Do Conservative Women Deserve Respect Too?

Nearly each day there is another revelation about a man who abused women (and girls, and boys) and took advantage of his powerful position. Abusers banked on people staying silent and tolerating their behavior. The good news is that these days seem to be coming to an end: Powerful men are surely taking note that … Continued

Politics

Why a Miscarriage Still Carries Shame

It is hard to watch the recent Public Service Announcement created by actress Melissa Rauch without being moved. Rauch—along with various other celebrities including Vanna White and Nancy Kerrigan—open up about their experiences with miscarriage and stillbirth. They describe how frequently these events occur and how alone they felt when it happened to them. Rauch, … Continued

Celebrities

Reminding Women to Use Common Sense in the Workplace is Not ‘Victim Blaming’

When the Harvey Weinstein sex-scandal story broke earlier this month, fashion designer Donna Karan quickly leaped to his apparent defense. Referring to the dozens of accounts by Hollywood actresses who said Weinstein had engaged in disgusting and/or coercive sexual behavior when they visited his hotel room ostensibly to talk business, Karan, a longtime friend of … Continued

Culture

Women Aren’t Nags. They Just Engage in More ‘Emotional Labor’ Than Men?

In “Women Aren’t Nags—We’re Just Fed Up,” a recent article for Harper’s Bazaar, Gemma Hartley explains wanting just “one thing for Mother’s Day: a house cleaning service.” However, her husband didn’t seem up to the task. After contacting a single cleaning service and deeming it too expensive, he decides to clean the house himself. Disappointed, … Continued

Culture

The Real Message Behind the Statue of a Naked Woman on the National Mall

Washington D.C., a city that welcomes close to twenty million tourists each year, may get a new one: A forty-five-foot statue of a naked woman may be coming from San Francisco to spend several months on the National Mall. The artist, Marco Cochrane, described his intentions in creating this work as follows: “These sculptures are … Continued

Politics

Why Lifetime’s ‘Bad Girls’ are Bad for Women

The Lifetime network’s latest plug for their For the Love of Lifetime Women movie marathon was rife with problematic gender stereotypes that our culture should be far past embracing. Despite recent findings that women on screen are still underrepresented compared to men, and often still play domestic, “life-oriented” roles, women’s characters on television are slowly … Continued

Entertainment

Why More and More Women Don’t Mind Being Called ‘Bad Moms’

Are there any good mothers left? It’s a question that some people may be pondering because popular culture seems to be filled with “bad moms.” The trend probably started earlier but writer Ayelet Waldman was probably on the cutting edge with her weird admission that she loves her husband (novelist Michael Chabon) more than her … Continued

Parenting

STEM and the Myth of Perfect Gender Parity

Technology is boring and impersonal. I don’t care about the 0’s and 1’s behind the application I’m using; I just care that it gets the job done so that I can focus on things like travel, culture, interactions between states in the foreign policy battlefield, art exhibitions, and brilliant lines in Kevin Williamson’s latest column. … Continued

Culture

Are Women Capable of Becoming Navy SEALs?

In a pivotal scene in the 1997 movie, G. I. Jane, Lieutenant Jordan O’Neal, the fictional first woman accepted into Navy SEAL training (played by Demi Moore), stands in the courtyard of the Naval Special Warfare Training Center and stares down the bell. All SEAL trainees are told repeatedly the bell can make it all … Continued

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