Rachel Hockett – Articles

by / on December 20, 2012 at 11:05 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Rachel Hockett - Articles

Newtown

No matter how I try to approach something meaningful to say, it falls short. I must confess to being extremely overwhelmed by the barrage of memes, points of view, pontification, heated opinions, heartbreaking images, and politics of it all. It’s just so many words, not one of which can force the clock back and save those twenty little children and […]

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by / on December 13, 2012 at 9:36 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Gender, Government, Politics, Prejudice, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Relationships, Society

The High-Court Test for Marriage Equality

On November 6, three more states joined the ranks of the enlightened by passing marriage equality. Now nine states (Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington) plus the District of Columbia are entitled to the moniker “equality state,” and deserve applause for riding the rainbow arc of the universe toward justice. This past Monday, the […]

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by / on December 6, 2012 at 9:41 am / in Current Events, Drugs, Health, Rachel Hockett - Articles

World AIDS Day: My Friend Jake

“Oh, my God. Are we gonna die?” My good pal Jake (not his real name) and I had just consumed an entire package of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies. We were hanging out in my dorm room, and, for some reason (being stoned as a wheat cracker), we got it into our heads that the cookies we’d just consumed, which were […]

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by / on November 29, 2012 at 9:48 am / in Aging, Country, Culture, Prejudice, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Society

An Anti-Ageism Elixir

Acceptance of the status quo would never have ended slavery, won the vote for women, or secured marriage equality in the District of Columbia and nine states. As with any other negative ism, ageism shouldn’t be swept under the rug with a smile and a promise to ignore it and just proceed.

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by / on November 15, 2012 at 9:20 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Gender, Government, News, Prejudice, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Relationships, Sexuality, Society

A Watershed for Equality

watershed: 2: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor: turning point Last week I framed Election Day in terms of a makeover: Before—the run-up to November 6, characterized by dread and fear of a Romney win and the ensuing turning back the tide on pieces of progress too numerous to name that were enacted during Obama’s first term; and after—the […]

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by / on November 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Government, Politics, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Society

The Makeover

If I were an illustrator, I would create cartoons to represent people like me (Obama voters) before and after Tuesday’s historic election. Since I cannot draw to save my soul, however, I shall try to describe what my pictures would look like. THE “BEFORE ” CARTOON. Group A—several wealthy, white, sexist, racist, homophobic, suit-wearing men. Group B–a straight woman, a […]

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by / on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Government, Politics, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Society

Until November 6, Repeat After Me

I am chanting a new mantra between now and Tuesday, Election Day. I first heard it from my son on September 9 (on a quick trip to New York—that’s how I remember the date), when I voiced my concern about the Republican candidate. He said, “C’mon, Mom. Romney is unelectable.” That was before Romney’s shellacking of the president at the […]

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by / on October 25, 2012 at 10:25 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Fiction, Gender, Government, Politics, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Relationships, Sexuality, Society

A Cautionary Tale

This is a work of fiction–but not a fantasy–based on a possible outcome of the November 6 U.S. election.

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by / on October 18, 2012 at 11:57 am / in Country, Editorials, Gender, Government, Media, Politics, Prejudice, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Relationships, Sexuality, Society

“This Page Does Not Exist.”

Do you need help deciding which candidate is better for LGBT and marriage equality? Let me assist you. Click here: http://www.mittromney.com/lgbt/ or here: http://www.barackobama.com/lgbt I hope this little exercise convinces everyone who either is LGBT or who loves someone who is LGBT to vote Obama/Biden. When you click on the Romney link, this is what you see: In case you […]

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by / on October 11, 2012 at 10:14 am / in Politics, Prejudice, Rachel Hockett - Articles, Relationships, Sexuality, Society

Honor Their Memory: Re-elect Obama

October 7, 1998: Cyclist Aaron Kreifels spots what he takes for a scarecrow as he rides through a Wyoming field. When he sees the glistening blood, he realizes this is no scarecrow, and the brutally beaten University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is rushed to a hospital, where five days later, on October 12, he finally succumbs to the savage […]

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