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Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year old mother of three, was just sent to jail in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania because she is charged with the crime of ordering medical abortion pills online for her daughter to terminate her pregnancy. The daughter took the pills on her own accord, during her first trimester, and the pills worked. This is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue, because if it were, the daughter might be the one jailed (fortunately, an abortion in the ... Read More
I came across Roxane Gay’s literature while I was deep in the clutches of ADD. But when I found her short story “The Year I Learned Everything” while poking around the web, I could not stop reading it from start to finish. Gay was there for me when I needed a voice to shout without dominating; she had true grit, without embellishment or pageantry. When I finished, I couldn't believe that the story was classified as fiction—her ability to convey the full ... Read More
I don't think I’ve been this interested in Little League baseball since… well, ever.   Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old from Philadelphia, threw a two-hitter this past weekend at her team’s opening game at the Little League World Series. For those of you who aren’t familiar with baseball lingo, that’s pretty damn good. Davis is only one of the two female players at the LLWS, and is now the first female pitcher in history to win ... Read More
Former New York Times executive editor, Jill Abramson, was abruptly fired this past Wednesday, allegedly for being “pushy” and “mercurial.” Hmm, could it be that she got a little peeved and pushy (ahem, gendered terms) once she found out that she was being paid less than her male colleague, Bill Keller? That’s right, once Abramson discovered a pay discrepancy, she confronted publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger about the pay ... Read More
  Back in the day, all men were referred to as Mr. (as in Mr. Burns), and women were either Mrs. (as in Mrs. Robinson) or Miss (Miss Hannigan), depending on whether they were married or not.  Actually, if you were a Mrs., you were really supposed to be addressed with either your husband's full name (as in "Mrs. James Franco") or just his last name ("Mrs. Franco") rather than your actual full name (Mrs. Michelle Obama would have been a no-no). Miss ... Read More
The premise of the New York Times’s recent piece on the stay-at-home husbands of female Wall Street execs was a must-click the minute I heard about it: the so-called “house husband” is one of my favorite answers to the nebulous question of how to Have It All. The article focuses on a growing class of families in wealthy suburban areas that are putting aside the traditional nuclear family structure for a more progressive and profitable ... Read More
  On Wednesday evening, The New York Times’s Frank Bruni was enjoying a cab ride home from dinner at New York’s Barbuto when he saw an inconspicuous little iPhone sitting on the seat beside him. Without a case and yet perfectly intact, he took the lost phone home and waited for it to ring. To his dismay, the phone was impenetrable. But there was a stream of texts coming in from celebrity contacts like psychic Peri Lyons and stylist Lo’renzo ... Read More
In The New York Times’ recent Social Q’s, a New York City mom wrote in about a dilemma facing her daughter and a birthday party. Her daughter was invited to a five-year-old’s superhero themed birthday party, but then she was un-invited. Instead, she was invited to a separate birthday party, which is just for girls. Here’s the question below: We received a "save the date" card for a fifth birthday party for a boy my daughter knows. It was to ... Read More
Amanda Filipacchi is an American feminist and novelist who has published three books. Her writing has been praised for its wit and humor, and Love Creeps made The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year in 2005. Imagine Filipacchi's surprise when she noticed that Wikipedia's "List of American novelists" page was slowly moving women into their own separate category, titled "American women novelists." The author read a note at the top of the article that explained ... Read More
Are we all equal in death? Apparently not. According to an article by Dana Liebelson, enticingly titled “Newspapers Don’t Care When Notable Women Die,” obituaries continue to disproportionately report the deaths of famous men as opposed to women.  This year, The Los Angeles Times featured 36 women and 114 men on their list of prominent deaths. In The Washington Post, women made up just over one third of the list. In the same article, Bill ... Read More
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