Voices in our heads

Michelle Morkert burnout, censorship, Croatia, gender, humor, politics, self-censorship

Slavenka Drakulic wrote about life under socialism and the independence of Croatia in her 1992 text, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed.   I read this text while waiting at the Zagreb Airport for my spouse to arrive for a visit in 2014.  That day I underlined words that I searched for again today, five years later.   Drakulic wrote about …

What’s possible?

admin deforestation, education, elections, feminism, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, politics, sexual violence

Change starts with noticing what’s happening and then wondering what’s possible.   Think of any “successful” civil rights movement around the world.  Thinking might have started out as a reaction against injustice shifted somewhere along the way to wondering, “what’s next?”  “What’s possible?” The U.S. suffrage movement experimented with different approaches to female suffrage – state by state or a constitutional amendment? Kenyan …

The Suffrage Myth

Michelle Morkert elections, feminism, gender, gender norms, politics, Suffrage, voting rights

Women in the United States didn’t gain the right to vote in 1920.  Nope.  Women in the United States regained the right to vote.   Women voted in the U.S. colonies before 1920.  The intersections of gender, race, social class, age, religion, nation, politics, and democracy have always mattered in this country.   Women (privileged women) voted prior to 1920.  Voting women …