Monthly Archives: June 2011

Is Michele Bachmann a gaffe machine or a serious candidate?

Tweet Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) officially kicked off her 2012 presidential campaign Monday in Waterloo, Iowa and, as she has done before, screwed up the history of the city she was in. In one interview, clearly trying to charm the locals, Bachmann promised to “mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.” In fact, there [...]
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Bristol Palin and the challenge of calling rape, rape

Tweet“What you have just described is rape.” Those were the words that the detective said to me as I sat in a Brooklyn precinct on a hot summer night four years ago. The sign outside read “Special Victims Unit” yet the set up looked nothing like the popular Law & Order television version and there [...]
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Swedish pre-school fights gender bias

Originally posted in Community Blog

TweetPretty interesting stuff. The whole place is set up to put all kinds of stereotypically gendered behavior on equal footing, e.g. putting the Legos next to the kitchen set.  They’ve got comments from ye olde concern trolls- a UC Berkeley psychologist is quoted as saying, “The kind of things that boys like to do — [...]
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The 21st century underground railroad

TweetAs the conversation continues regarding Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who came out in The New York Times as an undocumented immigrant, I wanted to highlight one of the most touching parts of his message. He’s making the media rounds arguing that our current immigration system is so broken that is has created [...]
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Healing trauma through violence

TweetMac McClelland, journalist and badass, has a jarringly honest, deeply powerful, and potentially triggering piece over at GOOD about how violent sex helped her deal with post traumatic stress disorder. Here’s an excerpt in which she talks about her obviously insightful therapist’s views on trauma: ‘Being aware and understanding what’s going on in your system [...]
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