What women's rights look like when the two sides come together as one.
What women's rights are when women are no longer manipulated by party rhetoric.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Women Have Spoken

Cynthia Ruccia

It appears that women were the key ingredient to the Romney win in Michigan last night. I'm not here to endorse a candidate or take a victory lap, although I do hope that if Mitt Romney becomes the Republican nominee for president that he will put a woman on the ticket with him. He's the only candidate so far from either party who has even paid lip service to that idea.

My main reason for writing today is to debunk the myths that women are irrelevant on the Republican side and that the Republican women are complicit in the meme that the Republicans want to put women back in the kitchen and saddle them with more babies than what they want, you know that whole "barefoot and pregnant" story that gets repeated ad nauseum. Guess what people-----------IT ISN'T TRUE!!!! And the Michigan Republican primary results yesterday state that loud and clear.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Women----This Week's Political Football

Cynthia Ruccia

One of the tags lines on this blog is "what women's rights are when women are no longer manipulated by party rhetoric," and we have just witnessed a week or two where the subject of women's rights are being used shamelessly to manipulate women all over the United States. Both parties are doing it, and to some extent it is probably proving effective. I am so disgusted with this display of manipulation I could spit. I want to shake everyone involved and say "where is your brain????????"

All of this bandying about of "women's rights" is being used at the service of party and presidential politics trying to get an advantage of one faction over another. And it still all goes back to what my friend T says------and I repeat "I AM NOT AN OVARY AND WOMB WITH LEGS!!!!" What I'm trying to say is that the men in power who run the campaigns seem to think that all we women care about is our reproductive rights. Period. That there is nothing else in the world that defines women except our uteruses. And so they insult us by ginning up phony controversies to manipulate us, corral us, and make us cower in fear that our rights are about to be taken away, and then to try to score points against the other side.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Second Lieutenant Ruccia Reports For Duty

Cynthia Ruccia

Just a quick update on my fabulous daughter-in-law Second Lieutenant Bridget Ruccia who reported for duty this week at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. Many of you have asked me for news on her military career. After graduating from the Ohio State University in June, Bridget and my wonderful son Michael moved to the Washington, D.C. area where Michael was lucky enough to find a job working for Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the huge management consulting firm while Bridget awaited her orders from the Air Force.

Michael drove Bridget to her posting in Texas this past weekend. We are so proud to have Second Lieutenant Ruccia in our lives and we wish her all of the best as she serves our country. A shout out to my amazing son Michael who is holding down the fort for the family in Alexandria, VA. The sacrifices of this young military family are multiplied many times over by families all over the country. It is so easy to forget for those of us who don't wear the uniform that if not for the efforts of people like my loved ones we wouldn't have the freedoms we enjoy, including our freedom to dissent. So kudos to Second Lieutenant Ruccia and her colleagues!!!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Planned Parenthood Mess

Cynthia Ruccia

What a mess-------------and the press is loving it!!! What could be better than watching two prominent women's groups have at it. A fantastic cat fight!!!!

First off, let me say that this week is a red banner week for me. I just finished on Tuesday my 32nd and FINAL chemotherapy treatment in this my second bout with breast cancer. I have had chemo continually for the past 15 months. My hair is starting to come back, my nails have stopped crumbling, and although I don't have the luxurious lashes I was always known for, I have eyelashes and eyebrows again. My energy level is at about 90% of what is was before I started. I have a surgery date scheduled to remove the port that has been threaded into my heart for the past 16 months, and after that, all that will be left is taking a daily estrogen blocker for the next 5--10 years or more. That estrogen blocker makes me feel like an old lady when I get up in the morning. However, once I get going, that feeling subsides, a small price to pay if I am to have any hope of actually growing old.

I'm saying all of this because breast cancer isn't something other people get. I have had it------twice. It is real to me, not something I can theorize about. And watching this media event of Planned Parenthood v Susan Komen for the Cure stirs up a whole hornet's nest of thoughts and feelings for me.