I want to live in a truly inclusive world, do you?

by Debbie L. Kasman in , ,

Pope Francis recently declared that a woman would never serve as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church.  This is not a change in stance; he has always said the door was closed on women being ordained as priests.  But when pressed about the matter by a journalist during a press conference on the papal plane, Francis intimidated that the ban would be eternal because Jesus only chose men as his apostles.  I want to live in a truly inclusive world, do you?  Is THIS how you get gender equality? 

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Blurred Lines

by Debbie L. Kasman in ,

The song Blurred Lines generated a huge amount of controversy when it was released in 2013.  British entertainment and media news website, Digital Spy, called it “smooth and soulful” but in the wrong hands “crass and chauvinistic.”  Rolling Stone magazine called it “The Worst Song of This or Any Other Year.”

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The Amazing Female

by Debbie L. Kasman in

On a quiet morning at the cottage, while reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I was reminded of the amazing capacities of women.  “Women have more feelings of empathy for other people than men do (though women and men have about the same degree of empathy for animals, whatever that means!” Rubin wrote. “In fact,” she continued, “for both men and women – and this finding struck me as highly significant – the most reliable predictor of not being lonely is the amount of contact with women. Time spent with men doesn't make a difference.” 

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