To Run or Not to Run: Cynthia Nixon for New York Governor

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]When Cynthia Nixon appeared on The Today Show a few days ago to discuss her latest film, The Only Living Boy in New York, New Yorkers found out that there may be a new name on the gubernatorial ticket in 2018.

Cynthia Nixon, known for both her contributions to television, movies, and stage, and for her work for social activism, has repeatedly denied rumors that she is thinking of running against Governor Andrew Cuomo next year, as is routinely done this far in advance, but we at the Warblr hope she is serious about it, and here are some reasons why.

A True New York Gem

As a New York native and a mother of three, Nixon has experienced the New York public school system as both a student and a mother, and she is well aware of the inequality in funding and opportunities to students in lower income schools.

“We’ve got a real problem on our hands in New York state. We are 49th in terms of equitable funding—that means there’s one state that’s worse than us, and that’s Illinois,” she said.

“Governor Cuomo likes to say we spend more per pupil than any other state, and that is actually true, but the only reason that’s true is because we spend so much on the kids in our wealthiest districts. . . . Between our 100 richest schools and our 100 poorest schools, there’s a $10,000 gap on what we spend per pupil.”

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Cynthia Nixon as LGBTQ Activist

Cynthia Nixon is an activist for the LGBTQ Community, which she joined in the late 2000’s when she became romantically involved with her now wife, Christine Marinoni, an education reformer.

In February, she spoke outside of a Stonewall Inn rally: “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now,” she said. “We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says ‘other,’ less than, easy target if you’re looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonize, beat up, even kill.”

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A Governor for Real Healthcare Reform

As a mother, a career woman, and a breast cancer survivor, Cynthia Nixon is a fighter for women’s issues, specifically those in healthcare.

“Motherhood is a primary part of my life, which is precisely the reason I fight for reproductive rights. That’s why I also fight for free birth control and comprehensive sex ed.”

Overall, Nixon has been an active participant in New York’s political universe for years, serving on an advisory board for New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, speaking at rallies across the city, and attending fundraising events for various causes.

And let’s be honest here, out of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, which would you want to see in the Governor’s seat?

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Put These Women in the Governor’s Seat in 2018

In a time where the President of the United States thinks and acts as if he can do anything he pleases, the Governor’s office has become more important than ever, and this year no less than 7 women are running. Considering reproductive rights are under attack, electing them to office has never been more crucial. Today, a woman’s right to have an abortion is decided by each state, rather than by the U.S. government.

Here are the stats

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1977: Women taking part in a demonstration in New York demanding safe legal abortions for all women. (Photo by Peter Keegan/Keystone/Getty Images)

21 states provide varying access to abortions
3 states provide access with restrictions
26 states either do not provide or make it almost impossible for a woman or couple to get an abortion.

Here is another stat to think about

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Out of fifty states and five U.S. territories, only six have governors that are women. So how is it democratic, exactly, that the most important woman’s issue is decided by mostly men?

In 2018, two women will be up for re-election, Kate Brown (OR) and Gina Raimondo (RI), and five new faces will be running, Stacey Abrams (GA), Gwen Graham (FL), Cary Kennedy (CO), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), and Gretchen Whitmer (MI).

Here’s why it is important that we elect them

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President Trump, whose views we have all come to know and cringe at, has flip-flopped on almost every major issue, leaving the rest of us nervous and guarded against his ever-changing whims, but one thing we can count on from the Trump/Pence White House is that women’s rights are under attack.

The Trump/Pence ticket ran on a passionate pro-life platform, championing the view that no woman has the right to kill an unborn baby.

Donald Trump was pro-choice around the same time that he was a registered Democrat cheering for Hillary Clinton, but when the 2016 election came up he sang a very different tune.

Mike Pence, however, has been pro-life for his entire political career, even signing a measure into Indiana law last March that required aborted or miscarried fetuses to be buried or cremated, as if they were living, breathing, fully-formed beings.

Talk about cruel and unusual.

The Trump/Pence White House also has a personal vendetta against Planned Parenthood, an organization that does so much more for women than provide abortions (a service which comprises only 3% of their work). But let us all ignore that glaring fact for a moment.

To kick it up a notch, President Trump is dedicated, not only to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they offer abortions to women, but to withholding U.S. funds to clinics around the world if they even whisper the word abortion.

Talk about inhumane. Thousands of women die every day from complications during childbirth and from botched (illegal) abortions, especially in developing countries.

Which brings us to the next round of gubernatorial elections in 2018.

One thing we can be thankful for is that President Trump is all for states’ rights, which means we absolutely have to elect people who will protect us from harmful trends coming out of Washington D.C.

We have a responsibility to force change when change is necessary, and that force comes down to one thing: the vote.

We saw last November what happens when people stay home instead of voting, so please,

Rock the vote for reproductive rights!

To learn more about abortion laws in your state, please visit Pro Choice America.

Sen. Harris Calls for Reform on Policies that Hurt Incarcerated Women

On Tuesday, Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) delivered a speech to the Justice Action Network’s “Women Unshackled” Conference, which was geared towards the substantial increase in the number of incarcerated women here in the United States. Most forward in her remarks was her emphasis on prevention and humane treatment for women before, during, and after their periods of service.

Cosponsored with Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Dick Durbin, The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act strives to address some of the issues discussed here, namely, that we should be trying to give people the tools they need to stay out of prison. It also addresses the need to take care of and rehabilitate the women who do end up in prison.

“Law enforcement has such a profound and direct impact on the most vulnerable among us,” says Harris. “It has a responsibility, then, to be a voice for the most vulnerable and voiceless. And in the process of giving safety, there is also a responsibility to give dignity.”

To begin, here are the numbers she cited:

  • 215,000 women are sitting in prisons and jails in the United States today.
  • The fastest growing group of incarcerated persons in the U.S. is women.
  • Nearly one-third of all female prisoners in the world are prisoners in the U.S.

That’s crazy. And a clear sign that, as Senator Harris says, we don’t need to be harder on crime, we need to be smarter.

Education, mental health services, and community building are the first of many options that Senator Harris spoke of yesterday.

During her time as DA in San Francisco, Harris noticed that there was a direct correlation between education and one’s likelihood of committing a crime.

“Out of twenty of our homicide victims who were under the age of twenty-five, 94% of them were high school dropouts.”

She continues.

“Eight out of ten women in the criminal justice system, the data tells us, have experienced some level of abuse. A large number have experienced abuse at the hands of someone who was in a position of trust, taking the form of child sexual abuse. A lot have faced abuse then and then later in life around domestic violence.”

And many turn to self medicating as an alternative to seeking professional help, making themselves susceptible to the hands of predators.

It is important for law enforcement to acknowledge harmful patterns and to introduce means of breaking these patterns, rather than supporting them with indifference.

And then there’s the downright questionable. 

Adverse conditions limit the ability of incarcerated women to live healthy lives and to transition back into society after they have served their time. Instead of learning valuable skills and treating past trauma, they learn shame, violence, and further trauma.

Many of the U.S. facilities do not provide basic hygiene or reproductive health, making it difficult for these women to stay healthy and positive.

Incarcerated women are subject to the possibility of encountering sexual violence by male guards who supervise them in the bathroom or in the shower.

Pregnant women in prisons or jails are often shackled, and in some states, they are to remain shackled even while giving birth.

“These are human costs to this system,” Senator Harris reminds us.

“But the impact does not stop there. An incarcerated woman means that a family will be impacted. And its effects can be generational. What impacts a mother, impacts a child.”

Nearly 80% of incarcerated women are mothers. Most, 65%, have children who are under 18 years old.

It affects how the children will grow up in more ways than one. Removing a parent not only affects the stasis of a home on a personal level, but it drastically affects the economics of the family, and possibly their ability even to travel to see their family member, which makes the whole thing that much worse.

“Half of the incarcerated women in our country are more than 100 miles away from their families. Let’s talk about what that means in terms of the ability to maintain the relationships with visitation and be clear about this, these prisons aren’t on the Acela line. They’re not on a commuter line, it’s not easy to get there.”

And then there’s the other money issue.

  • It costs tax payers an average of $33,000 a year to house and support one prisoner.
  • In the state of California, it costs about $75,000 a year.
  • Drug treatment on average is about $4,700
  • And $10,000 for community mental health services.

It just makes sense. Cut the waste, and take care of seemingly small issues before they become bigger issues.

Prevention, redemption, both possible.

“At the heart of that point is this. We will all make a mistake, and for some of us that mistake will rise to the level of being a crime,” says Harris. “And yes, there must be accountability and consequence. But is it not the sign of a civil society that we allow people the space and the ability and the resources to earn their way back?”

Is it not the sign of a civil society to believe in second chances, with justice and liberty for all?

This All-In-One Bag Is the Only Bag You’ll Ever Need

In a world where women have to do great things and look great doing them, there’s a lot going on in any woman’s bag or purse. From notebooks to feminine care to a whole array of makeup and accessories to the essentials (phone/keys/wallet), the modern woman has a lot to lug around.

The Answer

Tiffany Haas, the designer of Fullbeat, is a Broadway performer and fashion entrepreneur who spends her days dashing through New York City for auditions, meetings, work, and all the social occasions that come in between. While traveling from theater to theater and then city to city, Tiffany realized that there was no bag that fit her needs, and she was carrying sometimes two or three bags at a time.

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If Tiffany couldn’t find a bag that provided ease and organization, she was going to make one herself, so upon returning from a national tour of the hit show Wicked, Tiffany set up a work station in her dressing room where she tore her old bags apart and put them back together again in a way that was functional, fashionable, and fab, and from these efforts FullBeat was born.

What is FullBeat?

“FullBeat by Tiffany Haas is more than just another brand name, it’s a lifestyle. FullBeat is about living life to the fullest, dreaming big and having the confidence, drive and perseverance to make your dreams a reality. It’s about being true to who you are no matter what the world thinks.”

I personally love that these bags were designed by a woman, for women, and that Ms. Haas keeps all of us in mind when making, selling, and advertising her products. For her it’s not just about being a star, but being comfortable in your skin and having a product that will make your life easier, for real.

The Bags

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The three types of bags listed on her website are: “The Vanity,” “So Clutch,” and “Ready Set Bow” (above). “The Vanity” is a miracle in the world of makeup bags, allowing one to organize her brushes, wands, shadows, accessories, and more, and it even comes with a mirror that slips easily into its own pocket. The clutch and the wristlet each sport a glamorous bow on the front and hidden pockets to organize your life while not giving away any of your secrets.

Pricing and Where to Find FullBeat

Retail price points range from $58 to $165, but you can visit their website, www.FullBeat.com, and join the mailing list for 10% off your purchase.

There are few things in life that a woman really needs, and one of them is a bag that they can use everywhere, for everything. Lucky for you, the perfect bag exists, and you know exactly where to find it.

This Weed Lube Will Take Your Sex Life to Another Level

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Cannabis is known for having many medicinal uses, from anti-anxiety to sleep aid to muscle relaxer, but did you know that it can also be turned into the ultimate lubricant to elevate your sex life? That’s right, cannabis fans, weed lube is here.

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Once again this plant has proven itself to be totally awesome.

FORIA is a Colorado-based brand that creates a myriad of products for his and her pleasure, starting with honest ingredients we know and love, like 100% organic hemp, coconut oil, kava kava, and cacao, including the aforementioned weed lube called FORIA “Awaken”.

Here’s how it works:

Cannabis plants produce two main chemicals for medicinal use: THC and Cannabidiol. The biggest difference between the two is that Cannabidiol delivers all of the benefits with little to no psychoactive experiences like anxiety or paranoia that can sometimes accompany THC.

FORIA “Awaken” combines the powers of Cannabidiol with coconut oil, a well known all natural lubricant, and an array of essential herbs and oils including ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, peppermint, vanilla, cacao, and kava kava.

I know what you’re thinking, wow, that sounds like it smells amazing, but are the results for real?

They sure are! The all-natural formula not only helps you relax, but it helps get you going as well. Testimonials on FORIA’s website rave about the ways their product triggers whole body pleasures and more intense orgasms, both for couples and for individual use.

How could that possibly be?? Well, many of the main ingredients are ancient aphrodisiacs, meaning that these herbs have been doing their thang for thousands of years. FORIA simply got in on the widely known secret, spruced it up, and put it in a bottle that can be shipped right to you.

Cool, right? And I know we’re all thinking it, is there anything cannabis can’t do? Not really. FORIA also has a product to relieve menstrual pain (FORIA Relief) and a rectal suppository (FORIA Explore) to enhance relaxation and ease.

So if you’re ready for a totally new level of sensuality and pleasure in your life and you’re willing to shell out the extra bucks to improve your sex, check out FORIA online and experience what everyone’s been talking about.

We Tried This Tampon Delivery Service and Will Never Buy Anything Else Again

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]First of all, this is not a sponsored ad. This is not sponsored content. I am just a woman who is tired of sh*tty feminine care products, and I imagine there are many women out there who feel the same. I found LOLA–a tampon delivery service–through a Facebook ad and after checking out their website, I was totally sold on trying their product.

Each LOLA tampon is made from 100% organic cotton, AND they deliver right to your door with no cost for shipping. It’s a really convenient service that is customizable to your exact needs. You can get any assortment of light, regular, super, and super+ tampons, night and day pads, and panty liners, for YOUR body’s cycle.

And because it is shipped to you in bulk (I get two boxes delivered every two months), you never have to run out of the house because you forgot to pick some up at the store.

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“But wait, there’s more…”

Girls are no strangers to tampon life, but our knowledge of what is actually in them is as alien as life on Mars. I myself never thought twice about it until discovering LOLA.

Companies which manufacture feminine care products are NOT required by any federal laws or regulations, to divulge a full list of product ingredients.

That means, companies can put whatever they want in their products to make them as cheap as possible, which has lead us to an industry that places harmful chemicals and artificial fibers in women’s bodies, right where the sun don’t shine.

After my first period with LOLA, that itchy discomfort which I felt the last few days of my period totally vanished, which made me very aware of what damage I had been doing every month for, I don’t know, TEN YEARS?

Women use an estimated 10,000 feminine products in their lifetimes, and if the care is not careful, then there is a major risk for women’s health, not just with discomfort, but long term effects.

And by the way, there are NO studies being conducted to investigate the long-term effects of industrial tampons and pads, many of which use chemicals, dyes, and artificial fibers.

What?!?

The current state of feminine care is yet another side-effect of a male-centered world that is not only negligent but harmful towards its taking care of women.

LOLA is a company headed by two women, Jordana Kier and Alex Friedman, who are dedicated to providing top notch products to women around the U.S., and eventually, around the world.

With every LOLA purchase, the company donates feminine care products to women in need, including to women’s shelters where tampons are greatly needed and yet scarce.

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I love every aspect of this company and I truly believe that it is worth the few extra bucks to provide a better period, and to help women in need by supporting this brand.