Want a Feminist Son? Tips From a Veteran

Someone asked me how we raised feminist sons. I don’t have a checklist. And if I were to respond seriously, I’d start with something really corny: teach them to respect people – all people. The elevator man. The bus driver. Their best friend’s mom. The guy at the candy counter. Their friends. Their parents’ friends. Their baby sitter. They were Manhattan kids, but they were raised to think of the feelings of every person they met. Of course, that meant all women, too. That was an advantage. ...more

I agree about respecting all people.

I'd take it a bit further, too, to not making ...more

Attention Women of the Modern World

I am reading a fascinating book called "Backwards in High Heels:  The Impossible Art of Being Female" written by Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine.  This book is not a self-help book in the classic sense, as more of a "guide" to the day to day life of women's issues, etc.  The book is broken down into categories such as: Marriage, Career, Love, Food, Health and so on.  Not even halfway through it, I have already extracted many useful and interesting hints, thoughts and views.I can easily get into each of the categories and give my interpretation.  However...more

The New Female Reformers: Nikki Haley

This why so many conservative women are bewildered when liberal women reject us from the ranks of feminism. Compared to fighting the sexism and corruption that still exists within some pockets of the Republican Party, whining about choice seems frivolous. We're working to weed out corruption and eliminate barriers to political involvement. They're parading rusted coat hangers around. While we're advocating for policies that reduce taxes and help everyday Americans, they seem stuck in a time warp. ...more
While I appreciate your detaching of  religious belief from your politics, something very few ...more

Stretching the T-Shirt: A Teen Expands Feminist Values

By Inga MuscioCross-posted at On The Issues Magazine...more

Feminist Blogging Project Inquiry and Call for Feedback

Dear BlogHer Community:...more

Why Don't You Leave This One to the Boys, Sweetcakes?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the press box.I've been watching sports for a long time. I've probably watched over 100 bowl games in my days so far, and this year I was impressed. There were more women reporters, and not just the short skirt, high-heeled, blond-haired eye candy either. Real sports reporters.I don't mean to say that these were not attractive women, but this year they seem to know their sports. I was feeling very empowered until I saw the headline....more

These attitudes still exist even in female-dominant sports like tennis. Didn't women get equal ...more

Our Dependence & Our Dependents

If you are paying attention to news and economics you will eventually come across people warning about a financial calamity on the horizon.      These dooms-dayers are advising that we stock up on gold, learn to grow our own vegetables, buy a goat, get a few chickens, and ready our weapons.   They claim that dark days are upon us. ...more

Keeping It Real: My Obsession With Reality TV

Reality television took me by surprise. I had no way of knowing that it would have such a hold on me. All it took was one innocent episode or one night of insomnia, and I was hooked. The lure of supposed “reality” appeals to my academic curiosity, my ethnographic voyeurism, and my small town nosiness all at the same time. And while I know that reality television shows are scripted, edited, and manipulated—it is still the promised reality that gets me. I feel invested in characters. I feel like I know them (and their business). And I always, always want to know more! ...more

One and Done

My husband and I want only one child. You may not know this (especially if you've been able to survive the baby epidemic up until now) but having or wanting only one child makes you a bit of an anomaly. In fact, sometimes I feel as if people treat me like I'm contagious, as if my willingness to allow my uterus to shrivel up will most certainly send theirs into early retirement. I assure you I'm not that powerful.  For the most part....more

Walking the Edge of the Windowpane

By Elizabeth PotterCross-posted from On The Issues Magazine...more