Saturday, March 26, 2005

Terri Schiavo, Bulimic.

Brutal Woman steps up to the plate. Pun intended. Martyr Yourself for Christian America.

Quoting Paul Campos in a column in the Rocky Mountain News:

As I write these words, Terri Schiavo is being starved to death because she was once a chubby little girl.

You should go read the Campos article in situ. While you do, let your gaze drift to the right of the text, just a little, where the ad for the health club is. Then try and deny the message sent every minute of the day to American women: be thin, be thin, be thin.

Kill yourself, so long as you're thin.

(More at The 3rd WWWave.)

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Culture of Life? Party of Life? Prove it.

I agree with Echidne

The U.S. government doesn't usually act as if every life were infinitely valuable. If it did, there would be no mercury in the tuna that is being fed to our children. If it did, there wouldn't be a single bridge that needs maintenance work. If it did, there wouldn't be a single product sold in the country that fails the highest safety requirements. For the mercury in the tuna may kill a child one day, a bridge may collapse with cars on it and a faulty product may murder people one day. Even a traffic junction without lights can cause a deathly accident.

Yeah. You want to tell me the Republicans are a Party of Life? Prove it. Don't shitcan Social Security for the old folks. Don't cut Medicare and Medicaid. Make abortion unnecessary by providing an actual *support network* for pregnant women and those raising children. Up pollution standards and improve our toxic cleanup programs. Get rid of the mercury in our tuna, the lead in our paint, and the asbestos in our old school buildings.

But, they're not *that* party of life, are they?

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Pointing out the Blindingly Obvious About 'Women's Issues'

Big Brass Blog

"I’ve seen the argument made by male bloggers that an issue like Social Security is of concern to everyone because it affects everyone’s bottom line, but that "women’s issues" are somehow distinct to women. I would argue that women still making $.80 on the $1 affects the bottom line of every household that’s got a working woman in it".

Simple. Succinct. Beautiful.

Hey, who couldn't use more money? If you are married to a woman who works, wouldn't you want to have more money, via the no-work-required-on-your-part method of having her be paid more? Doesn't that sound nice?

If your mom and dad both work, and are looking ahead to their retirement, and you're looking ahead to their retirement, too, to how you might be offering them some support at some point, wouldn't more money, because Mom gets paid a decent wage, be helpful?

Don't you think?