The Good Old Days of Blogging: What Has Changed in the Last 10 Years?

Back when I started blogging, you had to write your posts uphill... both ways. We didn't have these newfangled social media sites. If you wanted someone to read your post, you stood on a wooden fruit crate on the street corner and shouted, "click me!" And we liked it that way. We were happy. What stands out for YOU in the last 10 years? Share your ideas as part of BlogHer's 10th Anniversary Selfiebration! ...more
Denise Suzanne Reisman I'm still shocking.  Just on twitter and FB.  :) more

The Good Old Days of Blogging: What Has Changed in the Last 10 Years?

Back when I started blogging, you had to write your posts uphill... both ways. We didn't have these newfangled social media sites. If you wanted someone to read your post, you stood on a wooden fruit crate on the street corner and shouted, "click me!" And we liked it that way. We were happy. What stands out for YOU in the last 10 years? Share your ideas as part of BlogHer's 10th Anniversary Selfiebration! ...more
Man, this is going to make me a little sad! When I started blogging in October 2005, I had a ... more

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

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
TW  I know.  That's what makes this so hard and scary.  It would actually be a brilliant way to ... 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
@TheBlackTortoise I like to think most feminists are open-minded and level-headed.  :) 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
@bellejarblog Right.  But in disagreeing, you didn't insist that she is an evil person who ... 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
@mskatee Read the comments on other blog sites and twitter.  Those were not nuanced.  And of ... 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
@Torontonanny I would never in a thousand years accuse someone of being a feminazi, as that is a ... 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
@texrat Exactly.  Thank you! more

How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
I kept my last name, and I wrote about it at BlogHer (although it scares me a bit that this post ... more