¿Latinas: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Neither?

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40 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, a decision that legalized abortion. The law hinges on privacy–bringing a baby into this world is a decision between a mother and her doctor. No more “back alley” procedures performed by people who called themselves doctors. Coat hangers–a symbol of one of the crudest […]

The Dress: What an Indigenous Woman’s Gown Tells Us About Sofía Vergara’s Golden Globe Pick

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Magdalena Quinilla Batz is not Sofía Vergara. Odds are she will never strut down the Golden Globes red carpet wearing a Gucci gown. When you look at Magdalena you can almost convince yourself that the red carpet is part of some fictional universe. There’s no way her portrait and Sofía’s many commercials and memorable Modern […]

Latino Voters: ¿Obama Claus or Mitt Romney?

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Does anyone remember the iconic “Don’t Speak?” scenes in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” when Dianne Wiest orders John Cusack’s to be quiet? No one likes to be chiteado, especially women and Latinas. For good reason: in many contexts, our voices and our perspectivas have been absent, invisible, or silenced in the mainstream. It’s also just plain […]

Petraeus Escándalo Boils Down to El Hombre Propone y la Mujer Dispone

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When I read on Twitter that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director David Petraeus resigned days after the re-election of Barack Obama, I assumed the decorated retired Army general had done so because he no longer wanted to serve under this President. Is it because this straightest of arrows perhaps knew something about the security failure behind […]

¡The Wise Latina Club 2012 Blogs by Latinas Best News Blog!

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Amigos, some great news. The Wise Latina Club was awarded the 2012 Favorite News Blog by Blogs by Latinas, an online directory of more than 2000 blogs world-wide, written by Hispanic women for the second year in a row. This recognition is about you, the grassroots community that has sprung up, nurtured, and protected what’s become our […]

Wonder Twin Powers Activate: ¡Form of One of the Most Powerful Latinas in Social Media!

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You learn a lot of things on Twitter.  Like Bin-Laden‘s death.  That J-Lo and Marc Anthony are finito.  That @InvisibleObama is long on funny but short on clever. I also found out that I had been named by U.S. Hispanic-centered website Voxxi News one of the most powerful Latinas on social media when Univision anchor María Elena […]

The Challenges Female Vets Face When Coming Home on NPR’s Tell Me More while I Guest Host

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In general, how much lip service do you hear for our veterans?  You know the patriotism reserved for holidays–Veteran’s, Flag Day, 4th of July, or Memorial Day.  Politicians are the worst offenders, including those in Congress who control spending, including that for the military in the form of gear they’ll need when they are overseas or […]

3 NJ Teens and I Get Our Wish or A Debate Moderator Should Be a Woman

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UPDATE!  The Commission for Presidential Debate just released the names of the moderators of the 2012 Presidential debates: 1st presidential debate: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour Wednesday, October 3, University of Denver, Denver, CO Vice presidential debate: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News Thursday, October 11, Centre College, Danville, KY […]