Tag: feminism

The Refugee Within

December 26th, 2012, No Comments

Here in the UK, the news has been full of reports about the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve worked in many New York City school programs and experienced my share of bomb threats along with occasional intrusions by unstable individuals. Still, when working my very first teaching job in Connecticut back in 1979, the […]

War Wounds

February 6th, 2012, No Comments

I’m very appreciative of the well-wishers who contacted me after my surgery. While more surgery is yet to be scheduled, I’m still healing from the last one. Many women will be familiar with after-effects like weeping surgical sites which leave pockets of fluid where cancerous tissue was removed. Given the incredibly high incidence of this […]

Pesticides: A Form of Eco(nomic) Terrorism

September 21st, 2010, 3 Comments

The New York Times reported a horrendous crime perpetrated upon young girls and their teachers in Afghanistan over a period of years, in the form of poisoning. Compounds commonly found in pesticides known as organophosphates (or “OP’s”) were applied to school buildings housing female students and mass illnesses occurred, while village authorities relegated the ailments […]

HuMan History: Women’s Suffering Can’t Change It

July 21st, 2010, No Comments

This is the second of three recent Op-Ed columns from the New York Times which are being examined for their common view that the history of men, plural or singular, can somehow be ‘re-written’ by women. Far from the image of an objective reporter, Nicholas Kristoff is a journalist immersed in documenting the moral failures […]

The History of HuMans

July 20th, 2010, No Comments

Readers are directed to this post introducing three NY Times columns about seemingly unrelated issues. However, there is certainly a common thread to be seen. If we connect the dots between Kristoff’s views and suggestions about the Middle East with the latest local ‘star’ scandal surrounding Mel Gibson, you see a pattern emerging of huMan […]

SISYPHUS MUST HAVE BEEN A WOMAN

July 17th, 2010, No Comments

Our national attachment to reality—often hanging by a thread– is illustrated in our newspaper columns. The culture is basically represented in the way in which newspapers choose their columnists who proceed to comment about our culture. Choices vary depending upon the stature of the publication; was its reputation earned for journalistic integrity or entertainment value? […]

The Health Care Debate in the Times or “Live from New York – It’s Saturday Night!”

December 20th, 2009, No Comments

How does one debate the subject of life and death? Really, what are we pretending is happening here? Either access to medical care is a basic right of citizens in a civilized society or it’s a privilege restricted to middle and upper income level consumers (until such time as it’s withdrawn by those conferring the […]

Remiss about Violence

October 11th, 2009, No Comments

Several recent articles and a blog have served as powerful reminders that governments cannot be discussed without reference to issues of male dominance and violence. These issues overshadow economic, political and cultural factors often cited as the reason why the intolerable should be accepted. Oppression can never be relegated to the level of a mere […]

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