Frann Michel's blog

domestic & dating violence

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for the Old Mole Variety Hour March 30, 2009

If there's one good thing about the publicity surrounding pop singer Chris Brown's arrest on felony assault charges for an incident that left pop singer Rihanna with visible injuries, it’s that it's raised awareness about violence in intimate relationships, and especially dating violence among young people.

racism and the economic crisis

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For The Old Mole February 9, 2009.

Racism is arguably both a cause and a consequence of the current economic crisis.

the day the earth stood still

On the Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, Denise Morris and I review The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). 

twilight of the vampires

For the Old Mole December 22, 2008.

If there are any pubescent girls in your familiar circles, you may already know about Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series of young adult novels.

milk

On the Old Mole Dec 8, 2008, Jan Haaken and I discuss Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk, the Briggs Initiative, Proposition 8, solidarity and political activism.

caring labor and the economic stimulus

for the Old Mole Dec 1, 2008

As president-elect Barak Obama puts together his economic stimulus plan, a number of feminist economists have proposed that it ought to include investments not just in infrastructure—things like roads and bridges—but also in "human infrastructure," or the care economy. Women have been among those hardest hit by the economic crisis, because women are among the most vulnerable economically. Of the 37 million Americans living in poverty even before the crisis, 27 million are women and children. By making his economic plan friendly not just to the natural environment but also to the human needs so often met by the work of women, feminist economists suggest, Obama can increase both the efficacy and the equity of his economic plan.

lipstick is a petroleum product

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For the Old Mole September 15, 2008

I’m here to confess that I have been as mesmerized as anyone by the Republican nominee for vice president.

In the words of Fafblog,

there's a brand new political superstar on the scene and she's tough as nails and the media won't leave her alone and she's a rough-and-tumble Alaskan hockey mom and why are they asking all these questions and she is the pure reincarnation of the invincible Anglo-Saxon frontier earth mother and stop picking on her!

labor day

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for the Old Mole, September 1, 2008

Today is Labor Day. Most nations celebrate Labor day on May first, to commemorate the eight hour work day and the Haymarket riot, while we in the US celebrate instead the less radical date associated with outdoor barbecue and the end of white shoe season.

But this Labor Day, I’m thinking about Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a future American theocracy in which declining fertility has led to assigning still-fertile women the role of designated breeders, or handmaids.

wall-e

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For The Old Mole July 14 2008, we review WALL-E, the latest Pixar animation, also brought to us by Disney.  

of the Marq'ssan cycle

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for the Old Mole 23 June 2008

The Marq’ssan cycle consists of five feminist science fiction novels by L. Timmel Duchamp.  The first four novels—Alanya to Alanya, Renegade, Tsunami, and Blood in the Fruit—are already available through the Multnomah County Library, and by the time you’ve read those, they should have the fifth, Stretto, officially to be released in July 2008, but already available from the publisher, Aqueduct Press

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