“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 […]
Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are only being as coy as they can get away with when it comes to whether they will or won’t ...
Some days I look in the mirror and I think: You look pretty good for a woman pushing 60. Other days I glance at myself ...
Sunday night we were surfing through the TV channels when we stumbled upon Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People of 2014″ special. I cannot recall why ...
When I had my first child, I didn’t know very much about children and unlike lots of first time moms, I didn’t have any family around me to fill in the blanks. I took everything at face value and proceeded like I knew what I was doing, hoping everything would be just fine. In fact, […]
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 […]
When I left my Peruvian homeland, I remember my mom had given me a wool coat to keep me warm for my trip to San Francisco during the winter of 1993. I embraced her as I left our modest home and promised that I would soon be able to help the family. As a punk […]
What job wields the most private power on the planet and yet has no public face? Motherhood, the world’s most demanding, least compensated job. Where only perfection is acceptable and failure is certain. And who are these women who become mothers even when their creative compulsion tells them not to? My documentary film Lost In […]
As countless women pack the theater to watch Reese Witherspoon (as Cheryl Strayed) hike her way to healing, I will be staying home. You would think that “Wild”, a movie of a woman losing her mother “too soon,” would be exactly where I should be with my buttered popcorn. You see, my mother died at […]
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 […]
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 […]
When it comes to professional women and motherhood, Millenial women are are less optimistic than their Gen X sisters about who’s going to be expected to man the laboring oar of parenthood. A recent report by the Harvard Business Review indicating that while only twenty-five percent of its Gen X female graduates expected to be […]
It’s my birthday tomorrow. BFD. The world is struggling to right it’s moral compass and I’m not sure we are going to make it. Yeah, I know, gloom and doom, but this is the reality we live in. Am I to set aside my concern for my fellow citizens, should I label them scumbags as […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and kicks off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. It feels especially relevant and poignant this year as it lands squarely in the midst of a season of high profile cases and unprecedented public conversation about ending woman abuse. People […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]