• The Feminist Toy Box

    So, I ordered a set of Disney princess dress up clothes for my daughter. I hesitated over the image on my phone screen for a ...

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When Soft is Tough

“It’s funny to me that a part of the male anatomy is soft strangely enough yet growing a pair makes you tough” Racheal Ofori is an actor and writer who was recently inspired to write this piece and create a short film. Her main inspiration came from Emma Watson’s HeForShe Campaign speech, dissolving negative connotations […]

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Dear White People

Dear White People, What we can do about #FERGUSON: Look in the mirror. No really. Go right now. This is your face. This is your identity in America today. This face and the race the people around you think it represents can alter how people judge your trustworthiness. If that doesn’t feel true to you, […]

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A Thankgiving Cocktail to be Thankful For!

We are all trying to wind down work commitments as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, but there are many things we all have to be thankful for — being together with our families, that we are not certain notorious people on the planet right now, and that we have less momentous decisions ahead of […]

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Ferguson Grand Jury Round Up: Shock, Dismay and Analysis

The federal grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown has, not surprisingly, caused heated protests in Ferguson, Missouri — the small town where Brown lived and died, and where Wilson was a police officer. In the wake of the announcement that no charges would be […]

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We Need Kim Kardashian and Her Full Frontal Feminism

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 Goude to Sarah Baartman–but Kardashian has found a way to do the once unthinkable: stick it to The Man. She’s jumped the slut-shaming shark, and, in an unprecedented move, aligned […]

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Adele Sends Music Royalty into a Snit

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 […]

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Mom, Are You a Feminist?

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 this year about feminism have been fueled by people like Beyonce and Nicki Minaj, friend of The Broad Side Neil Kramer asked his mother, a woman of the first wave, […]

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Should Women Have Babies?

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. […]

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To the Market: A Survivor’s Story

  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 […]

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Maybe Time Magazine Just Wants to Ban Bossy Feminists

  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 […]

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Catcall: A Play in One Act

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 […]

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Is Jill Abramson Right? Is it Harder to Retain Women Journalists of Color Than to Recruit Them?

  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 & […]

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