Why am I not cheering?

In a stunning reversal on an equally stunning mistake, Susan G. Komen For the Cure has apologized and restored funding to Planned Parenthood for breast exams and screenings.  Why am I not thrilled?  Maybe because despite the evidence of the absolutely mind-boggling power of social media, this whole episode is symptomatic of a much larger societal ill.  And I have many questions, since I by no means think the matter is settled.  There is fall-out with which to contend.1.  How will pro-lifers r … [Read more...]

Et tu, Komen?

Hooooooo boy.  Just when I was gonna take a break from women's issues to write about glassblowing or something.  Now this.  Komen pulls its funding from Planned Parenthood for breast screenings and exams.Unbelievable.  Just unbelievable.  I don't even know where to begin.  It's bad enough there's a war on women's health in this country - but to enlist breast cancer survivors and their families to help wage it?  Unconscionable.Now listen.  I've been accused of being fair to a fault.  In my … [Read more...]

Fake it ’till you Make it

I used to teach 8th grade.  Voluntarily.  Middle school was a perfect match for me - the kids were old enough to get my humor and young enough to appreciate my goofiness.  Also, it confirmed my friends' fear I was insane.  I taught Civics, which was great for flexibility and creativity in teaching.  The kids had no standardized tests at that age in that subject, so I was basically able to assign whatever I felt best would get the information across.  I was DRUNK WITH POWER, I tell you.  This expl … [Read more...]

Ya Got to Have Friends…

Part Eight (and last for a while) of I-Don’t-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by “Miss Representation.”  If you haven’t seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  Remember Donkey in "Shrek?"  Now, I don't often look for wisdom out of the mouths of donkeys (insert liberal Democrat joke here...) but when he's singing a Bette Midler song, I tend to take notice.  There's a theory that's been bouncing around in my mind for the last year or so, an … [Read more...]

Pink Legos – Part II

Part Seven of I-Don’t-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by “Miss Representation.”  If you haven’t seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  Okay, okay, okay.  When I recommended buying Pink Legos, I was imagining the same sorts of construction sets found in primary colors, only in pastels.  Should have done a little more research.  No, these aren't the same architechtural and vehicle structures as the ones being offered in primary colors - t … [Read more...]

Buy Pink Legos. Please.

Part Six of I-Don’t-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by “Miss Representation.”  If you haven’t seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  Mention the phrase, “pink legos” and stand back.  (Did I mention you should have popcorn handy?)I’ve already blogged about my defense of pink.  Readers (in the double digits!  Go, me!) have read about it.  It doesn’t seem to be taking hold across the nation, yet, though.Girl On Saturday,(aka, “Peni … [Read more...]

I’ve Got the Pink Blues. (The Great Pink v. Blue Debate)

Part Five of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  I used to be afraid to have a boy.Wait.  Allow me to re-phrase.I used to be afraid to give birth to a male child.That’s better.  Yes, the prospect of having a son scared me more than having a daughter.  No matter how many people told me boys were easier (they’re not, by the way...) I was still … [Read more...]

Small Comfort for Mothers, Fetuses, and Jews

Part Four (closely related to Part Three) of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  A very good and sweet friend sent me a 33-minute video and asked my opinion.  A man named Ray Comfort - someone claiming to be Jewish - compares doctors who perform abortions to Hitler, and those who allow this to happen to the German standers-by.  It’s done more subtly and … [Read more...]

HR 358 – Protecting life? Letting Women Die? Neither?

Part Three of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  A great friend of mine is supremely frustrated that people in the middle are being drowned out by the shouts of extremists on both sides.  I agree completely, though it’s funny: when I’m in the presence of someone aggressively loud, the louder they shout, the less I hear.  The more energetic and boistero … [Read more...]

Women in da HOUSE! Not…

Part Two of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  From “Miss Representation” - Women are 51% of the U.S. population, and 17% of Congress.From my 15-year-old daughter and her 17-year-old friend - “That’s because they don’t WANT to be in Congress.”Is this okay?  Yes, and no.Yes, because we understand that it’s a reflection of the fact that women … [Read more...]


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