TABOO (topics): that would be sex, money and politics

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Dear Readers:

The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago will host TABOO on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

My longtime #GirlPolitics pal Christie Hefner will moderate. The panel will include Dr. Lauren Streicher (author of Love Sex Again), and Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year. No doubt, we’ll have fun and be provocative.

If you’re in-town, I hope you will join us. If not, let your friends who are know we’re around, in case they want to join in the fun.

All the best.

Rebecca

Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Force a Lifesaving Choice for Republican Women Voters

Dear Readers:

Todd Akin, Paul (“I’m as pro-life as a person gets”) Ryan: #GirlPolitico Jodi Jacobson described them this way: “It is always the case that when you finally think right-wing fundamentalist anti-women politicians can not get any crazier… they do something to prove you wrong.”

But, they aren’t just crazy; they are the enemies of all women — Republican as well as Democratic.

Meeting in Tampa, Fla., ahead of next week’s National Republican Convention, the (Republican) party’s platform committee on Tuesday adopted a policy statement calling for a ban on abortion without an exception for rape.” Yet, “Only 6 percent of the Republican women in the (Missouri senate race) poll said they planned to vote for McCaskill.”
 
As I wrote in this piece published in RH Reality Check, the question in these times is whether Republican women — in Missouri and elsewhere — will come to their senses and take into account what the 2012 presidential and congressional election is all about: “Will the Republican women voters of 2012 recognize this presidential election for what it really is for every American woman voter: a referendum on the very notion of what a woman can be in this day and age?

I hope you’ll read RH Reality Check and share your thoughts with me.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

Girlfriends: When Men Are Deciding What Women Should Have, It’s Time To Head for the Hills (and Make a Plan) | RH Reality Check

Girlfriends: When Men Are Deciding What Women Should Have, It’s Time To Head for the Hills (and Make a Plan) | RH Reality Check

Dear Readers:

Jodi Jacobson, editor of RH Reality Check, asked me to write a piece about the latest contretemps over access to birth control.

Yup, can you believe it: We’re talking about access to birth control in 2011! Well, that’s exactly the point of the piece. Pathetic, really, the times we’re in.

You can find the piece at the link above. I hope you’ll share it and encourage friends and colleagues to do so, as well as to make their feelings known to official Washington and to their Catholic voter-friends.

Sincerely,

Rebecca

Pro-choice Jewish women are instrumental to President Obama’s re-election

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/09/29/prochoice-jewish-women-instrumental-president-obamas-reelection

Dear Readers,

After contemplating the horrifying notion of pro-choice Jews voting for a likely-anti-choice Republican presidential candidate, because they don’t like President Obama’s views on Palestinian statehood, I wrote the piece at the link above.

Thanks to Jodi Jacobson, editor of RH Reality Check, who posted it this morning.

Anyway, I really, really hope you are a reader of Jodi’s. She does amazing work.

Then, when you have a chance, go to today’s New York TimesIt discusses President Obama’s strategy of seeking votes in Colorado, say, because Ohio and other states like it are proving tough at the moment.

This is exactly why I’m suggesting that Jewish, pro-choice women voters are so important to President Obama’s election. We are Democrats through and through, and we live in Ohio and other big, tough “rust-belt” states. (Remember: Winner takes all in the Electoral College. Every vote counts.)

A happy new year to all and most especially to President Obama.

Best wishes.

Rebecca  

Planned Parenthood’s Almost Demise, Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Exploration, Geraldine Ferraro’s Death Mark New Chapter in American History

Dear Readers,

Can I tell you that “I’ve had it up to here” with the current national strategies for securing women’s rights, and positions of greater power for pro-choice women, in American politics?

The proverbial march isn’t the answer, but we sure have lost our way. Here are my current thoughts on the matter:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-sive/michele-bachmann-presidential-run_b_847433.html

Best wishes.

Rebecca
(with a new website at: http://www.rebeccasive.com/; I hope you’ll check it out.)