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DECEMBER 2012

 
 

CELTIC HOLIDAY


May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.

 



 

LINCOLN AND RACE: NOT SO SIMPLE

Stephen Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln, ‘speaks’ to the race-consciousness of the nation at a propitious time: when the changing demographics of race-politics are difficult to deny. The first African American President just won re-election principally by way of the browning of the population, the empowering of young, single women, the visceral revulsion of the racist mannerisms, and the rejection of the plutocratic beliefs of the challenger, Romney. Read the article.

 

AMERICA'S DOMESTIC WORKERS NEED LIVING WAGE

The first-of-its-kind assessment of the domestic workforce finds that the people who substantially help drive the US economy are themselves overworked, underpaid, sometimes abused and often in dire economic straits.

Anna has not had a single day off from work in 15 months. She works for a family of four in Midtown Manhattan, waking up at 6 a.m. with the children she cares for every day. She teaches the children to read, prepares family meals and does the laundry and the house cleaning. Anna takes her rest on a small mattress at 10 p.m. after cleaning the kitchen and putting the children to bed. Read more here.

 

EVE ENSLER RISING

(Laura Flanders) On February 14, 2013, Ensler says One Billion women will rise. I believe her. I have known Eve Ensler for almost thirty years, and I have never talked to her about my vagina. We have done lots of other things. In the early 1980s, before she was a famous playwright, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of the global anti-violence movement, V-Day, we were part of a group that camped out in Battery Park to protest nuclear weapons entering New York Harbor. We danced the can-can across the entrance to the Nevada nuclear test site in 1987 as part of a demonstration against the Reagan administration’s resumption of nuclear testing. To highlight the lack of affordable housing and the power of rich developers in New York, we served brunch to homeless people on long, white, linen-covered tables in front of the Plaza Hotel. Read the article. More, and Robert Redford.

 

 

COSMETIC SURGERY: GOING TOO FAR?

When plastic surgery is used to repair bodily harm or birth defects it makes sense. We wonder at what point should the American Medical Association step in to stop doctors who exploit people who are filled with self-hate and insecurity about how they appear to others when seeking surgery? Consider the many surgeons who perform labioplasty and vaginoplasty to help women who want their genitals to "look younger" for their sexual partners.

What about the trend in underage teens who have breast implants well before their bodies are even mature or are given implants as a high school graduation present from parents? What about those who fetishize the stump left after limb amputation asking doctors to remove healthy limbs to increase their sexual arousal?

What about the Barbie Flu women who hope to resemble Anime Characters and appear as unreal as possible? If an adult consents to body modifications should a surgeon's action and profit go unquestioned? Should people who want their tongue forked be forced to do it under less sanitary conditions if a doctor refuses? At what point is taking a knife to healthy people and rendering them medical anomolies because they are seeking perfection or shock unethical? Let us know your thoughts. Read more.

 

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