So, apparently Adele declined to be part of Sir Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30 Ebola Charity single recording and he’s in a bit of a snit about it. The song, a 30th-anniversary adaptation of the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was produced to raise money for the Ebola crisis in West Africa, much in […]
This photo here has traveled with me from one apartment to the next finally settling in my office and then my workspace in my home. ...
Say what you will about Kim’s Kardashian’s spread in Paper Magazine — and the criticism has been well deserved linking the images shot by Jean-Paul ...
As much of the online world is debating Time Magazine’s recent survey faux pas about whether the word “feminist” should be banned, and as discussions ...
Even if Elizabeth Warren isn’t on any ballot for the 2016 presidential race, she may still be what leads to the demise of a second Hillary Clinton presidential run. Why? Because of President Obama. Those who really lean left thought Barack Obama was going to be a true progressive Democratic candidate who would champion the […]
Don’t you hate it when you get to the end of an article and the last line is “We’re still the same underneath it all?” In a recent essay in the New York Times, Heather Havrilesky has some points to make and one of them is that moms don’t like being called moms by anyone […]
Don’t wait! Have babies early, before it’s too late. Wait, don’t have babies when you’re young and jeopardize your career. Not sure when you’ll be ready? Freeze your eggs and have babies when you’re all set. If it comes to that, you can always use a surrogate mother. No dad available? There’s always artificial insemination. […]
I’m a middle-aged, middle-class white-haired white woman. Although I’ve read about and even talked about white privilege, I’ve never experienced viscerally what it would mean to do without that automatic advantage. Today I got a little tiny taste. Mondays are my days to run errands – to go to different places to get what my […]
Jane Mosbacher Morris is taking the world by storm. Even as I write that sentence about her I realize how little credit it gives to this entrepreneur who has successfully launched To The Market, an endeavor she has undertaken to impact the lives of survivors. While that’s a noble goal, she has a laser-like focus […]
Goodbye, autumn. Hello, early winter “weather bomb.” Thanks for nothing, Typhoon Nuri! It’s only mid-November and already there are sub-zero wind temperatures in some parts of the country. Some midwest towns already have over one foot of snow. And it looks like this crazy winter weather is just getting started. So if you’re looking for […]
This year we lived through a campaign to “ban bossy.” Now, TIME Magazine is contributing to the word-banning bandwagon by suggesting a variety of words, and things that are sort of words, including the word “feminist.” I get that some people perceive the word “bossy” as pejorative. And there’s no need to explain why […]
Scene: A city street. A woman walks along. A shout from a male voice. The woman’s heart begins to race and her neck and face flush. Her shoulders tighten and her palms sweat. Her pace quickens involuntarily and her eyes dart to find the source of the shout. Voice-over of woman’s thoughts: Shit. Is he […]
Poor Princess Leia. We had always assumed she was an intergalactic force against sexism. But it turns out, if you revisit some of classic lines from the Star Wars movies, poor Leia was the victim of sexual harassment all along. Maybe she needs a Wookie for a bodyguard, at least if she’s walking the streets […]
When it comes to newsroom diversity, the problem isn’t just recruiting women journalists of color, it’s hanging onto them, said Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times. “Promoting women of color has always been important to me. But promotion also has a retention challenge,” Abramson said recently at the Journalism & […]
When the topic of violence against women is discussed, many feminists contend that we should be more focused on getting men to behave differently than with teaching women and girls self-defense techniques. One of the most recent examples of this was when Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, was blasted by certain feminist writers because when […]
Madonna changed teenage girls’ lives in 1984, and we never looked back. On November 6 of that year, Sire Records released “Like A Virgin,” a racy pumping ode to love, romance and sex. Madonna using the word “virgin” in a song title in the uptight Reagan era was savvy brilliance on her part, setting the […]
Hillary Clinton has been super busy campaigning for many mid-term candidates — could 18 states signal her affection for the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling? And no doubt she’s been hearing a variety of campaign songs chosen by those candidates to inspire the crowds that turned out at rallies. So some observers […]
The mid-term 2014 post-mortems are in full swing. The analyses range from those who believe the Democrats are dead/long live the Republicans to those who see a GOP-run Congress and possible Republican effort to impeach President Obama as the gateway to a Hillary Clinton White House. Thinking that the outcome of Election Night 2014 is […]
Lena Dunham, creator of the TV show “Girls” and best-selling memoirist, is like a yard sale: someone else’s trash is another person’s treasure and whether you consider her one or the other, the Internet-at-large wants to slap on a coat of teal paint and repurpose her body/words/work into whatever micro-personal agenda is particularly fancy that […]
During the 2008 elections minutes after Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s running mate my phone rang. It was my mom. Her hair was on fire. A lifelong Democrat, politician and feminist she said, before even saying hello, “Do they [Republicans] think we are that stupid that we would vote for a woman just […]
Bill Clinton’s Arkansas bled red election night. The last Southern state to fall completely under Republican control, Arkansas – for the first time in its modern history – has an entire GOP congressional delegation, two Senate seats, both statehouse chambers and all state offices including governor and lieutenant governor. This sweep happened in spite of […]
As the 2014 mid-term elections come to a close this evening, it looks like many of the national races are going to be too close to call when the polls close. So many analyses of various races are withing the infamous ‘margin of error,’ so who knows how late we’ll all be up to see […]
If Angelina Jolie hasn’t changed her voter registration and driver’s license, Mrs. Brad Pitt might not be able to cast a ballot in this year’s mid-term election. That’s not how I want to be like Angelina. But if you live in a state that requires only certain kinds of photo ID in order to vote […]