Balls of Steel (Trigger warning – Abortion)

A week or so ago, I saw this on the "Being Liberal" Facebook page, and loved it.Today, I was driving down the main street of my hometown and got stuck in traffic for no apparent reason.  Then, I drove by the reason.  (TRIGGER WARNING - Disturbing abortion photos.  I am inserting many empty lines so that in order to see them, you must scroll down.  If you wish to leave this post, now is the time.)****************************************This … [Read more...]

The Plan B Pill: If It Were MY Daughter…

...I'd want Plan B to be available over the counter.I say this realizing there are great moral complexities involved here.  I've thought about it a lot regarding under-age girls seeking abortion.  When it comes to abortion, I ask myself, "Would I want to be notified if it were my daughter?  Would I want the doctor to insist on my consent if it were my daughter?  My husband's consent?  If my daughter was 15?  What about if my daughter was 13? 12?"  Of course the answer to all of these questions … [Read more...]

How Far Can You “Lean In” If You ARE Pretty?

Tracy Thompson wrote a great piece on the The Broad Side today, entitled, “How Far Can You ‘Lean In’ If You’re Not Pretty?” It laments the universal inequity of the role of attractiveness between the genders. Men can soar in their careers being merely average-looking, but in order for women to soar, they must be drop-dead gorgeous. A quick look at some Forbes’ “Top 20 CEOs” lists confirms her suspicion.We all know this is true. It’s played out (of course) in entertainment to the nth degree. I … [Read more...]

I Call Bullsh*t.

Apologies in advance.  This post will contain foul language, grammatical errors and abuse of parenthetical statements, and a really poor drawing of a gavel.  I am sorrier for the grammatical errors and abuse of parentheses.(If you have trouble with my using the word bullshit and other profanity, I have the okay from Norman Lear.  Good enough for me.)I wanted to do a post entitled "I Call Bullshit" last week, and here's what I wanted to include:1.  Upworthy and Nicole Sherzinger.  He … [Read more...]

Are Feminists the New Republicans?

This is not, I repeat, NOT a review of Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In."  So there.Is this what it's come to?  Fairly or not, Republicans have the reputation of being the party of "My-Way-Or-The-Highway" mentality of policy and politics.  They are famous for closing ranks around the most powerful among them, and flinging anyone who dares to deviate from the standard party line to the ground.  If a Republican deviates, suggests a compromise, or reaches across the aisle he or she is met with d … [Read more...]

Go Daddy Inspires This Go Mommy to Go BYE-BYE.

Maybe I joined them because I had heard from others more experienced that their product really was the best available at the time.  Maybe I stayed with them because I had already paid for 2 years of my domain name.  Maybe I stayed because I had actually had very good customer service help from them, and had never experienced any difficulties with my site.  I've often gagged at their aggressively sexist advertising, but I am a technophobe, and the less I have to deal with the mechanics of my do … [Read more...]

Musburger Weaves a Tangled Webb.

I sat down today to write about the heinous, inhuman and grotesque crimes committed by a group of teenagers in Steubenville, Ohio - two of whom "allegedly" dragged an incapacitated drunk girl from party to party to be sodomized, raped, urinated on, and mocked online.  For some reason, I'm coming up blank.  Thanks, Brent.Yes, I'm talking about famed sports announcer, Brent Musburger, and his televised comments about Katherine Webb.  Musburger admired (at length and repeatedly) the beauty of Ms … [Read more...]

Is There No Way to Win?

I would love to get Anne-Marie Slaughter and Marissa Mayer in a room together.  They could commiserate about how their personal life choices are the subject of such public scrutiny and criticism.  They could play a drinking game wherein every time someone cheers for them to succeed they take a shot.  Every time someone insists they'll fail (or has already failed) they take two shots.  Before you know it, they'd be sitting back-to-back on the floor, totally blitzed and eating pizza and giggling at … [Read more...]

Women CAN’T have it all. Neither Can Men.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first female director of policy at the State Department, wrote a very powerful piece in The Atlantic about the pain and conflict experienced by women who were raised being promised the falsehood that "You can have it all!  Career!  Family!  Balance!  Health!  And if you don't, we'll be sooooo disappointed in you!"  In "Why Women Still Can't Have it All,"  she gratefully acknowledges the incredible sacrifices of her forebears, which made her amazing career a possibility. … [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...]


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