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

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

Angelina Jolie: What about Other Kinds of Prevention?

It is not my place, or anyone’s but Jolie’s, to comment on the nature of her decision to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. Her New York Times op-ed may very well define her in a way that her career as model, actress, and ambassador for charity has not. She has certainly opened up […]

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May 28th, 2013 by Wanda

Menstruation: Why We Should Mark the Day

  While some cultures have always noted a child’s  passage into adulthood through ritual (for example, through a Bat Mitzvah, Quincianera, or Naihes), unfortunately, many American girls make that transition with silence, or worse yet, shame. Girls are told by parents to hide even the wrappers of feminine hygiene products, because “no one wants to know you are […]

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January 8th, 2013 by Wanda

Strong Bodies, Beautiful Bodies, Plastic Bodies?

In the new year, the self-improvement industry kicks into high gear. This year, I am going to be thinner and take better care of my skin. I will be irresistible. My best me ever. At least, that is the mantra so many women are repeating this January and not dissimilar to the lines I use to […]

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January 4th, 2013 by Wanda

Female Role Models: What Year is It?

Am I wrong, or is this not one of the most taboo topics in feminism? Some professional women who don’t have children hold it against professional women who do. Or to be more exact, they expect us all to share the same understanding of what we should be putting into our jobs. I remember one of […]

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August 2nd, 2012 by Wanda