Tag Archives: Gender

Are Chore Wars Just a War to Women?

Over the last two weeks there has been a flurry of articles and blog posts about the so called “chore wars”.  It all started with Time Magazine.  I found all the information about how hard it is to divide up the chores fairly.  While on vacation, my mom, sister-in-law and I were talking about how […]

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Wedded Bliss Without The Wedded

I recently read a post about domestic partnerships for straight couples as an alternative to marriage.  It’s an interesting proposition, but what exactly is the different?  To me there didn’t seem to be a huge difference. A domestic partnership is a legal form of recognizing a relationship without the cultural aspect that weddings and marriage […]

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The Marriage Vow Point by Point (almost)

I spent some time over the last few days reading through the Marriage Vow, getting an idea of what the Republican candidates are really being asked to sign on to.  I found the contradictions to their own statements confusing, and their constant mention of the protection of women and their rights while stating at the […]

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Can You Name 3 Female Artists?

“Can you name three female artists?” Of course, I thought – so easy! Mary Cassatt….um….um….. “Frida” says someone in the film, where people on the streets of New York are being asked this question. Yes, I think – Frida!  And….um…. I couldn’t do it. Neither could anyone on that street.  !Women Art Revolution, by Lynn […]

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Words Matter

At one point we were in an age of political correctness, yet now it seems we are forgetting that words matter. Or at least some people are forgetting it. We hear about people misspeaking, making clarifications and apologies for inappropriate things said. I’ve been reading the book When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American […]

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Women and Social Networks in Congress

You may have missed this article, because it didn’t make the front page. It didn’t even make the first fifteen pages of the New York Times. To remedy this, I suggest you read Jennifer Steinhauer’s "Among Women in Congress, a Bond of Friendship." Steinhauer begins by describing the hospital room where Gabrielle Giffords first awoke […]

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Catcalling and Gang Rape: The Manifestations of Global Gender Discrimination

Angelique’s village was invaded in the middle of the night.  She was tied up and suspended between two trees, her legs spread wide apart.  Seven men violently plunged themselves into her before she passed out from severe, torturous pain.  Later, they shoved sticks up her ruined and ravaged vagina.  She developed a medical condition that […]

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How A Feminist Found Her Sexism

Posted with permission from On The Issues Magazine It’s been a surprise to find out what a sexist I really am. I’ve been calling myself a feminist for two decades, and surely was one for the two decades before that. I’m a woman who found myself with a female husband – the man I married […]

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Selecting The Same Sex

Posted with permission from On The Issues Magazine There is one place where the definition of gender remains binary – in the womb. When it comes to sonograms, amniocentesis and standard pre-natal testing, there are no nuances. Here, the pronouncement, “It’s a girl,” can translate into fierce and instant parental rejection. The fact is that […]

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Gender, Politics & Media Redux

One topic that spawned plenty of conversation during the race for the presidency, was the role of gender. Last week, New York Women In Communications presented The Spin Room: Gender, Politics & Media in the 2008 Election. The panel of four, Geraldine Ferraro, Arianna Huffington, Lesley Jane Seymour, and Marie Wilson — with moderator Carol […]

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