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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
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 22, 2012 DSM-5 Could Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health
The 5th edition of the DSM - the "psychiatrists' Bible" - will be out in 2013. Practitioners who rely on it should remember the Hippocratic Oath: "Do no harm." Patients should beware unscientific labeling.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 29, 2010 THE ASSUMPTIONS WE MAKE ABOUT OTHERS CAN BE WRONG
Why do we assume the homeless are dangerous?
When I lived in Wash., DC, I volunteered at a shelter for homeless women. One evening an attractive, well-dressed, middle-aged woman came in. She was made-up, wore silver bracelets, and sported a handsome chenille scarf. I asked if she was a board member. "No," she said. "I live here right now."
The assumptions I made about other women who showed up looking poor were equally
SHARE Saturday, January 2, 2010 Safe Motherhood Revisited
Another look at maternal mortality worldwide asks why we can't end the scourge that kills over half a million women annually.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, March 30, 2015 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?
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, February 24, 2012 Rising Fundamentalisms Threaten Us All
Fundamentalisms, whether religious or political, are more than a "War on Women." The encroaching signs of totalitarianism should be of concern to all of us.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Understanding Abortion
In an election year it's more important than ever to remember what abortion is really about: women's lives.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 4, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2014 Will Our Gilded Age Lead to Another Progressive Era?
In today's Gilded Age, Wall Street bankers dress down for dinner, their women in Gucci, Pucci and Louis Vuitton casual-wear. They live on Fifth Avenue as the barons did, or in rehabbed Brooklyn brownstones perhaps, and keep beachside condos in Boca Raton and Belize.
Will the 1% lead the way to a new Progressive Era?
SHARE Saturday, March 19, 2011 Can We Give Troubled Teens Another Chance?
Should youth offenders be charged and sentenced as adults? Elizabeth Lozano who received a life-without-parole sentence for a crime she committed at age 16 may change your mind.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 24, 2015 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."
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 26, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2015 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?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 25, 2011 Bullying with a Badge
There is no excuse for police brutality under any circumstances. The Kelly Thomas case helps us remember that.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 25, 2011 Are We Ready to Save Our Planet?
We are fast approaching a tipping point. If we don't act now, climate change will become irreversible. 350.org and Al Gore try to inspire us.
SHARE Wednesday, February 27, 2013 The End of Privacy
Whatever your point of view is on increased surveillance whether by bosses, doctors or drones, we would all be wise to watch out for hackers, identify thieves, and marketers. Given the increasingly complex and intrusive world we live in, personal privacy is a civil rights issues that bears watching.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 24, 2022 An Artist, a Mission, and a Meaningful Moment
There are occasions in life that gift us serendipitously. Often they move us. Such was my experience when I met Russian born Alexey Neyman, an 83-year old Jewish artist whose exhibition, "The Habitual Light of Memory," is raising funds for Ukraine.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, October 29, 2012 Rape is More Than a Women's Issue
You can tell a lot about a person or political party by what they think and say about women. Does anyone need to know more than this when they vote on Nov. 6?
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, August 20, 2010 The Insanity of Our Times
Has America gone mad? From building an Islamic community center to DADT, from anti-immigration hysteria to widespread corruption, what will it take to set us right again?
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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?
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Are We Headed for a Robotic World?
Are we headed for a robotic world? With Google's recent purchase of Boston Dynamics, the firm that makes battle robots that look like galloping headless horses, people are starting to take note of what our future may look like.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 7, 2022 A Personal Tribute to Mothers and Role Models
It was a house of love and a safe haven where laughter was frequent, anxiety had no place, affection reigned. It was a Cape Cod bungalow with a white picket fence that made me feel warm and happy. In short, it was 1950s perfect and I wished it were mine.
I lived across the street in a house that became a place of illness, loneliness, and "quiet despair."
SHARE 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"?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 7, 2014 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.
(19 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 24, 2016 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?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 12, 2014 The Real Stunner in the Midterm Elections
What Michelle Obama might have liked to say after the way the Democratic Party treated her husband and handed the midterm election to Republicans.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 12, 2008 The Madness of Powerful Men
This op ed. reflects upon corruption as a characteristic among powerful men (and a few women).
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Pathologizing Grief: How Long Can You Be Sad?
Here we go again. The so-called experts in psychiatry charged with updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the less than empirical "bible of psychiatry" that clinicians rely on for reimbursable diagnoses, have decided that six months, maybe a year if they're generous, is sufficient time to recover from a life-shattering loss.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 6, 2013 the Drone Dilemma
For the first time in history a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out military missions -- killing people -- in countries where the U.S. is not officially at war. Shouldn't we be worried about that?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 30, 2010 Seeing the World Through the Lens of Gender
When you look through the gender lens at what's happening economically, politically, and socially, all kinds of issues emerge that don't always garner the attention they deserve.
SHARE 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 10, 2014 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."
SHARE Thursday, January 1, 2009 Taking Another Look at Breast Cancer
A post-Breast Cancer Awareness Month look at how the cancer establishment frames the disease and how the leading advocacy organization on the topic seeks to reframe the discussion.
SHARE 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?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 15, 2014 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?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Time to End a Two-Tiered Justice System
Why do white collar criminals get away with murder - sometimes literally - while ordinary people - who are sometimes innocent - languish is inhumane prisons?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 25, 2016 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 29, 2014 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.
SHARE Sunday, November 27, 2011 Occupying First Class
The dichotomy between the world's wealth and poverty could not be more stark or disturbing from 40,000 feet above Africa.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2009 There's Hope for Health Care Yet
A commentary on health care reform as new ideas float in the ether of Washington, D.C. among organizations that do their homework and have access to policymakers.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 22, 2012 This Election is a Moral Referendum
This year's election is more than a political event of vast consequence. It is a collective decision on the future of morality in the world's leading democracy.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 28, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 12, 2008 Where is the Media When it Matters?
This op ed. asks readers to reflect on what has gone awry with a media establishment that can't even react when it is being insulted.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 1, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Unsung Heroes Deserve Attention Too
The world is full of ordinary people whose acts of kindness and generosity go unnoticed. They deserve to be honored as much as media-selected heroes.
SHARE 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?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 30, 2012 Dear Michelle: Are you There, There?
Michelle Obama has chosen to play her part cautiously, positioning herself as a rather traditional First Lady who chooses safe issues and treads lightly. Is she is more Nancy Reagan than Hillary Clinton?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Whose Parenting Now?
Thre's something satisfying when adult kids start worrying about you.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 25, 2010 Worrying More and Enjoying It Less
From earthquakes and mudslides to lost civility and educational failures, there's a lot to be concerned about in 21st century America.
SHARE Thursday, February 11, 2016 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!