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The Creepy Coach in Palo Alto

June 11, 2014


                                                  Palo Alto is a film based on a series of short stories by James Franco. The stories are heartbreaking teenage stories, they are typical and painful and they are lonely. […]

Belly Buttons and Other Beautiful Things

January 29, 2014


  I told her that right after she was born her father snipped the cord and she’d hollered and worn a little Band Aid for about a week until her belly button was revealed in a quiet moment during a diaper change. After recollecting I was more certain than ever that I would not sign […]

Hustling Feminism: The New Misogyny

March 5, 2013


A former cop, Gilberto Valle, a guy who wrote about killing his wife and eating her, is on trial in New York. His trial highlights question about the Internet and the freedom to indulge in anonymous fantasy in the New York Times : “There’s a huge amount of online activity devoted to cultivating horrific impulses […]

I Don’t Feel Sexy With Grey Hair

February 4, 2013


Guest Post by Stephanie Simpson Lazenby Our hair is inextricably tied up with our sexuality–and the color, length and style of it transmits an immediate message to all. Like our clothes or makeup (or lack of makeup) our hair is a signal that we send out.  I enjoy feeling good in my clothes and as […]

Please Don’t Play The Tomato-Tomahto Game With The Steubenville Rape: All Rape Is Brutal

January 14, 2013


Oh the linguistics of rape. On Twitter Saturday night, Eve Vawter of Mommyish argued over whether or not it’s correct to call the Steubenville Jane Doe‘s rape “brutal”. But she had a dissenting view. Lee Stranahan who is described as a “former leftist activist” would like to make the point that not all rape is brutal […]

My Name Is Jasmine. I Sneak Boys in at 3 a.m….

November 29, 2012


As reported all over the US this past weekend, the article below is from the Daily Mail online. I looked and listened for a trace of dismay (other than the fake shock accompanied with a smile on Fox News) in the voices of television reporters, or the mention of child abuse. I didn’t find either. This is […]

Plus Size Starts WHERE?!?!?

October 12, 2012


Gotta do this, you know I do. We celebrated International Girls Day  and those faces, those faces of gorgeous children were enough to make me wonder–why we can not figure out how to cherish all children? Let’s give them equally imperfect,  but loving places to grow from. Let’s give them a shot at enjoying this big […]

Man-Up or Pussy-Up?

August 2, 2012


There’s a new phrase in our house and though I am rarely surprised anymore, after douche made it’s debut, I was initially taken aback. I was listening to my daughter share a sticky social situation. She felt the girl in the story was being too timid and needed to: pussy-up. take a stand, share their […]

Can’t Beat ‘Em? Shame ‘Em.

June 14, 2012


Wednesday, June 13, 2012:  NPR has Sandusky’s trial analysis on every a.m. talk show. According to an expert on men in prison,  there is a huge number of men clogging the penal system who have histories of sexual abuse. All those men, untreated for sexual abuse. All those men with huge violent wounds. And while I […]

To Do List: Buy Snake

April 27, 2012


Yesterday’s Boston Globe had an article about Syria not sending female athletes to the Olympics this summer. I read the article, you can read it here, with a heavy heart. Really? Yes. No Syrian women rising from the Arab Spring to compete in London’s Olympics. As I considered female athletes doing the long jump in burkas, […]