Today is Thanksgiving. Even though this has been a  mixed year, we have many things to be thankful for:

– The planet has survived, so far.

– Mitt Romney is not president.

– Paul Ryan is not president.

– Chris Christie not president, at least not yet.

– This country did not go to war with Syria and create amother quagmire.

– The economy, while anemic, is much better than it was after the Bush (Great) Recession took hold.

– The Affordable Care Act exists, and , despite lacking a public option, gives some of the uninsured a chance to obtain insurance.

– Hawaii and Illinois became the 15th and 16th states, respectively, to implement marriage equality.

In sum, though things are tough and we are still under siege from the right wing, we have much to be thankful for.

I saw the U.S. women’s national soccer team play, and it was everything I’d dreamed of and more

This article, from a notable feminist blog, says it all about why women’s sports, including soccer, are where it’s at and why breaking stereotypes is where it’s at. Women’s athletics iat an important part of feminism. It is past time that these women get the same respect as male athletes.

Fit and Feminist

When I heard that the U.S. women’s national soccer team was scheduled to play a friendly against Brazil in Orlando – which is all of 90 minutes away from my home – I am not lying when I say my heart nearly pounded straight out of my chest with excitement.  And when we bought the tickets? Well…have you ever seen video of those kids who find out they are going to Disneyland?  That was me. I was a shrieking seven-year-old girl nearly reduced to tears at the prospect of finally getting to see the Magic Kingdom.

I’ve been following the USWNT since the 2011 World Cup, but for me that has meant sometimes seeing matches on TV and mostly watching them online (often while working – shhhh don’t tell).  The idea of seeing Wambach & Co. in person seemed like a far-off dream that would never come true, yet another…

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