Friday, September 29, 2006

Alternative Fairytale for laughs

Once upon a time in a land far away,
a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess
happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess' lap
and said: " Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.
One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry
and set up housekeeping in your castle with my mother,
where you can prepare my meals,
clean my clothes, bear my children,
and forever feel grateful and happy doing so. "
That night,
as the princess dined sumptuously on lightly sauteed frog legs seasoned in a white wine
and onion cream sauce, she chuckled and thought to herself
I don't freakin... think so.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Full Time Position Available at Human Rights Watch

An incredible full time position is open at Human Rights Watch, a New York based NGO working to protect the rights of all. Below are the details...

F/T Position Available:


Deadline for applications: October 16, 2006

Please note: Interviews for short-listed candidates will be
held in New York and are tentatively scheduled for October.

HRW's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ("LGBT")Rights
program is seeking a Researcher. The Researcher will focus
on human rights abuses related to sexual orientation and
gender identity and expression worldwide under the
supervision of the Director of the LGBT Rights program,
who will provide guidance on the choice of research and
advocacy projects. The Researcher will be based
preferably in HRW's New York headquarters, although
other locations may be considered.


An advanced degree in law, public health, international
relations, gender studies, or a related field, and two
to three years of experience in human rights, with a
preferred emphasis in LGBT rights, gender, sexual rights,
or a closely related area, are required.


(no calls or email inquiries, please)
by emailing together a letter of interest, resume, names or
letters of reference, and a brief writing sample
no later than October 16, 2006 to Please
use "LGBT Researcher Application" as the subject of your
email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email.

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (LGBT Researcher)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Fax: (212) 736-1300

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Elmo is Evil!

Joel Stein has recently written an opinion piece in the LA Times regarding Elmo, a much loved Sesame Street character. He contends that the newer Sesame Street characters are much different than the older more adult based muppets that teach lessons through interaction with real people. He also takes note that Sesame Street has just added its first female character in 13 years thus as television show known for reflecting diversity may be ignoring gender equality.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Toddler Songs That Won't Make Your Ears Bleed

Toddlers are notorious for having horrible taste in music. If you have any at home, you know how challenging it can be to find quality music you can enjoy with your little one. As an avid music fan, I have looked high and low for such songs, and thought I would share them:

Songs you and your toddler can enjoy:

"House Party Time" by Dan Zanes

"Night Owl" by Dan Zanes and Aimee Mann

"This is the Happiest Song I Know" by the Laurie Berkner Band

"We are the Dinosaurs" by Laurie Berkner Band

"The Rainbow Connection" by Sarah McLaughlan

"Three is a Magic Number" by Blind Melon

"Magic Toast" by The Sippy Cups

"We're Going to Be Friends" by The White Stripes

Friday, September 15, 2006

More Women Headed for Midterm Election

So many wonderful Democratic women will be on the ballots for federal elections this coming November. Here is a recent list of nominees, courtesy of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center Week in Review...


Each week we are adding more women candidates to the list of Federal and Statewide Democratic nominees. This week we feature winners in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin from our September 5th and 12th primaries. Look for a complete list of women Democratic nominees running for Federal and Statewide office following the September 23rd primary. * indicates Incumbent


AZ - Ellen Simon (C-1)
AZ - Gabrielle Giffords (C-8)
FL - Corrine Brown (C-3)*
FL - Phyllis Busansky (C-9)
FL - Samm Simpson (C-10)
FL - Kathy Castor (C-11)
FL - Christine Jennings (C-13)
FL - Debbie Wasserman Schultz (C-20)*
MN - Amy Klobucher (Senate)
MN - Colleen Rowley (C-2)
MN - Wendy Wilde (C-3)
MN - Betty McCollum (C-4)*
MN - Patty Wetterling (C-6)
NY - Hillary Clinton (Senate) *
NY - Carolyn McCarthy (C-4)*
NY - Yvette Clarke (C-11)
NY - Nydia Velazquez (C-12)*
NY - Carolyn Maloney (C-14)*
NY - Nita Lowey (C-18)*
NY - Kirsten Gillibrand (C-20)
NY - Louise Slaughter (C-28)*
WI - Tammy Baldwin (C-2)*
WI - Gwen Moore (C-4)*

Thursday, September 14, 2006

NOW Leads Effort to Elect Woman as UN Secretary General

The United Nations has never elected a female Secretary General and it's about time they do just that. NOW is leading a campaign to encourage the UN to vote for a female head. Read more about their campaign here.

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Good for Chile!

Chile has just passed a law that will allow any female over the age of 14 to attain the contraception of her choice.......get this.......for free!

Any woman over 14 can now ask a physician for a prescription for birth control without the permission of her parents, and the contraceptives, including the morning after pill, will be provided free by the public health care system.

Of course their are some individual organizations who are completely against this for a couple of reasons and those reasons interestingly are quite similar to those arguments that pervade the American debate. Would the difference between Chile and America have anything to do with the female president now in power?

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

In-Laws and Second Hand Smoke

If anyone, such as myself, has an issue with family members and second hand smoking around your child point them in this direction. In-laws and second hand smoke can evolve into a potentially crisis-like situation. This fact sheet derived from the Surgeon General's report on second hand smoke is very informative for those who might need a bit of help when approaching the subject.

If anyone has any suggestions or stories on how parents might go about approaching an issue such as this please share as I personally would love any and all advice.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hilarious Office Video

If you work in an office or are a fan of the brilliant tv show the office, you'll love...

Tolstoy Lied

Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish was sent to me as a release copy to help spread the word of its publication. Although I am not a fan of fiction, I did enjoy reading this compelling story of a female professor challenging Tolstoy's famous maxim:

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"

The main character, Tracy Farber, take this statement head on. Much of the book follows her quest for love in the midst of striving for professional satisfaction. Her story is interesting to follow, and most women will be able to find at least a part of themselves in Tracy Farber.

I recommend this book to women who enjoy fiction, especially intellectual fiction and good literature. The book is well written and a pleasurable read!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Time to Stop Prop 85!

If you're a registered voter in the state of California, it's time to start educating yourself about the dangers of Proposition 85. This Proposition will be on the ballot for the November midterm election.

Proposition 85 would require a minor to get her parent's approval before getting an abortion. This is a horrible idea and would put teenage girls lives in danger. If it sounds familiar, that's because it is. Last year, Californians rightfully rejected Proposition 73 which would have done the same thing. Extremists are now trying to get the same law passed under a different name. Their ulitmate goal, of course, is to see abortion outlawed throughout the state and ultimately the nation.

Planned Parenthood is actively working to fight this proposition and they need your help! Below are their suggestions how Californians can help fight against this disasterous proposition:

By visiting Planned Parenthood's, website, you can:

Set up your own campaign page
Raise funds, recruit members, and network through your own Web page.

Plan a house party
Post information, send invitations, and manage RSVPs.

Choose from dozens of ways to get involved.

Visit the Store
Get NoOn85 gear and support the cause.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Mothering as Work

I have been thinking a lot lately as motherhood being considered "work." Part of what has got me thinking about this is the upcoming section of the Motherlode Conference in Toronto hosted by the Association for Research on Mothering. The section is entitled "Motherhood and Work/Motherwork." It's a fascinating topic and I'm sorry I won't be able to attend this incredible conference. I personally believe mothering is work and it often feels as such. Taking care of my child requires skills and patience, much in the same way my former profession required. Children, especially young children, require constant caretaking and attention, and that makes it feel like work.

I think a lot of feminists and mothers in general are hesitant to describe their caretaking responsibilies as "work" because parenting is an unpaid labor of love. I don't hesitate to use the word work to describe my job as a stay at home parent, because that's what it is. If I wasn't taking care of my child, I would be in the paid workforce. Therefore, my job as a mother has replaced my former job, making it work. I'm not afraid to use this term...caretaking is hard, messy and very challenging. I consider mothering to be both my profession and my job. In my opinion, the more seriously one takes parenting, the better.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

New Chart for Breastfed Babies

Since the late 1970's doctors have routinely assessed babies' weight gain using a chart based largely on the growth patters of formulafed babies who tend to put on weight very quickly and are generally bigger. As in my experience, assessed according to the formula-based chart, breastfed babies are mistakenly labeled as "underweight". The World Health Organization's new, updated growth chart, which recognizes breastfeeding as the biological norm can be used as a comparitive measure when parents confront doctors who place children in the lower percentile. Though I've seen breastfed babies at seven months and their weight has been 26 pounds and I find labeling breastfeeding as the "biological norm," clearly a problematic, we can at least use this new measure as a tool to rest our troubled minds.

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