Vaginas to the Left, Vaginas to the Right.

Here's one of the things I'm good at.  Seeing the other side.  I do it in many of my pieces about women's rights...especially when it comes to advocating legal and safe abortions.  I'm going to try it again, here.  This is me, playing devil's advocate, tongue-in-cheek style.Let's just asssseeewwwwwwwme that the censure of Michigan State Lawmaker, Lisa Brown, was NOT a result of her having used the dreaded (correct) term, "Vagina"  "Hoo-hah."  Let's asssseeewwwwwwwme that the male Republican l … [Read more...]

Time to Go.

To the Editor of Time Magazine,Rather than play into the outrage you so transparently tried to provoke, I shrug my shoulders.Rather than blog about the unfairness and insensitivity of your cover, I leave that to others who have done so with far more aplomb than I could.Rather than read the firestorm of criticism and debate that exploded in the blogesphere, I chose  three from writers I really respect.  One was a direct response, and the other two used it as a jumping off point to d … [Read more...]

Mommy Wars, Cadillacs and Etch-a-Sketches

Oh, for the love of Pete.Okay, I am not a news junkie - nor am I an expert on anything other than being minimally overscheduled.  I just really need to vent here.  Bit of a tantrum - sorry in advance.Hillary Rosen and the dubiously-named "Mommy Wars?"  Eager to pounce on the slightest misstep, Republicans and Stay-at-Home-Moms are up in arms about her comments about Ann Romney.  Is there ANYONE who really thinks Rosen's comments were an attack on SAHMs?  That she was saying parenting is e … [Read more...]

The Accidental Seder (Phlegm isn’t a Plague?)

It all started a couple of years ago, when my hubby, kids and I were visiting my sister and her fam over Spring Break.  Okay, wait...it started a couple of weeks before that - when my awesome friend, Mitch, was reeling from disbelief that I'd never seen the movie, "The Ten Commandments."  The one with the NRA enthusiast and the King of Siam?  Correctly deducing that this meant I was a horrible Jew and had not actively been passing on critical knowledge (not to mention that great movie) to my chi … [Read more...]

Sea Turtles = Humans!

Full disclosure - I did not take this picture, nor do I know who did.  I don't know if it's new, or if it's been around for a while.  I don't even know if this is an argument any actual thinking human being is attempting to make, or if this guy is being filmed as an extra on a movie set.  Either way, it's going around fb as an anti-choice statement by people I DO know - AND LIKE - and I felt like responding.  :-DI considered a serious rebuttal to the implied nonsense in this guy's sign.  Th … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Pro-Lifers

I could tell you I was raped.  (I wasn’t.) I could tell you I am a victim of incest.  (I’m not.)  I could tell you my life would be in danger if I got pregnant.  (Partly true, but for this discussion, let’s say not.)  I could tell you I’m mentally challenged or ill.  (I don’t think so, but let's please not open THAT up to debate...) These are some of the scenarios even the most ardent advocates in the Pro-Life movement might allow themselves and those they love flexibility where safe and legal ab … [Read more...]

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...]


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