The End of Alimony

Alimony is not a feminist issue–the end of alimony is. Why should I pay a single penny of our combined income to a woman who is younger than me, who therefore is at no disadvantage in the workforce because of her age, but believes that she deserves the same standard of living as her ex-husband […]

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June 7th, 2013 by Wanda

Anger Revisited

What do you do when your nemesis (never mind you never wanted one) is a volcano of anger that erupts regularly but still without warning? What if you’ve taken precautions, staked out lava walls (I’m imaging these are like dikes, but heat-resistant), but that gaseous, toxic, skin-searing stuff keeps leaking under and over? What if […]

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June 7th, 2013 by Wanda

Girls’ Sports, Sexist Dads, and Mean Girls

When I was a girl, only the tomboy had created for herself a space to be good at sports. Being a tomboy was a privilege–the best of all worlds; you could wear both Chuck Taylors and rabbit fur muffs. But while being a tomboy won you grudging respect and a few secret admirers, in my day, the […]

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June 6th, 2013 by Wanda

Plastic Surgery: Voluntary Surgery of a Different Kind

So in light of Angelina Jolie’s radical decision and in light of the fact that other women who carry  high-risk genetic markers (like a member of my family) are opting to pre-empt the possible onset of cancer by undergoing elective surgery to remove parts of the body most susceptible to the disease, where does that leave our thinking on cosmetic plastic surgery outside […]

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June 6th, 2013 by Wanda