I Applaud the Piss Christ and Charlie Hebdo

There is nothing in the First Amendment to the Constitution about “responsible” free speech. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….” It’s just “free speech,” period. But in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings  […]

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In Defense of Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club

Have you heard? Mark Zuckerberg wants to start a book club.  As one of his New Year’s Resolutions for 2015, the 30-year-old CEO of Facebook will commit to reading one new book every two weeks. He has already set up a Facebook page “The Year of the Book”  and invited Facebook’s 864 million members to join in […]

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From Mistake to Mission: My Abortion Story

I wanna share a personal story. Many years ago I had an abortion. I sat in a waiting room with other young women waiting to terminate our unwanted pregnancies. Let me just, for a second, tell you what that feels like, sitting alone, waiting to be called, to be taken into a room where you’re […]

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Madonna Doesn’t Give a F*ck And That’s Why I Love Her

There’s nothing like starting a new year off with Madonna. She has ignited a fire storm with photographs of beloved historical martyrs such as Jesus, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela with their faces bound in black wire to promote her new album. The wire over the face is part of a Madonna marketing campaign […]

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2014 for Women: The Good, the Bad, the Ridiculous

Well we did it. Made it through another year. Now that 2015 is really here, we can focus a bit on the fact that in 2014 women have had some good news and some bad news with a bit of the ridiculous thrown in. But what with wars, floods, NFL domestic violence, police shootings and […]

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The New Senate 13 — Unlucky for Women?

The new crop of 13 senators taking their seats this week includes 12 Republicans and a single Democrat, Gary Peters of Michigan. Peters is pro-choice, supports Obamacare, a raise in the minimum wage, and is the only one who has voted for the Equal Rights Amendment for women. And the rest? You be the judge. […]

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The Pain of a Policemen’s Daughter

The execution of two police officers in Brooklyn left me with two haunting images: The first is the protesters in Manhattan on Saturday, Dec. 13, chanting, “What do we want? Dead Cops.” The second is of officers Wen Jian Liu and Rafael Ramos struggling to exit the patrol car after being shot and grabbing their […]

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2015 Predictions: Women Will Rock Edition!

As we bid farewell to 2014, I asked my fella Broads what they think we should look out for in 2015: 12. The volume of women finding their voice will continue to rise. Whether they are voicing their political opinion in conversation over coffee or using social media, women’s voices will not be tamped down […]

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Happy Post-Feminist New Year: Here’s to a Girl’s 2015

Just last week, members of the New York City Council announced they were getting behind an initiative to hire more women firefighters. Apparently, as you might expect, an appallingly low number of the current New York City force is female and the chair of the Council’s fire committee spoke out to demand that the numbers […]

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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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Yeah, But… I Still Feel Bad About My Face

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 and wonder: Who is that woman? She looks nothing like me. More than once I catch glimpses of my mother and my father in the way I look. And when […]

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