Suzanne Reisman

Unwilling to fully abandon my Chicago-area upbringing, I live in Manhattan with my husband, my teddy bear, and the ghost of my 13 lb. pet rabbit, but insist on calling soda "pop," and sneakers "gym shoes." My first book is Off the (Beaten) Subway Track, a travelogue about/guide to unusual places and things to do in NYC. My articles have appeared in New York Nonprofit Press, The Panelist, Metro New York, City Limits Magazine, Young Children, Just Cause, and New York Family. I blog about things at CUSS & Other Rants. When not writing, I put my Master's in Public Administration/Public Policy to good use by working with non-profit organizations in New York City. I also have an MFA in creative nonfiction from the New School. Finally, I also like eating, wandering around cities, and sleeping. That's me.

What Is Happening to the Jews of Donetsk, Ukraine?

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. According to the Memorial de la Shoah, up to 1.5 million Jews were murdered in Ukraine between 1941 and 1944. The genocide of Ukrainian Jews is known as the "Holocaust by bullets," because the Nazis did not bother to gather and deport people to concentration camps or death camps....more
M.M.J. Gregory Hopefully, there won't be any follow up incidents.more

The Ugly Side of Feminism and Rape

Some time around 2008 or so, I seriously began to wonder if I should still call myself a feminist. I'd identified as a feminist for well over half my life at that point, but I wasn't super thrilled with things that I was reading by feminists. A lot of it stemmed from the primary, during which I was told by many feminists that I had to support Hillary Clinton or else I was betraying women everywhere. Feminism has always had serious socioeconomic divisions, and has always, to some extent, had a strain of bullying involved: you must think this way or else you are the enemy. ...more
That's just an ugly side of humanity, it's not the ugly side of feminism.  To confuse the two ...more

Gender Marketing: Now Stinking Up the Room with Candles!

Before reading further, take a good look at the picture. It blends oddly well with the purple leather chair that my husband bought through Craig's List several years ago, so you may have to squint. Also, you may refuse to believe the image your eyeballs are sending to your brain. That's OK. I'll wait. ...more
@Denise  @bellejarblog OMG.  It would be AWESOME.more

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Scam Month

The people who are not aware of breast cancer are our most vulnerable populations: poor, uneducated women who don't speak English. Who is pouring money into getting out into underserved neighborhoods with culturally, linguistically, and reading-level appropriate materials to let ignored populations of women know about their risk? I can barely summon the strength to get into the stupidity of raising awareness for breast cancer, getting women free mammograms because they have no health insurance, and then not having any comprehensive program in place to help them when these same women find out they have breast cancer. Raising awareness is not useful if we aren't also going to do actual, concrete things that save women's lives when they discover that they have it. ...more
@lucore You should research Dr. Burzynski or read Pink Ribbons, Inc. (the doc is on Netflix) or ...more

Caitlin Moran: My Hero!

"I think you would really like How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran," my friend said on Sunday night. "What? Who's that?" I asked. "She's a feminist columnist for The Times in London, and wrote a bestselling book about feminism. She was just interviewed in The New York Times. I can't believe you have not heard of her!" ...more
She is amazing! Can't wait to get her book for my birthday! more

Vomit *International Pro-Life Memorial and National Life Center* Vomit

My aunt wondered why I had not blogged about the incident in which two female lawmakers were censured for saying the word "vagina" when speaking up for abortion rights in their state capitol. In part, the reason was because everyone who cares about reproductive freedom and rights already blogged about it, and I had nothing to add. Lately, this is why I have not been ranting about all the horrendous bullshit that is happening around reproductive rights, particularly abortion access. For a long time, very few people were saying bupkes, so speaking out was important. ...more

A Religious Fanatic and A Sexist Bring You the True Story of Hanukkah!

Recently, the world was blessed to learn that "Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee." I can't wait! ...more
Oi Vey. Mel. ::shakes head:: He's one hell of a story teller, and that's what's terrifying.more

Are You Aware of Breast Cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you do not know this already, you soon will, as marketers will inundate the shelves, airwaves, and pages with items you can buy to raise awareness for breast cancer. You will be made to feel like you are doing something very important by buying anything in a pink package. You are saving women by making them aware of breast cancer! Never mind that some of these very same products contain chemicals that are linked to causing cancer. Never mind that many of these companies give very little to breast cancer organizations. ...more
You have some really valid points and I agree with a lot of what you said. As the mother of 2 ...more

Thank You, Betty Ford

Editor's note: Betty Ford died Friday, July 8 at age 93. Contributing Editor Suzanne Reisman wrote this tribute to her after Gerald Ford's death four years ago. ...more

I was too young to know much about Betty Ford, but reading her obituaries makes me really like ...more

Saudi Women Fight for Right to Move Freely, Right to Vote

When I was a youth growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I couldn't wait to get my driver's license. I turned 16, then impatiently waited another month to complete my driver's ed course. When I had my license in my hand, it was like holding a tiny piece of freedom. I could go to the movies or the bowling alley or to see my favorite musical (Co-Ed Prison Sluts, which incidentally is so good that it is Chicago's longest running musical), whenever I wanted to. Not that I had a car, but my parents generously let me use theirs. ...more

I got a speeding ticket the same week the Saudi women were showing their great courage. It ...more