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How Cultural Taboos Harm Global Women’s Health

As the mother of a teen-age girl, I have learned that the myriad of “feminine hygiene products” can be confusing and overwhelming to girls. But what if your daughter had the opposite problem once she starts her menstrual period? What if no products were available or they were too expensive for the family to afford? […]

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It’s Time to Cover Turkey’s Media Crisis Before It’s Too Late

With only one month before Turkey’s Presidential Election, international media coverage of Turkey is needed now more than ever before as Turkish media companies and journalists continue to face extreme pressure from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to censor coverage of political and international events. “We are accused of being traitors and agents,” said Bugün […]

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21st Century Media Failure: Women’s Edition

Do we ever get tired of writing about how the media fail when it comes to portraying women and girls?  Why, yes, we do.  Will we ever stop writing about it or highlighting it?  No. After watching this short video, ask yourself — will women’s images ever stop being used in overtly sexualized ways to […]

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Indra Nooyi & the Myth of “Having it All”

Recent comments made by Indra Nooyi, the current CEO of PepsiCo, have been making the rounds on my Twitter and Facebook feeds. I poke my head up to read such things when stories like this seem to cross the borders of my feminist friends and my friends who are feminists, but don’t share every feminist […]

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Class, Feminism and Miss USA Nia Sanchez

Recently Nia Sanchez, a Nevada resident, won the title of Miss USA 2014 and her response to the famous “final question” inspired a feminist critique that revealed the contentious historical issue of class in feminism. Jennifer Lee had a chance to talk with Sanchez for The Broad Side about her response. My advice to feminists […]

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It’s Time to Stop Answering the “Balance” Questions

It’s becoming routine. Another media figure has asked another high-profile woman that question that no man is ever asked. Can you balance the demands of your career with being a good mother? The latest is Matt Lauer claiming to want to “tread lightly” with Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Clearly he knows these questions […]

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Ode to Princess Leia: The Sassy Soul of “Star Wars”

In the summer of 1977 on the corner of East 10th and Ashley Streets in Pine Bluff, Ark., I was Princess Leia. “Star Wars” premiered that summer, and a whole generation of kids became members of the Rebel Alliance in their minds and backyards. At least the boys did. The girls in my neighborhood preferred […]

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