Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category
And that means the first presidential debate is tonight at 9pm ET. We’ll be watching at barackobama.com/debate, featuring a livestream, a live blog, and a few other live things, probably. See you there.
I’m sure the intern who thought of this campaign slogan is patting himself on the back right now. I suppose it doesn’t matter how you go about advertising so long as you are inclusive of the younger generations, right?
Sometimes I read an article about interior design, and instead of pulling away the finer points of “Island-Living Style,” I’m stuck focusing on which editor thought including the insensitive tidbits romanticizing post-colonial Caribbean life was a good idea. In the latest edition of Lonny Magazine they cover an Englishman’s vacation home on Harbour Island. I think what tipped me over the edge was the “cinematic nostalgia” oil painting of an old black servant hanging above the homeowner’s desk (see below). Whether intentional or not, the author (and the owner of the home) are looking upon a time of privilege, racial tensions, sugar and tobacco plantations, and poverty in a way that is only “nostalgic” to colonists. Even the relatively harmless line in the beginning that proudly mentions that the original builder’s great-grandsons performed the renovations to the house makes me uncomfortable. Of course, the line could suggest that the builders’ family have an excellent reputation for construction and architecture; but it could just as easily suggest the family was never able to move past the profession of heavy manual labor. Am I over-thinking this? I hope so.
Source: Lonny Mag
Recently, I’ve found myself considering women’s rights issues more than usual. In my colloquium on the constitution and society, I read articles examining transitional justice forums and whether local level courts would be more apt to address war crimes, such as rape. In school, I helped coordinate the women’s law group’s participation in SlutWalk, a global campaign against victim-blaming in sexual assault and rape cases, and organized a bake sale to raise money for the Advocacy Center, a local domestic violence nonprofit. And just yesterday, a good girl friend emailed me an uplifting New York Times article about readers’ Mother’s Day donations which help to found the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya. Today, I’m seeing Catherine MacKinnon speak at my school. Heart women’s rights.
Scalia, it seems your prediction is coming true. As the definition of marriage continues its 21st Century transformation, the TLC Sister Wives family may temporarily shift the national spotlight from gay marriage to polygamy–or rather, a Utah law, which makes it a crime “if a married person purports to marry or cohabits with another person.” At first blush, I’d say the Utah law looks like an unconstitutional restriction, so I’m anxious to see who will win this battle.