Komen’s Pink Camo “Bit For The Cure”

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Having a mission statement to end breast cancer is noble in words.  How an organization goes about achieving that mission shows whether it is noble in deed.Susan G. Komen Foundation, whose symbol is a bold pink breast cancer ribbon, is the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer.  It's provided more than … [Read more...]

Freezing Eggs, A Perk For Female Employees?

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When I read the headline that Apple and Facebook are now offering to freeze female employees’ eggs as a perk of employment, I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone!Is that taking progress a bit too far?  Is this move a way for companies to push women to push their choice to have children later and later in life?Convenient for the company.  … [Read more...]

Success In An Elusive F2 at The Knoxville Zoo

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Once upon a time, an interesting species of turtle became extinct. Last seen in 1908, the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressa, disappeared and was never seen again. (This seems like a sad story, but stick with me.)About 100 years later, in 1994, a scientist visiting a food market in Asia was astounded to find a few of these animals for sale! … [Read more...]

Is It Possible To Legislate Respect?

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Kansas City just became the latest in a list of cities considering a law against street harassment that would encompass everything from catcalls to drivers forcing bicyclists off the road.  Clearly, harassment is a crime, but is it possible to legislate respect?The abuse discussed in HuffPo’s article Kansas City Might Outlaw Catcalling shows how … [Read more...]

Of Mice And Women

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Back in the early 1970s when I was a young nurse at Cincinnati General Hospital I was rejected from participation in a clinical study because I was female. At that time, the Hospital had a floor dedicated to clinical research, where patients or healthy subjects who were part of a clinical trial would often spend the night, as they were being … [Read more...]

Sexism in the Senate? Do Tell…

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, once famously called “the Senate’s hottest member” by Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has a book coming out this month entitled “Off the Sidelines.”  In it, she shares that she has had to put up with sexual harassment and “fat shaming” from other male Senate colleagues and … [Read more...]

Labor: It’s Not Just What We Do, It’s What We Add

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Labor may seem like a quaint carryover from the times of large unions and heavy manual production, but even in our technology age, there is nothing that we do in a day that doesn't rely on the efforts of others.  From the beds we sleep on, the food we eat, the buildings we live and work in, the roads we travel, the vehicles we drive, the technology … [Read more...]

Sexy Women In Award Shows: Objects? Feminists? Funny?

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Both the Emmys and VMA awards this week garnered very strong reactions, both positive and negative for the way women were portrayed.First, Beyoncé’s 16-minute tour de force medley of her new CD at the VMAs was hailed as a feminist masterpiece…though I can’t quite agree.  I was pleased she had a neon sign with the word “Feminist” behind her and I … [Read more...]

Don’t Give Up. A Better World Is Possible.

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There are days when it is just overwhelming to think about all the wrongs being done and the incredible pain being inflicted in our world -- wars, murders, shootings, rapes, suicides, cruelties, floods, droughts, pollution, disease, poverty, homelessness, hunger, lies, corruption, theft ...How does one look in to the cavernous depths of so many … [Read more...]

A Herd Of Wild Horses: Genetics And Preservation

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About a month ago I was able to see the wild horses of Corolla, North Carolina for the first time.  What a sight they are to watch in their natural habitat.Our guide told us that the wild horses came to the area about 500 years ago when the Spanish were exploring the Atlantic coastal area.  The waters around Nags Head are an atrocious place to … [Read more...]