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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. Her latest book is ACHAN: A Year of Teaching Thailand (Bangkok Books, 2007). She is also the editor of Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society (UPNE/Tufts U., 2007). She lives in Saxtons River, Vt. and invites readers to visit her website: www.elayneclift.com
The Archetypal Journey of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton represents a new type of archetype - a female hero on a quest who survives the Underground and comes out intact, changed by the experience, and able to create change because of it.
Time to Get Behind Hillary
Hillary Clinton may not be perfect, but now that she's the Dem candidate, can we give her her due? Especially in face of the alternative?
Saturday, July 9, 2016
America's Many Faces of Mounting Fury
America's recent violence against Blacks and police reveals how badly it has lost it's way. What can be done about the overt and incipient hatred that is revealing itself in a nation that prides itself on being "better than that"?
Fort Hood Survivors Still Struggle to Recover
Seven years ago an army psychiatrist fatally shot 13 people, injuring 30 others, at Ft.Hood. Why is this attack still classified as "workplace violence instead of a terrorist attack?
Wednesday, May 4, 2016(3 comments)
Patriarchs and Politicians Weigh In on Women
It's been a while since blatant misogyny on the scale we see today reared its ugly head so overtly in political circles. But thanks to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others on the far right, we are reminded of just how base male attitudes towards women can be.
Thursday, April 28, 2016(3 comments)
Thoughts From a Disillusioned Democrat
It's hard being a news junkie, especially when sandbox politics prevail, even between the candidates in my party, in light of how vital this election is.
Time for a Second Look at the Second Wave
Young women need to understand what's at stake in this election. Hillary Clinton and her team aren't exactly helping them. They need historical context and full information to make good decisions, and they need to vote!
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Perversity of Sexual Assault Knows No Bounds
First it was the military. Then college campuses and churches. Then prisons. Then war crimes and UN Peacekeepers. Now come stories of sexual aggression in Baltimore's public housing sector, refugee and migrant camps abroad, and the public squares of some of Europe's finest cities. How does it end?
Overcoming the Politics of fear
FDR was right about not letting fear paralyze us. So are others who refute right-wing scare-mongers seeking to be President. We all have a responsibility as well as a stake in this.
Thursday, December 24, 2015(1 comments)
The Pathologizing of Children
The over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs to children, some still in the crib, is alarming. Parents, physicians and educators must remember to "do no harm."
Sexual Bliss for Women with a Little Pink Pill - Really?
Flibanserin is Big Pharma's latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to American women's quest for an eternal wet dream. Why is Puritanical America so fixated on sex, sexual desire and sexual performance?
Monday, June 1, 2015(1 comments)
Is Lyme the Next Infectious Disease Disaster?
Lyme disease is now endemic in several states and growing exponentially across the country. Why are infectious disease specialists still in denial about its severity and chronic nature?
Prison Health Care Sorely in Need of Reform
Being in prison is no picnic, but few people realize that it can be a matter of life and death for those needing health care. A recent measles outbreak in California help to make the case.
Monday, March 30, 2015(4 comments)
Remembering the Human in Human (Sex) Trafficking
Shame on Republicans for trying to sneak anti-abortion language into the proposed Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015! Do they really think raped girls haven't been punished enough?
Revisiting "The Banality of Evil"
Hannah Arendt was pilloried for her contemplation of "Eichmann in Jerusalem" in 1961. But in light of torture, police brutality, sexual assault and political corruption it may be time to revisit her argument about "the banality of evil."
Is America a Failed State?
Have we become a failed state like those we accuse of being "developing countries"? Given political corruption, police brutality, SCOTUS decisions, gun violence and more it's beginning to look that way.
Standing Up to Corporate Greed
What happens when employees, customers and even management stand up to abuse by the powers that be? This ongoing case study is compelling.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Reacting to Conflict in the Middle East: A Revealing Litmus Test
Reactions to the Israel/Gaza conflict on social media are stunningly bifurcated between those who take a human rights view and those who see events through a political lens. Will enough people find their voices of conscience in time to end the conflagration?
The Elephants in the Pay Equity Room
We lost a great opportunity to talk about myriad issues surrounding pay equity (and discrimination) during media coverage of National Pay Equity Day last month.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014(5 comments)
Corruption, Control and the Pathology of Power
The world is full of Bernie Madoffs. Corruption happens across cultures and none of us fully understands why so many people seek personal gain though unsavory behaviors. What does that say about our collective humanity?
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Pornography of War
You know its poster child: A "wounded warrior" learning to walk with a prosthesis; a female officer incapacitated by depression; a homeless vet wandering aimlessly. How many more pornographic pictures must we view to see that violence is always trumped by vision, and that suffering is the last, worst solution to conflict?