To Yale University, I Was Once a 90-Pound College Student

Is 90 pounds an unhealthy weight for a college student? Yale University seemed to think so, when medical staff put third-year student Frances Chan on watch, telling her to gain weight or risk being suspended.  ...more

Do You Worry About Safety on Mass Transit?

Do you consider yourself safe when you ride mass transit? A recent article in The Atlantic indicates how women's safety in public transit may have more to do with financial access than the the hour a person waits for a ride home. Image Credit: ...more

#Not4Sale: How Native American Women Are Speaking Out Against Buying Silence

Think Native mascots are harmless? Here's my experience and why I'm telling Dan Snyder we're #Not4Sale. ...more

5 Things I Have to Say About #CancelColbert

Last Thursday night,#CancelColbert seemed to be just the latest brainchild of Suey Park, creator such hashtags as #NotYourAsianSidekick and #BlackPowerYellowPeril. ...more

Dear Princeton Mom, "Marrying Smart" was the Dumbest Thing I Did

“Princeton Mom” Susan Patton’s new book Marry Smart offers dumb advice for women.  ...more

Despite My Fear, I'll Be Cheering at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Editor's Note, 4/16/14: One suspect is in custody after two backpacks left near this year's finish line yesterday were detonated safely. This post was written before those events were reported. The marathon is on Monday. We're having the anniversary of last year’s bombing and subsequent days of confusion and unknowing and “shelter-in-place." The rehashing of all of it has been going on for weeks. I don’t know what TV and local newspapers are doing. I do know that our local NPR station, WBUR, has had nonstop talk of it, at least in the mornings. I know there are art projects and documentaries and Sports Illustrated did a photo shoot at the finish line last Saturday....more

Is Nevada GOP Courting Women by Dropping Opposition to Abortion, Gay Marriage?

Could the Nevada Republican platform be a bellwether of the GOP making its big tent more welcoming to women and gays? Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday adopted a platform without opposition to abortion and gay marriage - a landmark victory for party moderates who view the party as needing a more populist position to remain competitive with voters....more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.  Image Credit: Consumerist Dot Com via Flickr ...more
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Qustodio Parental Control Software Review

Qustodio is a parental control solution for computers and mobile devices....more

A Tisket, a Tasket, I've Blown Another Gasket

The problem with Peter Schrag's piece is simply he does not know what he is talking about. He needed to talk to some teachers who have actually been chewed up and spit out by the system before writing such a misleading column.Schrag peddles the LIE--and it IS a LIE--that K-12 teachers have "lifetime employment" once they get "tenure"--which they do NOT have regardless of what state statutes call post-probationary status. That lie forms the basis of this fraudulent lawsuit put forward by billionaires wanting to destroy teachers' unions, but without having a clue as to the importance of civil service protections to help prevent favoritism and the spoils system of yore ....more

In Silvio Canto’s podcast

talking about The latest from Colombia plus other US-Latin America stories of the week with Silvio and Cecilia Torres. Live at 8PM Eastern, and archived for your convenience ....more

An Echo, Not a Choice

After years and years of being in well-deserved obscurity, wingnut extraordinaire Phyllis Schlafly, around 90 years old, is back to her old rhetoric about how if these uppity women have the nerve to make as much as men, they will find themselves unable to find husbands.I am thinking old Fred, her late attorney husband, must not have left her all that much money when he died. She had been relatively quiet after her successful campaign to derail the Equal Rights Amendment in the early 1980s. Now she's back, but nowadays her sexist rhetoric just sounds pathetic.Few women have ever have glittering careers like she did; in fact, the only real economic equality that has happened in this country between men and women in the past 40 years is that they are now both equally poor ....more

Breaking New Ground With Global News: Vice Launches Vice News

The way people get their news is quickly undergoing a much-needed evolution, thanks in part to media outlets such as Vice News that recognize the need to inform millennials in an inventive and innovative way. People still want to feel informed, but dry-as-toast broadcasts from journalists and outlets they don't always trust to tell them the truth simply aren't cutting it. Today's news needs to follow a simple but true philosophy that's quite familiar to the current generation: act locally but think globally....more

Journalism isn't dead...it's a zombie.

My mom just sent me an email that listed journalism as one of the worst three jobs. Ever. Like, there's no quantifier in there. Just one of the worst three jobs. This is by Daily Briefing, who uses Bureau of Labor statistics and runs them through a snazzy algorithm, weighing stuff like satisfaction, health risk, stress levels, etc.You know what the other two worst jobs are, guys?Enlisted military and lumberjacks....more

Culture On A Plate: Hosting Parties Abroad Filipino Style

Yesterday, a friend of mine who's Caucasian, told me, "Hey!  I went somewhere on Saturday evening and I was thinking of you the whole time.  I was almost expecting you to walk in!". Naturally I asked, "Why?...more
I like nothing better than a Filipino birthday party. Oh the lumpia. And the pancit. And the ...more

I’m not lucky to be childless

[the recent 'toughest job in the world' ad that's overtaking Facebook] reveals a troubling attitude; an attitude that makes these sorts of commercials so effective; an attitude that portrays... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Despite My Fear, I'll Be Cheering at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Editor's Note, 4/16/14: One suspect is in custody after two backpacks left near this year's finish line yesterday were detonated safely. This post was written before those events were reported. The marathon is on Monday. We're having the anniversary of last year’s bombing and subsequent days of confusion and unknowing and “shelter-in-place." The rehashing of all of it has been going on for weeks. I don’t know what TV and local newspapers are doing. I do know that our local NPR station, WBUR, has had nonstop talk of it, at least in the mornings. I know there are art projects and documentaries and Sports Illustrated did a photo shoot at the finish line last Saturday....more

Bundy's Bullshit

Right. Here’s a quick sum up of what’s happening at the whole Bundy Thing in Nevada:...more