Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for August 7th through August 9th:
- Opting Out? When Are We Going to Involve Men in the Discussion of Work-Life Balance? – Is it possible to "opt out" of a lucrative career, enjoy an egalitarian marriage and then opt back in to the workplace when you're ready? All signs point to no, and we shouldn't be surprised. If women want to be equal players in society and in our families, then we need to actually be equal players. And we need to expect men to do the same.
- Right-Wing Race Baiting And The Florida Bus Beating – In the month since the attack, no one has excused the actions of the attackers, no one has suggested the victim deserved a beating, no one has rooted through social media accounts in an attempt to blame the victim, and no one suggested that he had it coming because of his choice of clothing.
- WATCH: How The Dream Defenders Are Needling Rick Scott – In their quest to fight Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Dream Defenders, the Miami-based protesters, aren't just continuing a 25-day sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott's office.
Thursday, they announced a voter drive with a very specific target in mind: 61,500 people, the number of votes by which the governor won in 2010.
- Time to Retire the R-Word – Mother Jones has joined the ranks of publications that refuse to utter the name of Washington DC's pro football team. In fact, that's now what our style guide calls them: "Washington's pro football team."
- Cyberbullying: a mother’s fight for justice – Liese Stanley sought answers from Ask.fm after her teenage daughter received sickening abuse, but the site stopped responding to her emails. So she began to target its advertisers.
- Oprah Winfrey’s only misdemeanour was to travel and be black – I can sympathise with the TV star who was refused service in a Swiss store, but for a black person going on holiday this is all too familiar
- Nixon Claims Another Innocent Life – How his War on Drugs just killed a two-year-old.
- Peter Dreier: Obama Awards Bayard Rustin — the Man Behind the March — the Presidential Medal of Freedom – On Thursday, the White House announced that Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
- Manning’s Upside-Down Punishment – The cruel irony of how the United States has addressed post-9/11 war crimes, including President Bush’s invasion of Iraq and his use of torture, is that no major government official has been held accountable, yet whistleblowers have faced harsh reprisals, most notably Pvt. Bradley Manning, as Marjorie Cohn explains.
- March on Washington leader John Lewis: ‘This is not a post-racial society’ – Fifty years after a great day for US civil rights, congressman laments Voting Rights Act decision and Zimmerman trial verdict