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Get out of my uterus! Fighting for women’s rights

This is the battle cry for women all over the United States that are fighting the invasion on their personal privacy. The right to choose contraception is something that shouldn’t be in the hands of the government or religious groups. In fact, as I as am writing this I thought maybe I was talking about Iran, not the United States.

From political candidates to committees made up of all men, the decision to use contraception is being forced out of women’s hands. Why?

I can’t help thinking that there is a more sinister motive behind this attack on women’s rights. Am I crazy or paranoid? Perhaps. But when I think of how much lives changed after the women’s rights movement, I wonder if there are some people that would like to go back to the time when women remained in the home to clean, cook and make and care for babies. Maybe there are some people that think women are taking over jobs that could go to men. Or maybe there are some people that don’t like the idea of women in the military.

Take away contraception and guess what happens—women end up pregnant. Pregnancy could delay a woman going off to college or taking that promotion at work. And yet, these same people make sure that men can get free supplies of Viagra. With all those erections walking around and no contraception, we are in for a population surge unless we can all learn to master the pull out method.

Impinging on women’s rights probably won’t stop with contraception. What rights will be taken away next? Will women lose the right to dress as they please? Will they be told when and how to have sex? If you still don’t think this is an important issue, read this quote from a 2006 interview with Rick Santorum where he talks about his opposition to contraception:

“It’s not OK because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” he said. They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also, but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.”

Maybe I’m not so paranoid after all. Do we really want the government taking away contraception and telling us how a sexual union should happen?

Please, get the hell out of my uterus!

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

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Geez, Who peed in your Pepsi?: Typo Causes Uproar

I wanted to start my column off with a topic that is very familiar to me and to other writers, editors and publishers. It’s the dreaded typo. I never could have guessed a typo would cause such a problem for one publisher.

Due to a typo that caused outrage, a publisher had to reprint 7,000 copies of a cookbook called The Pasta Bible. The pasta recipe called for ‘salt and freshly ground black pepper,’ but instead, due to a typo, it was printed as ‘salt and freshly ground black people.’

Wow, I didn’t know that cannibals ate pasta.

The article did not reveal the identity of the enraged party.

This story really got to me because I know how difficult it is to find every typo or grammatical error in a manuscript even after reading it over and over again. A great editor will find most errors, but editors are human and can miss something. And spell check would not have caught this type of error because ‘people’ is an accepted word and spelled correctly. Sure, this is an embarrassment for the editor and the publishing company, but to make it more than that is ludicrous to me.

Mistakes happen. Live with it. The typo in The Pasta Bible is a silly, unintentional error, and I don’t understand why someone would become upset over it. I doubt that a group of cannibals are trying to push their recipes on unsuspecting individuals. As a society, are we really so sensitive that we cannot just laugh this off? Whatever happened to the days when we just brushed off a negative comment? Now, we cause a stink over every little thing that happens, suing people over trivial matters like this.

The reprint cost the publisher $18,500. What a waste of time and money. The good side to this situation for the publisher is that due to the typo, this book is sure to be a best seller. The books that were already shipped out with the typo will probably be a collector’s item someday. I am sure there will also be some people that will demand a replacement book because the typo bothers them.

Do you think people are just too sensitive these days and are too quick to get angry, especially over something so ridiculous as a typo? Are there any cannibals out there offended by this?

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A Spiritual Slap: The Movie Avatar

 

So this weekend I was off on my usual hunt for DVD’s. I knew Avatar had just been released and I was dying to see it. I love it when the making of film evolves and had d this one was out of this world. With fingers crossed, I took it up to the check out counter hoping I wouldn’t be let down.

And now I have to admit, I was thrown for a few surprises.

First, I had read some of the hype and ticked off debates on how Avatar was evil and bad– as it was pushing off those despicable godless religions falling under the umbrella of Paganism onto the foolish and unexpected. These rants and accusations always make me laugh for I have never seen nor met a Pagan who was trying to secretly or openly convert anyone….ever.

Now, I’m an eclectic Pagan, but those kinds of arguments don’t always steer my interest as far as a movie goes. I did, however, throw it to our other authors as something to blog about this month, hoping to read a little bit more into the hype. No one grabbed the hook though, so I left it alone.

Not expecting one thing or another, I put the movie on, turned the lights off, and hoped to be at least blown away by these awesome affects I’d been hearing about.

And boy was I.

Before I even got to the middle of the film, I was ready to kiss the soul who dreamt this world up. I wanted to applaud the one who drew it into vision and I wanted to hail the actors and actresses who played the wonderful characters.

And then when I got a taste of the natives of Pandora and their spirituality, I wanted to find the scientist who could build me my own Avatar, thinking I was so totally there. Just show me the way and let me get my coat.

The Natives and their religion is a cross between what you’d consider Native American, and, well, what I consider to be Paganism.

*insert my spiritual slap here*

Everything is the Goddess and all things are connected in this beautiful, fantastic and wondrous world. And even when those there hunt, they do so humanely, and do so spiritually. In my opinion they came across as the Guardians of this fabulous world and that left me a bit upset.

What if we humans were never meant to be as infectious as a virus destroying everything in our path…what if we were meant to be the guardians of our world???

Damned if we didn’t muck that one up, hu? And the movie shows what the monstrous part of Humanity does when we allow our greed and pride to run amuck on the negative side.

Avatar might have ticked off some religious screamers and biters, but for me, it reminded me of something I had once held precious but forgot about because of the hustle and bustle of life lately. It put into actual moving pictures what I’d never really tried to put into words. It gave me back a feeling inside, an envy, and a deep desire to be one with the things around me.

So, if you want something that blows the evolution of film away or if you want something you can connect too…something that might spiritually slap you back to life again…I suggest Avatar. I don’t suggest renting it either. This one is a keeper.

 

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