10 Bloggers Respond to Mrs. Hall's Letter with Thoughts on Slut-Shaming, Respect, and Selfies

As a mom of two boys, I have high hopes of teaching them many important lessons. Things like compassion and acceptance, the importance of education and hard work, the benefit of a leap of faith versus never trying due to fear of failure, and of course, respect. Respect remains one of those Big Things in our home -- for all people, in all ways, both physically and emotionally. You don't get to be a jerk just because you think you can, neither do you get to put your hands on someone else. As such, my gut-reaction to the now viral letter that Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls posting "seductive" selfies on Instagram and thus tempting her precious sons... well... I'm having a hard time with the general concept. ...more
And this from Rebekah Kuschmider at The Broad Side -- Sexy Selfies: No Cause for Teen Shaming -- ... more

What Is Huma Thinking? Is It Any of Our Business?

Since Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner's chain of bad decision making broke publicly, his wife and long-time aide to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin has been forced into media headlines. First, because of her supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and now because she's too pretty for Weiner? ...more

New Merida: WTF, Disney?

Okay, I am calling shenanigans. Disney has decided Merida, the heroine of Pixar’s movie Brave, wasn’t quite “Princess-like” enough so they have decided to market her with a new look. She is now a "hotter," more girly version of herself. ...more

New Merida: WTF, Disney?

Okay, I am calling shenanigans. Disney has decided Merida, the heroine of Pixar’s movie Brave, wasn’t quite “Princess-like” enough so they have decided to market her with a new look. She is now a "hotter," more girly version of herself. ...more

Mitt Is Not Moderate, But He Does Say Things Like "Binders Full of Women"

I was waiting to see who would show up at tonight’s town hall at Hofstra University. Would it be the suddenly “Moderate Mitt” of the last presidential debate? Or would it be “Extreme Mitt,” the self-described “severely conservative” governor we’d come to know during the endless debates of the primary? The suspense was practically killing me. ...more
One "binder" of women that's positive is my book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social ... more

So You Think You Can’t Blog About Politics?

What a powerful time at BlogHer ’12 in New York City. You weren’t there? Well, I’m here to catch you up on some of the political discussions that happen when over 4000 women bloggers get together....more
Grace and Mona, this is exactly why I wrote Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are ... more

Watch Now: The Real Katie Couric's Video Invitation to BlogHer's Community

Oh thank heavens, the real Katie Couric has finally been released into the wild. Check out the true confession buried in her video below ... see what I mean? Get ready for a barn-burner of a keynote at BlogHer '12 -- and read on for an opportunity to participate yourself: ...more
Katie, I'm also excited about 4,000+ smart, savvy women in one place as political and social ... more

Shannon of Rocks in My Dryer: On Going Publicly Pro-Life

I'm excited to welcome you to the first in Why I'm Political, a series of interviews with women from around the web who don't usually write about the political world -- but, when they dipped their toes in those waters, wrote some amazing essays! For those of us who spend time hanging around the web, it's not a surprise that women have found new empowerment through social media tools, including their blogs, to write about topics they might not have before. And while there aren't all that many women who write about politics as their main focus, women who are writing about their lives in powerful and passionate ways do find themselves weighing in on important issues....more
Camisa, Thanks for sharing your views. I know this is a very loaded topic and people feel very ... more

Supreme Court Rules for Wal-Mart in Gender Discrimination Suit

Editor's note: The Supreme Court ruled today that Wal-Mart vs. Dukes, a the class-action gender discrimination suit on behalf of as many as 1.5 million women, that the New York Times called "the largest employment discrimination case in the nation’s history," cannot go forward. ...more

BlogHer Network Member News, June 9: Kate Wicker's Book Available for Pre-Order Now

Kate Wicker of Kate Wicker has a book, Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body, available for pre-order on Amazon. ...more

Just want to make sure those who are interested know that my Mothers of Intention book is more ... more