Me and EMILY: EMILY’s List Moving Women Forward

A record number of women were elected to the House and Senate in November, and that staid rabble is inching closer to “looking like America.” They all weren’t Democrats or progressive. After all, we have Old Guard G.O.P. cheerleaders such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and House elevator monitor and Granny-from-hell Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.). Foxx could get a gig without a name change as a stripper at Leisure World (emergency defibrillator available.)  One part of the government “by and for the People” after another  has begun to start looking like something more than a “boys club.”  It’s about time.… [Read more]

Marathon Man

Another all too predictable Paul Ryan beat down, cue the fact checkers, ‘we got a bleeder’ screed? Well, only a little. After his GOP convention acceptance speech, putative VP Ryan triggered a torrent of criticism centered on his (ahem) fast and furious approach to the facts used to smite the godless, graceless Democratic horde. We that sling stones from the Great White Plexiglas fortress have another idea about the self-promoted MarathonMan.… [Read more]

Things Could Happen

In the center of Paris, an exhibit at the Hotel de Ville, C’étaient des Enfants, chronicles the story of the children who were deported to the war camps during World War II. A number of these children disappeared right from our neighborhood; almost every school within ten blocks of our home has a plaque to commemorate the children who were taken.… [Read more]

The Show Must Go On

The campaign to showcase the GOP’s “War on Women” has been a total success. Women are discussing everything from contraceptive coverage to long overdue membership at Augusta. And as women are becoming more engaged in the political system, looking carefully at candidates at every level, and educating themselves about what is really being proposed by conservatives – the President’s numbers are rising. … [Read more]

I Am Every Woman

Something to consider as we close out Women’s History Month, 2012.

I’m every woman, it’s all in me (Strength, courage, ambition)

Anything you want done baby, I’ll do it naturally (From creating life to creating empires)

I’m every woman, it’s ALL in me (The fight to be respected  and accepted as an equal)

I can read your thoughts right now,  Every one — from A to Z (It doesn’t take much to read the minds of those who are trying to keep us in ‘our place’.… [Read more]

Women: “I Am the Mockingbird.”

I was told at a very young age that I had to learn to keep my mouth shut.  It is “more safe and less troublesome” when you learn to do so.  This advice surely never stuck, so I live in New York and struggle to get in front of people in order to rant and rave about social constructs. … [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]

Vagina. There…I Said It.

How have we fallen so far? We seem to be making strides and then we have to deal with the support of this idiot.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh issued an apology to Sandra Fluke on his website, saying “in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize.”

Where is that funny?… [Read more]

Let The Smears Begin

The other day, while discussing current events over lunch with my parents, I gave them a warning: “Don’t be surprised if I end up serving a life sentence. If Rick Santorum becomes president, I might not be able to resist the urge to kill him.”

My old man didn’t miss a beat. “Don’t worry,” he calmly reassured me as if this were a perfectly normal conversation that every father and son has at some point.… [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 Anything ‘In The Bag’?

‘It’s in the bag’ is an old expression that means ‘with all due certainty’ or ‘as secure as being in one’s possession’.  That’s an expression that no political party should use when it comes to feeling sure that any vote cast is going to be in their favour.

Let’s face it: the way groups of people vote has been taken for granted for a long time;  that goes for the U.S., the U.K.… [Read more]