One word frees us

A friend sent me a card with a quote from Sophocles: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” –Joy

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Purple people?

I am helping with a Girl Scout summer book club—and being around a bunch of eager, smiling girls makes me feel a bit happier. Recently, we read the book The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart. According to these authors, we all need to be more purple, and they define […]

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The Way Things Are

“There is no way things should be, only the way things are—and the way things are going to keep changing,” writes Kirstin Valdez Quade in The Five Wounds.

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We are not free

We all need to struggle for a world where we are all free of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, gun violence, poverty, inequality, hatred and every single form of oppression, says Lisa Congdon in her book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. “We are not free until everyone is free,” Congdon concludes.

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Unequal pay!?

The average National Basketball Association salary this season is $5.4 million compared with $120, 600 for the Women’s National Basketball Association, meaning the average NBA player makes 45 times what a WNBA player makes. I found this information in the May 14, 2022, issue of The Dallas Morning News. –Joy

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Decisions about the male body?

During Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, then-Senator Kamala Harris asked: “Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Judge Kavanaugh answered, “I’m not aware—I’m not—thinking of any right now, senator.” I found this quote in the winter 2022 issue of Ms. magazine. –Joy

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A decision she must make herself

In her 1993 Supreme Court hearing, Ruth Bader Ginsberg explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated […]

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The situation now

Nearly 60 percent of women in this country—about 40 million—live in states that are “hostile to abortion rights,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the situation now, reports Ms. Magazine in its winter 2022 issue. If the Supreme Court abandons Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion.

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Should we outlaw sex?

Jonathan Mitchell, one of the architects of Texas law SB 8, which severely limits abortions, wrote this in a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court. “Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sex.”

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Let’s get angry

We have good reasons to be angry—abortion, Ukraine, the pandemic, climate change. “Anger is often totally appropriate,” writer Roxane Gay says. “It can be incredibly productive.” I heard Roxane Gay speaking on the PBS evening news. –Joy

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