Author: Ellen Snortland

An open letter to my groper

00Dear Mr. Groper, I guess “Mr.” Groper is unnecessary since I’ve never been groped by a woman, but I digress … in my opening sentence! There is so much I want to say to you that I barely know where to begin. Firstly, I finally spoke to your ex-wife. She was amazingly gracious and open to my phone call, as I described how you groped me 25 years ago. You asked me to show you where our bathroom was and grabbed my breasts as I reached for the light switch. Remember? Of course you don’t, because I suspect women...

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My anti-jiggle stance at FOX cost me dearly

Harvey Weinstein’s exposed behavior is — excuse the expression — a mere tip of the iceberg of perverts in many industries, not just show biz. Here’s a personal experience, one of the reasons why I teach women’s self-defense. It’s the late 1980s: “Hi, Jim,” I say to my supervising producer when he answers the phone. “I haven’t been scheduled to direct for a few weeks. Anything wrong?” Silence. Jim clears his throat. “You’d better come into the office,” he says. In his office, he closes his door; I settle into my chair. “So what’s up?” I say. Jim looks...

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Author showcases the achievements of Pasadena dancing legend Jeanne Devereaux Perkins

If you’re a history geek as I am, don’t miss Pasadena author Kathleen Menzie Lesko reading and signing her new book “Jeanne Devereaux, Prima Ballerina of Vaudeville and Broadway: She Ran Between the Raindrops” at Vroman’s on Monday, Sept. 11. This biography spans the early 20th century, a period in American history that influenced many of us, yet most know little about. And bets are most of us have never even heard of Jeanne Deveraux Perkins, a woman who definitely had moxie. What happens when the world goes from a form of art that is comfortable and familiar to...

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Let’s make Aug. 26 — the anniversary of the 19th Amendment — a national holiday

Ninety-seven years ago this month, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution — also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment — was ratified. Women finally won the vote on Aug 26, 1920, after a highly personal, contentious and nonviolent movement to enfranchise one half of our population. It was an inspiring victory, though incomplete insofar as our sisters of color were still denied the vote in some areas up until the 1960s, or in other areas denied the convenience and safety of some of their “pinker” sisters. And when you think of the women of any color who...

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Failure is certain when basing rights on anything other than being human

I have heard so many times, from both feminist and non-feminist women and men, “Women should have gotten behind [insert name of candidate/issue/cause here],” or “I was so disappointed that a woman would say something like that. I expected better from a woman.” Why? Why do we expect better from women? And what planet do people live on that they unconsciously think all women would be all anything or believe the same things? Welcome to Planet Implausible! As a “baby” feminist in my early days, I hunted for examples in which women were better than men or excelled in heretofore...

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Dec
14
Thu
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm
Jay Paris discusses and signs “Game of My Life Rams: Memorable Stories of Rams Football” at 7 p.m.
8:00 pm Little Candle Productions Live R... @ The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
Little Candle Productions Live R... @ The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Little Candle Productions presents the romantic comedy, “Deck the Halls (With Matrimony),” a live radio play in the story of two friends who run a wedding planning business for theme brides, who try to work[...]
Dec
15
Fri
9:00 am Health Fair, Free Film at Pasade... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Health Fair, Free Film at Pasade... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film[...]
6:30 pm Family Art Night at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Family Art Night at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art Night, for families with children ages 6 to 10 invites guests to view a work by Aert von der Neer, then use block paper and a glow-in-the-dark sticker sheet to create a scene[...]
Dec
16
Sat
11:00 am Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am
A zumba class for all skill levels starts at 11 a.m.

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