Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I am your favorite, right? You'd at least put me in your top ten, beside Viva La Feminista, PunditMom, Gloria Feldt, The Feminist Breeder, MOMocrats and MomsRising, right? Right??
Forgive my fragility--since the Pre-Rapture "Marriage" Debacle and the Post-Rapture Northside Twister I've been just a mess of nerves. Minnesota needs some love 'n light right now, and there's no better way for you to show it than to vote for THE RADICAL HOUSEWIFE as one of Circle of Moms' Top 25 Political Mom Blogs. Vote every 24 hours to ensure I beat my evil twin Jenny Erikson.
The Radical Housewife
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Mike Burbach, Editor: email@example.com
Mike Bass, Sports Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reader unfamiliar with Joe Soucheray’s style, I cannot tell whether his May 19, 2011 column was meant to skewer the unenlightened readers who suggested he was somehow un-masculine for protesting the dangers of modern football, or whether he aimed to prove his macho bona fides via said mockery. Whatever the intentions of Soucheray himself, the message made by the print headline was clear: “No. I’m still a man, not a woman. It’s football that changed.”
I’m a writer as well as a feminist activist—I am not interested in policing language. Yet I am keenly aware of the power that words have, particularly in the hands of a major newspaper, to perpetuate stereotypes that are at best, irritating, and at worst, dangerous. Soucheray’s column and accompanying headline reinforce the message that for a presumably heterosexual man, there is no worse offense than to be called a woman.
Thanks to a half-century of civil rights progress, it is no longer considered acceptable to use race, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation as a slur. No editor would approve a headline that read “No. I’m still a man, not a faggot,” for fear of significant (and richly deserved) backlash. Why is gender still, after all these years, fair game?
Rigid gender stereotypes hurt everyone, from men who are prevented from developing emotional relationships with their children to women who are stymied by sexism in the workplace. As a newspaper that hopes to survive in the 21st century, the writers and editors of the Pioneer Press would be wise to make decisions that better reflect our changing times.
Shannon DruryPresident, Minnesota NOW
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
As my blog title says, I'm a housewife. I've been married since June 6, 1999, and I've loved every minute. Hell, I would have wed Matt the moment we met, in November 1997. I just love, LOVE, love marriage! I'm also a stay-at-home mom to two kids. Despite my litany of complaints about them, I am madly in love with them, too. I really, really love kids!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
WHAT REP. GRUENHAGEN SAYS:
"Let me just remind you, especially ladies, it was seven men that made abortion legal. Not seven women. Now what's the significance of that? Men, a certain percentage, have developed a perverted view of women and what abortion tells men is they can use women and lose them. OK? Use and lose them and run from their responsibility... Again I plead with you, ladies, help men support legislation that teaches men to accept their responsibility when conceiving with a woman. Don't support government legislation and programs that tell men they can impregnate women and run away from their responsibilities. Please ladies, think about what's been done to you in the last 40 to 50 years."
WHAT 'LADIES' HEAR:
"Forget what you may have heard in those 'womyn's studies' classes of yours--those seven men on the Supreme Court in 1973 were horny, twisted perverts. Harry Blackmun wrote the majority opinion to score with loose Washington chicks, not to guarantee your right to medical privacy. Thurgood Marshall, your civil rights hero? Voted on Roe to realize his dream of boinking every last clerk in the office, not to give you any civil rights of your own. Ladies, men are dirty hornballs who need to fuck everything that moves! Only abortion law keeps us in line! Heaven knows that YOU don't want sex. Justice Elena Kagan, a celibate spinster, would NEVER have voted in favor of a woman's sexual agency. I know she'll vote like a proper lady when the time comes."
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
But they're not. These two girls are the lucky ones.
Consider this: the poverty rate in Minneapolis is 22.6 percent. Hennepin County admits that, within its borders, "on any given night....more than 3000 men, women, children and young adults are homeless." Minneapolis Public Schools expects a budget deficit of at least $30 million, which will have devastating effects on the district's already abysmal achievement gap. Recent reports that half of mortgages in the Twin Cities are underwater should tell you that the need for social services will only rise, not lessen, in the decade to come.
Just say NO to public funding for a football stadium.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
How did I become the Radical Housewife?[from the Fall 2006 issue of the Minnesota NOW Times]
I was born feminist and progressive, raised in the Free to Be...You and Me era by a couple of baby boomers who, while not quite flower children, took to heart the political upheavals of the age. In our house, all people were equal and everyone had unlimited potential. So I took my college education and became an at-home parent! I could do anything, be anything, handle anything. Only when my son Elliott was born in 2000 did I realize how wrong I was.
I joined Minnesota NOW because our multi-issue organization addresses the inequalities that remain obstacles to women and families today. A popular quote says that to be a parent is to walk with your heart on the outside of your body. My motherhood experience has proved that true and then some--now I can see the hearts outside of everyone, and most of them are broken. And that, my friends, has made me radical.