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...]

Fun With Words Friday!

My friend, Estelle, of Musings on Motherhood and Midlife, is starting a weekly feature on her blog called "Fun With Words Friday."  She gives us a topic (this week, it's women and politics, in honor of the debates) and challenges us to write a short poem or limerick on that topic.  You know me.  I can't say no to a challenge!  So, here are my entries - enjoy!A Limerick:There once was a rich man from BainWho felt he had no need to ‘splainWhy his payroll wasn’t swimmin’With binders of … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Beauty and the Beast

Part One 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.  Once upon a time, women were valued for their intellectual and creative contributions to society.  They were sought after candidates for positions of power, and whether they were pretty or shapely had absolutely no bearing on their success, or the warmth and respect with which they were received by ot … [Read more...]

Multiple Choice

I am a fan of brevity, an economy of words, viewpoints concisely made.  In keeping with this philosophy, I may have to write a series of blog posts to give each facet of this complex issue its due.  But first - got 8 minutes?  Watch this.Whether you’re male or female, how are you feeling right now?  Circle all that apply.AngryDismissiveApologeticDefensiveHopefulEmpoweredAll of the aboveNone of the aboveMe, too.  More to follow.  Much more. … [Read more...]


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