Tag Archives: Personal Is Political

Telling our stories, winning on our issues

TweetDuring Netroots Nation I attended an LGBT strategy caucus. Our conversation focused on same sex marriage, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) repeal, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and Uniting American Families Act as case studies. What have we done well on these issues, where have we struggled, and what can we learn? For me, the [...]
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The personal is political: princess parties

TweetAs we wound round and round in circles, nice little breaks from the monotony of the chicken dance, my goddaughter, R., stared up at the “real live princess” with big, serious eyes. Every move the princess made–whether twisting a pink balloon into a phallic sword for her male cousin, or painting a butterfly on her [...]
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Steven Tyler, Julia Holcomb, and abortion remorse as political fodder

Tweet Anti-choicers are practically drooling over the testimony of Julia Holcomb, Steven Tyler’s ex-girlfriend from her teenage years, who this week is speaking out about her choice to abort after becoming pregnant by Tyler many years ago — and her subsequent remorse and religious awakening. Complete with a near-death experience, her story is as heartbreaking [...]
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Quick hit: Back the fuck off

TweetFrom the blog Speaker’s Corner, whose creator is also responsible for the brilliant Keep Your Boehner Out of My Uterus, comes this heartbreaking story of a woman who terminated a intended and very-much-wanted pregnancy when she discovered that the fetus had dire developmental problems. We went home. I called my parents. We were supposed to [...]
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On Alexandra Wallace, incivility, and responding to hate speech

TweetOn Tuesday we covered the racist rant by a white UCLA student named Alexandra Wallace that has been making the rounds–and, I think, offering some lessons about the challenges of responding to ignorant and hateful speech. As Jos noted, the Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA offered excellent suggestions for how to respond to the video [...]
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