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

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

International Women’s Day Celebrates Past Present and Future

International Women’s Day Celebrates Past Present and Future

International Women's Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Women have many achievements to be proud of. The equality we enjoy is the result of the work of women (and men) before us. And yet, even in North America, many of us experience the residual discrimination leftover from years when we were not so fortunate. Regardless, none of us can deny we are lucky in comparison to women born in many other countries. The following video asks the question: "If all women had rights equal to those enjoyed by men, would there still Continue reading

C’mon Baby, You Know You Like It

C’mon Baby, You Know You Like It

"The slutty party girl is fun until she pukes on the floor and then she's a pain in the ass." House, Season 5, Episode "Lucky Thirteen" What's interesting about this statement isn't just the obvious inequality of how males use females; it's not always a male-female issue. She's great as long as she's entertaining "me" but as soon as I have to take care of "her" I'm not interested. Another way of saying it? "Do Me, Do Me, Do Me." "eeewww I have to do you?" It's not just men who have this issue. How many women do you know that eagerly lay back to enjoy special treatment Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Equality

31 Days of Wishes – Equality

I wish for equality. Not just between men and women but between humans. A mutual respect for one another no matter your age, skin color, size, sex, profession or any other numerous characteristic judgements that can be made. Every human being has a place and a purpose on this planet and yet there are those that insist on bloating their self-worth through the attempted repression of others. As if belittling, negative comparisons and crushing another's dreams will generate power. What if we celebrated all that was different in each other? Understanding that every person has the exact Continue reading

Forget the Glass Ceiling, What About The Sticky Floor?

Forget the Glass Ceiling, What About The Sticky Floor?

Over my life, there have been strides towards equality, and this past year has seen plentiful discussions of “breaking the glass ceiling” with Gov. Sarah Palin taking a run at the White House. Throughout her vice presidential campaign, I couldn’t help but wonder if a female Vice President would make any difference for the "average woman" at all. It seems to me that women still don’t have equality in their own families and the only way to make wide sweeping changes in attitudes is to begin in the home. This is the place where we formulate our ideas and raise our children with the beliefs and Continue reading