The Catholic Church Wasn’t on My Ballot: What’s Next for President Obama and Birth Control

The Catholic Church and I have had a bit of a contentious relationship, to say the least. From its longtime suppression of women’s rights to its absurd defense of the Pope’s infallibility, well, it’s hardly the institution I look to for the be all and end all in moral direction. That said, there are things […]

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Holiday Film Ratings – Are We Judging Sex or Sexuality?

The Holiday movie season is here! And, true to form, as revealed in USC’s Annenberg School’s most recent study of gender in the 100 top grossing films of 2009, we will blithely consume great movies that consistently marginalize and sexualize girls and women. The male to female ratio in film hasn’t changed since 1946. In […]

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10 Things the iPhone Siri Will Help You Get Instead of an Abortion

Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., she won’t direct you to the Planned Parenthood on 16th St, NW. Instead, she’ll suggest you pay a visit to the 1st Choice Women’s Health Center, an anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) in […]

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Rethinking Gender Roles on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving!  Time for you to join Mom and Grandma in the kitchen – for the whole day!  Yep, cooking that bird, making all the fixings, a least a couple pies.  Time to don an apron and lend a hand! I have never really joined in the kitchen fun.  When I was small enough I joined […]

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@esraa2008: Facebook Revolutionary

“Facebook girl” isn’t a girl, really. Esraa Abdel Fattah is a courageous 33 year old activist who has been a driving force for social change in her country, Egypt. She’s both a pragmatist and an optimist, with an understanding that change is both hard fought and hard won. Esraa’s use of social media started in […]

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Jerry Sandusky and Victim Blaming

In the reactions to the revelations that coach Jerry Sandusky raped and abused at least eight boys and young teens, one thing has been absent: victim-blaming. No one has asked:  What did the boy do to ask for it?  What was he wearing?  Why did he go into the showers with Sandusky if he wasn’t […]

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If My Employer Posted Sexually Embarassing Photos of Me in the Workplace

When Martha Reyes arrived at work at the Hyatt Hotel Santa Clara, she heardher coworkers laughing at a photo collage that had been posted.  She saw her picture edited onto the ‘sexy’ body of a bikini-clad woman holding a surfboard.  Her sister Lorena also had a faked image posted.  The collage was posted to celebrate […]

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Professional Fridays: Your Guide to Being Successfully Unemployed

[caption id="attachment_8912" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Photo Credit: Agefoto"][/caption] The Professional Fridays column usually features great information for on-the-job issues. Unfortunately, there are the 10 percent of us who have no job at which to be professional. It’s not all pajamas and ice cream at 3pm. Having been unemployed a couple of times, I know about the […]

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Needed: Op-Eds by Women

We all know women write.  We’ve read each other’s books, blogs, articles, columns, etc. for years.  However, women only write about 15% of the Op-Ed pieces in major newspapers.  Last night I attended a panel discussion, put together by Women’s Information Network, to help show women how to actually write and submit an opinion piece.  […]

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#Men Call Me Things – Online Gendered Abuse

“You come to expect the vitriol, the insults, the death threats,” writes Laurie Penny of The Independent. What has Penny done to deserve the barrage of attack and abuse?  Oh, well, she’s a woman writer. Over the past weeks, women bloggers and writers including Penny have taken to Twitter (#mencallmethings) to share their stories of […]

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