A Toast to Building Movements and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s nearly a year since BlogHer and SheKnows Media joined forces, and I’m excited to share that BlogHer, Inc. is now completely in the capable hands of SheKnows Media and CEO Philippe Guelton....more
AnnsRants Jinx for real. Love you man! more

A Toast to Building Movements and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s nearly a year since BlogHer and SheKnows Media joined forces, and I’m excited to share that BlogHer, Inc. is now completely in the capable hands of SheKnows Media and CEO Philippe Guelton....more
Thank you, Lisa, for responding to my query to your Surfette post ten years ago about this new ... more

Jennifer Aniston Gets Married and Everything is Okay

Jennifer Aniston's reported marriage this week to Justin Theroux seems to have sparked a collective insane sigh of relief from the zeitgeist that Jennifer Aniston is, indeed, marriageable. We can relax, after a decade of worry and confusion, because this intelligent, accomplished, independently wealthy actor with a thing for Mexican vacations, edgy and loyal sister girlfriends, Pilates, and increasingly challenging film roles—who has also, by the way, carried on like an entirely normal divorced person and person, for that matter, since her divorce—finally has a husband.  ...more
Thank you! more

I Was in the Closet at Work Until the Vice Principal Asked Me to Lead the LGBT Club

I have long, flowing hair. My nails are almost always immaculately designed thanks to my love affair with fake nails. I have an affinity for basing entire outfits solely around my accessories. ...more
I'm really glad they have you, and you have them. I love your stories about how this plays out ... more

What's Your Defining Moment?

What do all these experts have in common? We all begin at that defining moment when we realize a passion and start to pursue it. Today, we're starting a conversation about our defining moments. They can be huge (as you'll hear in some incredible, life-changing stories coming up on BlogHer and SheKnows) or very small: a quiet voice in your head saying, Oh. I get it now. ...more
So, uh, I guess I'm an expert at sending cold emails. Ha. more

What's Your Defining Moment?

What do all these experts have in common? We all begin at that defining moment when we realize a passion and start to pursue it. Today, we're starting a conversation about our defining moments. They can be huge (as you'll hear in some incredible, life-changing stories coming up on BlogHer and SheKnows) or very small: a quiet voice in your head saying, Oh. I get it now. ...more
When Lisa Stone actually responded to an email I sent her responding to a call for writers on ... more

Why You Should Do Original Reporting on Your Blog

Are bloggers journalists? That’s one of the burning questions of the new media, and one whose answer isn’t always clear. Here’s my take: it depends. Not all bloggers are—or want to be—journalists, but there are certainly occasions when a blogger is well positioned to report the news firsthand. Perhaps you see a need to communicate information that goes beyond your reaction to news that’s been reported elsewhere. ...more
NIce post, Grace! more

Let Me Fix That For You: A Dramaturge Explains What's Wrong With Patricia Arquette's Speech

In my former life, I was, among many other things, a dramaturge for young playwrights. In theater, a dramaturge is responsible for supporting the work of the playwright by doing research when necessary to ensure the play is historically and culturally correct. My job was to dig beyond the surface of the words to uncover deeper meanings and intentions. ...more
(And the first sentence was tongue in cheek, to be clear. I try to err on the side of ... more

Let Me Fix That For You: A Dramaturge Explains What's Wrong With Patricia Arquette's Speech

In my former life, I was, among many other things, a dramaturge for young playwrights. In theater, a dramaturge is responsible for supporting the work of the playwright by doing research when necessary to ensure the play is historically and culturally correct. My job was to dig beyond the surface of the words to uncover deeper meanings and intentions. ...more
I love this. I hadn't even thought to add this to the list of things that offend me as a non-mom ... more

What Does The Whiteness Project Really Show About Race in America?

Watching the videos from the first installment of The Whiteness Project—24 clips filmed this July in Buffalo as part of documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow's project—was uncomfortable, and sadly revealed nothing surprising. How do you reject white privilege? How do you deny responsibility for humane speech and action towards others? How do you co-opt other people's struggles? It's pretty easy, apparently.  ...more
Rita Arens I think that's the key, Rita. There's little to no value in things like this unless ... more
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