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Feminism’s A Fightin’ Word

18 Mar

Who Needs Feminism?Laurie Penny has a robust notion of feminism – and she’s not shy about what wrong with compromising.

“Feminism” is the one F-word that really will make eyes widen in polite company. Saying it implies you might have demands that can’t be met by waiting politely for some man in charge to make the world a little bit fairer. It’s a word that suggests dissatisfaction, even anger – and if there’s one thing that a nice girl isn’t supposed to be, it’s angry.

Often, fear of the word “feminism” comes from women ourselves. In many years of activism, I’ve frequently heard it suggested that feminism simply needs to “rebrand”; to find a better, more soothing way of asking that women and girls should be treated like human beings rather than drudges or brainless sex toys. It’s a typical solution for the age of PR and the politics of the focus group: just put a fluffy spin on feminism and you’ll be able to sell it to the sceptics. It turns out, however, that while a watered-down vision of women’s empowerment can be used to flog shoes, chocolate and dull jobs in the service sector, real-life feminist politics – which involves giving women and girls control over our lives and bodies – is much tougher to sell.

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No One Cares About Florida’s Election Problems

11 Nov

The Florida elections are still not over – but Republican challenger, Mitt Romney has conceded – due to provisional ballots and overseas military voters. All Governor Rick Scott could offer was a “review“. But, that’s just a small part of the “humiliation”, as Jon Stewart called it, that was 2012 for Florida, even considering Allen West. The ugliest and most politicized parts of Florida’s 2012 ballot involved eleven constitutional amendments only eight of which failed.

An unprecedented push by Florida Republicans to allow more state funding of religious programs, restrict abortion rights, ban the required purchase of health insurance and oust three Democrat-appointed Supreme Court justices was headed for failure Tuesday. Continue reading

Greens Capture Fourth Place

7 Nov

What an upset! Maybe not. The Green party candidate for president, Jill Stein, placed fourth in Florida. Mine was one of the 223 votes in Seminole County. Now, I can spend the next four years criticizing President Barack H. Obama.

Yes, there are actually people who aren’t in the two main parties who have their own ideas about fixing this country, who had the courage to run for president. Number 3, behind Obama and Romney, was Gary Johnson, a Libertarian who had 348,000 votes by 9:47 p.m. Not bad for raising only $1 million bucks.

Johnson backs abolishing the IRS, legalizing marijuana and creating alternate currencies. He’s a triathlete who has climbed Mt. Everest, and he started his own multimillion dollar construction company

Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate who backs job creation through environmental initiatives, was running fourth with 98,000 votes. Continue reading

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