Molly Baker I can't tell you how much I appreciate this article. I'm bookmarking it. As one of the "young girls" you refer to, I can only say that what my generation needs most are more clear-headed female role models like you -- your voice cuts right through our violence-clogged culture. I see comments here accusing you, not the porn industry, of portraying women as victims. Funny how people continue to shoot the messenger.
Molly Baker I did not realize that, thank you for letting me know. Good point there about WWII and Japan -- I'll have to look into this, that is definitely an under the table way of initiating war with Iran.
Molly Baker Although Santorum would like to change this, women currently go to war as well. Women are cops, firefighters, intelligence operatives, journalists -- and it is often more dangerous to be a woman in these occupations. When a mine collapses, it is a tragedy, but gender recognition is not usually on the minds of the reporters. As for males being nothing but sperm donors, women have a similar argument, if you'd like to get into existentialism here.
Molly Baker I don't think men are the disposable sex in society, as there are more of us than you -- but men seem to be valued less for their looks than what they do, say, etc. It probably sounds like I'm just echoing age-old annoying feminist rhetoric, but think about it -- how many guys can collect fame for their looks as successfully as (oh god, no, don't make me say it-) Kim Kardashian? Maybe this is good, maybe this is bad, I wouldn't know.
Molly Baker Body of Lies, anyone? With Leonardo DiCaprio?This story sounds eerily familiar, and I only hope it is fiction, not fact. However, it is true that the U.S. has a long ugly history of funding terrorists, and training those who would later become terrorists. So yes, I guess we were born in a body of lies, ironically. Iran-ically. (sorry, I couldn't resist)
Molly Baker Way to go Obama! As for Americans in favor of a war with Iran, the real question is, do we want to try negotiating nuclear policies peacefully or after bombing them? At the most, a war would only deter the development of nuclear technologies for a few years. In reality, Iran would probably speed up the process if we started attacking them. I know I would.
Molly Baker Pieces like this that connect events to what we can learn from them should be more common. It reminds me of these song lyrics from the Hope for Haiti CD I have -- "We sacrifice many to shed light on all of them." Great last line -- really, really good way to sum up this article
Molly Baker Helen! Not only is this a great article (Maureen Dowd, our shared favorite!) but it showed up in the Mic-Check email I got today, and only after I opened the link did I realize you wrote it! I can't get over how cool that is! I personally think of Dowd as a journalist, but it looks like others disagree. Have you ever heard of the Op-Ed project? Check it out, it might make an interesting article. Op-Ed columns are a hurdle in their own right.
Molly Baker First of all, thanks for this! I see this at my school every day. I see it on t.v. And now I'm seeing it in my sister. We are taught to be sexy, obsessed with makeup, clothes, marriage, and then if we achieve all of that, its okay to be a little smart. And how do we convince girls that smart is good? We tell them it's "sexy." Guys are not the problem here. Women are just as much at fault for putting each other down and putting up with misogyny.
Molly Baker MAKE THE PIE HIGHER "I think we all agree, the past is over. This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty And potential mental losses. Rarely is the question asked Is our children learning? Will the highways of the Internet Become more few? How many hands have I shaked? They misunderestimate me. I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity...." in other words, please judge presidents on the content of their speeches
Molly Baker If football is what it takes to get more people politically involved, then so be it. As for an athlete's endorsement making a difference in the election, I don't think we need to be worried. If Ice T can call Hillary Clinton "a G," let Cruz support whoever he wants.
Molly Baker I only drink a few cups of coffee a week, and it definitely helps me get through homework (especially after I have been procrastinating on sites like Facebook and, oh, I don't know, Policymic). I'm not addicted. I think in that case, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks; at least until the next study comes out and proves us wrong. As for hunting and gathering without coffee, we were just hunting & gathering. Life's different now.
Molly Baker The famous "Falling Man" photograph in no way resembles this other than the fact that both men are falling. Maybe it was meant to stir discussion, but I'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt. The 9/11 victim is in a completely different position,& there are no towers/beams in the background here.
Molly Baker I heard about Apple workers committing suicide by jumping off the factory roof. In response, the company put nets up to prevent the deaths. Unfortunately this was right after someone gave my mom a bracelet that said, "Leap and the net will appear." She doesn't wear it quite as much now.
Molly Baker She posted a picture of herself with Biebs online? Dear girl, I have those too, but for god's sake don't try to immortalize your insanity by posting them on the web. That's what Policymic is for! (Just kidding, guys)
Molly Baker Spanking instills fear, not respect in a child. They should be taught gently to understand and abide by rules, instead dodge the blows of the hands that feed them. This screws kids up, and rightly so.
Molly Baker I agree with you there -- we don't need a female president just for bragging rights. I would freak out if Palin or Bachmann were elected. If only there were enough qualified candidates. I tend to think society has something to with this problem. (And thanks for the stones -- you rock)