Breaking Bad… Habits

We’ve all struggled with trying to stop behaviors we know aren’t good for us, and I imagine most of us have some embarrassing episodes in our past. So far be it from me to cast the first stone against politicians whose foibles are played out in the glare of public awareness. None of us would want to be a candidate for office, trying to defend ourselves against a surreptitious YouTube video of us telling an off-color joke (or singing karaoke badly). My younger son claims he has photos of me sneaking Reese’s out of his Halloween candy several years in a row, and let’s just say I’m glad that the Internet and cell phone cameras didn’t exist that time my college roommates and I went to Martha’s Vineyard. Read More Breaking Bad… Habits

There’s Always a Silver Lining

This is a particularly hard time to be a political humorist – so many news stories are volatile and disturbing. Topics like the Zimmerman verdict, abortion restrictions, cruel anti-gay legislation in Russia, and horrible heat waves don’t suggest anything funny, and besides, it feels inappropriate to joke about such sensitive topics. What’s an independent writer to do (lacking the writing staff of The Daily Show)? Read More There’s Always a Silver Lining

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

From rape in Bolivia to Doctor Who, ladyblogland delivered.

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This Week in Misogyny: Exasperated Sigh Edition

Once again, we find ourselves with two weeks’ worth of misogyny to round up. Can’t the world ever cut us a break? (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: Exasperated Sigh Edition

This Week in Misogyny is Getting Fed Up

I’ve had it up to here with all the anti-choice, anti-woman BS in the world. Who’s with me? Here’s your weekly roundup of all the awfulness you might have missed. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Getting Fed Up

End Of the Week News: Yes Indeed

Oh poodles and kittens, you came back. I welcome you to another round of the mid-week news, where we relish in the current events, cringe at headlines, and jump all over what’s happening in our dear world. Here we reconvene for another roundabout recap of all the national and international news, the stuff that proves that we as a species are, well, meh. This week has been a doozy, so strap on your helmet and let’s dive on in. Read More End Of the Week News: Yes Indeed

What’s Up in NY-09

Since Anthony Weiner resigned earlier this year, New York’s 9th Congressional seat has been vacant. Governor Cuomo called for a special election on Sept. 13 to coincide with the same day of the Primary Election here in New York, and I thought we here at Persephone could take a look at the candidates in the lead up to the election.

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The Age of Dick Pics And Why Weiner Should Have Stayed

Back in February, I attended a Planned Parenthood rally here in NYC. There were at least 20 speakers at that rally, many of them great, but one of the best was Anthony Weiner. Having just come from a pro-labor rally also being held that day, he spoke with passion about women’s rights. Read More The Age of Dick Pics And Why Weiner Should Have Stayed