Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I'm doing the Boston AIDS walk Sunday the 3rd. You can do your good deed for the year by donating money online here. GAP is matching 100% of the money that our district raises so you'll all end up being extra generous! Thanks!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

My Memorial Day

I will be in Boston this Memorial Day weekend, working retain instead of going to cookouts in the woods and roasting marshmallows over raging bonfires. Nonetheless determined to have some semblance of a cookout, I made up this little masterpiece.

99% lean ground turkey, garlic and herb seasoning, spinach and feta burger (topped with Land o' Lakes american) on toasted whole wheat bread. Accompanied with fried potatoes and peppers in the same garlic and herb seasoning. I will be eating it with a glass of Riesling. Or a bottle. The only short coming is that we have an apparent shortage of ketchup. I swear if you searched you'd find the bottle that I swear I pilfered, but apparently it's missing. Quite the mystery...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

fetal consent bill

New Abortion Bill To Require Fetal Consent

choosy moms choose Kate

a woman in Gap yesterday asked me for my phone number for her son. albeit I think she was looking really for more of a life coach (she must have sensed that "Life Coach" is my calling). I gave her my name on a piece of paper and told her to have him facebook me. I don't give out my number to just anyone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


You might have a hard time getting your bearings today, for you've lost sight of your destination. Your emotional landscape has changed, and is encouraging you to get in touch with your need for pleasure. But you cannot reach satisfaction until you learn more about your desires. There is no easy way out. Staying in the present moment is a gift that allows you to enjoy what you have now.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Discussion on Giuliani

Monika has all her little 2008 hopes and dreams out on her blog - I haven't been quite as proactive, but I was asked this week for an interview as part of a paper. I figured I'd multi-task and humbly submit the responses I gave here. I left in her questions so my train of thought would make a bit more sense.

Casey B***
9:52pm May 20th
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hi kate,
i know its late but thanks again in advance....
I am not sure how much you know about Giuliani who is running for president, but he is considered a conservative republican although recently, it was discovered that he has donated a total of $900 within the past few years to planned parenthood, clearly an organization that supports safe sex before marraige as well as abortion and the option to choose. As a woman who is of age to vote, and one who believes in the right to choose, how do you feel about the fact that he says he hates abortion although believes in a woman's right to choose to the extent that he beleives a woman should be able to choose yes or no to having abortion as an option. Does religion play a part in your thoughts on the issue? Do you think he is or is not consistant with his view? should he choose yes or no to abortion instead of maybe yes and maybe no? do you think he is wrong to have given money to planned parenthood? who do you plan to vote for and why? would you vote for him? why or why not? tell me anything else you feel too about abortion or giulliani as well as the other candiates and their stance on abortion, and how u feel about a womans right to choose. thanks so much!!!! i look forward to hearing your answers asap!!!
Kate Rohdenburg
11:01pm May 20th
So first of all, from what I understand, the $900 is being attributed to Rudy's former wife and for some perspective, Mitt Romney's wife is also being said to have donated to Planned Parenthood in the past. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has recently released a press statement lauding Guliani for his "pro-abortion" stance saying it proves that Republicans can run on common sense rather than religious lines. This has caused a bit of an uproar from some feminists who take issue with PPFA congratulating a rep. candidate who has said that over turning Roe would be "ok". (Check out

Honestly, I think that the inconsistency will hurt Giuliani, and probably most of the other Rep. hopefuls. Hard liners will think that they are too "soft" on abortion, and liberals will think they are far too conservative. Either way it will chip away at their prospective demographic.

As far as donating money to PPFA - I have personally worked with a PP affiliate and abortion is NOT the only thing that PP's about. Not all PP clinics even perform abortions. Accessible birth control for underprivileged women is a huge part of the work that they do, STD testing for both men and women, sex education for all ages, some even do prenatal care and annual GYN appointments. Donating to PP does not equate financing an abortion.

I will not vote for Giuliani, I do not trust that he has the qualifications, experience, or ability to lead the nation. I respect what he did for NYC after 9-11. I do not think he has the ability to even garner the Rep nomination, let alone win a national election.

To make sure I answer all your questions: I consider myself pro-abortion and think that anyone who says they "hate" abortion - especially those who have no chance of ever being in the position to experience one, are full of shit. It comes down to talking about things that one knows nothing about.

I was raised Protestant Christian, however do not think that it has influenced my thinking in a way that most pastors would be proud of.

As far as the rest of the candidates go, I'm not stoked on any of them, but it is still early in the campaign. Last election I was so disillusioned I voted for a 3rd party to show my disgust with what has evolved into an incestuous political game with no clear answers and only fake candidates. It's about money and image and not about issues, which is why things like abortion and gay marriage and the Iraq war are skirted around without ever choosing a line and sticking to it - from either party.

In a vaguely related sidenote - I think it is interesting that the hard religious right is stonewalling Romney for being week on abortion because he "changed his mind" only recently on the matter to align himself to the right. Having walked past the abortion protesters every day to get to work I was under the impression that the POINT of the protest was to get people to change their mind. And now here they've succeeded in the form of a potential national leader and his mere change of heart is not enough to prove worthy of the women-hating stamp of approval. Another side note on Romney - out of all the Rep. candidates who will surely have to create a stance on family values, Romney (a mormon) is the only who has had just one wife. As far as I know ALL the serious Democratic hopefuls are still on their first marriage. That should be interesting.

I know this is long, I hope it helps. Sorry it's so late with your paper being due tomorrow. Let me know if you need anything else.

Casey B***
11:13pm May 20th
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Kate, your response was very clear and said in a very mature fashion. even though what i think has nothing to do with my paper, on a sidenote- i agree with you completly. Thank you again for the short notice response... this will help ENORMOUSLY with my paper... thanks so much again and goodluck with what you are doing for the club!


Side note: I know it was done over facebook and all, but does anyone else think that when conducting an interview - of any kind - especially with someone you don't know, that you should at least be grammatically correct? Spelling, punctuation, paragraphs??? Am I just getting old?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


I have a ton of stuff I want to blog about - an epiphany I recently had, and this past weekend where I went camera crazy on my dog and my sister all dolled up for prom (just my sister, not the dog) - but I'm lazy at this very moment and merely want to leave you with my lunch:

Whole wheat pasta, fresh broccoli, peppers, spinach and garlic in the sauce, and freshly grated Romano and Parmesan cheeses accompanied with a low-cal antioxidant energy drink. Wow.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mouths Shut

Oral sex can cause throat cancer

* 22:00 09 May 2007
* news service
* Roxanne Khamsi

People who have had more than five oral-sex partners in their lifetime are 250% more likely to have throat cancer than those who do not have oral sex, a new study suggests.

The researchers believe this is because oral sex may transmit human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus implicated in the majority of cervical cancers.

The new findings should encourage people to consistently use condoms during oral sex as this could protect against HPV, the team says. Other experts say that the results provide more reason for men to receive the new HPV vaccine.

Maura Gillison at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, US, and colleagues collected blood and saliva samples from the throats of 100 patients diagnosed with cancers of the tonsils or back of the throat. The scientists also took samples from 200 healthy people for comparison.

By combining the blood and saliva samples with antibody molecules, Gillison's team could tell whether a person had ever had an HPV infection.
Cancer traps

All of the study participants provided information about their sexual history, including the number of people with whom they had engaged in oral sex.

After controlling for other risk factors for throat cancer, such as drinking and smoking, the analysis revealed that people who had prior infection with HPV were 32 times as likely to have this cancer as those with no evidence of ever having the virus. And those who tested positive for a particularly aggressive strain of the virus, called HPV-16, were 58 times more likely to have throat cancer.

By comparison, either smoking or drinking increases the risk of such cancer by about threefold.

The throat cancers analysed in the new study mostly started in the "crypts" of the throat – the grooves at the base of the tonsils. This might be because the tonsil grooves trap infectious particles, suggests Mark Stoler of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, US, who was not involved in the study.
High risk levels

The study also revealed a link between oral sex and throat cancer caused by HPV. People who had one to five oral-sex partners in their lifetime had approximately a doubled risk of throat cancer compared with those who never engaged in this activity - and those with more than five oral-sex partners had a 250% increased risk.

There was an even stronger link between oral sex and throat cancers clearly caused by HPV-16 (those tumours that tested positive for the strain). People with more than five oral sex partners had a 750% increased risk of these HPV-16-caused cancers.

"This study is important because it is putting all of the pieces together," says Gillison. "We need to add oral HPV infection to the list of risks for oral cancer," she adds.
Virus vaccine

A vaccine against several of the most aggressive strains of HPV linked to cervical cancer received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration in 2006. However the plan to vaccinate adolescent girls with this vaccine developed by Merck, called Gardasil, has received some criticism.

There have been no studies investigating whether the vaccine can also protect against throat cancer, but the new evidence linking HPV to throat cancer could lead to broader vaccination with Gardasil. "We will see a push for vaccination in men," says Stoler, who has been involved in the development of the vaccine.

Tonsil and throat cancers affect about two in every 100,000 adults in the US. The new results could promote the development of spit tests for HPV infection to help identify people at high risk for these cancers, researchers say.

Journal reference: New England Journal of Medicine (vol 356, p 1944)

HPV-16 IS one of the strains included in the vaccination Gardasil. You've heard it from me before that men should be included in the vaccination frenzy - STD transmitters that they are. Penis cancer wasn't enough, perhaps throat cancer will do it.

ALSO - note that the article said the hope was for increased condom use during oral sex - which reinforces this strange notion that oral sex involves penis in mouth and excludes vagina in mouth. What about ladies?!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


When body image anxiety isn't enough

The media adds new scare tactics to keep the women too smart to fall for debilitating beauty ideals down:

May 9, 2007
Why Are Women Anxious?
COM's Caryl Rivers on how the news media scare female professionals
By Nicole Laskowski

Caryl Rivers talks about women and anxiety. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Last August, published an article that began with this warning: “Guys: a word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don’t marry a woman with a career.”

The author of the piece, Michael Noer, claimed that social science researchers had concluded that no matter the circumstances, professional women are bound to be unhappy in marriage.

“It’s totally bogus,” says Caryl Rivers, a professor of journalism in the College of Communication. “There’s very little research that shows that. What seemed to happen was that was not getting a lot of hits and decided this story would create buzz.”

In her just-released book Selling Anxiety: How the News Media Scare Women (University Press of New England), Rivers explores this and other examples of the disparaging ways professional women are depicted in the popular press.

BU Today talked with Rivers about the media, women, and their anxieties, real and hyped.

BU Today: How do the media scare women?
Rivers: I think what the media seem to be doing is selling anxiety about women’s lives and ambitions the same way the media sell anxiety about women’s thighs and waistlines. The reason women are buying these stories is that it’s a changing time, a difficult time.

What brought you to this book?
One of things I noticed as I was researching a book on gender stereotypes was that the more the research was showing women moving into professions, accomplishing more, going to school more, that these women were healthy and doing well, the media narrative was the exact opposite. It was saying, if you are a woman with ambition, your kids are going to be miserable, men won’t want you because you’re too smart, you’re not going to be fertile, you’re going to have lousy marriages. It was such a dichotomy that I started to look at why this was. One of the things I concluded was that women, particularly working women now, are a desirable demographic to the media. And what sells, what creates buzz to these women, is scare stories.

How did you go about investigating these scare tactics?
What I chose to look at was what I call chain reaction stories, or the stories that would start out, say, in Newsweek, and then jump to a New York Times Magazine cover, and then would jump to a piece on the evening news.

What did you find?
There was a study purportedly showing that the higher a woman’s IQ, the less likely she is to be married. It appeared in headlines in the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly under the headline “Too Smart to Marry.” But what none of the stories mentioned was that the study was done in the 1930s on women born in the 1920s. So the study has utterly no relevance to the lives of women today, and yet because it was sort of a bad-news story, it was kind of a sexy story, it played all over the place. And that’s what I found, that often these stories that became breakout stories were based on really bad science, that the research was based on tiny samples, outdated, exaggerated in its findings — not really very good research on which to hang a big story.

If the research is wrong or can be misinterpreted, why aren’t these stories attracting as much criticism as a plagiarism charge or other reporting inaccuracies?
Well, it’s not quite as sexy as plagiarism. I think in some cases it’s ignorance. You look on the Internet, you find this particular researcher, and you see that she has a best seller and that she’s been quoted all over the place, but somebody doesn’t go the next step and say, is this right? Plus, the media do not like to correct themselves. So, even when a story gets corrected, the correction gets nowhere near the kind of play the original article had.

Do these story do any real harm?
I think what these bad-news stories do is they undercut the political will for people to establish family-friendly policies — better day care, better school policies, all of those policies that would be sane and sensible — that would make it possible for the 70 percent of working couples out there to really function.

If these headlines aren’t the reality, what are some of the real struggles women face?
The biggest struggle that women face is trying to integrate family and work. To have jobs where the standard is not to work 90 hours a week. To have day care so you don’t have to scrounge up whatever help you can and feel anxious about your child because you don’t know if your child is that well cared for. With no paid family leave, if you have a family crisis, what do you do? It’s not only women who are facing this — it’s also men. But it’s always cast as a women’s issue.

How do professional women forge ahead?
We have to start putting out new narratives. These narratives I talk about are really old, and they come from fear of change. I think they come from the fact that women are the canaries in the mines, that when women change, people think, oh my god, the world is going to hell. There’s a new story out there. It’s available. There are lots of researchers out there telling it. It’s complicated, but interesting and often positive, and we just have to get away from these old chestnuts that just seem to reappear and reappear.

While we’re on the subject, how do you think the media will cover a woman candidate running for president?
We’re going to see a lot of these stereotypes of women coming out. Looking at the coverage of Hillary Clinton, there’s an extraordinary number of references where she’s called a witch, Lady Macbeth, and all of these sorts of names that give some sort of dread about female power. I think there are two things people fear: one is that women are going to be too weak, and two is that women are going to be too strong.

I did look at a study of Elizabeth Dole, who should have been taken seriously as a candidate in 2000, but was not. And the press treatment of her was really very interesting. They talked about how shrill she was, about her hairdo. It surprised me because it seemed to me that she was the kind of person — Republican, conservative, had held high posts in Republican administrations — who would escape the stereotypes, but she didn’t, according to studies. She was very much stigmatized.

Nicole Laskowski can be reached at

Thanks to Julie for the link

Monday, May 7, 2007

School Night

Summer 1 classes start tomorrow but a quick couple of thoughts and pictures:

1. Previous to this I had 123 posts on this blog.

My room with all my crap in it. Gotta love moving...

3. While bored at Jake Ivory's this made my night:

My neighbor from NH who's daughters were really unfriendly when I was growing up. Dressed in an orange pimp suit. Awesome. My dad commented on it when he saw him and his wife in passing - said the pictures were all over the internet. Love it.

I am in love with Sergio but I don't think he's ever going to leave his wife for me.

5. Amy Winehouse and Citizen Cope were AWESOME. The crowds were not. I miss festivals.

The squirrel was doing backflips. I know no one believes me but I swear.

7. The cats that live in my apartment ate one of my Marilyn posters.

Over and out.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Master Scavenger

Food found in the Lobby of DavA...My father would be proud. If I'm ambitious once all this moving is done I will post final counts of canned goods/pasta etc.

I do sort of feel as though I'm stealing from the homeless...

Grades are in...

In case you hadn't heard, I'm super smart...AND influential...I'm a catch!

just be honest
did you put out?