Bad Romance on International Women’s Day

Bad Romance on International Women’s Day

I've been trying to craft a post in my head the past week knowing that International Women's Day was upon us, but it never got from my head to the blog. When I saw the following video, I knew I had to share it. I am neither an avowed Republican or Democrat. I'm new to voting in the USA and certain policies on both sides of the political divide disgust me, but I have a particular distaste for the journalists who push their own agendas. As a viewer, I want impartial reporting, but that seems to be non-existent. Where is the equality, fairness and compassion for our fellow human beings? Is it Continue reading

One Long Hard Look in the Mirror

One Long Hard Look in the Mirror

I read two excellent posts today that I wanted to highlight because the same considerations have crossed my mind. The thought process usually begins with "What the hell are they thinking?" and ends with me shaking my head and trying to ponder how so many archaic sexist attitudes are still considered the norm in our society. Although I have chatted briefly with MIWomensforum on twitter, I've only discovered her blog The Midlife Feminist today. In the post I'm referring to she discusses how it seems the women's movement has come full circle and we're back to where we began with women Continue reading

Scrubbing The Sticky Floor

Scrubbing The Sticky Floor

Failure is a means to spur us on to create something better. Something more successful. When I realized my marriage failed to provide me with what I needed to be a happy, whole person, I spent a lot of time thinking (much of it in bed) trying to determine what I could have / should have done differently. I knew I should have kept a career. I knew I should have controlled my financial future. The problem is, when your first baby is born, common sense seems to be replaced with a mind numbing need to nurture. Going back to work and leaving my baby with a stranger felt like it would have Continue reading

Dear Woman – A Manifesto for Conscious Men

The following video was sent to me by email. I watched it with interest, appreciating the intended message, but it left me feeling mildly uncomfortable. There have been many extreme reactions to this video. The issue that many people have - and the one that left me feeling uncomfortable - is making all men responsible by issuing an apology on behalf of their gender. Also the assumption that all women are innocents. There are women who have contributed to these crimes and continue to promote an imbalance of power. Perhaps unconsciously, perhaps not. If you've ever been through Continue reading

Busyness as a Badge of Honor aka Who Made You Sheriff?

Busyness as a Badge of Honor aka Who Made You Sheriff?

There are some fantastic lines in this article by Christine Arylo who says her primary objective is to get women and girls to fall madly in love with themselves. In the article she says, "Forget Generation X or Y, how about calling us Generation E, for Exhausted!" So true. I was born on the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation or the start of Generation X depending on what article you're reading. The generation I hail from doesn't really matter, I'm too tired to care. Yes, I thought I could do it all, I was fortunate to have the opportunity. Women know they have to work Continue reading

Women’s Right to Vote

Women’s Right to Vote

Today was my first time voting as a US citizen. I left Canada in 1999 and haven't voted since, which started me thinking about the women who worked hard to give me that right in the first place. I found the following video on the history of women's right to vote in the U.S.A. I always assumed suffrage happened nationally, I hadn't realized that certain states had accepted the rights of women to vote, before the entire country adopted full suffrage in 1920. Think about that... 1920. Women have only had the right to vote for 90 years! Continue reading

Flying Under Bridges

Flying Under Bridges

My neighbor borrowed the audio book Flying Under Bridges (affiliate link) from the library and found herself laughing out loud in her car while she listened. Knowing I was a huge Shirley Valentine fan, she loaned me the discs when she finished with them. She was right, I loved it! Flying Under Bridges is a witty look at many of the issues we face, including equality. The author, Sandy Toksvig weaves the story with humorous sarcasm, provoking deep consideration while I simultaneously laughed out loud and yelled, "Yes!" in agreement with her human observations. Here are my favorite Continue reading

Is This The End of Men?

Is This The End of Men?

"What if the modern, postindustrial economy is simply more congenial to women than to men? For a long time, evolutionary psychologists have claimed that we are all imprinted with adaptive imperatives from a distant past: men are faster and stronger and hardwired to fight for scarce resources, and that shows up now as a drive to win on Wall Street; women are programmed to find good providers and to care for their offspring, and that is manifested in more- nurturing and more-flexible behavior, ordaining them to domesticity. This kind of thinking frames our sense of the natural order. But what if Continue reading

The World Needs Different Kinds of Minds

The World Needs Different Kinds of Minds

There are many forms of inequality. One is to assume that one type of learning style or ability is better or more beneficial than another. I disagree. There is a purpose for every person on our planet, we need to determine what that purpose is rather than requiring they become something they're not. This process begins in our schools when we force children who learn differently to adapt to styles that are in opposition to their natural skills. We then point out when they fail and they lose confidence in themselves. Instead we should be embracing those differences, finding their Continue reading

All the Wrinkled Ladies: Equal Media Time

All the Wrinkled Ladies: Equal Media Time

Growing up I'd hoped that society would catch onto the unrealistic stereotypes that media promotes through advertising. While managing retail boutiques in the 80's I knew then that our size 12 to 16's sold out a lot faster than our size 6 to 10's. Most women didn't look like the emaciated models that were on tv, in magazines and for whom they seemed to design clothes for. Fortunately, companies caught onto this double-digit sized market, and there are some half-decent fashion choices for larger women now. What surprised me over the past 20 years is that media hasn't become more Continue reading