at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast. Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 12-05-08

Amy Pascal Sets Back Women in Hollywood and Race Issues in One Fell Swoop

“I’m not going anywhere.” That’s what Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair and Chair of Sony Pictures Entertaintment Motion Picture Group, said after weeks of seemingly endless list of horribles being released by e-mail hackers. But that’s what lots of high profile execs have said before resigning to “spend more time with their families.” When […]

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White Like Me in Times Like These

The news reports are always lurking at the edges of my mind; another white policeman kills an unarmed black man and no charges are filed. What does that have to do with me? I am a good person. Kind. Big-hearted. My intent, even as a child, was to treat everyone equally. I don’t know anything […]

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Here’s a Word Time Magazine Could Ban

The furor has finally died down over Time Magazine‘s call to ban the word “feminist” from our vocabulary. But if  TIME is going to insist on tossing perfectly good words from our lexicon, I have a better word for their suggested list of trite and irritating words to ban in 2015. Rather than “feminist,” which was […]

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#CrimingWhileWhite: White Guilt on Display With the Same Consequences

After a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who administered the chokehold that killed Eric Garner, “nice white people” took to Twitter to highlight racial discrepancies in policing with the hashtag, #crimingwhilewhite. The hashtag quickly gained momentum as a play on “driving while black,” but highlighted the ways in […]

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Does Our Next President Need a “New Car Smell”?

Why would anyone want a new car smell in a president? This is the metaphor currently being used to describe Hillary Clinton. It began when President Obama used it to refer to the next Democratic nominee for president. “I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want that new car smell,” he said. Democratic pollster Doug Schoen followed up on […]

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Talking to My Son About Rape Culture

I found out my 12-year-old son and his friends had been using a term I hadn’t heard before: “rape face.” The next day I saw his buddy tag a photo of himself on Instagram with #rapeface. So we sat down to talk. When I asked him to help me understand #rapeface, he was eager to […]

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Amy Poehler’s Honest Relationship Advice: Maintenance Sex is OK

Is “maintenance sex” any different than maintenance dish washing or yard mowing or watching the kids? Is it any different than maintenance listening or maintenance talking or maintenance going to the in-laws for Thanksgiving? I don’t think so. Marriages and relationships take care and maintenance to make them work regardless of which aspect of a […]

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#GivingTuesday Guide from The Broad Side

We’ve all survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now we can do some real good by making at least some small contributions to our favorite charities on #GivingTuesday. We know you all have your favored places to make donations. But the writers at The Broad Side want to share their favorites […]

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Attack the First Daughters and Lose Your Job: Lessons in How Not to be a Communications Professional

GOP communications staffer Elizabeth Lauten has resigned following this weekend’s media firestorm after going all snarky on Malia and Sasha Obama for their choice of outfits at the annual White House Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon. The Thanksgiving side dishes hit the fan when her snark-filled missive became public. Lauten quickly apologized for her bad judgment, but […]

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When Soft is Tough: Spoken Word of a Feminist

“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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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 while, wondering about the implications of a feminist mother purchasing princess gear – Disney princess gear, no less – for her daughter. I began justifying it all in my mind. My […]

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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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My Thanksgiving Prayers

Dear God – Thanks for everything, but in particular, the following: 1) Thank you for my children.  Despite my concerted and muffed up efforts, they are all turning out to be quite wonderful.  They are nearly all grown up now and they are just a way, whole lot better than me.  This knowledge will not […]

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