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Alicia Beltran, a 28-year-old pregnant woman confided in health-care workers about her prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use on her own during an early prenatal care visit. On July 18, Wisconsin law enforcement officials arrested her under a 1997 Wisconsin law, which gives the state the power to forcibly detain any pregnant woman who “habitually lacks self-control” and poses a “substantial risk” to the health of an egg, embryo, or fetus.
the tree house by Paolo Aquino on Flickr.
“In the postindustrial economy, feminism has been retooled as a vehicle for expression of the self, a ‘self’ as marketable consumer object, valued by how many times it’s been bought—or, in our electronic age, how many times it’s been clicked on. ‘Images of a certain kind of successful woman proliferate,’ British philosopher Nina Power observed of contemporary faux-feminism in her 2009 book, One-Dimensional Woman. ‘The city worker in heels, the flexible agency employee, the hard-working hedonist who can afford to spend her income on vibrators and wine—and would have us believe that—yes—capitalism is a girl’s best friend.’”
-Susan Faludi, in The Baffler, on the Lean In movement and the history of feminism and capitalism. Read more on Sheryl Sandberg here.
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I was at Target this afternoon, in search of some baking supplies (cinnamon chips are impossible to find, but that’s a rant for another day). As I was leaving the store, I passed the Halloween section; there was a man helping his daughter pick out a costume. She kept wandering into the aisle with…
English actor and comedian Russell Brand’s interview on BBC went viral after his strong criticism of the global political and economic system. See the full interview here: http://bit.ly/Hi3wAj
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I love Russell Brand, I truly do.
I’m sure many people who will watch this interview will brush it off as “youthful rebellion” and how young people start off as Lefties and ask for revolutions, but then nothing happens. But I love this interview.
I don’t think people understand how fascinating this interview is - it captures the essence of stagnancy that many people, especially people in Western countries, feel about their current political systems. A stagnancy which has taken root ever since the end of the Cold War. Politics seem stale - there are no grand political ideals to consume people anymore, to give them something to outreach for. That feeling on the back of your mind of something being wrong; that the current Capitalist system is creating some of the most horrid disparities in society, but at the same time feeling powerless to the ideals of Capitalism, because Capitalism trudges you along in life - it gives you what you want. Unless, of course, you are the truly exploited.
There is something lethargic about Jeremy Paxman, who has conducted some of the most fiery interviews against the political elite in Britain, now sitting there nonchalant and almost a disgruntled elite himself, being confronted by Brand.
Whatever your views are of Russel Brand, or of the ideas he mentioned in this interview, it is still a fascinating interview.
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