More than 70 members of the US Military deal with unwanted sexual contact, sexual assault and rape every day. That’s three every hour. The National Defense Authorization Act will come to the Senate floor on Monday. As a result, sometime during the next week, Senator Kirstin Gillibrand‘s controversial Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), will be […]
Anyone who has worked in the field of matrimonial and family law, as I have, would be shocked to learn of the purported “forced fatherhood” crisis that has been announced multiple times this year, most recently at Salon. Ignoring a few minor points, “stuff like biology, economics and reality,” Anna March argues that we should make […]
It’s been quite a week here at Siren headquarters!
First, let me just say that you never stop amazing me. Thank you to all of the many, many, many people who have contacted me in these past days. Thank you for sharing your passion about The Siren with me. Thank you for all the support that has been pouring in. My email inbox has 1600 unread messages — so please be patient with me!
3 million Americans read Cosmopolitan, a popular women’s magazine that features articles on fashion, beauty, and – most famously – sex.
It’s become somewhat of a cultural icon – the place where women go to seek information and advice about sexuality and relationships.
And while women feeling empowered to take their sexuality into their own hands is certainly positive, this particular avenue is problematic.
Cosmo isn’t exactly known for its factually accurate reporting.
Today we honor all veterans who served our country. However, we would like to specifically highlight the role of women in the armed services. In 1950, the percentage of women in uniform was just 2 percent. Today, of the 1.4 million service members on active duty, about 14 percent are women the US Department of […]
Battle for Veterans’ Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence
Ruth Moore was raped by her supervisor while serving in the Navy. After she left the service, she fought for 23 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) before obtaining disability benefits based on the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) she experienced after the sexual assault. She is one of many veterans who faced, and continue to […]
The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to find that elusive perfect gift for the girl(s) in your life. When so many gifts marketed to girls are highly gendered, promotingstereotyped and objectified images of girls, holiday shopping can be a frustrating experience. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we’ve created a list of gifts that […]
A great event is happening next week in LA. The General Assembly launches their Women In Tech Network quarterly series featuring women in startups and tech. Their panelists will discuss how they find and discover new startups, what they are looking for; and levels of investment. They will also discuss trends in LA startups, and hear from […]
Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist, by Diane Radycki, relates the personal story and artistic history of a woman that has much to offer today’s audiences. Radycki’s book, which had its origins in a Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, sees Modersohn-Becker as a pioneer and groundbreaker who was trying to navigate “having it all.” Born in 1876 […]
“I wouldn’t say [I'm a] feminist, that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist it’s just like, ‘Get out of my way I don’t need anyone,’” she says. “I love that I’m being taken care of, and I have a man that’s an actual leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense … but I’ve worked really hard since I was 19, when I first auditioned for Idol.”