Boston Symphony Hits a Low Note


Gender Discrimination at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

My morning ritual:
A day without sunshine is like a day without outrage . . . and I always know just where to find some.
Coffee in one hand, notebook and pen in the other, I sit, reading the newspaper or browsing news sites on the Internet. I am coiled like a snake ready to pounce on my prey; some bit of unfairness, some indignity that never takes very long to show up.
A few sips into my first cup of coffee, I pick up the scent of the morning’s first victim stroll, or is it, scroll by. It’s a story about a flute player named Emily Lowe, who is being paid less than men of equal status in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is bringing a lawsuit to right the matter.
“There’s a cartoon here! There’s a cartoon here somewhere!, I know it!”
My brows clutch and meet in anger. A growl rumbles in my throat and my heart beats just a bit faster.
My fingers tighten around my pen and I begin scribbling madly, scratching out every word I can think of that relates to music, orchestras, flutes. My pen thrashes like a possessed planchette, the pointer on a ouija board, powered in its search, by someone or something other than myself.
And thus a cartoon is born.

I always say: A day without outrage, is like a day without sunshine.
For me, a day without outrage, is also, a day without a cartoon.
And a day without coffee? Who knows? I’m afraid to find out!


Boston Symphony Hits a Low Note2018-07-30T13:18:07+00:00

Shoe Obsession


High heels are dangerous!

They say women are obsessed with shoes. So, if you’re reading this, I’m just forming a bunch of thoughts. I’ve become totally obsessed with shoes, but not in the way you’d think. And this leads to Drag Queens and Ru Paul. So stick with me while I work this out.
Did you know that in England, women are often required by law to wear high heels to work! And we’re talking about secretarial jobs! Certainly you’ve heard about women being required to wear heels on the red carpet at Cannes.

Below: Brava! Kristen Stewart who ditched the heels and walked the red carpet barefooted! As Frank Sinatra sang: “I did it my way.”

So there’s this cartoon from 2007!

High heels are dangerous!


Shoe Obsession2018-06-28T22:34:24+00:00

Bad Girls, Uh Huh, Talkin’ Bout Your Bad Girls!


Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee

Roseanne and Samantha Bee blow out all four tires in one week? Did Samantha just want to get her name in the news too?
Or . . . blame it on the full moon?
Is the N-word – to racism what the C-word is to misogyny? Discuss.

While absolutely not defending Roseanne’s racism, I question her swift, fierce punishment, while watching Dave Chappelle get away without a word, with his “kick a women in the p**sy” Netflix special. My frequent observation: Racism – no way! Misogyny: yay! (And I think that may be the case with Samantha Bee.) I sent a letter about Chappelle’s “violence towards women inspiring rant” to every publication possible and heard not a peep from anyone in response. So again, while not defending Roseanne – I wonder at the much harsher punishment of a woman for hateful speech.
I’m reminded of the statistical fact: women are punished more harshly then men by our legal system. Maybe that needs some addressing too. No maybe about it.
Bad Girls, Uh Huh, Talkin’ Bout Your Bad Girls!2018-06-11T22:53:04+00:00