politics Category

February 1, 2018
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Why Hockey is For Everyone… isn’t.

Note: Despite the tone, I wouldn’t be this harsh if I didn’t love the sport. My two favorite teams are both called out, because I think they could do better. We’re entering Hockey is For Everyone month. This is the second year of the NHL’s initiative for inclusivity. To highlight disabled players, women’s hockey as well as LGBT inclusivity by hosting You Can Play nights. Last year saw mostly merchandise put out by the NHL – t-shirts that boasted Hockey is For Everyone, as well as pride flavored shirts for every single team. I don’t recall seeing if any of…

September 18, 2017
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Choices and Image Rehabilitation.

Last night on the Emmys, one of the most talked about moments was Sean Spicer coming out with a podium – ala Melissa McCarthy’s performance of him. The crowd at the Emmys was stunned, but it got laughs. And indeed, a lot of people found it funny online. And heck, James Corden, tried to kiss him on the cheek afterwards. But I wasn’t laughing. There’s a lot to be said about giving people second chances – but after Spicer left the administration, people were immediately downplaying his role in the White House. He was just the messenger, don’t you feel…

August 18, 2017
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Lot’s going on

There’s a lot going on in the world right, but I thought I’d share a couple of things. The ACLU of California said that White Supremacist Violence is not free speech. The National ACLU said they agree with this statement, but will protect their speech until it turns violent. It’s a little disappointing- since in my opinion, hate speech is inherently violent. You don’t need to be wearing weapons for their words to harm others. If you’ve heard people talking about “sheetcaking” and are lost, you missed Tina Fey’s appearance on the special edition of Weekend Update. This post is…

August 15, 2017
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Terms & Conditions, Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. The Daily Stormer, a White Supremacist site is now homeless on the internet after first GoDaddy terminated their hosting and then Google denied to host their domain as well. And the White House is trying to subpoena Dreamhost for the IP Addresses of people who visited a site designed to coordinate protests against 45. And there’s a lot going on here – and I’ve seen some confusion how one person could be against a website saying no to Daily Stormer, yes to protecting private information…. and support free speech. First,…

January 26, 2017
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To the Young Women of the US, why we march.

I’m going to do something shocking. And repost something I wrote on another social network. I actually posted this on Tumblr and on FB before I put it here. It was prompted by seeing several young women (all 23 and under) sharing right wing memes insulting women who took part in the Womens March(es). It breaks my heart to see young women, working 40+ hour work weeks who claim they have the exact same rights as men. Who tear down women who found a way to march (often at economic hardship), just to seem superior. I don’t care if you…

November 16, 2016
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What’s with the political posts?

I’ve been writing a lot about politics, which might seem like I’ve come a far way from where I started – blogging about my family. But it’s what’s weighing on my mind, largely in part due to the conversations I’ve had with my children. Do I really want this to be the world my children inherent? Do I want to teach them that bullies can steamroll over them? Continue to insist that their voices, that their fears are not as important as white voices? My children believe in the American Dream. It’s been heartbreaking to watch them realize that our…

October 14, 2016
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Down w/ Locker Room Banter.

This post is shamelessly inspired by TW’s post on FB about something her daughter said, but it’s been on my mind since last week. It’s easy to say that what Donald Trump said in that Access Hollywood tape was vile – especially when he claims it’s locker room banter. But the issue is that the more we talk about how it isn’t locker room banter, we ignore what men do talk about in spaces where they feel like they can say whatever is on their mind. Sure, I’m a woman. But I’ve worked in a lot of male dominant jobs…

June 13, 2016
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When do we say that enough is enough?

My heart hurts. I don’t say this because it’s what is being said… I say this because those people who died in that club in Orlando? Those are my people. (I didn’t know them, but those were still my people – both LGBT and Latinx) There were nearly two more attacks on Pride events this weekend – stopped, and not nearly talked about because both the attackers are white. It’s so easy to focus the attention on what may have been an extremist Muslim (though his own family were quick to say he wasn’t religious, he was just homophobic), when…

February 11, 2016
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The Ultimate (White) Privilege? Being Meryl Streep

Somewhere deep in the drafts folder for this site is a post called “The Privilege of Being Meryl Streep.” I started it when Meryl and the very white cast of Suffragette donned “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” shirts and didn’t see the very obvious issue with using this actual quote in our modern era. And then Streep doubled down by saying she wasn’t a feminist, but a humanist. I just couldn’t quite find the hook for it. It was a rant, plain and simple. But I felt like I’d gotten the words out of my system, and…

June 26, 2015
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#MarriageEquality : Love Wins.

I should be working. But to be honest, I’ve been distracted all day long. Today the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal. And that all 50 states will recognize it. I want to say upfront that I would have fought for marriage equality regardless of my own sexuality. But I think that my sexuality puts me in an interesting spot. I’m bisexual. I’ve known this all my life- though it wasn’t until college I really knew how to describe it (literally everyone suggested gay or straight as my two options). So I was mostly confused, because I have…