Female Olympians, Like Women in Politics, are Still Stuck in the Cheap Seats

There is a reason why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fights for the empowerment of women and girls around the world.  Even in the 2012 Olympics, we were not immune from institutionalized sex bias.  At 16, Gabby Douglas became the first African American to win a gold medal in gymnastics.  She subsequently received Twitter-bashing about her hair so widespread, it was reported by CNN and prompted her mom to write an article defending her daughter; explaining why her hair wasn’t perfect.   ...more
As always from you, another post worth sharing.  How insightful you are!  Fortunately, brands ...more

When Does Hillary Clinton Get Some Credit?

The New Republic, the same publication whose literary editor once referred to Hillary Clinton as a “hellish housewife” is at it again.  Only this time instead of sinning by degrading an accomplished woman, The New Republic is sinning by pretending she does not exist. ...more
Thanks, @Mona Gable MonaGable. TNR has always been this way to Hillary -- but they only echoed ...more

The President Uses TAMPAX

In commemoration of President’s day, 2011, I posted a blog titled, “No Periods for US Presidents”.  I am doing a repost with revisions inspired by Anita Finlay’s book, Dirty Words On Clean Skin:  Sexism and Sabotage, A Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening.  Anita Finlay is also a BlogHer blogger. ...more
 @TruthsfromtheChaos Gina:  Thanks so much for stopping by to read!  Take the time you need or ...more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @pauline I agree, Pauline.  Andy Griffith wouldn't even be thought of today, sadly.more

I Need My Husband's Permission to Pay Bills

I can't even make this stuff up. OK, here's the story, and it all starts with the fact that I finally have a grown-up driver's license....more

Asking A Father's Permission: Romantic or Chauvinist?

Before my ex-husband proposed to me, he met with my mother for dinner to disclose our intentions and ask for my family's blessing. Not too long in the past, this kind of meeting had a very specific purpose -- and not one that I look back on with any sort of nostalgia. Back then, it was not a blessing that was asked of the future bride's family, but permission and it wasn't so much a gesture as it was a negotiation. ...more
Well, if it's important to the bride - just do it. But otherwise... I think it's rather ...more

The Sexism during the 2008 Election is Still Personal

The media dubbed 2008 the year of the woman because of Hillary Clinton’s and Sarah Palin’s historic runs for political office, but it really was the year millions of ordinary women from both parties were “rudely awakened” from their political complacency and found their voice. The backlash we received in response showed us the ugly underbelly of politics and our society at large in a way only some of us could suspect, but never fully imagine in the enlightened age of the twenty-first century....more
Gee, for someone who isn't much into team sports, I sure managed to pack sports analogies into ...more

I'm No Ashley Judd- Confessions Of A Narcissist

Dear Universe,I am a closet narcissist. ...more

What She Really Said: Fighting Sexist Jokes the Geeky Way!

I work at a startup, and most of the time, I enjoy it. Compared to most tech companies, and certainly most startups, we have quite a few people who are relatively clueful. There are relatively few moments of “brogrammer” culture. There is, however, one thing that has been bugging me for months, ever since it was introduced....more
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Gen(d)eration Gap