Instead of focusing on one issue, I thought I'd share a smattering of new issues that came up this week, and judge from afar (aka Canada - the land of legal abortions and same-sex marriage).
This is when we take stock in what we’ve been given and/or retained over the last 12 months, all in the hopes of gaining a greater appreciation for these people, possessions, gifts, services, essentials, etc.
Barack Obama wasn't the only big winner on election night. Women, people from the LGBTQ community and marijuana enthusiasts also finished ahead this election.
Yesterday marked another achievement in history: the 113th Congress will welcome four new female Senators into the fold. There will now be at least 19 women serving in the Senate, making this the largest group of women that has ever served.
This week things took an interesting turn when Hilary Rosen questioned Ann Romney's ability to relate to women in America because she'd "never worked a day in her life." Michelle Obama, jumped to Ann Romney's defense, and Rosen was quickly denounced as she does not have any affiliation with the Obama campaign.
One Republican woman joined a group of mostly Democratic senators late last week to try and convince Republicans to support an extended version of the Violence Against Women Act. The act started as a bill created in 1994 to provide money for "emergency shelters, counseling, rape crisis centers, and legal services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking."
In many ways women are much closer to equal income and in some college programs there are more women that men. All in all, women have been making strides over the years. But this isn't the case for all women. While rich and middle-class women have been climbing all sorts of ladders, less fortunate women have the same amount of equality as back in the 1970s.
Overall, women who have not popped out children may have trouble with social functioning and mental health as a result of societal pressures to have children. I'm sure you could relate if you sat next to your old aunt at Thanksgiving that measures accomplishments by the presence of a ring on your finger and a stroller in front of you.
Obama has endured a ton of criticism in his presidency. While I proudly voted for him in 2008, I will freely admit that I feel he's dropped the ball on important issues. That said, today is his birthday, and I'd like to take a moment to point out some of the great things he has done in the last 2.5 years.
It's 2011, right? Um, so can anyone tell me why women are STILL getting paid less than men for equal work? Because, as a newly minted college grad looking to jump start my career (and pay off my loans), I'd really like to know.
Our society has incredibly dysfunctional, scary, and repressive ways of approaching sexuality, especially female sexuality. If we dare to step outside those narrowly defined boundaries, society finds it completely acceptable to hurl words like "slut" and "whore" at us. We're called sluts for endless reasons: our hair is too big, our nails are too red, we wear too much glitter, our skirts are too short, we look like we may enjoy giving blow jobs, we dance too suggestively, our sense is humor is too raunchy...
Happy (almost) Independence Day, people! It's time to bust out the sparklers and consume massive amounts of grilled meat, all in the name of this here country.
It happened suddenly. I was doing some work in my living room while one of my roommates watched The Bachelor in the background. I needed a break from all the writing so I joined her on the couch. Ten minutes later, I was hooked.