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A brief history of taking the Lord’s name in vain

giphyOf course, when no less a Big Thinker than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he believes the world is going to hell in a hand basket because people like me (women) drop the F-bomb, you really have to drop to your knees and pray about it for a moment.

I mean: Scalia! Has! Fucking! Spoken!

Stretching all the way back to the Book of Exodus (that’s before Jesus’s time, for you non-theology majors), the injunction against cursing was pretty specific — “taking the Lord’s name in vain” was taboo, though I believe the word “fuck,” as we know it, was born later.

Moving eons forward, in general if a Puritan (male or female) cursed — I suppose any old dirty word would do — they could expect to pay a fine. (Then, too, the Puritans, like Scalia, were particularly offended when females cursed.)

We have carried on this fining tradition at my own house. Part of my attempts to stop cursing so fucking much has involved levying a fine against myself, to be collected by my delighted sons who — or so I have come to believe — would sometimes fucking seek to provoke me into cursing, the little fuckers.

I have walked a long way from my girlhood, where as a denizen of the church of Christ, I lived within boundaries of injunctions against even using near-swears, like “gosh.” I got into deep trouble in high school once because I slammed my locker and said “Damn,” and my gym teacher, who overheard me, nearly collapsed on her fainting couch. Good Christian women didn’t talk like that, she said.

She was probably fucking right.

Still, I’m older now and God gave us the Interwebs, and as I seek to live a Biblical life, I found  this awesome piece that makes me happy because if I read it correctly, I can still say shit. In fact, I like pretty much everything about the piece because it reads like a much more sane view of a Biblical life. And so I am fucking letting ‘er rip. In fact, I only recently purchased a t-shirt that says “I love Jesus, but I cuss a little,” to which someone near to me responded, “A little?”

But mostly? This thin little post gives me the platform from which to sweetly ask Justice Scalia to kiss my…well, you get the picture.



Batgirl says: Equal pay for men and women

Just a few days after Equal Pay Day (April 14)…

1wgXtoE(That’s the day each year when a woman has worked through one year and into the next to earn the same amount as her male counterpart. Same job. Different pay. Awesome.)

So this store in Pittsburgh allows women to pay what they’ve earned — roughly 76 percent what men pay, for the same items. (Here in Connecticut, a similar shop would charge slightly more, 78 cents on the dollar. Yay, us.)

And thanks, Julia, for the link.

How UConn’s women basketball team could change the world

Untitled-4See if you can follow:

1. Indiana passes a discriminatory law.

2. Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announces that state employees cannot travel to the state using state funds.

3. UConn women qualifies for the Final Four in 2016.

4. UConn coaching staff can’t travel to Indiana.

5. Basketball changes the world.

This isn’t original with me. This guy thought it up.

Why all the fuss about NFL concussions?

bullis_headgear_2_360_usl_strohAnd next to no consideration of how concussions affect women?

I wrote this for Connecticut Health Investigative Team, C-HIT. Once again, it looks like the research money goes to the dudes.

A great suggestion for a new Legos toy: The Women of the Supreme Court

https://i2.wp.com/assets.feministing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/16483244287_07863f767e_z.jpgBecause it’s awesome, that’s why.

Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

ST_2015-01-14_women-leadership-0-01As far as top leadership positions go, we mean. Patricia Arquette spent part of her Oscar acceptance speech talking about gender equality. Hillary Clinton just gave a speech out in Silicon Valley discussing it.

new Pew Research Center poll explores why there aren’t more women in management, or in top political jobs.