Abandon (Nearly) All Hope? Not So Fast!

I recently read a New York Times article by Simon Critchley, a professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His piece entitled “Abandon (Nearly) All Hope” is a sophisticated critique and philosophical contextualization of President Barack Obama’s idea of the “audacity of hope”, arguing that, in the realm of politics, realism would […]

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Praying for the First Amendment?

For some Supreme Court watchers, it seemed like a no-brainer that the court would decide that public town meetings could not be opened with Christian prayers.  You know, the First Amendment’s call for separation of church and state an all that? Sadly, if you’re not Christian you might be feeling a little left out after […]

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Boz Zellinger for Wake County District Attorney

We at The Broad Side love having contributors talk about the candidates and elections in their home town that are important to them.  Big thanks to our friend Marty Long for sharing this and for sharing her passion for an important race in her county! It’s not election season in my mind. There have been […]

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Barbara Mikulski Says You Deserve “More Dough”

“If you don’t know, you can’t fight for more dough.” Smart words from the most senior women in the U.S. Senate, Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). Her comments came after the recent effort to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act was defeated — not because there wasn’t a majority vote, but because the GOP called for there to […]

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Female Priests in the Catholic Church

Since Easter is upon us I thought I would talk with a priest about the roots of the springtime religious holiday of Easter. I grew up in a Catholic family and always wanted to discuss the roots of Easter with a priest. I found one who was willing to talk to me. Her name is […]

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Mindy Kaling in the Comedy “Trenches”

Mindy Kaling is a force of nature — on her TV show, on Twitter, on stage. Kaling isn’t afraid to speak her mind no matter what the venue. When it comes to the state of comedy today, she wants to change what we see of funny women by getting beyond the “girly” and approaching things […]

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#HillaryClintonBookTitles: Hillary Hashtag Shows Conservatives’ Fear

Hillary Clinton can become a trending topic on Twitter without doing much. On Wednesday, #HillaryClintonBookTitles was trending on the social media site after Hillary joked about her possible book title during a speech to the Association of American Publishers. In turn, thousands of people were tweeting funny, feminist and, sadly, insulting comments about the former […]

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Global Girls’ Education: It’s Not a Given

My daughter is lucky.  In a few months, she will graduate from eighth grade and will attend high school at an amazing place that has as one of its missions the fostering of girls’ leadership abilities. I’m not writing this to get into that whole “ban bossy” campaign. I wanted to write this because even […]

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Move Over, Hillary. Here Comes Selina!

If Hillary Clinton is really thinking of making a bid for the White House in 2016, she’d better watch out.  There’s another woman who’s got her eye on that prize.  Not Elizabeth Warren.  Not Kirsten Gillibrand. It’s Selina Meyer.  Yeah, we think she could take Hillary and make it a fair fight! Image via HBO/VEEP

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Don’t Feel Sorry for Maysoon Zayid

Women in entertainment face a lot of obstacles, but many women comics over the years have turned those challenges on their heads to become successful. We don’t know if Maysoon Zayid has read Pretty/Funny yet, but we have a feeling that this irreverent woman, who doesn’t see her cerebral palsy as something to hold her […]

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