Monthly Archives: October 2009

Time Magazine Article Featuring The State Of Women Is A Bust!

A friend recently handed me a copy of ‘Time’ Magazine to read on the plane during a trip to a Feminist Conference. The cover in black and red boldly declared ‘The State Of The American Woman’ – a new poll shows why they are more powerful -but, less happy.

I couldn’t relate. I feel plenty happy and I like my power.

The magazine glossed over details regarding domestic violence and the fact that even though more women than ever are working, they often still don’t get equal pay for equal work.

Maria Shriver’s article was particularly light on meaningful content. So I was pleased when another friend forwarded me this piece by Joanne Lipman. Read on………

October 24, 2009 Op-Ed Contributor (NEW YORK TIMES REPRINT)

The Mismeasure of Woman

By JOANNE LIPMAN

FINALLY! I hear we’re all living in a women’s world now.

For the first time, women make up half the work force. The Shriver Report,out just last week, found that mothers are the major breadwinners in 40percent of families. We have a female speaker of the House and a femalesecretary of state. Thirty-two women have served as governors.Thirty-eight have served as senators. Four out of eight Ivy League presidents are women.

Time Cover

Great news, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, it couldn’t be more spectacularly misleading.

The truth is, women haven’t come nearly as far as we would havepredicted 25 years ago. Somewhere along the line, especially in recent years, progress for women has stalled. And attitudes have taken a giantleap backward.

I never expected that we would be in this predicament. My generationof professional women took equality for granted. When I was in collegein the 1980s, many of us looked derisively at the women’s liberation movement. That was something that strident, humorless, shrill women haddone before us.

We were sure we were beyond it. We were post-feminists. After all,we lived equally with men. We felt that when we took our place insociety, issues of gender — and race too — wouldn’t be a factor.

Back in college, my friends and I never even had a conversation about balancing work and family. We had never heard of glass ceilings.We didn’t talk about sexual harassment — that was just part of life. Asa freshman, I had an interview for a magazine internship in New York City. As I sat down, making sure to demurely close up my slit-frontskirt over my knees, the interviewer barked, “If you want the job,you’ll leave that open.”

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Mothering And The Environment: The Natural, The Social, The Built

October 23, 2009

A (M)other world is possible. By, Joy Rose

The Association For Research On Mothering Conference in Toronto, hosted by York University and organized by Dr. Andrea O’Reilly, Heidi Hutner, Genevieve Vaughan and Heide Goettner-Abendroth convened yesterday for three days of Feminist, Activist Maternal discourse on a broad range of subjects that all fall loosely under the heading ‘Mothering and The Environment.

This year’s conference includes keynotes from professors, authors and Phd students from Japan, Germany, Holland, USA, Austria, Canada and England to name a few.

Woman Carving in Tree

Topics which focus primarily on Mothering and The Environment include examining the interface between the environment and mothers-motherood-mothering by considering issues like ethics, citizenship, home/homelessness, food security, migration, family, nature, built environments and more.

Ecofeminism emerged in the 1970’s heightening an awareness between women and nature and examining power structures, including the domination of humans over nature.

Displays, power-point presentations and conversations at the conference focus on the relationship between us and all that is around us. To this end, mother earth is being deeply examined and ultimately honored.

An embedded conference on Matriarchal Studies and The Gift Economy include heady subjects that explore new social and cultural models as ways to solve many of the contemporary and economic problems of patriarchal capitalism. With today’s global recession there is a suggestion that exchange versus greed and domination will ultimately lead to new ways of doing business.

Inter-related themes of economic (reciprocity), social (marilinearity), political (egalitarian societies of consensus) and cultural (sacral societies as cultures of the Goddess) connect at this intersection of academic discourse and lively interactions that go well into the night.

As a moon-lighting popular culture rock star, my place here could be questioned. But, really the passion and earnestness of the conference attendees is compelling beyond anything else I could imagine. The attendees are diverse in age, geography, attitude and opinion. They are feminists, and they are mothers.

Conversations blend between home-life, work-life and world-life, and like the Tibetan monks spinning their prayer wheels for peace, the women here are invested in something rich and wonderful that goes beyond today’s economics. There is an energy about it – almost like a prayer. They work for a better, kinder, nobler world.

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I’m Not An Old Fashioned Gal, But, Walter Cronkite Where Are You…..

I’m so sorry CNN is calling FOX unreputable. The fact is, both news channels are completely biased and self-promoting.

We happen to ‘like’ CNN’s point of view, but it’s still polarized presentation from an often left, often unresearched, often self-serving point of view.

(What’s with all the Sanjay Gupta and Solidad O’Brien book ads) and Balloon boy is just one example of opinions vs. news.

I’m not an old fashioned gal, but Oh Walter, where are you …. ?