New York: When the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations convened in New York City in mid-September, those striving to get attention for specific agendas presented their causes at satellite conferences around Manhattan.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness–even in Kansas. But someone needs to tell the city of Topeka that unlike, say, Black History Month, October isn’t supposed to be a celebration of domestic violence. If you wanted to observe it by, say, making domestic battery not illegal anymore, you’d probably be missing the point.
When I sat down with Jennifer Grey in New York City to talk with her about being the spokesperson for Partners Against Pain, I didn’t ask about Dirty Dancing. It wasn’t on the agenda. Yet it came up because the year the movie was released (1987) coincided with the car accident that left Grey with whiplash damage and chronic pain.
Following a brief but intense flirtation with a married man, Anna David was looking for a self-help book that would explain her self-sabotaging tendencies. Instead, she came across a copy of Helen Gurley Brown's 1962 treatise Sex and the Single Girl, which was a publishing sensation when it was released, selling two million copies in just three weeks.
I’m in grad school right now, pursuing an MFA in Printmaking. Maybe not the degree folks who know me from political work would expect. I was born with a crayon in my hand – I’ve been making art my whole life. I was blessed to attend the Boston Arts Academy, a public visual and performing arts high school (I wrote about this extraordinary school here). And my undergraduate thesis was in printmaking.
Recently The F Word published a blog post about PMS . It's a good article, well worth reading, but one particular statement prompted me to think about menstrual cycles: "The majority of women of childbearing age have menstrual cycles of approximately 28 days"
Okay before you beat me up, no, I do not think that AMC’s hit drama Breaking Bad is really as good as HBO’s The Wire. I consider The Wire to be the greatest television program ever made. Before you even read this post, if you’ve never seen The Wire you need to stop what you are doing right now and go watch episode 1. Oh and cancel your plans for the next 72 hours or longer because that’s how long you will be sitting watching The Wire non-stop once you start. But I’m not speaking from experience or anything. And if you’ve never seen Breaking Bad click here.
Oh man this “We Are the 53%” movement. It is actually very sad! Basically, conservative pundit Erick Erickson has started a campaign called “We Are the 53%,” to counter the “We Are the 99%” and Occupy Wall Street movements. According to Erickson’s (very simplistic) math, 53% of Americans pay more in federal income taxes than they receive back in deductions or credits, and so 53% of people are subsidizing everyone else. Which is… where to even start? Even people who don’t pay federal income tax still often pay property taxes and payroll taxes; everyone pays sale taxes. And part of the OWS argument is that corporations and many of the highest-earning Americans are paying very little in taxes, due to a series of loopholes and tax breaks.
Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to write a follow-up post with more of her insights, which you’ll find below.
It’s been a busy week, with midterms to grade, the release of Beauty, Disrupted on Tuesday and a trip to Atlanta to speak at the Men Stopping Violence gala this weekend. Three posts worth noting: I wrote a piece at Healthy is the New Skinny about my partner and co-director of the Perfectly Unperfected Project, Katie Halchishick. Katie became the first model to appear nude in O (Oprah) Magazine with the release of their November 2011 issue; the work-safe headlining photo (which has been reblogged tens of thousands of times on Tumblr)is rapidly heading for iconic status. I’m excited for my colleague and about all the amazing projects we’ve got in the hopper for HNS.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the so-called “Protect Life Act” at 11:30 – right now! Yes, this is another vote to stop abortion insurance coverage. I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty clear to me this is what people are really demanding at all the Occupy Wall Street protests popping up all over the country – more abortion restrictions. Good job Congress, way to keep doing the important work.