What to Give Lovers of Diversity and Feminism

Perhaps you have a person in your life whose holiday wishes lean toward social justice, feminism, or diversity. Sure you could buy them a present at the mall... but why not give a gift that affirms their values and also supports an independent artist ...more

Everyday I Pray For My Husband, Who is a Cop

I have always been one to review both sides of every story, and review as much information as possible, before deciding what I believe to be true. These days, the media is so filled with biased reporting that I am surprised anyone feels they are ...more

Inspired By Hillary: Stop Focusing on the Things You Do Badly

At the Massachusetts Conference for Women last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (whom I met backstage!) said something that really resonated for me, and I suspect for many of the mogul, mom and maids I’ve met in the last year. Clinton ...more

What It's Like to be Big and Black

I’m big, I’m black, and I’ve become well aware of how those things shape the way people see me, what they assume about me, and how they treat me. On Being Big My first vivid memories of body shame came in fourth grade. At nine, I was tall and ...more

Think You Can't Talk About Race in School? Here Are 5 Ways You Can

Twenty years after I got into education, not much has changed. But here's how we can have meaningful lessons about race in schools. ...more

Why I Was So Disappointed With The Ending of 'Serial'

I like things neat. I like things to have clean conclusions. The ending doesn't have to be positive or even what I want as an ending, but I do prefer there not to be any lingering questions. After listening to the last episode of season one of the Serial podcast, though, lingering questions may be all I'll ever have. ...more
I do not. Serial is journalism. It's real life. Real life isn't often tied up in a neat bow at ...more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

The Culture of Compliance: A Precursor to Rape Culture

In the spring of 1972 at Madison Junior High in North Hollywood, Calif., math teacher Robert Odian, also known as “Mr. Odious,” wrote a math problem about six feet high on the chalkboard and asked Beth Marron to solve it. Image: curiouseth...more

5 Empowering Gifts for Girls

The older my daughter gets, the harder it is to find just the right Christmas presents for her. At seven, she's done with Princesses, done with Barbie, and done with Polly Pockets. What else is there? I've bought her books, learning apps she can play on my phone, and clothes galore. So this Christmas, as I grapple with what to buy her, I started thinking that the best presents for my daughter are not material, tangible, or store-bought....more

Saturday Whatever

Will the U.S. go to war with North Korea?I am so sick of this shit._____ ...more

The Scientific Secrets Behind A Happy Relationship (INFOGRAPHIC)

Being in a romantic relationship is definitely hard work and can require lots of compromises. Although it's not an easy thing to do, you can succeed at being happy with your partner. Some studies, based on scientific facts, can actually help you improve your relationship and be happier with the one you love....more

Feminism in 2014: Where did it all go wrong?

It’s that time of year again, when all good feminists stop, take stock and ask themselves not “what have feminists achieved over the past year?” but “how many ways have other feminists fucked up?” It’s an important part of feminist praxis, perhaps the most important part: being self-critical in some vague, global sense in order to make yourself (in the specific sense of the word) look good and other women look bad. Obviously I’d hate to miss out on this so I’ve compiled my own list on what “we” (as in “you”) have got wrong in 2014. The errors are extensive, so extensive only someone of vastly superior moral standing would be able to spot them ....more

The Legacy Challenge and Game Updates

A lovely teaser shot of the upcoming world, Granite Falls. With the recent announcement of the upcoming Outdoor Retreat game pack coming to the Sims 4, you might be wondering how the Legacy Challenge will fit into the game changes as they are released. During the Sims 2 days, Pinstar worked hard to bring updates to the Legacy Challenge as the updates to the game came out....more

Cuba: US law and dissidents’ objectives

“Smart democracy”! Sending a 37-yr old speech writer to do the negotiating (talk about a jayvee team!) in secrecy gets you a free hostage in exchange for throwing away the demands of Cuba’s citizens who dare to speak out, and U.S. law: Rosa María Payá Acevedo, member of the Cuban Christian Liberation Movement, writing in the WaPo, For 55 years, the only free, legal and popular demand from Cubans has been a call for a referendum on self-government, the Varela Project. We want changes in the law that will guarantee freedom of expression and association, the release of political prisoners, the right to own private enterprises, and free and plural elections ....more

7 Last Minute Gifts For Tweens

7 Last Minute Gifts For Tweens Here we are the weekend before Christmas, is your shopping done?? For the first time in well, ever – I can officially say that I AM DONE! Yes, kids, no more late night shopping outings or Amazon binging for this mom ....more

I believe you.

The news is making me sick. Bill Cosby, UVA, Ann Coulter. I’m nauseous. It’s hard enough reading about the horrors that individuals endured. It’s even worse reading about the people who shame them, doubt them, blame them.So I just needed to say:I believe you.To those of you who have bravely spoken up and weren’t believed, and those of you who haven’t spoken up for fear of blame and doubt: I believe you.To those of you who don’t perfectly remember all of the details: I believe you.To the ones who were drinking: I believe you....more

Why we don't tell until it is too late

“Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls. “ Queen Cersei...more

Open Thread with Giraffe and Skyline

A lone giraffe with Nairobi’s city skyline in the background features...more