It’s no surprise to see Fox and Breitbart throwing together approving articles on Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar acceptance speech. But despite the fact that it sounded rambling, here’s why I think Matthew McConaughey was actually giving a very calculated speech that went beyond praising God. First, I have no doubt that his speech was sincere, that he meant to say [...]
I am a big fan of any film or television show that gets funny, sm-exy (that is: smart and sexy) women on the screen. Traditionally ...
Last month I read a piece in the New York Times that put the spotlight on the MTV show 16 and Pregnant which was not so ...
Some American feminists think there’s no such thing as feminism in Afghanistan, or other parts of the world, because it doesn’t look like what it ...
The thing about the eating disordered is we are crafty, tricky and resourceful. We can be charming and say the right things, gaining just the right amount of weight for us to be believed and released. Time and again. Catch and release. Catch and release. My high over my measurements faded fast as I was [...]
Dear Pope Francis, I know the United Nations has been hassling you about priests abusing children and insisting you do something about it. It’s been all over the news. But, the U.N. isn’t the only group worried about your next move. Here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon in the United States, we’ve been dealing [...]
More than a quarter million New Yorkers got a big boost last week when the City Council voted 45-6 to expand its paid sick days law. In a city where “a lot of people are one paycheck away from disaster,” as Mayor Bill de Blasio put it in an interview with Chris Hayes, the vote [...]
I remained undetected for years. Or rather I thought I did. I’m sure many people knew but did nothing and that’s fine, it’s not their job and honestly we were just trying to navigate our teens and twenties as best we could. No one confronted me and the one time I spoke out, asking for [...]
The pressure behind my eyes was so intense I truly thought they might explode. My stomach flexed and emptied the last of its contents. I was fourteen. It was the first time I had made myself vomit. I switched from a private school to public at the beginning of fifth grade and quickly felt the [...]
I don’t usually participate in the National Whatever Weeks…mostly because as a really troubled kid I sort of collected these things. You have one, you have a few. National Daddy Issues Week. National Sexual Assault Awareness Week. National Too Pale To Go To The Beach week. But I’m pregnant with a daughter. A girl and, [...]
This morning I watched as a thousand commuters got on the train – single, alone, selfishly listening to music, reading a book, or turning the pages of one of the free morning newspapers. It’s a solitary business, going to work by train. Even if you see people you know, it’s really difficult to coordinate your [...]
Birth control made me. Kinda oxymoronic, eh? But it did. I could have gotten pregnant oh so many years ago, with my high school boyfriend. I would have been showing in my graduation robe, with that silly gold Honor Student cord meaning nothing, as I settled down in my nothing town, with bills, diapers, and [...]
In a few years, my daughter will be the age I was when I first breathed a sigh of relief that I lived in an era where birth control was, finally, readily available, and, if needed, that I could get a safe, legal abortion. I never envisioned then that in the 21st century, I would [...]
Hillary Clinton is probably just getting to a point in her post-Secretary of State life where she might feel a little relaxed, yet many of us are obsessed with the “what ifs” in 2016. What if she runs for president? What if she doesn’t? What if she chooses the “wrong” person for her VP pick? [...]
I don’t pretend to know what happened in the colossally fucked-up family dynamic into which Dylan Farrow had the misfortune of being born. I realize our legal system was originally set up to make it harder to convict someone than to acquit him or her. In practice, this allows for great travesties of justice unserved, [...]
When discussions about vaccinations for children occur, it is the more deeply held beliefs behind the discussion – the skeleton of the argument- that divides debaters most. This is true for all passionately felt and complicated positions. In the abortion dispute, the skeleton argument is when the moment of life begins, i.e. if there is [...]
The Republican Party has mom schizophrenia. It seems that some members and supporters of the GOP can’t seem to make up their minds about whether being an ambitious, successful working woman with children in politics is something to be vilified or lionized. That’s going to be a problem in a few months when the 2014 [...]
It’s February, which means it’s African American History Month, and I walked into my local library. As I approached the display table of books honoring notable African Americans, I saw ten books, but only one was about a woman – Rosa Parks. She was alone at a table of men. I had to change this. [...]
President’s Day is coming up, and this year I want to honor our female presidents. Oh, I forgot. There aren’t any. You’d think it was against the law or something. It probably would have been if the founding fathers had thought of it. They didn’t, because when they wrote the Constitution nobody thought a [...]
Having it all. Yet again, the phrase has reared its ugly head as the theme of an article this week in the New York Times Sunday Magazine about Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who is also a candidate to be the next governor of Texas. Having it all. A question that the media are so [...]
The East Coast is, once again, being devastated by another extreme winter storm (strangely, not being called “snowpocalypses” this year). As things are spinning out of control with snow and ice and wind, will the economy suffer because there will be less Valentine’s Day spending? Believe it or not, V-Day is viewed by some people [...]
My daughter’s eighth grade science class was just finishing up a unit on drug abuse when I learned the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death from an apparent heroin overdose. Each student was given a drug to write about, which required research on how those drugs are abused and the potential consequences of abuse. As [...]
Why are so many people opposed to local communities deciding what’s best for the health and welfare of their residents? Because these naysayers, fueled by lobbyists and financing from mega corporations, know such reforms lead to change statewide and nationally. Local wins provide living proof that minimum standards like paid sick days and paid family [...]