Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Equal Pay Day

April 28, 2009 is Equal Pay Day, the date in 2009 when the average woman's wages finally catches up with those paid to the average man in 2008. 

Yeah, you read that correctly. 

The average woman in the US has to work an extra 4 months to equal what a man doing the same job earns.

If that woman is a mother, it takes even longer. A single mother, even longer than that.  And women of color? They're even further behind.

And with the same resume and qualifications, a mother is 78% less likely to be hired than a non-mother. 

Call or write your congressperson and tell them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

For more information, check out: 



Friday, April 17, 2009

Stupid Commercials

 There are two commercials on lately that really peeve me. 

(no, not the BK commerical with Sir Mix-A-Lot. That one's hilarious.)

First, there's a commercial for Chef Boyardee about how there's a full serving of vegetables in every can. The dad keeps trying to say it, and the mom keeps doing stupid shit like turning on the garbage disposal, banging pots and pans, etc, to keep the pwecious widdle bwoy from hearing that there might be VEGETABLES in his food. 

Fuck me sideways. For one thing, tomato sauce, IMO, does not freaking count as a "vegetable".  For another thing, my kids eat vegetables. They love them. They can't be the only children on the face of the planet who do.  If I were to serve my kids something as disgusting as Chef Boyardee, you can bet they're having a nice side of steamed broccoli with it, and liking every second of it. 

Second, is a Verizon commercial for their new "Hub" phone - it's a PDA on steroids. There are a couple cute commercials featuring this new product - one with a teen shopping for prom dresses, for example - funny.

But one of the commercials features a mom cooking paella. She's looking at the recipe on the souped up phone thing, and then uses it to send her family a text message about Paella night at 7pm!! Whoo! Her 16 year old son video messages her back:

"Mom, I don't know what pah-ella is, but I'm not eating it. Ever".

So this idiot, stereotypical, family-pleaser woman picks up the phone and orders PIZZA for her ungrateful little shit of a son. Are you fucking kidding me? 

Can I tell you what would happen at my house?  (we'll leave out that I'd never make paella b/c I'm not a seafood fan) 16 year old would be making himself a peanut butter sandwich or pouring himself some cereal. Or, he can go get a job and buy his own pizza. 

I'd ask if there are people out there who actually do this - cater to their kids like mini-royalty - but since the advertising is there to pander to them, there must be.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A lot of people are interested in how much AmeriCorps sucks, apparently...

This post

Has generated a lot of interest, discussion, and vitriol. 

Due to a lot of the comments, I started a YUKU board.  People seem to want and need somewhere to talk about their National Service experiences and expectations.