Questioning: The Personal is Political

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“Questioning” (“Participating”, “Noodling”) is a regular feature of this website asking a question, inviting people to participate in an experience, positing an idea, or in some other way encouraging people to “join the dance”. I’ve done this in the past as well. I highly encourage you to pass this around to your friends and family and get the conversation started. How ‘the personal is political’ applies to me: Unlike most of my extended family, both biological and through marriage, I am an unabashed liberal, feminist, anti-racist, pro marriage equality advocate for poverty elimination and the rule of law. My mother was…

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A Feminist’s Journey Toward Loving the Feminine

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I am nearly half a century old (give or take three years), and only for the last fifteen years (generously) or decade (more realistically) have I truly been able to appreciate the experiences and words of women. There is no pride in that. I know what I did. I reacted against my mother’s very rigid gender expectations with a self-loathing form of proto-feminism that took a great deal of time to evolve into true feminism and love and respect for the acts, lives, and words of women. I don’t think I truly appreciated how thoroughly I was caught up in…

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Spoilerific Discussion of Last Sunday’s Downton Abbey: Solidarity Among the Women (S3 Ep6)

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[amazon_link id=”B008FYZIVY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]You have been warned. If you are not up on the third season of Downton Abbey, skip this post. That’s what the cut tag is for. Really.

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Does the Left Believe Stay-at-Home Mothers Work?

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Of course they do! The ‘controversy’ stems from one woman (Hilary Rosen, who I’d never heard of before this incident) saying that Ann Romney had ‘never worked a day in her life’. It may in fact be true that Ann Romney has never earned a wage in the marketplace in her life. It is even more likely that she has never had to rely on working for a wage to support her or her children. Yes, Ann Romney works. She raised five children and she is a political wife, which is a career in and of itself. However, the choice…

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