“Slut Walks” & Flat Taxes: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin
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This week I joined the very snobalicious Danielle Belton of the blog the Black Snob, The Root’s Cynthia Gordy, US World News & Report‘s Mary Kate Cary and we had a lot to say about:Rick Perry’s Optional 20% Flat Tax
Yeah, the second proposal after 2012 GOP hopeful Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 idea. Although a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows conservatives are the most supportive of a flat tax, I argue that our fascination with these plans reveals our country’s desire to simplify our labyrinth of a tax code which allows many to not pay enough or at all.“Slut Walk” Backlash
Toronto women took to the streets provocatively dressed in protest of a police officer’s comment that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” I get it. Assault and discrimination should not be justified by dress–baggy sweats v. a fitted pencil skirt. But here’s the rub: feminists of color believe this is a misguided movement that romanticizes “sluts” who are predominantly represented in pop culture and the media as being minorities.
I go one step further and argue if women want to demand anything, it should be more opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields and others to create wealth and access positions of power to change the game. Who wants to join me clad in a white lab coat, an astronaut suit, or Steve Job’s iconic black turtleneck and Levi’s (make those skinny jeans) on the steps of Capital Hill?President Obama on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show
It’s nice to “see” how the President doesn’t really have pointy, Mr. Spock ears. However, he needs to show Americans consistently with actions that he gets it. I believe he does. Now his communications team needs this messaged simply, clearly, and relentlessly.Mariah Carey’s Trust Issues
[Isn't it amazing how people keep giving up the goods to Barbara Walters?
Resolved! I will give Babs a career first: do a cameo on The View, simultaneously zipping it on my secrets while speaking freely and fabulously about politics and shoes.]
I don’t blame the singing diva’s reticence after being burned and having her failed relationships and weight yo-yo’ing picked apart by gawking media vultures. Add to this that it’s the digital age of Facebook affairs and sexting which brings Bill Clinton splitting of hairs “I did not have sexual relations with that woman!” to a whole new level.
Click below to hear more on Tell Me More‘s the Beauty Shop:How much do you trust your boyfriend or husband? Goldie Locks and taxes: do you pay too little, too much, or just the right? What’s the best way to empower girls and women?