Sexism & Abuse: Inside The World Of India’s ‘Crippling’ Mental Health Crisis

With a population of 1.2 billion, and only 43 mental hospitals, India is struggling to control it’s seemingly endless mental health crisis.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India has surpassed the rest of the world as the nation with the largest number of annual suicides — reaching over 135,000.What’s interesting enough, is the fact that the majority of those deaths are of young women who fell victim to an untreated mental illness.What has the Indian government done to bring this massive number down?...more

“And son? Take care of your mom while I’m gone.”

            Excuse me?  I don’t need a child to take care of me.  I know, he might reply, I’m just trying to –  trying to what?  Teach him to be a man?  Teach him that grown women need looking after?  And that he, as the one with the penis, is just the person to do it? ...more

The Empathy Gap


And here's something else that would never happen to a man ...

And here’s something else that would never happen to a man ... So this guy in our neighborhood has early Alzheimers and dizzy spells.  He’s looking for a babysitter (his word) and someone to cook for him and do his cleaning so he doesn’t have to go into a home.  And he asked me.I have no experience babysitting.  And absolutely no aptitude for it. Yes, I do my own cooking and cleaning, but I have no interest in it, at all, and do as little as possible....more

One Of The Guys': On Cool Girls And Internalized Misogyny

I thought being “one of the guys” meant adventure and freedom from the oppression of a feminine life that didn’t quite suit me.“I’m not like other girls.”When I was younger, I wore that label like a badge of honor.I wanted to separate myself as a cool girl: the kind who could hang with the guys and take a joke, but still keep a stronghold on my femininity. I felt unique in my passion for martial arts, my affinity for Call of Duty, my go-with-the-flow attitude toward boyish adventures....more

Just Because My Husband Has A Penis Doesn't Mean He Gets To Decide If Our Son Will Be Circumcised

As far as I’m concerned, the health and well-being of any part of my child’s body is very much my business. In most developed countries, foreskin is not up for debate. Where there is soap and water, easy access to information about how HIV and other STDs are transmitted, and knowledge of the many functions of the foreskin, penises usually remain intact.The United States is slowly but surely following suit. But like most things that have deep roots, change is slow-going....more

Who Drives and Who Holds On? Motorcycles and Feminism

How a man and woman riding on a motorcycle made me think twice about power....more

D is for Diane English

 Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 4 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Diane English....more

When Your Most Promising New Hire Candidate Turns Out to Be Sexist

As far as one’s standing in the tech community goes, Laura Roeder has done very well for herself by any standard. As the founder and CEO of Meet Edgar, she’s established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of social media platform integration and synchronization. It’s easy to envy someone who’s so successfully and so quickly made her mark on the tech industry....more

4 Things I Learned When I Chopped Off My Long Hair

At least once a week, a man tells me that men don’t like short hair.Until recently, I had long, long hair.Well, I did and I didn’t. I used to be a news reporter; like virtually everyone else on television, I had medium-length hair which I augmented with extensions made out of someone else’s long, long hair....more