In support of Hollaback!, an organization working to end street harassment, one woman walked for 10 hours through different areas of New York City and documented the catcalls she received. The common argument against those who point out this kind of harassment is that it is not, in fact, harassment at all. When a man tells a woman on the […]continue reading
Forget Ebola, the lava flow that’s approaching residential areas of Hawaii, and the Canadian Parliament attacks. The recent transformation of Renée Zellweger’s face has people in a tizzy, thrown off by a look that’s very different from her “You had me at ‘hello’” days. As I read the harsh reactions, my own 40-year-old face smothered in extra virgin coconut oil […]
Election Day is November 4, and it seems like we should know the candidates pretty well by now. Modern media and its tools for content creation and distribution are ever-present. The potential for rapidity and authenticity in political reporting is greater than ever. So why doesn’t it seem like we know much that matters about the candidates this campaign season? […]
“How do two girls make a baby when there’s no penis?” asked my 9-year-old son. “To make a baby, you need a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg. So a doctor put a man’s sperm in one of the mom’s eggs.” The occasion for this blunt conversation was the arrival of twins born to our lesbian neighbors. When my kids […]
Like so many women who decide to lose weight, my journey started with a marriage proposal. Within 48 hours of saying “yes” in 2006, I signed up for a meal plan that eventually helped me lose 70 pounds from my 208-pound self in six short months. I hit the gym every morning. Daily weigh-ins were routine. I’d even take my […]
Back in 2012, the Obama campaign released a commercial featuring Lena Dunham, star of the HBO series, “Girls”. Titled, “Your First Time”, it was more provocative than your average campaign ad, with plenty of metaphors for a young woman losing her virginity. A few comments from the commercial: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do […]
You can’t swing a stick without hitting a penis these days. Metaphorically, I mean. Think about it: everywhere you look on the Internet it’s Best Celebrity Bulges this and Top Dick Pics that. And of course, there’s poor Jon Hamm and his much-photographed “Little Hamm.” We should probably leave those two alone for a while.
“Do you have a Daddy complex?” Whoa. Two years ago, a former colleague asked me this question after I informed him that my boyfriend was 22 years my senior. The question, one part WTF sarcasm, one part innocent case of speaking-before-thinking, was ridiculous. To arrive at such a bizarre assumption—and to have the chutzpah to actually ask me about it—made […]
In third grade one of my schoolmates, who I’ll call Nancy, used to call me Blubber Girl. And I believed her. I felt massive, like a whale, a huge blubbery whale. Eventually, the teacher intervened. “How do you think Jenny feels when you say that, Nancy?” “I dunno.” “Jenny, how do you feel?” I want to die. Send me off to […]
Watching this film was excruciating, but I mean that in a good way. “Gett” is distressing by design, as it brings us along on the journey of an Israeli woman, Viviane, while she tries over the course of five harrowing years to obtain her husband’s permission to divorce him.
I am a cockblocker. On any given Friday or Saturday night at around 9 p.m., you will find many girls around campus preparing for battle. They suit up in their favorite cut-off shorts and crop tops, and consult plans and signals for facing a strong opponent that many have lost to before. They have alliances with females and maybe a […]
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel It’s not hard to find meaning—both positive and negative—in the staged feminist protest orchestrated for the Chanel Spring 2015 runway show. The fashion-minded among us want it to be a brilliant political statement about the significance of feminism and its place in fashion and culture. But […]
by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Oct. 1, 2014, 12 p.m. This story was co-published with Mashable. In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information 2014 from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers 2014 for a cookie. “It is crazy what people were willing to give me,” said artist Risa Puno, who conducted […]
San Francisco based filmmaker Kristin Tieche is currently hitting the festival circuit with her short film, The Spinster. We spoke with her about the film and it’s strong female protagonist. Tieche is also an avid cyclist whose blog, Velo Vogue is dedicated to cycling fashion. 1) What is The Spinster about? The Spinster is a short psychological thriller that follows a vixen […]