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Inside San Francisco’s Social Event Of The Season

Attendees of Opening Night of Symphony Gala

The Symphony Opening Gala is one of San Francisco’s must-attend events of the season. Part social event,  part cultural producer, the evening is a brilliant agglomeration of human and cultural capital. The dense clustering of political heavy weights, tech titans and emerging professionals allows for a unique opportunity to bond over the cultural value of music as art. The opening night gave a […]

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Swipe Right For America

Swipe Right For America

Sixty years after Richard Nixon lost the first televised presidential debate to a television-ready John F. Kennedy, one fact remains—branding is everything. From Facebook to Twitter to Tinder, personal branding on social media is key. Today’s millennials have been conditioned through social media to equate likes and followers with success. The youth of today have a lifetime’s practice honing their […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex (With Our Kids)

Let’s Talk About Sex (With Our Kids)

“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 […]

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Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad For You

Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad For You

Take a look at this TED talk from Meaghan Ramsey, about the larger personal and social impacts of making both women and men feel like pressured to conform to arbitrary, cultural standards of physical attractiveness. She examines the effect this has on girls–they don’t participate in class, or sometimes even come to class, on days when they’re not feeling confident […]

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New Marvel Superhero Is Muslim And A Girl

New Marvel Superhero Is Muslim And A Girl

Marvel Comics has created a new female superhero and she’s a Muslim teenager who lives with her parents in Jersey City.   The character, Kamala Khan, is the brainchild of Marvel editors Sana  Amanat and Steve Wacker. She’s also a great example of why we need diversity in the workplace.   Kamala was created because Sana Amanat, a Muslim-American, started talking about her […]

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What Would Ruth Bader Ginsburg Look Like as a Disney Princess?

What Would Ruth Bader Ginsburg Look Like as a Disney Princess?

Artist David Tremble created Disney princess versions of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Rosa Parks and more inspirational women in an attempt to show how one-deminsional princessified depictions of women truly are. Seeing these smart, strong women portrayed as shiny, sparkly girlie girls really drives home how reductive princess culture is. To take an incredibly accomplished woman like Gloria Steinem […]

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Desire and Debasement: Feminism in Garry Craig Powell’s Stoning The Devil

Desire and Debasement: Feminism in Garry Craig Powell’s Stoning The Devil

By Paula Mendoza Garry Craig Powell’s Stoning The Devil   interweaves narratives of sex, power and identity through a feminist lens, with all of the contradictions and myriad facets that perspective affords. This episodic novel–each chapter of which is complete unto itself–is first and foremost a work of lush and vivid prose. Various formal innovations, from the epistolary opening chapter to […]

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Why Are There So Few Women And Minority CEO’s?

Why Are There So Few Women And Minority CEO’s?

In recent decades, women and minorities have gradually been gaining representation in the workforce. But when you get to the highest levels of leadership, they’re still hugely outnumbered. Why is it so hard for women and minorities to get a foot in the door? This article from Forbes points to a report suggesting that “covering” might be to blame. It’s […]

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Women Wear Makeup to Bed to Look Good for Guys

Women Wear Makeup to Bed to Look Good for Guys

According to Business Standard, a new study out of England shows that 25% of women there wear makeup to bed – mostly in order to look good for their partners. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers are similar in the US. Many of the women admitted that the practice has had negative effects on the condition of their […]

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Is Catwoman A Feminist?

Is Catwoman A  Feminist?

If you geek out on gender studies and feminist analyses of pop culture (I know I do), you’ll love this article by Kaitlin Tremblay. She looks at Catwoman through the lens of feminism and suggests that the character’s struggles – both external and internal – mirror the challenges many women face when trying to reach their potential despite gender biases. […]

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Muslim Women Promote Mosques ‘For All’ In Britain

Muslim Women Promote Mosques ‘For All’ In Britain

Women promote mosques ‘for all’ in Britain (via AFP) In the damp basement room of a Caribbean restaurant in London, Naima leads prayers for an audience of male and female worshippers. They face Mecca, directed by an arrow scrawled on a blackboard in pink chalk. But Naima — she did not want to give her…

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Infographic: Health Benefits Of Yoga

Infographic: Health Benefits Of Yoga

Infographic: Yoga Health Benefits (via Skinny Diva Diet) We’ve all heard of yoga and how great it is for our physical, mental and emotional health. Study after study has shown that a regular yoga practice confers a broad spectrum of health benefits including reducing inflammation, relieving anxiety ad chronic…

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Olivia Wilde Gives Young Women The Best Advice Ever

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Olivia Wilde. She’s F-ing awesome.   I wish that my attitude about turning 30 had been this great. Of course, when you’re as smart, beautiful and funny as Wilde it may be easier to feel good about yourself, nevertheless I can’t help being impressed by her healthy perspective on reaching her thirties. In a recent article for Glamour magazine Wilde explains […]

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