I started a bit of a snark war on the Huffington Post yesterday. I read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-hannah-grufferman/mommy-wars_b_1584446.html and saw a comment from a fool basically saying women need to stay home and make babies because that's the way it's always been. Well, the historian in me couldn't take THAT, so I had to respond to the… Continue reading Poking the Bear
As a follow up to a previous post, "Honor" requires MARRYING YOUR RAPIST in Afghanistan. And despite international outcry for her treatment, the victim is seriously considering doing so to "save the family name." I'm not judging her: I'm judging her FAMILY. First, a family member rapes her and SHE'S sentenced to jail. For what… Continue reading Sigh.
This morning I feel like I've been sucked into a Twilight Zone alternate universe, and it's a bad, bad version..The democratic President whom I have supported has taken away a major female right to privacy and medicine. Teenage girls can now overdose on asprin or cold medicine just like normal, but they can't get the… Continue reading Oh Don’t You Worry Your Pretty Little Head, Honey
BBC News Feature: Saudi WomenThis article was buried in the Mid-East section of BBC.com today. It was hiding behind the various articles about rape as a weapon of war against women in Libya, sexual harassment and abuse against women in Egypt, etc etc etc. It horrifies me that "etc" is applicable here.Saudi Arabian women have… Continue reading Rights are RIGHTS.
I wonder what would happen if little girls weren't raised on a constant diet of damsels-in-distress, of princesses who only become truly happy when they're finally married off and in a position (presumably) without any work? Look at Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty: NONE of them are happy until they've met Prince Charming in one… Continue reading On Fairytales