Apparently, corporations are people and women are not. That was my first thought upon hearing the Hobby Lobby Birth Control decision. There are many subtexts that bother me in this whole decision, which my first thought reflects almost entirely.
I am a runner, coming to the sport relatively late in life. I love running because it's a very pure sport, no matter how many cool gadgets I use to measure my times or distances, or play music to keep me going, or how fancy my tennis shoes are. It's ultimately about me, my body and the challenges I place before it.
Yesterday was International Women’s day (…yay… we get a day…) and a birth story I read online triggered my 2 a.m. brain squirrels into frantic activity. The birth story was very typical, induction of labor that lead to cesarean section. The high cesarean rate in the United States, whether by design or enculturation, serves as both a reinforcement of the “woman as vessel” meme and as a fundamental engine of women’s disempowerment.
There may be some hope for a backlash against the Right Wing's grip on the redder parts of the map.
WARNING: I write in a hyperbolic style. Please take that into account when reading and understand that when I leap to what appear to patently ridiculous conclusions, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek.
I heard the news yesterday of New Mexico lawmaker Cathrynn Brown introducing a bill that would make impregnated victims of rape or incest guilty of “tampering or destroying evidence” if they sought abortion. It took me awhile to wrap my head around the implications of this, but I woke up about midnight with my brain running in circles, screaming, “Hail Mary Assumption! Hail Mary Assumption!”
This morning while watching the Today show, they began talking about the Steubenville, Ohio rape case. They did an overview of the story and kept repeating how the accused kept saying it was “consensual” sex right after saying how the victim was drunk and being drug from one party to another. They showed one video clip with a guardian of one of the perpetrators saying, “Well, she was drunk.” Another followed from the video-gone-viral with the young man saying, “she’s dead as a doornail.” If she was drunk or unresponsive, it was NOT consensual and there is no excuse for what was done to her. It was WRONG.
In the aftermath of yet another tragic shooting in which a (most likely) mentally ill individual got ahold of weapons and took the lives of innocent people, this time mostly young children. I am dully saddened, angry, shocked, and the related spectrum of emotions… I have become too inured to events like this one.
If I listed out the reasons why I could never vote have voted for Mitt Romney, I would be here for quite a long time. There never was any question as to who I was going to vote for this year, anyway, but there were certain quotes, actions and stories that pretty much destroyed any positive feelings I might have ever held for Mitt Romney.
I started this as a Facebook status and it just kept going, so I moved the frustrated ramblings over here when they started become more coherent.
I joined the US Army as a nurse in 2009. I am currently mobilized to Texas.
A reflection on what America and being American means to me... with a huge homage to my wonderful parents.
On this Memorial Day 2012, I offer up something I wrote 4 days after raising my hand and taking the oath to become an officer in the United States Army.
I mainly joined to help soldiers. I hope I am fulfilling that mission every day in at least some little way where I am currently stationed.
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