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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Sexual Harassment: On Unwanted Advances and the Context of ‘Compliments’

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Tarquinius and Lucretia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For Those Who Think I Rant About the Patriarchy and Misogyny Too Much Go read this. It isn’t about being ‘too attractive’Sexual harassment: It’s not about censorship, or criminality, or ‘being too sensitive’ It’s about ‘compliments’ that take no notice of the person being ‘complimented’, of her fear or unease or simple lack of interest. It’s about a society where men who do these things are unremarkable but women who object to them are subjected to abuse, harassment,  or worse. It’s about a context where women know that unwanted compliments lead to unwanted advances lead…

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Culture of Life, My Ass.

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“I Hope This is Settled Now: Rape is Rape.” Let’s make this abundantly clear.  The language in the bill enforces the idea that little girls (women who are not yet adult) should be forced to give birth if forced or tricked or otherwise manipulated into sex (which is rape, legally.  Also, just to be clear). Little girls have bodies that are not yet ready for childbirth.  Little girls have emotional depths that are not yet ready either for motherhood or for handing over a child and knowing she’ll never see it again.  Little girls have intellectual development stages that make…

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On Activism and One Upmanship and Why We Do it.

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Last night I got home from knit night fairly late, worn out and a little frazzled from trying to get this whole blogging thing going.  I sat back down at my computer ‘just for a second’, and this came pouring out (I had left it on and pointed to Women’s Work, at Shakesville, where I posted it): This is one of those issues that makes me so angry that I have trouble being an effective advocate. I take this shit personally. If my mother had not had the ability to get an abortion, she would not have conceived me, and…

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