What makes a feminist?

What makes a feminist?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Poverty is not an accident.  Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings."

RIP Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Supreme Court decisions

If today's SC ruling on voter rights is any indication, I'm not holding out much hope that they'll overturn DOMA tomorrow.

I just...I cried a little when I heard the news.  It was not THAT long ago that states had the power to disenfranchise minority voters, despite the Constitution granting them the right to vote.

I'm concerned about what happens next.

And if you think we don't need this because racism is no longer a problem...well, I want what you're smoking.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Vengence is mine?

I know I wasn't the only one watching the Gosnell trial fairly closely.  I wanted as much as anyone to see this butcher found guilty.

Today, he was.

A great relief washed over me.  Not that I truly expected he would be found not guilty--the evidence against him was just too much.  And then I read further...Gosnell could face the death penalty for what he did.

I'm torn.

I want him to pay for what he did.  For all those butchered infants, for all the women he hurt through his neglect...justice must be served.  I just don't know if justice is truly served by taking yet another life. 

I keep trying to justify it in my head.  Oh, he's old.  He'll never survive all the appeals.  It's a controversial topic and no one wants to make a martyr for the cause.  All sorts of reasons come up that make me feel less troubled about what an actual death sentence could mean.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Yes, Virginia, there are such things as pro-life atheists.

There are few things more frustrating sometimes than to be non-religious and pro-life. 

Yes, I realize the religion thing is a choice, but if I don't feel the faith in my heart then it's just going through the motions.  I'm not closing myself completely off from the idea of religion--I'm still something of a 'seeker', seeing what's out there and what I feel called to.  For now, it's just not there.  And I'm not going to be like one of the many Catholics in my state whose beliefs directly contradict those of the Church in terms of things like contraception and marriage equality.  Whatever I decide on (if anything), I don't intend to half-ass it.

But I digress.

In the meantime, being agnostic and liberal means that the assumption is typically made that I am also pro-abortion.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I'm anti-war and anti-capital punishment (though I wasn't always), and being pro-life just seems to be the most natural extension of that.  I'm also in favor of universal health care, marriage equality, comprehensive sex-ed, and I don't have a moral opposition to contraception.  So, yes, I tend to vote Democrat.

I'm going extinct.

"If human beings don’t respect human life, we descend rather quickly to a world where the biggest and meanest get to make all the rules."

 I don't want to live in that kind of world.  Do you?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 years of death

Forty years ago today was the infamous Roe v. Wade decision.

Here are four women who decided that the children were more than just "products of conception": http://www.feministsforlife.org/news/four-women.htm.  And I'm hoping those numbers grow!

In other news, Planned Parenthood is no longer calling themselves 'pro-choice'.  They appear to be claiming some kind of moral gray area exists.  I don't even have words for this.