Intersectional Feminism as a Path to Unity

Combatting oppression can be extremely daunting – oftentimes, it feels necessary to just check out of the fight altogether. I would like to say (perhaps foolishly) that most people have a goal of combatting oppression in some sense of the word; as with most things in life, I’d also assume that most people have a different idea about what is the most effective way to go about it. Ideally, there would be a singular method to eradicate inequality....more
We all have to take pause at times, most especially when we stereotype in assumptions. A will to ...more

Is Your Teen At Risk for Homophobia or Sexistism? Try These 7 Conversation Starters

My teen is at risk.  I hate to admit it, but the signs are there.  I hear the whispers when we see flamboyant boys on television or young men at the grocery store with pastel attire.  I am a quiet bystander as my husband preaches the guy code rules to our two boys.  These include:  “No school choir”, “No crying when you are hurt” (even if bleeding is involved, and of course, the most important “You must play contact sports” (even though my oldest boy has two left feet like me).   I hear the sneers (and the eye rolls) when there is a same-sex kiss scene on ...more

Your on-screen purchases

You are in the store. You've been roaming the aisles for several minutes until you finally find the item that you've been looking for. So, what do you do next? Why, you take out your phone, of course. But the reason why you take out your phone depends on your gender....more

Would Equal Pay Be Enough?

Today is Equal Pay Day.  What’s this about?  In order to earn the same amount of money that a full-time, year round employed US man earned in 2014, a US woman working full-time and year round, has to work all of 2014 and up until today in 2015.  That’s three and a half additional months.  Put another way, women’s median annual earnings trail men’s by a divide of more than 20%, according to the Institute ...more

All tech is not created equal

When I asked my son what he wanted to save up his allowance for, he told me he wanted to buy a tablet. When I asked him why, he listed all the games he could play on it that he couldn't play on his LeapPad....more

Why I'm "mean" to Girl Scouts

I was getting some exercise with coworkers a few weeks ago when I saw a Girl Scout. She was about eight years old and with her daddy and absolutely adorable. She was also selling cookies....more

The Men's Rights Movement Doesn't Help Men

In the world of Internet activism, labels can mean everything—feminist, social justice warrior, liberal, conservative. Many times these labels can serve as a way to organize a group of like-minded people for the greater good. But recently, a new label has emerged. On Twitter and Tumblr, some men have taken to calling themselves Men’s Rights Activists, or “Meninist” in a lazy play on the word “Feminist.”...more

Lying to our sons

There are the lies that I intentionally tell my son: The tooth fairy, Santa, that dinosaurs come alive at night. And then there are the lies that I don't mean to tell my son, like that I will be home from work on time....more

What's it's REALLY Like to Have a Girl

First, my sister had a boy.  Then I had a boy.  Next, my sister had a second boy.  Then I had a... girl.I was used to boys.  I love boys.  They are awesome.  I thought it would be fun to have a daughter; I thought it would be fun to have a second boy.  Either sounded good to me.We waited until delivery to find out if our baby was a boy or girl, but I was pretty sure for most of my pregnancy she was a girl.  Lo and behold, my husband got to announce "It's a girl!" on September 12th, 2012. ...more