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...]

Words: “… Poke Life …”

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"The minute that you understandthat you can poke life...that you can change it,you can mold it.That’s maybe themost important thing.It’s to shake offthis erroneous notionthat life is thereand you’re just gonna live in it,versus embrace it,change it, improve it,make your mark upon it.I think that’s very importantand … [Read more...]

Music: ENOUGH by The Mrs

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It's well proven that if you repeat something often enough people will accept that "something" as a truth, even if it is actually a lie.Every day, all day, and from every corner imaginable, we are bombarded by media and a society that not only questions our worthiness, but demands that we constantly take measure of ourselves and our lives and … [Read more...]

Has Comic-Con Cosplay Become Sluts vs Creeps?

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At the recent Comic-Con Convention in San Diego, costumed female cosplayers were on the receiving end of much sexual harassment and are fighting back against the creep factor.Jerry and I get into it over the concept of “personal responsibility.”  I pointed out that there is no way to put the responsibility on a woman for her mode of dress as … [Read more...]

Words: “…the danger of futility…”

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"...the danger of futility:the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills-against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's greatest movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man [woman]...Few will have the greatness to bend history … [Read more...]