Author Archive | Martha Shelley

FBI has no R•E•S•P•E•C•T

A short follow-up to my recent posts. I’m quoting from yesterday’s article in the Guardian: “The FBI has declassified its file on Aretha Franklin…which shows the bureau extensively tracked the singer’s civil rights activism and her friendships with Martin Luther King Jr and Angela Davis.” The file was 270 pages long and “includes close documentation […]

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More Deals with the Devil, and Some Hot Sex

The first part of this post discusses how the Democrats fail to defend women’s reproductive rights, and it’s kind of grim. The second part is more cheerful and also about reproduction, specifically how hot, prolonged sex might go on in your kitchen, or dining room, or… Throwing the Fight My maternal grandmother, who used a […]

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Bread, Blood, Oil, and Gall

The Arrogance of Empire All empires commit the same crimes. These include torturing and murdering groups or individuals that resist domination, and theft of other people’s resources to enrich the emperor and upper classes. They also have in common overweening arrogance. In this post I’ll consider the empire of which I am a disaffected citizen […]

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Under the Knife

In a patriarchal society, how far will women go to get men’s attention and approval? How much of their own flesh will they sacrifice, how much of their daughters’ flesh? In some countries and at various times, these sacrifices have included the crippling procedure known as foot binding; female genital mutilation: surgically removing lower ribs […]

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