“A writer is someone who is interested in all the arts, in politics, and of course the psychology of people. Someone passionate about everything.”
– Susan Sontag, Radio France Interview (“Regarding Susan Sontag,” from HBO)

An excerpt from the latest book by Taylor Marsh:

…It’s one thing to want a traditional relationship in the old-fashioned sense of the word. That type of traditional relationship often doesn’t make room for a woman who has her own life and career going for her, too. If you’re self-employed, you have a better chance of juggling everything, but if not, some careers are very competitive, and women have to sacrifice a lot to have them, including time with their children. It’s also not like the workplace is a friendly place for women who still have most of the responsibilities at home. This can often mean the man has to pick up the slack and be graceful while doing it. The woman still sacrifices a lot for her choice to have a marriage, children and a career, which some people describe as “having it all.” […] …The age issue is critical, because in American society it’s seen as gross to hear or have a discussion about older women and men being sexually active. There is almost a cultural lust for media reports and storylines that celebrate hot, young passion. That two people over fifty would be using erotic movies, sex toys and fashion to excite one another has been traditionally seen as unseemly. Sex once was thought to be unimportant for women over fifty, which is likely why so many men over fifty were starting second families. […]

Podcast: Book introduction audio and commentary of "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Podcast: Introductory book audio reading, with commentary, from The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen – Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Mitt Romney Minute: He Supported Contraception Mandate before He was Against It

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

From PlumLine’s twitter feed at CPAC:

Santorum backer Foster Friess: “A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says, “Hi, Mitt!”

A too funny […]

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Queer Talk: Marriage equality takes two steps forward

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.

This week the earlier court ruling that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional was upheld by U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. And in […]

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Dash of Dan: Two-Tone Mini Bundts

Valentines Day is just around the corner.

Now, I don’t put much into this day, but I do think it’s important to show the ones you love, how you feel.

For me, I’ve always shown it […]

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Are Conservative Men Prepared for the 21st Century?

Clearly, Rick Santorum is not. The cultural war religious conservatives are stirring up is about women’s freedoms, but it is also about equality, competency and economic opportunity.

From Politico:

“Look, I want to create every opportunity […]

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Pres. Obama: No Compromise on Free Contraception. Period.

Pres. Obama felt forced to compromise and personally address the furor surrounding his contraceptive mandate for all women, because religious conservatives wanted a fight about religious freedom where none existed and election year politics […]

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White House Contraceptive Compromise Announcement Set During Rick Santorum – Mitt Romney CPAC Speeches

**UPDATED**

As Rick Santorum takes to the stage to give his speech, with Mitt Romney following close behind, the White House has scheduled their announcement, which I wrote yesterday would be coming before the end […]

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Joe Scarborough Compares Obama Contraceptive Mandate to Federal Govt. Mandating Southern Baptist Female Deacons

“… I think women should be deacons as well as men. …But if the federal government, if the Justice Department offers a mandate ordering Southern Baptists to make women deacons, I would be the […]

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Only Option for Republicans on Obama’s Free Contraceptive Mandate is to Stress Government Overreach

“There really isn’t a constitutional issue involved in this.” – David Boies, on “The Last Word,” with Lawrence O’Donnnell (leading U.S. constitutional attorney)

There is no constitutional issue on the contraceptive coverage mandate, as David […]

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Rachel Maddow Slams ’60-something Male Pundits’

“I realize a lot of 60-something male pundits look at this issue & think hmmm… bad politics for Democrats on the Catholic side. There’s another way to look at it.” – Rachel Maddow

Who are […]

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