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You call that a compliment?

March 18, 2016

By Nosheen Hotaki

Language. It is language through which we can articulate our love, convey our gratitude, voice our anger, and exchange ideas. Language in its most unique form is the virtue that has made homosapiens suitable for survival. Yet, language has the power to hurt us more than any form of physical violence.

I came to the United States in the fall of 2012 to attend a prestigious boarding school in New England. For the past four years, I have been referred to as “exotic,” time and time again. I have been stopped on the street on my way to work, having people inquire my ethnicity, saying that, “there is no way you are American,” because “ you are too exotic.” My friends’ parents have referred to me as “the exotic middle-eastern princess.” In an attempt to adulate me, men have previously said, “You are not the blonde and normal beautiful. You are the exotic beautiful that makes me drool.”

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Witch Hunt

March 10, 2016 Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee

by Sallie Bingham

One of the strangest things about the latest attack on our freedom of choice is that the charge is led by a woman: Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee. A pretty blond woman who looks younger than her sixty-three years, she was born and educated in Mississippi and has worked for various advertising companies before being elected to the Tennessee Senate, where she served for six years, rising from there to the U.S. House of Representatives.

None of this speaks clearly to the reasons for the anti-choice crusade she is carrying out as chairwoman of the newly elected House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, a creation of that wing of the Republican Party that has redefined the definition of conservatism, returning it to its roots in the eighteenth century when it opposed suffrage for women and the emancipation of slaves.

Whatever her personal convictions may be, Representative Blackburn is positioning herself to be chosen by Donald Trump as his running mate. She will “seriously consider an offer” which is rumored to forthcoming.

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March 01, 2016

by Sallie Bingham

Our language is under assault.

An obituary published recently in The World In 2016 is titled, “Elegy for Lost Verbiage.” In it, the writer Ann Wroe uses the “difficult words” that will vanish from SAT tests this year—including words I need to use, such as umbrage, impetuous, denigrate and vituperate.

Is there a link between this loss of words and the title of my favorite magazine, the delightfully outrageous, and frequently revelatory monthly, B****?

I don’t like the title. I wince when I hear it or read it.

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A Silenced Minority Seeks Justice: Global Women Suffer Sexual Abuse

February 29, 2016 Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura receives 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton award for advancing women in peace and security.

By: Beverly Kwakye

Sexual violence against women is a widely ignored crime as many victims continue to receive little to no justice globally, U.N. Special Representative, Zainab Hawa Bangura, explained at an event on Human Security in the Face of Violent Extremism, at Georgetown University, Monday.

The event was held to address human security and the effort to protect global women from sexual violence as a weapon of war, and award both Bangura and New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin, for their services in addressing human rights.

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Older Working Women; UN Women Funding; Flint Water Crisis

February 26, 2016

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss why women are working longer into old age, whether there is enough funding for gender equality in the UN’s budget, and the mom being hailed as one of the heroes to emerge from the Flint water crisis.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa, The Daily Signal’s Genevieve Wood, GOP Political Strategist Jennifer Higgins, and Journalist Anushay Hossain.

Click read more to see what they had to say!

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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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