Monthly Archives: November 2009

Art Imitates Life

Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon passed away recently at the age of 74 and was eulogized in an article in the Wall Street Journal.  Sadly, many people do not know who this person is. But what I find more disturbing is that, despite being one of the most creative minds in the last half of the twentieth […]

Black Women’s Health Resource

I was surfing the internet and I came across this cool website about Black women’s health. The benefit of this site is that it offers a comprehensive list of health topics, nutrition and fitness tips, information on spiritual and mental health, and even financial advice.  And it addresses these topics as they relate to African […]

When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

So, early this afternoon I’m having a look around the web at some feminist blogs we link to on the Women’s Center blog roll. I needed some inspiration for this week’s blog post, and found some absolutely disturbing news from other parts of the globe (goodness knows there’s enough disturbing news coming out of this […]

Proving Gender

Last week, the South African Sports Ministry announced that Caster Semenya will be able to keep her gold medal and the prize money that she received by winning the 800 meters race at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships in Berlin this past August.  This announcement partly resolves one of the most controversial stories […]

Woman Up

Guest posted by Kristen Abell.  Originally posted at Recently a couple items in the news have caught my eye, and my thoughts/feelings about these particular items have been such that I wanted to write a little something about them. Pardon my rant. About a week ago, the Kansas City Chiefs released one of their […]

Black Beauty

For decades, African Americans have struggled with discrimination, body image, identity, and a variety of issues that have them questioning their place in society. One issue that has also been a major struggle, especially for African American women, is hair. As an African American woman, I know first hand the burden of caring for Black […]

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project was a play that was developed to inform the public about what really occurred to Matthew Shepard on the nights of October 6-7, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming.  Shepard was brutally beaten because he was a homosexual.  He suffered fractures to the back of his head and in front of his right ear […]

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

I recently read a really good book called The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.  The book contains a variety of themes, but the most interesting one is the contrast between traditional, Eastern culture and modern, Western medicine. The author tells an interesting story of a Hmong woman by juxtaposing Hmong, […]

The Dangers of Eating Disorders During Pregnancy

As I reported in a previous blog, eating disorders are dangerous for women.  From another recent article, I learned that they are especially dangerous for women who are pregnant.  According to the article, generally, it is difficult for women who have eating disorders to get pregnant because most of the time they are not healthy […]

Is “Goin’ Rogue” Really Something to Celebrate?

Over the past few years, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been a permanent fixture in the mainstream media, evoking strong emotion from pundits on all sides of the political spectrum. Even after resigning as Alaska’s governor during the summer, considered a controversial move by some, (and if you haven’t yet, I encourage you watch […]