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Amy Fried is the author of "Escaping Dick Cheney's Stomach." She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, and has been an advocate for church-state separation and other civil liberties issues. She writes on women's issues, media, veganism and the Religious Right.
MSNBC, Racism and Misogyny Aren't RW "Identity Politics!"
For the second time, with a second host, MSNBC has inexplicably allowed the irresponsible equation of Trump's brand of tribalism with so-called "identity politics on the left." Why these otherwise admirable hosts remained silent in both cases, is a mystery.
Sessions on Wrong Side of History Amidst Opioid Epidemic
While the sirens are sounding on the escalation of the opioid epidemic, Sessions' approach is counterproductive. Adhering to the racist underpinning of the Drug War, he gets in the way of a possible solution: medical cannabis.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017(9 comments)
Hiding Behind Children
The image of Russian orphans is used by both the Trump and Putin camps to obscure the effort to repeal a Human Rights law. It is not the first time Trump et al, have hidden behind children, and revealed their own hypocrisy.
Friday, November 11, 2016(25 comments)
A Conservative Argument for Reversing this Electoral Travesty
There is a campaign to urge the electors of the Electoral College - who meet December 19th - to vote for the winner of the popular vote in this election. In addition to being more democratic, such a move is urgent in the particular case of this "winner." While liberals decry his racism and hatred, perhaps an even stronger argument can be made by conservatives for his threats to national security. I urge them to join.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016(17 comments)
Comey's Revelations Demand Urgent Action by DNC Superdelegates
FBI Director Comey's statement on Hillary Clinton's email use - while not rising to the level of indictment - can only be seen as politically devastating. Between the end of the primaries and today, the standard argument from Hillary supporters to critics of her, has been to stifle that criticism in fear of a Trump win. With this report, it is HRC's carelessness that is the threat to Democrats in 2016.
Friday, May 6, 2016(16 comments)
Trump, The GOP, and Rape
Candidate Trump moves seamlessly from accusing Mexican immigrants in general of being rapists, to shrugging off his coveted endorsement by an actual convicted rapist. Regardless of the merit of Mike Tyson's conviction, in both cases, Trump follows a GOP tradition of using rape as a tool of patriarchy and white privilege, without actually being concerned about the crime of rape.
Friday, April 29, 2016(1 comments)
Bernie's Inequality Message for Trump Voters
While Trump is trying to bring Sanders voters into his camp, it is Sanders who has the greater argument for Trump voters to join him. Unfortunately, Trump's appeals to "aggrieved entitlement" are easier to grasp in our post-Fox-News environment, than are Sanders' economic arguments.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015(16 comments)
Why Trump is the Perfect Vehicle for Today's GOP
Trump has been called a clown, a populist, a misogynist and a racist; yet the mainstream media still scratches their heads over his rising popularity among the Republican electorate. Here I argue that it is the delegation of undocumented immigrants and women as resources rather than people, that makes Trump the perfect spokesman for the Right at this time in history.
Friday, July 24, 2015(29 comments)
When "Lefty" Advocacy Organizations Sell Out
It's frustrating these days to be a vegan and an environmentalist (some would say they are one and the same.) Some of our most trusted advocacy organizations have become too cozy with powerful interests. This article owes a debt of gratitude to the podcast "Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden," and the documentary "Cowspiracy."
Friday, June 19, 2015(26 comments)
Fox News: Domestic Terrorist Just Another Liberal
Fox News, as well as at least two Republicans, have tried mightily to turn an obvious act of racist terrorism into some kind of anti-Christian liberalism - simply because the recent murders in Charleston, SC took place in a church. In doing so, these Religious Right apologists blame all civil libertarians for this attack.
Thursday, June 4, 2015(3 comments)
Deconstructing the Fox Duggar Interview
The cringe-worthy interview by Fox's Megyn Kelly of the Duggar parents, was about as softball as it gets. They skirted the most pressing legal issues, and further muddied the waters by contradicting media reports on key points. In the end, their hypocrisy went unchecked, unsurprisingly.
Saturday, March 7, 2015(10 comments)
Testimony to Maryland Legislature on Cannabis Legislation vis Americans for Safe Access
The state of Maryland is considering joining Colorado, Washington state, Washington, D.C., and other states in updating their laws with respect to cannabis. While a medical marijuana law has already been passed in Maryland, this testimony stresses how a "recreational" law would be useful to patients, due to the fact that policy often lags behind science. SB 531 may be added to the list of laws mentioned.
Friday, February 13, 2015(5 comments)
Cannabis Dreams and the Sixteen Year Diagnosis
The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is a very difficult one to make, and can be life-changing to hear. Getting this diagnosis at a time when the benefits of medical cannabis are becoming better known, and laws are changing, is both a blessing and a curse. This article chronicles one personal story, alongside the national realization - helped along by Dr. Sanjay Gupta - that we may have been misled about a powerful plant.
Saturday, May 24, 2014(17 comments)
What Erectile Dysfunction Ads Say About Our Culture and Our Health
Ads for medications that treat Erectile Dysfunction are everywhere. The fact that they play on men's insecurities and stereotype and insult women is bad enough. But they also mislead men to focus on the symptom of a larger problem; one that may be addressed with a healthier diet, rather than pills.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014(7 comments)
The Privilege of Religious Majorities: Pivoting on Piety
The recent church-state case on legislative prayer, is a step backward for those of minority religions. It harkens back to a case where I personally protested. In both cases, the privilege of choosing how sacred to take your sectarian prayer, is a taken-for-granted luxury of the majority. Unfortunately, it seems that the justices forming the majority opinion, could not empathize with religious minorities.
Monday, May 19, 2014(7 comments)
Hey, GOP: Want More SAHM's? Return to Liberal Economic Policies!
The tragic irony of GOP rhetoric, is that it misses the relationship between the religious and sentimental yearning they have for the 1950's & 60's ideal of the American family, and the economic policies that supported such families. Instead, they choose to punish women and the poor, while adhering to faith-based circular economic reasoning. I argue for more chutzpah from liberals!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014(10 comments)
What Constitutes Coerced Participation?
The discussion of the Hobby Lobby case is dominated by questions of corporate personhood, & the implied corporate religiosity. Sometimes, the rights of third parties is also invoked. I argue that the key question is what the nature of coerced participation is, and whether it exists in this case.
Sunday, February 23, 2014(9 comments)
Outrage Erupts Over Proposed Prostitution Policy by UK Amnesty Int'l
Survivors of the inevitable abuse that accompanies prostitution (and the inexorable trafficking) are outraged at UK's Amnesty International's approach to the problem. Wholesale legalization as a "human need" does more for men who have the privilege to buy sex, than for prostituted persons.
Post-Zimmerman: How Prejudice Works
Racism and prejudice are complex, self-perpetuating perceptual processes that don't get erased easily. What we can learn from the Zimmerman verdict - and what the Supreme Court needs to learn.
The SOTU, and the Politics of Invisible Labor
Political rhetoric on equal opportunity for achievement belies a dark reality. The joy of achievement may come at the expense of a decent working life for others. While Obama and Rubio emphasized different visions of government's role in helping to spur equal opportunity, they were both lacking in their recognition of that reality. Series: Women's Unpaid Work (14 Articles, 19245 views)
Feminists "Shocked" into Defense?
By being so ruthlessly extreme, aggressive, hostile, misogynistic - it's hard to find enough adjectives - the right may be forcing feminists onto the defensive. A call for a more "offensive" stance from decades ago. Series: Women's Unpaid Work (14 Articles, 19245 views), Feminism (33 Articles, 41902 views)
Bachmann's answer to the "wifely submission" question illustrates the mixed messages candidates like her and Palin use on gender and motherhood. Progressives need to deconstruct the confusion. Series: Feminism (33 Articles, 41902 views)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011(5 comments)
After the Ransom
After the ransom has been paid & the spin on the debt debacle as deceptive as ever, what now?
Thursday, April 28, 2011(2 comments)
Trump's message may be one of race-baiting, but his tactics are those of McCarthyism.
Over the Body of a Woman
Right wing attacks on both government programs and women, expose the aptness of Senator Alan Simpson's quip describing social security as a woman's body part. Series: Feminism (33 Articles, 41902 views)