Sunday, March 25, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
The Affordable Care Act is now 2 years old!
Monday, March 19, 2012
I was thinking about you giving birth today and I am betting that when I get the text that's like "I just had a baby" I will probably burst out crying, no matter where I am, no matter who is around me. I'm mentally preparing myself for this moment of intense joy.She has been lucky enough to have gotten strange texts like that from me for the past several months, which only got weirder after I started taking a class called "Human Growth and Development" this semester, which prompted me to send her panicked texts like, "Are you taking folic acid??" and "My bio class is making pregnancy sound terrifying."
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tamala Edwards and Rebecca Traister at the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize event
What I think is probably one of the more interesting parts of the movie is how it exposes the system of campaign politics. I think you might be hard-pressed to find anyone who's interested in politics who doesn't realize that it's not just about being the best representative you can be for your country, but it's unnerving when you see it in action. It's the the politicking of politics and we voters don't like to think that this is what we're voting for. I had to read Bourdieu this week--I won't get too heady-- but he wrote about how gift exchange is a system that we rely on for a number of reasons, but one of the reasons why the system works is that we don't acknowledge it. Like, that buying a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member "just because" comes with the expectation that that gift will be "repaid" in some way, but this is never something that we can acknowledge without making it awkward. The system of politics is much the same. We know it happens--abstractly--but when the details are pointed out we're uncomfortable.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the 2012 Women in the World Summit in New York City, New York on March 10, 2012.
Click HERE for the transcript.
God, she's fantastic. I wish she had been this engaging in 2007-2008, but I love what she has done as Secretary of State.
On a related note, I'm pretty excited to see Rebecca Traister honored at the 2012 Ernesta Drinker Ballad Book Prize by Women's Way this week for her book, Big Girls Don't Cry, which made me wish I was a Clinton supporter in 2008. But... the past is past. I'm glad Secretary Clinton is here in the present.
Monday, March 12, 2012
When you mess with Texas women, you mess with ME. Shame on Rick Perry for putting politics before health care by cutting funding to tens of thousands of women: Join me -- sign the letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Also in the Women War and Peace series is I Came to Testify, which is about the 16 Bosnian women who testified at the war tribunals and got rape prosecuted as a crime against humanity--the first time that has ever occurred. As the film points out, the tribunals are largely symbolic, and those 16 women helped prosecute three of the Serbian organizers, while in their hometown many other rape victims have never confronted their rapists, and it is likely that they never will. It's a rough watch, but I recommend it.
"We Did the Unimaginable." Review: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (From the Women War and Peace Series)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Joseph Kony began his reign of terror in Uganda in 1987. While he's out of Uganda, he's still out there. Join Invisible Children in their #Kony2012 campaign to let the world know who Kony is, that we demand he be captured and stopped, and that aid to Ugandan troops be continued until this transpires.
Watch the video, it's a half-hour long but well-worth the watch. Then sign the pledge to help bring Kony to justice and learn about what you can do to help bring down a warlord.
International pressure is the only way we can help the children of Uganda and do what is right!
Edit 3/7/12: I think I posted this a little to quickly. Yes, I still think you should watch the film, but with a critical eye, and I wish I had done a little research into this because it's not so simple, and that's kind of what I felt when I watched it and checked out their website, but I went ahead and shared this anyway. I should have done a simple freaking wikipedia search, which has a whole little section on criticisms... but whatever, I think this is a good topic to talk about anyway.
Please check out the Visible Children tumblr, which is taking a well-placed critical stance on the Kony 2012 film. Please do read it yourself, but essentially what Visible Children says is that Invisible Children has had kind of wonky practices for years. Their support of military intervention is questionable, and their finances seem to support a lot of travel and filmmaking, instead of what probably a lot of people who are donating hope their money is going to. Invisible Children has good intentions, but good intentions are sometimes really bad (I recommend the film Good Fortune, it's on Netflix instant). Critiques about Invisible Children's top-down, great-white-hope tactics have been around for awhile, but it's much easier to publicize a trendy march or funds drive than to publicize a complex critique of a complex issue.
My problems with the film I let slide for this post, and I shouldn't have. It's a compelling film if you're into watching blonde Americans coax children into telling tearful stories for a video camera. Or if you're into heavy voice-over narration. Or into gimmicky child bits-- the filmmaker explains the war in Uganda to his 3 year old son with pictures of Joseph Kony and simplistic "he's a bad man" type descriptions. Or if you really like to watch montages of white college students holding their fists in the air and sprinting around putting up posters. Yeah, these things will affect you. But please read the Visible Children tumblr post, and there are several other posts as well that are helpful in decoding the complex issue of international relations, aid, and actually being helpful. What I say is... do watch the Kony 2012 film, but as the Visible Children tumblr says, "If you want to post about Joseph Kony’s crimes on Facebook, go ahead. But let’s keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012."
Of course you should know who Joseph Kony is. And it is true, if people care that he's still at large, there's a greater chance that he'll get taken down. But there are thousands of druglords and warlords, mobsters, gangsters and crime syndicates across the globe that are doing similarly destructive things that we as the public just don't know about. So educate yourself on the ones you can. Joseph Kony is a bad guy, but be critical of trendy organizations who say they have the answers.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
"We talk about domestic violence and what that means. Although the concept is somewhat foreign to them, they're starting to understand that this happens to families in our country and all throughout the world. My daughter knows what happened [with Chris Brown and Rihanna]. My son knows as well. We talk about what is abuse. I think it's important to talk to our daughters – and our sons – in order to educate them at an early age about what's appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable."
-Reese Witherspoon, winning hearts and best mom awards everywhere during a speech at the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters
Check out Funny Or Die's take on "Women's Health Experts."