A Gwyneth Paltrow 12-Step

January 31, 2014



1. When people ask the question, “Why does everyone hate Gwyneth Paltrow?” explain that for you, it started after you read a Vogue cover story on her perfect life with Brad Pitt and their dogs. It was then that you realized she embodied Emma as in Jane Austen’s Emma and then made it worse by [...]

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 [...]

The Peculiar Curse of Mentally Ill Motherhood

January 24, 2014


mother depression

This week I asked the question: Why do we need to dispel the myth of the good mother? Today, we have an excerpt from the book The Good Mother Myth that touches on the subject of motherhood and mental illness.  By Shannon Drury Am I a bad mother? I ask myself. I ask my therapist, [...]

Why Do We Still Need To Shatter ‘The Good Mother’ Myth?

January 21, 2014


the good mother myth

Perhaps it’s fitting that the two worst mothers on television currently–Corrine Dollanganger and her mother Olivia Foxworth of Lifetime’s rendition of Flowers In The Attic (reference #1) coincide with the launch of a new book on mothers. The book, unlike Flowers in the Attic (Flowers in the Attic reference#2), isn’t a little shop of horrors, [...]

You Can Be A Successful Woman and Not Be Considered A Bitch, Says Ann Friedman

January 10, 2014


Jenna Lyons

Do you think women women can be successful without being considered a bitch? This is the idea that New York columnist and all-around-awesome writer Ann Friedman discusses at The Cut today. She answers her own question–giving an enthusiastic, yes, and points to Jenna Lyons, the president of J.Crew. The one who started the geeky glasses [...]

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Tolerance In The U.S.: Sikh Culture From A Teenager’s Perspective

January 7, 2014



Guest Post by Sadie Goldfarb As the president of the Ipswich, Massachusetts Student Chapter of People to People International  (PTPI), I agreed to be interviewed by a member of PTPI for this post. For those of you not familiar, PTPI  helps foster greater understanding across cultural lines.  I joined the PTPI student chapter because I [...]

Catholic Groups Believe It’s 2014 B.C. On Birth Control Issues, And Low-Income Mothers Suffer

January 2, 2014


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks about her best-selling memoir, "My Beloved World," during an appearance at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Though it’s 2014 (Happy New Year!), it still feels like a 2014 B.C. to some Catholic groups who continue to insist that birth control is an assault to their very being. According to Irin Carmon via MSNBC, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary injunction to a handful of Catholic nonprofit groups, including the [...]


December 30, 2013



  Merry-Merry – I just left my office. I will return after Christmas and we will resume the work of understanding what happens to us in this life, how to make peace with our stories and maybe, just maybe, find joy. We don’t just guess. No, we dig using tools we’ve been trained to use, [...]

Thank You, Nelson Mandela

December 10, 2013




First Annual Christmas List Of Misandry Gifts

December 5, 2013


misandry barrette

The “I hate men” complaint is nothing new (and has long been embraced by men’s groups), but recently it’s been embraced by young feminists who are gettin’ all misandry-inspired. (For those of you who don’t know, misandry is the opposite of misogyny. Otherwise known as the hatred of men.) When I wrote about misandry crafts [...]