Although Elizabeth Edwards is also teh awesome. However, she [Obama] has become the latest target in the media as an “agressive, outspoken, forceful” woman. Her rise to this prominence after Clinton’s exodus from the misogynist spotlight can be taken to be indicative of the fact that one of the major draws [for the media] of … [Read more…]
Today is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Griswald v. Connecticut, which ruled that Americans have a right to privacy under the Constitution (based upon the fact that things like “unlawful search & seizure” violate your privacy). Specifically, that married couples could practice contraception in the privacy of their homes and the State (of … [Read more…]
In commemoration of Hillary’s loss of first place on the ticket (I find it unlikely that she’ll be on it at all at this point, but it might happen), I’d like to celebrate women in politics. And there are women in politics. At least, in other countries. Currently, in the United States there are 16 … [Read more…]
This weekend I attended an exercise in gender. One of my cousins is getting married next week & her sister threw her a party designed to piss her off. It didn’t work, but we all had fun regardless. There was a penis cake, a penis wand, penis straws (in fact, somewhere an aunt of mine … [Read more…]
A breakdown of the language used to discuss the candidates (you know, the female candidate, the black candidate, and the republican candidate). Spark is a category for sharing links. No intense commentary, just a link & a brief reason you might want to click on it. Something to Spark your Mind to Flame, if you … [Read more…]
Religion Dispatches has a very interesting deconstruction of a well known Old Testament story, one used frequently to support “the Culture of Life” (forgive my scare quotes, but they scare me!), but which, RD argues, ought to be understood to support Justice. Spark is a category for sharing links. No intense commentary, just a link … [Read more…]
Extra extra, read all about it. So…NARAL just came out in support of Obama, who is *gasp* a man, for those of you who weren’t sure. I don’t know about all you vaginas (since it’s obviously what we think with) out there, but I had always thought that he had a stronger pro-choice position than … [Read more…]
Mildred Loving, half of the Loving couple who battled antimiscegination laws through the Supreme Court died (yes I’m late to this). And already the wolves are claiming her as an historical figure for their side in the homosexual marriage battle. Unfortunately, she already chose a side. Read her words here. Religion Dispatches has a great … [Read more…]
(It’s that time again – guest post from Zach time.) (Image from Bloomsbury Auctions) Lots of people are talking about a newly-surfaced letter by Einstein, which seems to clarify his ambiguous views on religion with the following strongly-worded statements: The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, … [Read more…]
It’s long, but go listen to & read NPR’s “Two Families Grapple with Sons’ Gender Preferences“. Then come back for study questions.
How what we say helps us understand the deeper cultural associations as well as reinforce them. The Hymenization of Virginity Spark is a category for sharing links. No intense commentary, just a link & a brief reason you might want to click on it. Something to Spark your Mind to Flame, if you will.
The (now) classic comedy shot of a black woman being interviewed: “Are you going to vote for Obama because you’re black or for Clinton because you’re a woman?” There are politics (which is to say, issues) at hand, and many many people will vote their conscience, many people will look at the issues and vote … [Read more…]