In the Spirit of the NASW Code of Ethics: We Don’t Owe Anyone An Explanation

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

Nepal is beautiful

July 2, 2011 Have spend the entire day with Nepali women who were speaking Nepali.  My head is filled with Nepali phrases, and when I start to nod off I think I am still on one of those endlessly crowded, hot, and uncomfortable bus rides. ]  

Canada Day

July 1, 2011 Anura, Bipin, Gorima, Nirmala and Krishala sang Happy Birthday to me.  I had brought everyone presents—blue and white ribbons for the big girls, who have long hair, purple barrets for the younger two, and a ping-pong paddle set for Bipin.  We walked to school the way we always do.  We pass the … Continue reading Canada Day

Required Reading: “GOP: Tax breaks for everyone, except those pregnant teenage rape victims, the dirty whores”

I'm reproducing major portions of Amanda Marcotte's post because if you are a feminist, you need to read it: HR3, misleadingly named the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, is a perfect storm of everything that’s nasty about the modern, hyper-conservative Republican party.  It’s dishonest, since women who have federal health insurance are already banned … Continue reading Required Reading: “GOP: Tax breaks for everyone, except those pregnant teenage rape victims, the dirty whores”

Day 19

Day 19.  It was good to hear that F M, who is also on day 19 in the challenge, had a lousy day today, especially since I have been having some pretty crummy times in class lately.  She's a roller-derby queen.  I think her real name is M.  She doesn't like it as much as … Continue reading Day 19

Looking for work or having a baby? Leave the country: The Global Gender Gap

Of all the interesting and depressing statistics that the authors of a recent Newsweek essay on sexism at work--U.S. men still earn 20 per cent more than U.S. women do--the following seemed most important to reiterate: The Global Gender Gap Index—a ranking of women's educational, health, political, and financial standing by the World Economic Forum—found that … Continue reading Looking for work or having a baby? Leave the country: The Global Gender Gap