Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pay Attention To The Language Used

This is so freaky. I was just having this conversation with my students today but on a different topic. I told them to pay attention to what is being said, the words people choose to use, to understand what's really going on beneath the surface. We were discussing the Civil War and the following Reconstruction period.

So after class I come back to my office and am reading CNN while eating lunch and I come across this interview with, and article by, LZ Granderson on the issue of politicians, abortions and rape.

First, I love his opening statement in the interview that he is both pro-life and pro-choice. I've taken that position before and it confuses people, but you can be against abortion without telling other people what they can do with their bodies.

That said, Granderson wrote this article about the discourse in State and Federal Congresses about the issue of abortion. He rightly tells women, regardless of where you stand on the abortion issue, you need to pay attention to what these politicians are saying about "you," women as a whole. The paternalistic and misogynistic attitudes of our elected officials toward women are very scary. We've got to stop electing people who consider us less than men, incapable of making decisions for ourselves and our bodies, and legislating against us according to their religious beliefs.

Can you imagine the outcry if women tried to legislate men's bodies? Castration for all rapists, vasectomies for all the baby daddies, one or the other for all men who break the marital vow of monogamy, a ban on Viagra or at least prevent insurance companies from funding it. What would men do if women told them what they could do with their bodies?

Here's the story:

Abortion Debate Trivializes Rape


I just saw this interview on CNN:

Here's the proposal:

I also found another proposal similar to the first. Some guys are really creative.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Job

Min has a new job working with animals. She's an Equine Vet Tech and goes on runs with the Vet to tend horses, mules, etc. up and down the peninsula. She sent me this picture of one of her first patients. It doesn't look much like a horse to me, and what is someone doing with a camel on the eastern shore of Maryland?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cakes by Min

I had Min make a cake for a friend of mine whose birthday is today. Min was trying to make dragonflies that would be suspended on wires above the cake, but the fondant just wouldn't cooperate and the dragonflies kept dropping downward like a Salvador Dali picture. So it has one giant one resting on the cake. I wanted something bright and beachy in color. I think she captured that.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy May Day!

The May Day Fairies were at it again, up before dawn and hitting five houses, covering ten small children. Hope you had a Happy May Day!

Last full day in Europe

Ahh, all good things must come to an end.  Our European vacation is drawing to a close.  We leave Nice this morning to drive back to Barcelo...