Heteropatriarchy With A Twist

These are confusing times. How can there be such swift and progressive action state by state (Utah!  Indiana!  Oklahoma!) toward equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans at the same time as the shockingly regressive gender politics around contraception and women’s health care reaching all the way to the Supreme Court? Over at The [Read More…]

At the Intersections: Home, Hope, & Gaza

Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand.  Today’s piece comes from Fatima Alshantti, who was a student in my Women in Islam class last spring.  She is a sophomore majoring in Biology-Pre Nursing at Illinois College. She is a graduate of [Read More…]

#YesAllWomen. Just Ask Us.

If we started telling the truth we might never stop.  And then what would happen? You’d know about the leering older men we worked with at our high school jobs.  The burly customers who mocked us for not knowing what “tuna taco” really meant. You’d know about the murky nights in college when we couldn’t [Read More…]

Religious Freedom … Really (UCC edition)

I’ve written before about the problems with so many claims of protecting “religious freedom” in recent reproductive justice debates.  On the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom (and against contraception) I noted that: We don’t have to compare apples and oranges to make the point that the religious freedom the USCCB seeks to [Read More…]

Trusting Women

Last night, I delivered the following as part of a series of “Big Tent” speeches at an event hosted by the Morgan County Democratic Central Committee here in Illinois.  It was a fundraiser and a meet-and-greet event featuring the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, with whom I am pictured below. It’s about trusting women. [Read More…]

This Week in Religious Freedom & Healthcare

This picture of me shouldn’t be revolutionary.  And yet … Here is a great 90 second summary of what is at stake this week when lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue before the Supreme Court that your boss should get to determine what preventative health care you receive: Here is a round-up [Read More…]

Religious Freedom … For Bosses Only?

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear two cases in which the argument will be made that your boss’s beliefs should determine your access to healthcare. Sounds preposterous, right? And yet, that’s what the lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue.  That a boss’ religious freedom trumps an employee’s religious freedom.  That [Read More…]

Of Course Barbie

Of course Barbie is in the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue and on a promotional cover wrap. Let’s just stop pretending that the male gaze cares at all for the flesh and blood women with brains, hearts, and ambitions it regularly features. They gave up on actually featuring swimsuits years ago. The voyeurs [Read More…]

The Arc Still Bends in Illinois: Governor v. Bishop

Despite the efforts of the leaders of intolerance, Governor Pat Quinn signs marriage equality into Illinois law today: A huge crowd is expected Wednesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago to watch history unfold. After years of struggle and many false starts, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill with great fanfare. [Read More…]

BREAKING: Marriage Equality IS Coming to Illinois!

This just in from Illinois Unites For Marriage: The Illinois House just passed the freedom to marry!  In a vote count of 61:54, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed on the House floor. The marriage bill passed in the Senate in February, and will  now return to the Senate for a procedural vote [Read More…]


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