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Step 2. Go get everything you’ve ever wanted.

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Barbara Mikulski

(Image via the Senator’s website)


While many think History is simply the retelling of the things that happened to rich old dead white men often by old white men (and sometimes it can be—see: Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck) it isn’t just that. After all, things that happened in the past are only a blink and a click away.

As a former History major (who has long since graduated) I think we have a responsibility to make sure that what is being remembered, recounted and recalled (especially in text—hello: Texas and Arizona) is inclusive of many perspectives, representative of many people and accurate as regards their many interactions. That’s where the non-rich old white men come in.

Let’s not forget that March is Women’s History Month!

Last Saturday, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)—an ardent supporter of women’s rights and native Baltimorean—became the longest-serving woman in the history of the US Congress. When she was first elected to the US Senate in 1986 (the year before I was born!), she was just 1 of 2 women senators.  Now she is 1 of 17. That, my friends, is H-I-S-T-O-R-I-C!

Those of you unfamiliar with Senator Mikulski (Who are you? Get out of here!) should acquaint yourselves with her bio: She has done quite a lot and has a decidedly progressive platform, for which I am particularly thankful as a loyal constituent.

Here’s a piece from CNN on just how far the US has come in Senator Mikulski’s tenure and just how far we’ve got to go:

I couldn’t be more proud!  Though, we all could be more civil…

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Our esteemed Rhyme et Reason contributor Katherine has been featured on Feministing's Community Blog!  Katherine was pissed at the way Lana Del Rey and her fantastic album Born To Die have been dissected in the press and articulated a brilliant critique.

Check out: "Lana Del Rey- Born to Fail?"

Keep it up, Katherine!

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Where’s the Love for Lana Del Rey(, Ladies)?


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Lana Del Rey may be fatalistic—seriously, death is a major theme on her debut album Born to Die—but that doesn’t mean everyone has to help edge her off. Assisted suicide is still a crime, in the U.S. at least.

Rhyme et Reason contributors (myself included) won’t be saying one bad thing about LDR or her album—most of us are huge fans. Besides, Pretty Much Amazing (not so much as of late), Pitchfork (give me one) and others have done enough already. I am, however, calling BULLSHIT on HelloGiggles (which, for the record, is the most ridiculously named website EVER—and where ridiculous isn’t a good thing), Jezebel, Feministing, and the Women’s Media Center for their refusal to bring internet critics/bloggers to task over very blatant examples of misogyny as regards Ms. Del Rey and her work!


I am not suggesting anyone has to like anyone, least of all because they share the same genitals and similar societal expectations. But Lana’s reception reminds me of something Gloria Steinem once said:

Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.

So, where is it? Where’s the love? Where’s the support? Where’s the sisterhood? Where’s the CONSTRUCTIVE criticism? Nowhere— well, here and over at Slate!

After listening to “This Is What Makes Us Girls,” it’s clear that Lana might understand why the ladies have been slow to come around. Here’s the chorus:

This is what makes us girls
We don’t look for heaven and we put our love first
Don’t you know we’d die for it? It’s a curse
Don’t cry about it, don’t cry about it
This is what makes us girls
We don’t stick together ‘cause we put our love first
Don’t cry about him, don’t cry about him
It’s all gonna happen

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