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Conservative Women Can Be Feminists Too

Women are running for president in both major parties. This bipartisan acceptance of female candidates would surely make the suffragettes proud.

Unfortunately, many in the modern feminist movement do not celebrate this progress so much as clarify which female leaders are allowed to call themselves “feminists.” The movement needs to rethink this exclusive mentality, which ignores the diversity of female perspectives.

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina isn’t your run-of-the-mill feminist. She’s pro-life. She’s religious. She’s Republican. But she’s not your run-of-the-mill conservative female politician either.

Since the beginning of her campaign, Fiorina’s narrative has revolved around working her way up the corporate ladder to become CEO of Hewlett Packard. This is in stark contrast to 2012 Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, who lists the roles of “wife,” “mom,” and “foster mom” on her Facebook page before her roles as a small business owner or former congresswoman.

There is nothing wrong with a woman who is proud of her role as a wife and mother, but there is something refreshing about a Republican woman who refuses to cling to that narrative, even if it’s what the Republican establishment expect.

So what about those issues where Fiorina will clash with mainstream feminists; most notably issues of reproductive freedom?

Read the rest on the PanAm Post blog here.

“African governments: just let gays live”

I was amazed reading Patrick’s story few weeks ago on one of the social media networks. He figured out he was gay at 13, and genuinely thought he was the only boy on the planet who was wired to like other boys.

His whole life, he had been taught that every boy will inevitably start liking girls when they hit puberty. His parents, teachers, sexual education classes, all drilled into his mind this notion that it was only a matter of time until he started getting tingly feelings around girls. So, he waited.

It never happened. His male friends started talking about girls or female celebrities they found attractive. These conversations left him indifferent. He wondered whether he was just a late bloomer or if there was something wrong with him. Then someone brought up the word ‘gay’ (which we’d been using for years as an insult without knowing what it meant) and someone mentioned something about men who are attracted to men. That single comment rocked his entire world. That’s when he realized he had been getting those tingly feelings, except he had been feeling them around boys for a long time.

Read the rest on Your Commonwealth here.