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

Bikram Day 70


Yoga makes me feel like this wild sunflower, which I photographed while walking my brother’s dogs on the high mesa near Hotchkiss, Colorado. Yup, I’m still at it.  Today I celebrated in my 70th class in 70 days.  30 to go.  I really am more flexible.  And by all accounts except my own, I look … More Bikram Day 70

Brave Egyptian Women Protest Against Tyranny: Egyptian Revolt, Day 6


I hope you have all been following the truly astounding events unfolding in Egypt, where thousands upon thousands of protesters thronged into the streets for the sixth consecutive day to demand an end to the government of President Hosni Mubarak, which most view as corrupt and repressive. Many protesters have been shot, and the military has … More Brave Egyptian Women Protest Against Tyranny: Egyptian Revolt, Day 6

Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman


At last the New York Times wakes up to the revolutionary action going on in Yemen.  But there is nary a word about توكل كرمان, Tawakul Karman, the feminist activist and head of Women Journalists without Chains, who on January 23 was arrested (without a warrant) and jailed by the authorities for organizing a protest against … More Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman

Extreme Plastic Surgery, “Artificial” Sex, and the Insane Death of Carolin Berger


Today’s post began as a response to ECHIDNE of the snakes. who brought Carolin Berger to my attention She was a German erotic actor who died in her sixth breast enlargement surgery, at the age of 23: She went under the knife for the last time at the Alster Clinic and was having 800g (28oz) … More Extreme Plastic Surgery, “Artificial” Sex, and the Insane Death of Carolin Berger

Tawakul Karman Update


Yes, yes, it’s all very wonderful (and I sincerely mean this) that Tawakul Karman has been released from prison.  And I admire and respect her call for greater freedoms of expression and for her leadership of Women Journalists for Change.  It’s hard to stand up to a government that forces women–look at them–to shroud themselves … More Tawakul Karman Update

Patty’s Story


When she got pregnant and wanted to keep the baby, the father of the child said he would have her beaten until she miscarried.   Terrified, she hid from him.  She eventually went back and stayed with him after the baby, a girl, was born.  She stayed for years, even after he began to hit … More Patty’s Story

Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen


What is happening in Yemen and why should we care?  Tawakul Karman, a feminist activist was arrested today for her role in student demonstrations against the government last week.  She and her husband, Mohamed Ismail al-Nehmi, were making their way home yesterday evening when the police came for her.  He has no idea where she … More Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen

Bikram Day 61, Margaret, and why I love Bruno’s Garage


Margaret is my 1985 Jeep Cherokee Grand Wagoneer.  Here we are crossing the Bighorn Mountains, near the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, which is an awesome place: Imagine her covered with hoar frost and snow, and sporting a festive wreath on her front grill.  The Idaho license plate is still there (in Pennsylvania, you only need one … More Bikram Day 61, Margaret, and why I love Bruno’s Garage

Feminist Discovers New Love for the Steelers


It has been hard for me to cheer for the Steelers ever since we found out that Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted two women, and that he wasn’t going to be prosecuted for the crimes.  But I’ve just found a reason to root for them with full-throated passion. No, not because they’re poised to win the Division Finals, … More Feminist Discovers New Love for the Steelers

A Manifesto on Leaving Academia


Some of you have already seen this wonderful piece, which was first published in Paraphernalian, and later in  Inside Higher Education, where it received some predictably arrogant and conceited responses from some of the small-minded people who make academia a miserable place.  I resonate with everything that this writer states. Because: a Manifesto January 5, 2011 … More A Manifesto on Leaving Academia

Bikram 54


I don’t feel like I’m on day 54, but rather much more like I’ve just begun this practice.  It’s really hard and I’m not very good at it and I don’t think I ever will be.  I hurt my back about a week ago.  I don’t know how I did it, and the injury is … More Bikram 54