Dec 302006
 

Hey girls, guess what? If you stay home and do housework, you can cut your risk of breast cancer! According to a study by Cancer Research UK, a mere 16 or 17 hours of housework a week cuts the risk by 30% among pre-menopausal women and 20% if you are post-menopausal. According to an article by the BBC,

“The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.

Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.”

Obviously, with such startling reults, one assumes that they will immediately set up a test to see if doing housework has the same impact on the chances of men getting prostrate cancer.

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 December 30, 2006  Posted by on December 30, 2006 Comments Off
Dec 232006
 

It had been my intention to write a brief note before leaving for the holidays everyone a week of grace and peace, whatever their traditions and beliefs may be, but a story caught my eye today that made me realize that the grace and peace thing is wishful thinking and that most especially for women and children, violence on earth knows no holiday.

With a headline that reads, “What would happen if the Virgin Mary came to Bethlehem today?”, the UK’s Independent has a piece today that documents the horrific conditions under which pregnant women labor in the Palestinian West Bank. Continue reading »

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 December 23, 2006  Posted by on December 23, 2006 Comments Off
Dec 212006
 

Many thanks to feminist activist Ben Atherton-Zemon for this excellent call to action regarding K-Mart’s sale of girls’ t-shirts that glorify violence against women as acceptable human behavior. Please feel free to pas this along. Let’s make sure K-mart hears us loud and clear on this one! Contact information is at the end of the article.
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K-Mart Misses Opportunity to Stand Against Violence
By Ben Atherton-Zeman, December 20, 2006

“Problem Solved,� reads the T-shirt. The cartoon above features stick figure drawings of a male and a female. In the first frame, the female is talking excitedly to the male – in the second, he has pushed her through the wall of the frame. She is falling to her doom – he is smiling. “Problem solved.�

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 December 21, 2006  Posted by on December 21, 2006 Comments Off
Dec 202006
 

This piece was originally published on Buzzflash.

Thank You Alice: A Meditation for the Winter Solstice

by Lucinda Marshall

In the dark days of approaching winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, Alice Walker’s new book, “We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light In A Time Of Darkness”, offers an inspiring path of peaceful courage. In this short but eminently wise volume, Walker talks about many things, including a tribe, the Swa, where it is the job of women to say stop when behavior and actions are in damaging excess. As Walker eloquently states, in our own society and time, now is the time not only for women to say stop, but also for men to listen. She shares a statement from the Elders of the Hopi Nation that ends with these lines,

“All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration.
“We are the ones we have been waiting for…””

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 December 20, 2006  Posted by on December 20, 2006 Comments Off