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The Misogynist Terrorism Of Anita Sarkeesian

October 16, 2014

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The other day my sister-in-law texted me “people online are really mean.” She was referring to this article I wrote for Salon (I’m writing daily for them for the next two weeks–please check out my work over there!) “Oh, I stopped reading comments long ago,” I told her. “But Hayley, they found a picture of […]

Adrian Petersen Abuses Second Kid–NFL Could Care Less

September 16, 2014

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The NFL doesn’t care about women–we already know this. But the NFL seemed to care about children. Especially male children. Apparently it’s okay to hit a child with a switch, says the NFL in response to Adrian Petersen’s child abuse allegations. That somehow hitting a four-year-old child with a stick–a tree branch stripped of leaves–is […]

Angelina Jolie and Writer Linda Woolverton Admit Maleficent Has Rape Scene

June 12, 2014


During her Global Summit on Sexual Violence Angelina Jolie said: “We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that [the scene in Maleficent] was a metaphor for rape.”   For those of you who came to Femamom because you read my article on the wing-ripping scene in Maleficent on the Huffington Post and you related to it on one level […]

#BringBackOurGirls: Where Is The Outrage? Where Are The Girls?

May 2, 2014


Why is a story about 234 girls who have been kidnapped by Islamic militants only finding it’s place in the news 2 weeks after it happened? You can thank social media for not letting go of this, because it’s certain that the US media doesn’t feel the need to cover such a thing as missing […]

A Woody Allen 12-Step

February 6, 2014


**Trigger warnings about sexual abuse.** 1. Your first Woody Allen movie was probably Zelig. You were fascinated by the charm of the grainy 1920’s footage shown in the film. You were obsessed with old movies like Citizen Kane–particularly movies about men who claim to be someone they’re not. You were amused by Zelig’s chameleon-like ability […]

“Facing Fear”: Could You Forgive Someone Who Tried to Kill You?

November 15, 2013

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Imagine this scenario. You’re a 13-year-old on the streets of Hollywood. Your mother kicked you out of the house because you’re gay. You’ve been selling your body as a means to an end because you have nothing else to live on. This is Matthew Boger. You’re a teenage skinhead. Neo-Nazi. You get adrenalin rushes from […]

My Daughter Outed Me As A Sexist

October 24, 2013


One of the best things and worst things about parenting is how freaking humbling it is. Take for example, my dismay when I realized I, the feminist blogger, am a raging sexist when it comes to parenting my children: The kitchen light turned into a single bright bulb and my beautiful daughter, an angry interrogator. She […]

What Steubenville, Glen Ridge and Now Maryville Have In Common

October 15, 2013


“There are two sides to every story.” This is what a woman said to me after I attempted to commiserate about what happened in the town I live in, Glen Ridge, NJ,  in 1989 after seven boys were convicted of raping a girl with multiple objects (including a plunger.) The girl had a lower than […]

How To Kill A Girl

August 16, 2013


During the last lap of a heat wave in Boston, the Herald and every other paper splashed stories about a young woman who was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, sexually assaulted and killed. Amy Lord was picked off the street on her way to the gym at 6 a.m. A young woman snuffed out while the rest of […]

The Trouble With T-Shirts

July 22, 2013


    That super cute four dollar t-shirt we pull over the head of our toddler, was probably made in Bangladesh by a worker earning thirty-five dollars a month. The problem with this scenario, the terribly treated Bangladeshi worker, and the toddler in the US, are the economics of real lives. We bargain hunt to make […]