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January 20, 2003
Following up on....

Freedom of....

Looks like Berkeley's come back to its senses. "University of California officials, reversing a decision that had ignited a debate over freedom of expression, have given the university's Emma Goldman Papers Project at Berkeley permission to send a fund-raising letter that includes quotations from Goldman about war and the suppression of free speech."

The kidnapping of....

Swaziland and Zena Mahlangu have largely dropped out of the news. I guess the international community's "outrage" over the abduction of the 18 year-old wasn't really that strong. As far as I can tell, no one ever did get a chance to talk to her face-to-face, without guards, to find out what had really happened.

On the other hand, in a country where one third of the women are expected to die of AIDS as a result of their antiquated customs and beliefs, I guess being a part of one of the only families that has access to decent medical treatments isn't a bad thing.

Son of....

I was annoyed and irritated by the Bushleaguer's decision to revive Reagan's absurdity of a "Star Wars Defense Program" and I don't find the prospect any more acceptable just because they've given the limited, andsadly flawed, program a cutsey name, okay?

Criminy

In the "get a clue" department today, we offer an article from The Scotsman that suggests women had more fun (i.e., sex) in the 50's than they do today.

Their rationale for this? Well, today:

"Couples are often weighed down by double careers and childcare, which has an impact on their ability to enjoy sex."

Ummm...are these couples all lesbians? Because if they aren't, there's good likelihood that there are some men in there not enjoying sex as much as they used to, okay?

By contrast, stay-at-home mothers in the Fifties were encouraged to put the children to bed early and to put on a lick of powder to welcome home their man. Sex was seen a duty of marriage - and it was seen as a woman’s job to keep a man interested.

This, you understand, is the basis for all of that "fun" women were having in the 50's. Making sure the Man Of The House wasn't inconvenienced by his spawn, then slapping on some face powder and preparing to "lay back and think of England."

What kind of agenda do these people have? (Well, it's pretty obvious, yes. They want us wimmenfolk to get ourselves back in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant, like we belong.

Sheesh.

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to spend most of the weekend reading about conspiracy theories and the growing militia threat in this country? There's a lurking streak of paranoia in me, as there is in most of us, and I seem to have tapped into it.

I'm going to go do some work.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:26 AM


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