False Choices

The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Author: Liza Featherstone

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784784621

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 3620

Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful women in world politics, and the irrational right-wing hatred of Clinton has fed her progressive appeal, helping turn her into a feminist icon. To get a woman in the White House, it’s thought, would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism. In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton, as a thousand viral memes applaud her, and most mainstream feminist leaders, thinkers, and organizations endorse her. In this atmosphere, dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal. In False Choices, an all-star lineup of feminists contests this simplistic reading of the candidate. A detailed look at Hillary Clinton’s track record on welfare, Wall Street, criminal justice, education, and war reveals that she has advanced laws and policies that have done real harm to the lives of women and children across the country and the globe. This well-researched collection of essays restores to feminism its revolutionary meaning, and outlines how it could transform the United States and its relation to the world. Includes essays from prominent feminist writers Liza Featherstone, Laura Flanders, Moe Tkacik, Medea Benjamin, Frances Fox Piven and Fred Block, Donna Murch, Kathleen Geier, Yasmin Nair, Megan Erickson, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Catherine Liu, Amber A’Lee Frost, Margaret Corvid, Belén Fernández, Zillah Eisenstein, and others. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Posted in Political Science

False Choices

Author: Liza Featherstone

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781784784614

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 192

View: 2252

A collection of essays by various contributors on Hilary Clinton and feminism.
Posted in POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Economic Illusion

False Choices Between Prosperity and Social Justice

Author: Robert Kuttner

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812212402

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

View: 7459

In The Economic Illusion Robert Kuttner sets out to refute the conventional view that a more egalitarian distribution of income and services is only achievable at the expense of a prosperous and growing capitalism. By carefully examining issues where economic growth and social justice appear to be in conflict--issues such as social security, protectionism, income taxation, and welfare--he convincingly argues that equality and economic prosperity are not mutually exclusive pursuits. As a means to reconcile equality with efficiency--i.e., prosperity--Kuttner argues for economic polices that would deemphasize private markets, for an increase in trade protection, and for an adapted version of the technical approaches of such countries as Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Japan. Kuttner concludes his arguments with the suggestion that injustice is not necessarily an economic issue and that practical social alternatives are possible.
Posted in Business & Economics

Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism

How to Fight Sexism in the Workplace

Author: Muna Jawhary (PhD)

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452520755

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 340

View: 4202

This book invites us to abandon our gender identity and look deeper into who we truly are. Cultural ideals that see women and men as fundamentally different manifest into a physical reality of sex-differentiated behaviour, be it in cognitive abilities, psychological traits, or even dispositions. We know from epigenetic studies that there is no separation between mind and environment: our perceptions of environmental signals, filtered through cultural beliefs, translate into a corresponding behaviour in order to maintain harmony between mind, body and environment. Social cultures the world over still see women as suited for care and service, and men as suited for work outside the home. As women make life-career choices, they are constrained by cultural ideas, images and symbols that create the ‘nurturance imperative’ in their psyche. Women mistake this learnt nurturing behaviour, of putting others’ interests before theirs, for natural instinct and make choices that are not in line with their authentic self. Women, in other words, unknowingly make false choices. This is only half the story of sexism in our societies. The other and more toxic half is that in order to fulfill the gender agenda of ‘women are care givers and men are providers’, girls are brought up to be feminine only and boys are brought up to be masculine only. Inevitably, any aspects of the self that are thought to belong to the opposite sex are repressed, which gives us a sense of lack and feelings of inadequacy, and results in a disconnection from the heart and alienation from the true self. The book also shows how our sexist thoughts manifest in a sex-biased reality in the workplace. Neuroplasticity and epigenetic laws are used to suggest ways of radically changing the work environment to one that is equally supportive of women’s and men’s success. The new work environment and work practices can profoundly change how businesses operate in the world, allowing them to become more adept at generating profit in today’s overly competitive globalized markets.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

False Choices

Why School Vouchers Threaten Our Children's Future

Author: Robert Lowe,Barbara Miner

Publisher: Rethinking Schools Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Public schools

Page: 40

View: 1547

A voucher system of schooling would destroy the few democratic gains made in public education in recent years, worsen inequalities that already permeate education, and block opportunities for meaningful reform. Articles included in this special issue are: (1) an introduction, "Why We Are Publishing False Choices" ("Rethinking Schools" Editorial Board); (2) "The Hollow Promise of School Vouchers" (R. Lowe); (3) "Voucher Plans Proliferate: From Colorado to California, Milwaukee to Baltimore" (B. Miner); (4) "'Choice' Will Devastate Our Urban Schools" (M. Waters); (5) "Our Schools Need Money, Not Rhetoric" (C. J. Prentiss); (6) "Choice Is a Smokescreen" (L. Darling-Hammond); (7) "The Debate Is about Privatization, Not Choice" (D. Meier); (8) "Playing Politices with 'Choice'" (G. Orfield); (9) "A Battle for the Soul of Public Education" (W. Furutani); (10) "Questions and Answers about School Choice" ("Rethinking Schools" Editorial Board); (11) "Whittle's Raid on Public Education" (J. Kozol); (12) "Chris Whittle's Trojan Horse" (A. J. Alvarado); (13) "Is Public School 'Choice' a Viable Alternative?" (A. Bastian); (14) "Massachusetts: Robbing the Poor To Pay the Rich" (S. Karp); (15) "Chicago: Public School 'Choice' and Inequality" (J. Kozol); (16) "When "Choice" Equals No Choice" (H. Kohl); and (17) "'Choice' and Public School Reform" (R. Peterkin). (SLD)
Posted in Public schools

Femmenism and the Mexican Woman Intellectual from Sor Juana to Poniatowska

Boob Lit

Author: Emily Hind

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230113494

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

View: 7678

Hind draws on poetry, short stories, plays, novels, photographs, personal correspondence, advertising, and interviews to make visible the anti-feminine tendencies in femmenism and to imagine a femmenism that will appeal to the next generation of women.
Posted in Social Science

The Paradox of Choice

Why More Is Less, Revised Edition

Author: Barry Schwartz

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061748998

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 2847

Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression. In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.
Posted in Psychology

Rosa Luxemburg

Her Life and Legacy

Author: J. Shulman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113734332X

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 9209

Collection with new contributions to the debate from New Politics concerning the legacy of Rosa Luxemburg. Publishing Stephen Eric Bronner's essay 'Red Dreams and the New Millennium' along with the numerous responses to the piece, a new introduction, and an interview with Bronner stimulates the discussion around Luxemburg's legacy.
Posted in Political Science

Stuffed and Starved

The Hidden Battle for the World Food System - Revised and Updated

Author: Raj Patel

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612191282

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 3002

Completely updated and revised edition of one of the most widely-praised food books of recent years. It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are also more people who are overweight. To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India’s wrecked paddy-fields and Africa’s bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestor-packed streets of South Korea. What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa. Yet he also found great cause for hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.
Posted in Social Science

Choices in Healing

Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches

Author: Michael A. Lerner

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262260923

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 694

View: 1840

Written by one of the country's leading authorities on alternative and complementary cancer treatments, Choices in Healing is designed for the cancer patient or health professional who seeks a comprehensive overview of the available choices, both in treatments and in living with cancer.Choices in Healing offers valuable information and guidance for the whole life cycle of cancer -- from the initial shock of diagnosis to decisions about choosing a physician and conventional therapies, selecting complementary therapies, coping with treatment, and the art of living fully with the possibility of recurrence. There are detailed explanations and evaluations of a wide range of complementary therapy programs, including spiritual and psychological approaches, nutritional therapies, physical therapies, pharmacological therapies, and traditional medicines from around the world. There are sections on prayer and other forms of spiritual healing; psychotherapy, support groups, visual imagery and hypnosis; massage, therapeutic touch, yoga, and Qi Gong; macrobiotic diet and other cancer diets; acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines; and numerous other unconventional therapies used by American cancer patients.With an unusual combination of compassion and objectivity, Michael Lerner describes his conclusions following more than a decade of study of unconventional cancer treatments in North America, Europe, India, and Japan. He also draws extensively on his work with hundreds of cancer patients who have participated in the Commonweal Cancer Help Programs, the residential support program depicted by Bill Moyers in his 1993 PBS documentary Healing and the Mind.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Sophie's Choice

A Novel

Author: William Styron

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1936317176

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 9393

This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World). Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
Posted in Fiction

Deadly Choices

How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

Author: Paul A. Offit

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: 0465057969

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 3045

A renowned researcher vigorously challenges the anti-vaccine movement in this powerful defense of science in the face of fear.
Posted in Science

Addiction

A Disorder of Choice

Author: Gene M. Heyman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674032985

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 200

View: 1918

Argues that drug addiction is not a disease but a voluntary choice of an individual.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism

How to Fight Sexism in the Workplace

Author: Muna Jawhary (PhD)

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452520755

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 340

View: 5722

This book invites us to abandon our gender identity and look deeper into who we truly are. Cultural ideals that see women and men as fundamentally different manifest into a physical reality of sex-differentiated behaviour, be it in cognitive abilities, psychological traits, or even dispositions. We know from epigenetic studies that there is no separation between mind and environment: our perceptions of environmental signals, filtered through cultural beliefs, translate into a corresponding behaviour in order to maintain harmony between mind, body and environment. Social cultures the world over still see women as suited for care and service, and men as suited for work outside the home. As women make life-career choices, they are constrained by cultural ideas, images and symbols that create the ‘nurturance imperative’ in their psyche. Women mistake this learnt nurturing behaviour, of putting others’ interests before theirs, for natural instinct and make choices that are not in line with their authentic self. Women, in other words, unknowingly make false choices. This is only half the story of sexism in our societies. The other and more toxic half is that in order to fulfill the gender agenda of ‘women are care givers and men are providers’, girls are brought up to be feminine only and boys are brought up to be masculine only. Inevitably, any aspects of the self that are thought to belong to the opposite sex are repressed, which gives us a sense of lack and feelings of inadequacy, and results in a disconnection from the heart and alienation from the true self. The book also shows how our sexist thoughts manifest in a sex-biased reality in the workplace. Neuroplasticity and epigenetic laws are used to suggest ways of radically changing the work environment to one that is equally supportive of women’s and men’s success. The new work environment and work practices can profoundly change how businesses operate in the world, allowing them to become more adept at generating profit in today’s overly competitive globalized markets.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family

Author: Rosanna Hertz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198039914

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 4395

A remarkable number of women today are taking the daunting step of having children outside of marriage. In Single By Chance, Mothers By Choice, Rosanna Hertz offers the first full-scale account of this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing why these middle class women took this unorthodox path and how they have managed to make single parenthood work for them. Hertz interviewed 65 women--ranging from physicians and financial analysts to social workers, teachers, and secretaries--women who speak candidly about how they manage their lives and families as single mothers. What Hertz discovers are not ideologues but reluctant revolutionaries, women who--whether straight or gay--struggle to conform to the conventional definitions of mother, child, and family. Having tossed out the rulebook in order to become mothers, they nonetheless adhere to time-honored rules about child-rearing. As they tell their stories, they shed light on their paths to motherhood, describing how they summoned up the courage to pursue their dream, how they broke the news to parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers, how they went about buying sperm from fertility banks or adopting children of different races. They recount how their personal and social histories intersected to enable them to pursue their dream of motherhood, and how they navigate daily life. What does it mean to be 'single' in terms of romance and parenting? How do women juggle earning a paycheck with parenting? What creative ways have women devised to shore up these families? How do they incorporate men into their child-centered families? This book provides concrete, informative answers to all these questions. A unique window on the future of the family, this book offers a gold mine of insight and reassurance for any woman contemplating this rewarding if unconventional step.
Posted in Social Science

Creating Great Choices

A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking

Author: Jennifer Riel,Roger L. Martin

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1633692973

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 5489

Move Beyond Trade-Off Thinking When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those crucial times when accepting the obvious trade-off just isn't good enough? What do we do when the choices in front of us don't get us what we need? In those cases, rather than choosing the least worst option, we can use the models in front of us to create a new and superior answer. This is integrative thinking. First introduced by world-renowned strategic thinker Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind, integrative thinking is an approach to problem solving that uses opposing ideas as the basis for innovation. Now, in Creating Great Choices, Martin and his longtime thinking partner Jennifer Riel vividly illustrate how integrative thinking works, and how to do it. The book includes fresh stories of successful integrative thinkers that will demystify the process of creative problem solving, as well as practical tools and exercises to help readers engage with the ideas. And it lays out the authors' four-step methodology for creating great choices, which can be applied in virtually any context. The result is a replicable, thoughtful approach to finding a "third and better way" to make important choices in the face of unacceptable trade‐offs. Insightful and instructive, Creating Great Choices blends storytelling, theory, and hands-on advice to help any leader or manager facing a tough choice.
Posted in Business & Economics

The Revolution

A Manifesto

Author: Ron Paul

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780446599191

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 91

View: 2702

Congressman Ron Paul (TX-R)--presidential candidate, popular ideologue, debate favorite, and creator of one of the largest grassroots campaigns in history--sets forth his revolutionary manifesto and challenges America to make the tough changes needed to survive.
Posted in BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

False Dawn

Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

Author: Steven A. Cook,Steven Cook

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190611413

Category: Arab Spring, 2010-

Page: 352

View: 8600

In False Dawn, noted Middle East regional expert Steven Cook offers a sweeping narrative account of the past five years, moving from Turkey to Tunisia to Yemen to Iraq to Egypt and beyond, ultimately presenting a powerful theoretical analysis of why the Arab Spring failed.
Posted in Arab Spring, 2010-