Revolution #Haiku 210

Wake up and notice lament outrage heralding a revolution. ~ FlorenceT   This haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #210. This week's prompt words are woke and up. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to" if you are new to … Continue reading Revolution #Haiku 210

Once a mother…

“One day someone calls her “Mother”. That is what she remains for the rest of her life.” Cao XueQin What a profound quote. And one which is open to many interpretations. What does it mean to you? You women who are mothers, and who are not? Men who have known Mothers in your life?  What … Continue reading Once a mother…

#MakeItHappen – we all can


Today, the 8th of March is International Women's Day. It is a global event celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In the 5th decade of life, I am a woman who has experienced many inequities in life: I am the young girl filled with curiosity and intellect, but … Continue reading #MakeItHappen – we all can

A feminist – He & She

Gender stereotypes affect both women and men. How?  Watch this enlightening video of Harry Potter girl's (Emma Watson) speech at the United Nations for UN Women.     So men, join women in supporting feminism.   Be a feminist - who, by definition, is a person who believes and supports women and men to have equal economic, … Continue reading A feminist – He & She

Monogamy is overrated

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.   Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan Monogamy is overrated, I once told a friend. And I still stand by the statement. I wrote a post on romantic love as a construct akin to addiction, … Continue reading Monogamy is overrated

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Witches and Modern Women

Words can no longer hurt, if we re-claim them for ourselves – crone, witch…

The Geek Anthropologist

Two weeks ago, I published a piece on modern monsters and their meanings within contemporary pop culture. Though I dug through the remains of zombies, vampires and kaiju, I intentionally avoided analysis of witches—I wanted to devote an entire piece that would provide me with the space to unpack the cultural resurgence of witches this year. I’m not talking about Hogwarts students—I’m talking toil and trouble, dances with the Devil in the pale moonlight, bad bitches hex magic witches. American Horror Story’s third season, Coven (2013-2014), conjured up a cast of New Orleans witches grappling to manifest the Seven Wonders and subsequently catapulted witches into the pop culture limelight yet again. While I have argued that zombies and vampires speak to concerns about climate change, capitalism and germ warfare, these witches serve a very different cultural purpose. With new shows like Salem (2014) and Witches of East End (2013-) on…

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My sisters in poverty

I hurt. I arrive anticipating rays of sunshine, rumbling of waves, golden glimmer of sand, and friendly folks. I find them, and more. Walking through the streets, buzzing with energy and vibrant colours, I notice them outside one massage parlour, then another, then another on a street that seems never-ending. I know it is purportedly … Continue reading My sisters in poverty

Catch me when I fall

All of us desire and long to know we are connected to someone or something meaningful and valuable to us, no matter what gender we are. One of those connections may be with our beloved.   And within this connection, there is the feeling of "I would like someone to take care of me" - at … Continue reading Catch me when I fall