Why are Modern Women Angry?

Does having too many choices, and too much freedom, contribute to intense dissatisfaction? Are modern people, particularly women, angry because our culture of self-affirmation and abundance has left them feeling unsatisfied? That women are less happy today is not just anecdotal. In 2009 the US National Bureau of Economic Research found that since World War … Continued

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Elocution Lessons: Yet Another Tool of the Patriarchy?

“Like, omigod! People are so, like, rude and sexist.” Is it sexism that makes me want to stick a knitting needle down my ear canal every time I find myself at school pickup standing within earshot of the Lululemon-wearing mom who speaks with the rising intonation and vocal fry of a teenager? Perhaps my urge … Continued

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All the Single (Centenarian) Ladies

For centuries, humankind has tried to divine the secret of longevity. Is it genetic? Environmental? Does it have something to do with having a positive attitude about life? According to a 109-year-old Scottish woman, the answer is simple: “Eat your porridge and avoid men.” She might be on to something. Although the Scottish woman died … Continued

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The Politicization of Childbirth

At thirty-seven-weeks pregnant with my first child I did something almost unthinkable to my obstetrician (OB): I decided to switch care providers to a midwife practice that delivers out of a local hospital. After nine months and dozens of appointments with doctors, I rolled the dice, not because I had an overwhelming faith in my … Continued

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Want to See Women’s Equality? Look to Jazz

Because liberals appear to have a psychological imperative to pursue social causes, it’s very rare that they will admit that a social problem has been solved. People have an innate need to feel virtuous, and when your concept of virtue is tied not to personal achievement and decency but to perfecting the world, it’s hard … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Dress Codes, Women-Only Safe Spaces: This is Feminism?

Determining what constitutes an appropriately “feminist” position these days can be a confusing endeavor. For example: Does porn exploit women? Or does it liberate them? Depends who you ask. Two “feminists” might give different answers. You might get called a misogynist for even asking the question. It gets even more confusing when feminism comes into … Continued

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The Rise of Vulgarity Feminism

Before Donald Trump becomes president and vulgarity moves from being a vice to a virtue, let me take a moment to denounce the effort to create a new category of “femojis” focused on representing women’s emotional and physical state while menstruating. The company Bodyform has started a Change.org petition soliciting support on Twitter “to get … Continued

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Modesty, Faith, and Burqa Bans

In America, talk about dress codes usually revolves around miniskirts, half shirts, and what sayings and gestures cross the line of appropriate for printed t-shirts in public spaces. Yet this issue could soon evolve into discussions of when dress in the name of modesty and religious observance also goes too far. This thought came to … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Feminists Try to Rebrand Rainy Day Funds as F**k Off Funds

Are you a woman? If so, do you have a F*** Off Fund set up yet? If not, you need to get on that, stat. That’s the latest message to today’s modern woman, brought to you by Paulette Perhach over at The Billfold. Her piece, “A Story of a F*** Off Fund,” tells a tale … Continued

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