Hello Feministe community! It’s my great honor to be guest posting at this fabulous blog over the next two weeks.
I little about myself: I’m a lifelong Kentuckian who got into political blogging 3 years ago. Besides bourbon, horses, and basketball obsession, we have in Kentucky an entire army of social conservative politicians obsessed with homosexuality and fetuses. And those are just our Democrats…
Anyway, Mitch McConnell’s crew and our adorable Blue Dogs served as my blogging fodder over the last couple of years at Barefoot and Progressive. We also have a wonderful Creation Museum here, where you can take your kids to see the cool animatronic vegetarian saddled dinosaurs that humans used to ride back in the good ole days 6,000 years ago before Eve had to go and screw things up. If you’re ever in northern Kentucky and enjoy very dark humor, I highly recommend the $15 cost of the visit… you can always offset it afterwards with a matching donation to the ACLU.
A year ago I took a blogging position in DC with Advocates for Youth, a great non-profit that deals with sexual health and reproductive rights. I’m the managing editor of Amplify Your Voice, a youth driven community blog that is fighting every aspect of our culture and politics that has a screwed up approach towards sex, gender, and the rights of young people. I manage 10 bloggers aged 15-23 in the U.S., and 6 bloggers in Jamaica, Nigeria and Ethiopia. They are Teh Awesome. (oh, and we just hired Jaclyn Friedman of Yes Mean Yes as a columnist!)
One of Advocates for Youth’s main goals over the last decade has been to end federal funding for the sexist, homophobic, dishonest and highly ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs ($1.5 billion dollars down the drain). We’ve been able to have some fun with Derek the Abstinence Clown since Amplify’s launch in January, but we’re happy to report that President Obama has zeroed out their funding in his 2010 budget.
Derek the Abstinence Clown will no longer teach sex ed to middle school students on our dime, but he is back to doing what clowns are supposed to do in my version of a wholesome God-fearing America: scaring 5 year olds.
Anyway, thanks for the invitation, and I look forward to talking with all of you!