My friend Hiata just opened her bookstore in Waterbury, Vermont. I highly recommend visiting her and buying a book - support your local businesses!
For information, visit BridgesideBooks.com (yes, I designed it! we'll have more on there soon)
The mayor of Los Alamitos is coming under fire for an e-mail he sent out that depicts the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title "No Easter egg hunt this year."...He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.
The Women's Media Center is demanding an apology. Join them here: http://womensmediacenter.com/wordpress/?p=589
"...there's been studies showing that young girls underage drink a lot of these products and the resulting consequences are not very good."
Mr. Hogan,I would like to address your comments in a news item on Vermont Public Radio, broadcast this morning.You stated: "Our concerns were naturally not just a taxation issue, but there's been studies showing that young girls underage drink a lot of these products and the resulting consequences are not very good."I am deeply disturbed by this statement. It would appear to me that you are implying that underage drinking, for young women, is accompanied by the resultant "consequence" of potential sexual assault. Rape, sir, does not occur because a young woman drinks. There is no justifiable reason to shame women into believing that their actions brought on such a horrific event. It is exactly this sort of attitude that minimizes the reporting of rape, as women are taught that the assault was somehow their fault, that by drinking alcohol they were somehow "asking for it". This stereotype is inaccurate and damaging. Your statement implies that "young girls underage" can avoid or minimize the risk of being raped by not drinking. Perhaps they should not go anywhere alone, just to be safe, as well? Or wear burkhas to avoid provoking sexual desire in men on the street? You can see how quickly this line of reasoning leads to the oppression of women.If you are truly concerned about the health and well being of women of any age, I would encourage you to take a hard look at your own attitudes and realize that by even implying that rape is a "consequence" is incredibly dangerous and supports a sexist viewpoint that women must take responsibility for attracting the attention of a rapist. This is ludicrous. I cannot stress this enough: it is the man's responsibility not to rape, it is NOT the woman's responsibility to avoid being raped.If you wish to reduce the incidence of rapes of drunken underage girls, I recommend teaching underage boys that rape is never, ever acceptable, no matter what. Place the responsibility where it belongs, and stop blaming women for being victims.
Jim Douglas labels gay and lesbian Vermonters as second-class citizens. He opposes marriage equality for all Vermonters and denies same-sex couples the full civil rights that go along with the title.Now is the time to tell Gov. Douglas and the legislature that all Vermonters deserve equal treatment under the law. Join Burlington DFA and Vermont Freedom to Marry this Friday at 11 a.m. We'll meet with Gov. Douglas at the Ceremonial Office at the State House in Montpelier and tell him where we stand.Three months after California passed Proposition 8 and wrote discrimination into the state constitution, it is more important than ever to achieve true marriage equality.This is your chance to stand up for equality. Join us Friday in Montpelier to show your support for the marriage equality bill!Take a long lunch, take a half-day, and join us Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Governor's Ceremonial Office at the State House in Montpelier.Thank you and we'll see you there!Kate and MichaelKate Lesniak and Michael Langenmayr, Field OrganizersDemocracy for America