Coyote is My Stepchild

Okay, so this was supposed to be a serious post in response to this essay bfp posted/linked on her blog, but now I am utterly captivated by the awesomeness that is Lynn Andrews. I mean, really: I invite you to…

Another Book Thread

Because I’m so lazy. Over at brownfemipower, on the bounty post, a sideline opened up in comments about symbolism, race, and women as (various kinds) of chattel. Chabert: ” and the ways in which feminism and Victorian morality, angel in…

Poor Choice of Words

This is maddening: Salon published an article Saturday by Mary Elizabeth Williams about the reliability of Rachael Ray’s recipes even if her personality is getting more and more coked-up and grating as she expands her media empire. The title? “Rachael…

Re-Framing the Abortion Debate

A former pro-life activist writes an article for Alternet about her ideological shift, and proposes ways to reach those who are technically pro-choice, but don’t relate to traditional pro-choice talking points. She’s saying what a lot of people in the…

Thinly-veiled bigotry

Speaking of the headscarf, a Muslim teacher in England has been suspended for wearing the veil — and social conservatives like Minister for Local Government and Community Cohesion Phil Woolas are arguing that she should be fired. And their reasoning…

Morocco Moves to De-emphasize Headscarf

Morocco, a fairly Westernized Islamic nation, is making moves to place less emphasis on the headscarf. They claim they’re doing so in order to combat extremism. I have mixed feelings. As it stands, the Moroccan government is simply cutting down…

Well, Color Me Unimpressed

Married couples dip below the majority mark for the first time. Why am I unimpressed? It’s rather an artificial statistic, given that gay couples can’t marry (and account for some 1-2% of the total (though that figure may be a…

HA!

Oh, good thinkin’: A 19-year-old prostitute who was forced by a Boston police officer to have sex with him repeatedly, stole his frickin’ badge as a way to ensure that her claims would be taken seriously. Police officers have to…