, we’re all in this together — whether we like it or not. Frankly, I like the ‘brothers and sisters’ tag because it surely beats the names that are thrown about today (*STILL giving the side-eye to you, Rush Limbaugh…*He wasn’t joking; he was, and still is, quite serious).[Read more]

Empowering Women

It’s March. It’s National Women’s History Month. This year, the theme is women’s empowerment.  It’s rather appropriate given that so much of the national discussion involves women’s rights, women’s bodies and the War on Women.

This advertisement was prominently featured in last Sunday’s New York Times; the writer’s thank you letter to Rush Limbaugh clearly notes that the women of America are fully prepared to stand up and “crush the Republican party.”

Great!… [Read more]

I’m Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion

Ok.  I am confused.

Why are women’s reproductive rights suddenly at the center of national debate this election year?

I mean, it’s been over 40 years since all this has been established, yes?

Forgive me, I wasn’t born yet when the Roe vs Wade verdict came down, and I wasn’t around when women began having access to contraceptives that didn’t involve going without sex.… [Read more]

The Power of Equality

Wow…just wow. More of the same; no surprise there. What a banner week: Governor Chris Christie vetoed a Marriage Equality bill. The GOP decided to keep ovaries in their crosshairs — after all, women aren’t ‘equal’ enough to know what to do with their own bodies, right?

Keep in mind…we vote — and we believe in the power of equality.… [Read more]

American Politics: Political Myopia At Its Best

Turn on the television, read the Twitter stream, and listen to the firestorm erupting from political debates. Republican candidates are focused on topics such as birth control and the definition of marriage. Mud is being slung and fingers are figuratively being jabbed at each other’s chests. Each is claiming he will be the savior for this great nation.… [Read more]

So…Got Nothing Better To Do?

With so many national issues in desperate need of attention, why is so much time being spent trying to undo any and all prior steps made toward progress?

Point for discussion:  women’s reproductive rights.  With high unemployment levels, a crumbling national infrastructure, a barely growing economy and a banking system that is still in need of regulatory reform it seems like we as a nation have our hands quite full.  … [Read more]

Is This For Real?

Years ago, spoken word artist and visionary poet, the late Gil Scott-Heron, wrote a song called ‘B Movie’.  Perhaps it is because he recently passed away in May of this year or maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking about the idea that history repeats itself that Mr. Scott-Heron has crossed my mind so often lately.

I can’t do him any justice; watch this 9-minute clip for yourself and decide whether or not you think much has changed:

In ‘B Movie’ he said during the poetry refrain*:

This ain’t really your life,Ain’t really your life,Ain’t really ain’t nothing but a movie.”

To many people, outside of the persistent hardships they’re facing, not much feels real lately.  … [Read more]