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Reflection on Misspeaking and Lip-Service Apologies

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 6:03 PM

It was impossible to miss the latest scandal in the "war on women." Republican Congressman Todd Akin's comment that victims of "legitimate rape" can somehow prevent themselves from being impregnated by "shutting that whole thing down" were not only moronic, they furthered the toxic divisiveness that has become the 2012...

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Popular Culture and "The System"

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:50 PM

It is hard to miss the fact that vampire and apocalyptic trends are hugely popular, not just among teens but adults as well. From Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games to Seth Graham-Smith's Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, and before them, that tremendously popular book and film series by J.K Rowling, all...

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Preventing Human Rights Abuses: Look in Our Own Back Yard

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 1:01 PM

President Obama's recent announcement of the creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board is a welcome recognition that the U.S. can and should play some role in preventing human rights abuses. Created to ensure that the U.S. government has the "mechanisms and structures" to prevent mass atrocities and war...

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Obama, Don't Take Female Vote for Granted -- Earn It!!!

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 12:55 PM

It is clear, despite their protestations, that the most likely Republican presidential nominees, and the Republican Party as a whole, have positioned themselves as anti-female. GOP-promoted legislation has attempted to restrict women's access to contraception, scale back abortion rights, legislatively change the terms for victims of domestic violence, rape, and...

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Educators Step Up: Teachers for Trayvon

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 5:07 PM

It might be obvious, but let me say it in case: my skin is white. So is that of my husband and my daughter. Consequently, as Leonard Pitts so aptly noted in his March 24th column, we are privileged not to have to teach our daughter that she...

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The (In)Humanity of Domestic Violence Services

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:50 AM

"If I had been any weaker than I am I would have probably committed suicide after talking to the person on the hotline."

No human being should feel so unwanted, so desperate, as the women who made the statement above. Even more deplorable is that the comment was made by...

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