“To paraphrase the great gay songwriter Stephen Sondheim: Straight women, rise! As same-sex couples marry, things get better for us, too. Remember the scary (and since-discredited) stories about how a woman is more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to find a husband after she turns 40? Or the one about how suitors are fleeing from Maureen Dowd because they’re afraid of her Pulitzer Prize? The poll showing evangelical women in patriarchal marriages are happier than Sarah Jessica Parker? Well, same-sex marriage shows that people can make long-term, loving, sexual bonds with each other even where neither is naturally inclined to tell the other what to do. Or to be the natural homemaker or the hunter-gatherer. Same-sex marriage represents the possibility that marriage can be an equal deal after all—or at least one where inequality is not locked in at birth. The conservatives are right: Same-sex marriage will change opposite-sex marriage. And it’s a good thing, too.”—"Gay marriage approved in New York; Straight women benefit too" (Slate Magazine)
Uvalda, GA - In this one stoplight town of 600 people, a Republican, conservative Christian mayor is digging in to fight a law that would criminalize assisting illegal immigrants — some of whom he considers amongst his closest friends.
Dressing provocatively while getting wildly intoxicated is dumb. It’s dumb. But at the same time, this male culture of seeing women as a buffet of sexual objects sickens me. Absolutely sickens me. Call me a prude but I have no respect for that. It makes me boil. Women, you need to start standing up for yourselves. RIOT BACK TO THOSE WHO SEE YOU AS A PIECE OF MEAT.
Dressing provocatively while getting wildly intoxicated is dumb. It’s dumb. But at the same time, this male culture of seeing women as sexual objects sickens me. Absolutely sickens me. Women, you need to start standing up for yourselves. I can’t hardly be in the same room as a man who is talking about chicks like they’re nothing but boobs and legs. Call me a prude but I have no respect for that. It makes me boil. RIOT BACK TO THOSE WHO SEE YOU AS A PIECE OF MEAT.
“We mourn the sweetheart’s loss in a disgusting world of opportunistic, lottery ticket holders caring about nothing that is long term, only the cheap thrill, the kick, the for the moment pleasure, the easy way out, the bragging rights and trophy holding.”—Jack White, Elephant dedication.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life… Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—
Cintra Wilson was a woman literally on the verge of a nervous breakdown, suffering through a bad breakup, underemployment, and rock-bottom self-esteem. Then she learned the passionate, turbulent art of flamenco…
You can change your life with the simplest of steps.
“Ultimately I abandoned all preconceived perceptions of my career path and stature…I did a lot of silly, unconventional, spontaneous, and seemingly irrational things. And guess what? With the exception of the blue leather suit, it was the most satisfying and fascinating year of my professional life.
To this day I still don’t understand what happened, but I have never had more fun, been more challenged — and this is important — had more conviction about what I was doing. How can this be true? Well it’s simple. There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized…
It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.”—
A team from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently published results from a roughly year-long experiment…
Reading the volunteers’ first-hand reports of how the experiences affected them is a testament to their value. “More and more, sensuality and compassion and gratitude continue to unfold around me.” “I try to judge less and forgive more.” “I feel that I relate better in my marriage. There is more empathy.” “I need less food to make me full. My alcohol use has diminished dramatically.”…
We should aim to evaluate any drug objectively, whether it’s made by an enormous pharmaceutical company or grows in the forest. If an engineered antidepressant generated reports like those from the volunteers in this study, it would be regarded as a breakthrough in psychiatric medicine.
I share this story written by a former colleague of mine, Jose Antonio Vargas. We worked together on this interactive at The Washington Post/washingtonpost.com and Jose was always so enthusiastic and exuberant. He has extensively covered the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Washington, D.C., and his articles inspired a documentary, The Other City.
“You are welcome here, gay or straight, rich or poor, young or old, black or white,’’ Unni said as he paced up and down the center aisle. “Here, you all can say, ‘I can worship the God who made me as I am.’ ’’
To reclaim their “honor,” families in Syria have been known to kill raped female members. Even if families allow such women to live, they are not eligible to marry.
“We sat and discussed that we want to change this. We don’t want to change just the regime in Syria, but also this kind of stuff. So we will marry them in front of everyone,” said Ibrahim Kayyis, a 32-year-old baker from Jisr al-Shugour.