Femalities: A Breakdown of SXSW and a Lot of Other Stuff from a Woman's Point of View

Don't know what it is--the fact that I've just emerged from a weekend at SXSW, it was International Women's Day on Friday, I got snubbed by a "prominent" male investor/entrepreneur that in the virtual world I respected, though in person not so much--but I am feeling my womanness of late. And no, guys, it's not because it's that time of the month. If anything, it's the world who's experiencing a hormonal shift. ...more
@Tinseltine hey, I'd love to have a new opinion of said AH! It made me sad to be so disappointed ...more

Are Unmarried Couples “Lewd and Lascivious”? Some States Think So

“Are you f***ing kidding me?” Jon Stewart asks that question often on The Daily Show, but I don’t think it has ever seemed as applicable as when he asked it in response to the state of Virginia forbidding two heterosexual people to live together while unmarried. ...more
This man has done 'infinitely' more for women (myself included) than all the phony unholy ...more

Men, Women, and Housework: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A lot has changed since America began its long recovery from that weird time we call “The Fifties.”  In those days, the ideal marriage consisted of a perfectly gendered division of labor. A husband worked a full day for pay, but enjoyed an evening of pure leisure; his wife tended to the house and children, supported by the soft cushion of his income.  ...more
lisawade Now if you were to ask me if those housecleaners had English as their first language I ...more

Steubenville Rape Trial: Defense Argues Barely Conscious Victim Gave Consent

I’m going to start this post with a trigger warning for rape, misogyny, and reprehensible behavior. If you feel like you can stomach what I’m going to say then read on. If not I completely understand. ...more
@Cathy Steinberg Teens are so worried about fitting in. I think that's partly why they don't ...more

Alyson Hannigan's Online Stalker: Is a 3-Year Posting Ban the Answer?

When a New Hampshire man posted online comments about actress Alyson Hannigan, including threats to kill her and her family, she took the matter to court. The result was a three-year restraining order banning him from posting anything online about her or her family and from making any effort to meet her. ...more
MilSpouseCnslr and what I know about restraining orders is they can backfire...more

Marissa Mayer, Thank You For Making Us Talk About Women and Work

I could not be more delighted about the furor over Marissa Mayer's nixing of the telework option at Yahoo! Really, it's all good. Anything that puts the focus on women, motherhood, and work makes me gleeful. The fact that these issues finally get a public airing has been so long in coming. Fully integrating women into all the places power resides is messy, a tortured and painful process. It creates a lot of drama. There will be yelling and screaming. There HAS to be yelling and screaming, because it hasn't been done before. It upsets the prevailing power structure. It makes people uncomfortable, in many different ways. A bit of a dust up is to be expected....more
It's an important conversation, but I think people are missing the point when they say its a ...more

Are Colleges Protecting Female Students from Rape and Other Crimes?

Earlier this year a coalition of students and faculty at my institution, Occidental College, convinced the administration to make several changes to its sexual assault policy.  One of these changes involved the addition of reports of sexual assault to our OxyAlert system.  This meant that any time there was a report of a sexual assault, the college community would receive an email saying so, just as we now get alerts of all other crimes that are reported to have occurred in the vicinity. ...more
Wow! that is amazing, and VERY discouraging! Do they apply the same standards to theft (maybe ...more

Where Are the Woman Writers? Not in Major Literary Magazines

I know a lot of woman writers. This number could arguably be skewed because I am a writer myself, and a dedicated reader, both in print and online. But if I weren't, and I just ignored the existence of women writing in all kinds of genres, would it mean they weren't there? Or even if they were, that I should not put them in my magazine? I know my answer to this question, but I'd like to pass it on to editors at some major literary magazines, who seem to be doing the passing over part just fine. ...more
Terrific post, Laurie. It's appalling that so few women are being published in the more ...more

On International Women's Day, Change Is Possible

By Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women Today, on International Women’s Day, I join every individual who believes that change is possible. We are guided by a founding principle of the United Nations: the equal rights of men and women. All around the world, our voices are rising, and silence and indifference are declining. Change is possible, and it’s happening....more
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7 Books that Celebrate Girl Power, in Honor of International Women's Day

Today marks the 103rd celebration of International Women's Day, an annual day set aside to  celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. How will you celebrate with all the women - young and old - in your life? ...more
peaceforus4ever - thanks for thatmore