Here is a link to a wonderful account of the personal politics (politics are always personal) of abortion, by Laura Lannes and Candace Russel. For a very compassionate discussion of the way that women's reproduction is determined unfairly by racial, economic, and national issues, check out this article, recently posted at Rewire. And here is … Continue reading In the Spirit of the NASW Code of Ethics: We Don’t Owe Anyone An Explanation
Joansdatter's ethical guide is the NASW Code of Ethics, to which she has sworn an oath to uphold. Here are a few notable excerpts: The Preamble The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs … Continue reading Joansdatter’s Code of Ethics
How often do you meet someone who hears you? Who listens and focuses on you long enough to grasp what it is that you are going through or trying to say? And isn't it a shock when you actually meet someone who stops and listens to what you have to say. Who makes an effort … Continue reading How to Listen to People
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. …This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. --Fredrick Douglass Henry A. Giroux … Continue reading The War on Critical Thought During the Most Dangerous Period of the 21st Century
The really great thing about being single on a cold night is that you can revel in your winter Bedhead pajamas, curl up with all the pillows, and completely take over the bed.
Relationships are like textiles woven on a loom. The longer you've been together, the more complexly and deeply are your interwoven heart-fibers. The break may come abruptly, sharp scissors shearing you apart, or a slower degrading of the warp and the woof, leaving both of you ragged and frayed and yet still clinging together. It … Continue reading Strategies for Singlehood
For more information, please go to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and to the National Immigrant Justice Center
My uncle Lars (not his real name) was troubled for much of his life. He had three daughters by two mothers. Well after his daughters were grown, with children of their own, he impregnated a young Mexican woman--let's call her Elena--and then had her imprisoned on charges that she was harming "his" … Continue reading Are Pregnant Women Persons? The Assault on Women’s Subjectivity
Here's a very interesting article in the Guardian about the radical, paradoxical suffragette, stockbroker, clairvoyant, and publisher, who ran for president before women could vote. For a shorter version of her story, read this at History.