Riffing on the Feminine Mystique and Mad Men

Original post on xoxoxo eFueled by a review of  the book The Feminine Mystique on the blog I Will Dare, and my own thoughts on who I am and what I'm doing with my life these days, I grabbed Betty Friedan's seminal feminist call-to-arms, The Feminine Mystique from the library....more

My Shoes

I look down at my shoes they look smelly, battered and worn. They have run errands, made trips to the park, traveled far and wide. They are not pretty but they are sturdy. The enable me to run, chase after the kids, and catch the dog. It's my shoes that make me who I am and what I hope to be... We trudge along paths, wide open roads, some of us with dreams without limits and other finding solace in the quiet of a book. If the shoe makes the man what does it say about me? I prefer the road less traveled and the adventures of life. ...more
@SylverBlaque I caught the end of it and was mad at myself for forgetting about it! She is an ...more

Autonomous People Make The Best Lovers

  The moment narcissistic and emotionally clouded, Jerry Maguire uttered the words, “You complete me,” women and men swooned at the notion that love and self were fully realized when two fated-lovers decided they couldn’t live without each other.  Though before the human head weighed eight pounds, both fiction and real life idolized this concept. The act of abandoning ourselves to another feels so powerful that, for centuries, we have mistaken this experience as the most desirable form of love. However, this love is inevitably unsustainable,personal humanity needs growth and no growth can occur in the shadow of another.   ...more

A Reaction to the Shriver Report: Women's Voices For Change

by Diane Vacca, for Women's Voices For Change ...more

I went through to Women's Voices for Change and read your most excellent article, then ...more

Michael Pollan: Cooking up a Sour Batch of Sexism

My book club is comprised of liberal, middle and upper-middle class, professional, Jewish women. In July, we read Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food. Given that we are his target audience (people - some of whom are moms - who care about the environment and health, who have some means to be able to shop in ways that support sustainability), it seemed like we'd love the book. We hated it. As my friend Molly said, "He doesn't recognize that by romanticizing how food was prepared in the past, he ensures that women cannot have jobs outside of the home, whether they want them or not." We all agreed that his fixation on "mother knows best" when it comes to cooking was a positive, yet sexist stereotype. ...more

I hope that you will come to all our future meetings of my book club so that you can dictate to ...more