Rape Culture Round-up

Well, folks, it’s June 14, 2013, and I’d like to welcome you to a little feature I call “Rape Culture Round-up.”  Progress on the War on Women front?  Let’s just say any moves have been lateral at best, rather than forward. We can start with this little gem from conservative talking head Laura Ingraham.  When […]

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The Great Gatsby Curve: A Lesson in Economics

It’s the summer of Gatsby! Everyone is rushing to re-read the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic before heading off to see Leonardo diCaprio in a cool, air-conditioned theater. But the literary classic that shed a little light on the haves and have-nots (albeit fictional ones), has presented an opportunity for the White House to find a […]

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The Plan B Pill: If It Were MY Daughter…

…I’d want Plan B to be available over the counter. I say this realizing there are great moral complexities involved here.  I’ve thought about it a lot regarding under-age girls seeking abortion.  When it comes to abortion, I ask myself, “Would I want to be notified if it were my daughter?  Would I want the […]

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A One and Only Is Enough For Me

I never saw myself as “mother material.” I never fantasized or dreamt of it when I was younger. It was always the furthest thought from my mind. I suppose it just never occurred to me to have kids, or that I would. Nobody expected me to. Nobody expects me to get married either — I […]

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How Are Women Not Running America?

American men, our days of political power surely are numbered. I don’t know how we have hung on as long as we have. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released voter demographic data from last year’s presidential election, and the picture does not favor men’s political fortunes. Most media outlets focused on the fact that for […]

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Must the “Devious Maids” All be Latina?

Devious Maids, a show that debuts on the Lifetime Network later this month from executive producer Eva Longoria, centers around five Latinas in Beverly Hills who are bonded together by their jobs, their ambitions, their dreams and life struggles. But Longoria and others involved in the show’s production have come under fire for perpetuating certain […]

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The One Child Solution

Author Lauren Sandler advocates for the benefits of “only children” in her new book, “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.” Interestingly, she’s coming under fire for this view, saying in a recent interview that the intense scrutiny and blowback she’s received for shattering the stereotypes […]

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Broadway Female Directors Finally Hitting Stride

Eight years ago, Rocco Landesman, then Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, predicted that doors were opening for female directors. He said it was coming, however slowly. Despite theater being a very liberal, progressive industry, female directors have been long overlooked at the Tony Awards. It wasn’t until 1998 that Julie Taymor became […]

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Guns for Self-Defense: Myth Versus Reality

If you are a gun safety proponent you are probably already familiar with Joe Nocera’s Gun Report in the New York Times. It’s a summary of news stories from around the country detailing gun injuries and deaths. It’s…long. Every day, there are multiple reports. Crimes, for certain. Drug-related shootings, drive by shootings, random violence, mass […]

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Pussy Riot: Feminist Punk Icons on Film

I spent the night with Pussy Riot. Granted, they were on the big screen, and I was sitting in Arkansas at the Little Rock Film Festival. Yet, the documentary, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, transported me to Russia and into the lives of the three members of the feminist punk rock collective who wear […]

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is Not Sexist

Phil Bryant is the Republican Governor of Mississippi. If those three things weren’t enough to put a nail in his coffin with progressives, then wading into the news that women are the new face of breadwinning for the modern family definitely sealed his grave. But he may actually have a point about what happens to […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: That’s A Lotto Cash

For more than two weeks, people wondered who – and where – the winner of the largest lottery jackpot in history was hiding. Now, Gloria Mackenzie, an 84-year-old widow, has stepped out of the shadows and claimed her $590 million winnings. A resident of Florida, she reportedly agreed to split her winnings with her son. Perhaps they’ll […]

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Has Parenting Gotten Harder?

A White House tweet this week encouraged followers to “Spread the word about President Obama’s plan to provide high-quality preschool for every kid in America.” Critics weighed in—as they did when Obama floated his “preschool for all” plan in January during his State of the Union address—decrying the proposal as expensive and attacking Obama’s claim […]

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Unequal Pay – 50 Years and Getting Worse

June 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Black and white photos from 1963 show a smiling President John Kennedy signing that bill, flanked by hopeful female advocates who had worked hard to get it passed. The gender pay gap between women and men at the time was 41 cents on the […]

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The Case for Better Parental Leave in America

If there is one thing most American parents can agree on, it is the desperate need for change when it comes to the maternity leave system in our country. When compared to many other nations around the world, we are beyond lacking. While we pride ourselves at being the leading nation when it comes to […]

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Susan Rice, Colin Powell, and the Legacy of Blame

Tom Donilon, President Obama’s top national security adviser, is  stepping down, and  Susan Rice, the current United Nations Ambassador will likely replace Donilon in that role. After the tragedy that killed four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, Rice was the voice of the Obama administration on all five Sunday morning talk shows. […]

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