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My version of retweeting: Pamela Clare, Romance, State Law, and Women’s Rights

From the Smart Bitches, how one person (who happens to be a woman and a romance author) can make a huge difference in the lives of many.

Go read in detail how Pamela Clare fought her way to writing a law (that passed) to make it possible for female inmates to give birth unshackled to the bed.

Yes, you read right: unshackled. Because up to now, in many of states of the Union is allowed by law to shackle a laboring woman to a bed, simply because she’s also an inmate.

I also want to point out that as much as Ms Clare’s actions are amazing from the point of view of women’s rights, they are so as part of the fight for human rights–the inhumane treatment of pregnant inmates has, in fact, cost lives.

For her dedication to this issue and her work and integrity as a journalist, Ms Clare was awarded the Society for Professional Journalists “Keeper of the Flame” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you, Ms Clare. Way to go.

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Read more here–and go check out Ms Clare’s website. She not only one determined human being but a really good writer.

 

Steampunk

The first time I read the term was on Sela Carsen‘s blog (where is she?), I think a couple of years ago–and didn’t get it.

And I didn’t get it for quite a while, even after reading Meljean Brook’s brilliant novella “Here There Be Monsters” (Burning Up anthology). Finally it clicked for me: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, of course! (the movie–Sean Connery as Alain Quartermain for the win!)

Then there was this video, posted ages ago by the Smart Bitches:

 

*cough*

 

And with that said, I am now in love with Steampunk–well, well writen Steampunk at least. Just as I’m in love with well written fiction, period :grin: How about you?