Women’s Equality in the 21st Century

  Last Saturday, Americans marked the 98th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. While April’s “Equal Pay Day” typically attracts more media attention, “Women’s Equality Day” has the potential to be more significant. Rather than focusing solely on one largely debunked economic issue, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, … Continue reading

Judd Apatow, Stop Fooling Yourself. You’re Conservative

Poor Judd Apatow. He’s apparently spent a lot of time reading self-help books in recent years. If only he had come to me earlier, I could have saved him so much time and money. Because after reading his interview with Vulture’s David Marchese, it’s quite clear to me: Apatow is a conservative, and I think … Continue reading

Unless Feminism Doesn’t Support Women’s Choices, Charlotte York Is Not Anti-Feminist

Charlotte York deserves credit for her wisdom and persistence, in addition to exuding happiness (hbo.com).   Thank goodness I’m not a millennial. They can’t even watch “Sex and the City” and simply appreciate a witty ode to female friendship. No, instead binge-watching repeats of a Clinton- and Bush-era show must prompt an accounting of which … Continue reading

6 Tips For Grads From A Wall Street Star

It is  commencement season once again. Speakers everywhere are sending new graduates into the world with pearls of wisdom about how to succeed in life. If those addresses don’t include an emphasis on balance, particularly work-life balance, consider encouraging your own favorite graduate to read “Full Circle,” Erin Callan Montella’s new memoir. Montella, the former … Continue reading

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Should Stop Telling Women To Be Alone

What if a fish wants a bicycle? Or a woman a man? The writers behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Be Single” dance with that latter question and answer it somewhat awkwardly. In our culture, it’s become a matter of faith that women don’t need men, and in many instances, including financial support, we do not. However, that doesn’t … Continue reading

‘Married At First Sight’ Explains Why Americans Can’t Commit

Finding love is hard. Making love deepen and last is even harder. If reality TV is any indication, love has gone off the rails in America. Contrary to so much of what women read about modern romance, the men on FYI’s reality show “Married at First Sight” are eager to commit. It’s the women who … Continue reading

Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Hannah Davis: Feminist?

More on Hannah Davis and Her Itsy Bitsy Swimsuit Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis (who has been discussed here by my collegue Charlotte Allen) is apparently not content to shock Americans by so fully sharing her “plus size” — read healthy-looking — figure. No, she’s decided to take on critics of her lascivious Sports Illustrated cover shot, in which … Continue reading

Who Should Feminists Really Hate: Kirsten Dunst or Lady Gaga?

Feminists are furious with actress Kirsten Dunst. She is being trashed online as “an insufferable person”, “kind of dumb”, and other harsh, expletive-laden phrases unfit for print. Her sin? During a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Dunst dared to speak well of femininity, including the traditional role of a nurturing mother: “’I feel like … Continue reading

Parenting in a Bad Economy

The New York Times magazine’s current cover story reads like an article in search of a trend. The Times interviewed three educated women who stayed home with their young children and are now ready to work again. The article may induce anxiety in stay-at-home mothers and validate working mothers, but does it really teach us … Continue reading