Birth control and its impact is back in the news. A battle has been ongoing for over a decade about who should have access to the morning after pill, and under what terms and circumstances should the pill be available. As of now, a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn, New York, has issued a ruling that the United States government must make the morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages.… [Read more]
A few near-miraculous events have taken place today. This April 1st is one for the history books!
The War on Women has been declared over. The men of the Republican party, joined by a few blue dog Democrats and Republican women, announced that they realised that unless they begin attending medical school in droves, any woman’s uterus is none of their business.… [Read more]
Today, Easter Sunday, is the day when many around the world celebrate resurrection, the miraculous return to life of Jesus Christ. Whether or not one is a believer, the story is interesting and presents many lessons from which we can learn about the power of change and belief. Like many people, I enjoy finding a lesson in stories; learning from events in others’ lives fosters growth and development.… [Read more]
Here’s a sobering thought as we pass the mid-way point of Women’s History Month: we’re still too far apart in closing the gender wage gap.
Even with moves toward equalizing pay between men and women, and the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Act requiring equal pay, men still make almost 20% more than women in nearly all industries.… [Read more]
This past Sunday in Steubenville, Ohio, two adolescent males were convicted of a searingly self-defining crime, one that will mark these offenders, Cain-like…forever. They raped, by digital penetration, a 16-year-old female so drunk at the time of the offence that only through subsequent reconstruction – via the photos taken of the offenders by others and circulated among those present who did nothing to intervene, while she was repeatedly violated – did she actually understand the enormity of what had happened.… [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that seems appropriate for Women’s History Month. Women are often the world’s nurturers and healers despite the fact that, globally, life isn’t easy for many women:
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.… [Read more]
Did you know that today is International Women’s Day? Also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, International Women’s Day is held each year on March 8th to celebrate the achievements of women over time and around the globe, and to note that while women have come quite far throughout history, there is still a long way to go before women experience the full benefits of equality.… [Read more]
It’s drawing very near the end of the work day for those of us located on the east coast — and that, of course applies to people who are fortunate enough to have a job. Among the most fortunate of job holders are our Senate and Congressional representatives; after all, how many people receive compensation for working productively so few days of the year?… [Read more]
Remember when the Senate passed a reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act but then House Republicans threatened to block the legislation? And then protests and petitions asking that citizens tell House Republicans to stop denying women protection against violence because of petty partisan politics bombarded the offices of elected officials who were standing in the way of renewing the VAWA?… [Read more]
Last Saturday, we had the honor of witnessing a milestone for our military and a victory for the LGBTQ community. Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate and her partner, Penelope Gnesin, were wed in the Cadet Chapel at West Point Military Academy, a first for the school. We can be proud to add this same-sex wedding ceremony to the growing list of victories and accomplishments for the LGBTQ community, and also to the list of improvements in the military’s views on “non-traditional” members.… [Read more]
Broadway Cares…and so do we. Tuesday’s presidential election is critical; it will determine if the citizens of this nation want to move backwards to a time of greater economic inequality, a perpetual ‘War on Women‘ and a renewed era of deregulation.
This election will chart a course. Americans must decide if they’re willing to move backwards to the ‘good old days‘ that weren’t good for everyone — or if they want to embrace the change that will help this nation grow and provide for its people.… [Read more]
Conservative loudmouth Rush Limbaugh ranted about a funny Obama for President ad featuring HBO TV show “Girls” actress Lena Dunham, titled “First Time.” Yes, the same Rush Limbaugh who lost a ton of advertisers not too many months ago after calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.” Turns out college dropout Limbaugh didn’t fare well in that exchange.… [Read more]
Wrapping up this week, we thought we’d post a public service announcement video by singer Lesley Gore, known for several 1960′s classics. This pro-feminist announcement, “You Don’t Own Me,” is more than fitting for today’s social and political climate — especially in light of the GOP’s “crazy uncles” such as Todd Akin and, most recently, Richard ‘Rape babies are “something God intended to happen” Mourdock.… [Read more]
In the 1950s, the science fiction genre was at its highest popularity with movies depicting aliens from other world coming to earth to take over the human population for various reasons ranging from food to slave labor, to the total annihilation of the human race.
My all-time favorite Sci-Fi movie is the classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.… [Read more]
It is almost hilarious watching Republicans giving up trying to contain the gaffes of their family crazy uncles inside the post-Tea Party “big tent.” Yeah, the ones who keep switching the television to the braying blabber of Fox News. Remember all-too-recently when “mainstream” Republicans tried to purge Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-Mo.)? With Tea Party Senate wannabe Richard Mourdock (R-Ind.), even Bishop Mitt, the party standard-bearer, is embracing their latest extreme “no choice” crazy uncle.… [Read more]
Aside from Mitt Romney’s bird problem – and what went largely unnoticed during the second presidential debate was his sneering jab at the Keystone pipeline, and his accusation that the Obama Administration launched a criminal action against the drilling: ”. . . 20 or 25 birds were killed and brought out a migratory bird act to go after them on a criminal basis” – he’s got a lady parts problem.… [Read more]
“Doctor, doctor, glad I’m not sick.”
~ Bob Hope cameo,Spies Like Us, 1985
“Schlotkin! Go work on your putz.”
~ Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, 1987
In a state better served by the produce of Lynchburg, Tennessee, (“Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. Same as our fathers made it.”), than by their Members of Congress, we have another skirt-chasing foible folly fit for a Saturday Night Live Newt Gingrich skit.… [Read more]
No matter what you think of the recent presidential debate, Mitt Romney’s ‘win’ shouldn’t overshadow one crucial point: this nation is not ready for Mitt Romney and the GOP to lead it. Trickle down economics has been debunked. The War on Women is real. The haves are stratospheres above the have nots, and more tax cuts for the wealthy would exacerbate the wealth inequality problem and widen the gap.… [Read more]
Despite the recent ‘let’s extend recess’ action of Congress (do your job, Eric Cantor!) there’s work to be done. The prior post in this series discussed why middle class voters should not consider voting for the Republican party; this post will focus on what is referred to as ‘women’s issues’ even though these issues also impact men.… [Read more]
Here’s a find: two women with wonderful voices singing “Get Out and Vote!” The ladies, whose video announces them as lesbian duo Bria and Chrissy, say that this is “Our song encouraging you to get out and vote, with the pros and cons of Obama or Romney being President, completely objective of course.”
You decide; I think they’re on point!… [Read more]