Girls Just Want To Be George, Jo, or Buffy: Reading Nostalgia and Heroines in Literature

A colleague shared the above image with me and I was reminded of so many books that have drawn me in to the point where I feel like I’m part of the narrative. For me, the trauma comes from having to let go of  immersed narrative experiences. Women and girls in literature like George Kirrin, Jo […]

Under the Dome, Episode 1: Sealing the Glass Ceiling

In a nutshell, the television series, Under the Dome (2013),  is based on a novel (2009) by Stephen King which focuses on the town of Chesterville as it’s inhabitants cope with their entrapment under a giant, impenetrable dome. Before I get into the specifics of this review I must say that I have read the novel, Under […]

A Marine Story (2010): From Sexuality to Sexism in the U.S. Military

“A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp, but when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them. A MARINE STORY [Directed by Ned Farr] highlights the absurdity of the military ban […]

U.S. Women and Abortion: An Infographic

Bibliographic sources for the information presented in the above image can be viewed here. This infographic is a creative way to provide people with facts rather than fictions. Similar Post: Contraception, Abortion and Invisible Fences: A Brief Look at Church and State in the U.S. and Ireland.

Steubenhell on Earth

Welcome to Earth: Where victims are blamed, where rapists are mollycoddled, where football is more important than #humanrights #Steubenville — Donna M. Alexander (@americasstudies) March 19, 2013   Steubenville is now synonymous with hell. It is no longer just a geographical location, but an event, a moment in time when humanity failed to be humane. […]

My Letter to Irish Senators Asking for Abortion Legislation to be Prioritsied

Please feel free to use this letter as a template. We need to make our voices heard! The following is a list of email addresses for the current Senators: ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie, seand.barrett@oireachtas.ie, paul.bradford@oireachtas.ie, terry.brennan@oireachtas.ie, paddy.burke@oireachtas.ie, colm.burke@oireachtas.ie, thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie, deirdre.clune@oireachtas.ie, paul.coghlan@oireachtas.ie, eamonn.coghlan@oireachtas.ie, michael.comiskey@oireachtas.ie, martin.conway@oireachtas.ie, john.crown@oireachtas.ie, david.cullinane@oireachtas.ie, maurice.cummins@oireachtas.ie, mark.daly@oireachtas.ie, jim.darcy@oireachtas.ie, michael.darcy@oireachtas.ie, john.gilroy@oireachtas.ie, jimmy.harte@oireachtas.ie, aideen.hayden@oireachtas.ie, fidelma.healy.eames@oireachtas.ie, james.heffernan@oireachtas.ie, imelda.henry@oireachtas.ie, lorraine.higgins@oireachtas.ie, cait.keane@oireachtas.ie, john.kelly@oireachtas.ie, […]

What I Learned from Adrienne Rich

The first time I read an Adrienne Rich poem as teenager I learned that it’s not just the “boys club” that writes poetry well. A woman can create poetry that explores personal and political attachments as well as being formally and stylistically masterful. This is the first lesson that Rich taught me. I went through […]