Friday, September 29, 2006
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. "
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
F/T Position Available:
RESEARCHER ON LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
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.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY
(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 email@example.com. 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
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
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 SECURE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATIONS!
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
Technorati: United Nations, NOW
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?
Technorati: Chile, Contraception
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
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.
Technorati: Second Hand Smoke
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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
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, NoOn85.com 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.
Technorati: Proposition 85, Abortion, California
Thursday, September 07, 2006
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
Technorati: Breastfeeding, World Health Organization, Babies