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  The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.  V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
  Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.     For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More
Now here’s a petition we can get behind! 10-year-old Melissa Shang, along with her older sister (Huffington Post’s YingYing Shang), is asking for American Girl to release a differently abled doll. Melissa, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, has been an avid fan of the dolls for years. Her favorite collection of dolls are the Girl of the Year dolls. “Every year,” Melissa wrote, “American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a ... Read More
  When I was a little girl, I had a collection of ceramic Victorian women in full petticoats and gowns. They were enduringly precious to me, and yet my clumsy fingers always proved disastrous for the delicate dolls. They lost everything from their parasols to their heads, and yet I kept them on my chest of drawers well into adulthood; in fact, they’re still there.    As I learned more about constructed Victorian womanhood, I realized the ... Read More
  With all the “fit moms” and tabloid attention on “post-baby bodies,” we can lose sight of the fact that our beauty lies in our diversity. The fetishization of the mother with the "perfect body" is discouraging to women of all walks and phases of life, and it’s important to combat this kind of aggressive negativity by celebrating our bodies, minds, and lives. A few months ago, Maria Kang, often called “Fit Mom,” ... Read More