WHAT ABOUT MOMS?
America puts mothers on a pedestal, yet no one thinks of how lonely and isolated it gets up there. The Charlottesville alt mag C-Ville Weekly addressed the issue. In a revealing piece, Editor Jessica Luck shares the stories of several mothers’ physical, social, financial and work-related struggles, many compounded by a lack of resources, literature and awareness of the daily realities of motherhood. Women spoke of postpartum depression, wearing adult diapers, pumping breast milk on an office bathroom floor, having to go back to work before your body has healed, and the pressure to simultaneously look Instagram-fabulous.
The story reveals fissures in the very idea that most women can have it all in our society in its current structure; without support from the community, and improvements in law and policy, it’s essentially impossible for many mothers to do it all, have it all, and be happy doing it. As awareness has grown, so have resources and help—but there’s still a long way to go. “I think we’re so individualized until this process of pregnancy happens,” Bend Yoga owner Kelly Cox told CW. “It takes a village to raise the village.”
WHERE’S THE CAKE?
OK Gazette reports that the state capital of Oklahoma City was missing one dubious sight this year: “Lobbyists going through security with brightly wrapped packages trimmed in gold foil with cards addressed to lawmakers.” The Oklahoma Ethics Commission, aka party poopers, decreed last year that lobbyists were no longer allowed to give birthday gifts to legislators. (Valentine’s Day cards, however …) But even as Oklahomans applauded the commission, which also voted to ban former legislators from becoming lobbyists in the first two years out of office, lawmakers were growing tired of not being able to have their cake and eat it, too. So they defunded the commission from $3.3 million to zero dollars.
“I am appalled,” Commission Chairman John C. Hawkins reportedly wrote in an email to legislators, “the retaliation on a state agency by cutting their budget for their job is unconscionable.” The commission is to meet to consider filing a legal challenge to the state supreme court. If successful, OKG suggests it add unethical retaliation to its next session.
NEO-NAZI SAYS WHAT?
If the GOP in the Sunshine State gives you the rainy-day blues, cheer up, little soldier, and turn thine eyes to the Golden State. Pacific Sun (let’s be honest; probably laughingly) writes, “It’s been a couple of wild weeks for the California State Republican Party now that it’s been revealed that one of the highest polling Republicans in the state is a neo-Nazi who denies that the Holocaust happened.” Patrick Little, a “self-described ‘counter Semite,’” is leading all challengers to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat.
Thus far, PS reports, the strategy of aghast Republicans seems to be ignoring their Little problem until it goes away. Little was recently kicked out of the state GOP convention, though not before he “stomped on an Israeli flag as he departed.”
In spite of his extremism, or perhaps because of it, Little, whose campaign slogan is “Liberate the U.S. from the Jewish Oligarchy,” placed second to Feinstein, who is Jewish, in a recent poll, which put him polling at 18 percent. But he’s no one-trick anti-Semite. Nay, his other ideas reportedly include nationalizing Facebook, Google and Twitter and, least controversial, “[crashing] asteroids into the Mars atmosphere to make it more amendable to future humans who may travel there.” Far out, man.
WHO’S POLICING THE POLICE?
The Philadelphia Police Department recently had a SNAFU with racist graffiti inside a staff bathroom. According to Philadelphia Weekly, a photo leaked to Philly Weekly depicted “racial epithets directed at African Americans and Latinos written in marker inside a bathroom stall.” Sadly, the department comprises more than 40 percent black and Latino officers.
PW adds that a police department spokesperson confirmed that the bathroom “was not accessible by civilians” and declined further comment because the matter is being investigated by PPD Internal Affairs. The graffiti is not the first such incident that has affected the department in recent years. In 2009, an organization representing black officers filed a lawsuit about an online forum, the now-defunct domelights.com, for being “moderated by white officers who engaged in racially abusive commentary.” More recently, Guardian Civic League, which filed the ’09 lawsuit, has launched a suit “alleging racial discrimination and corruption” in the Narcotics Unit.