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Alyssa Pinsker
Alyssa Pinsker, M.S. Ed. writes the BEING A BROAD column for the Huffington Post. She has also authored features and reviews for Time Out New York, New York Magazine, the Fix, xojane, BUST Magazine The Frisky, New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Press, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Forward, and more.

In addition to being a yoga and English teacher, she is a storyteller and NBCC book critic working on a forthcoming memoir called GIRL GONE GLOBAL, about searching for love and a spiritual home in three continents and thirty countries. She’s lived and loved in Tokyo, Paris, Israel, India, Switzerland and of course, New York.

Entries by Alyssa Pinsker

11 Reasons to Visit India During Monsoon Season!

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 4:46 PM

I love traveling in India and I chose to arrive this time during the "monsoon" season, which might sound intimidating to an American, but it is simply the name of a cloud which visits the sub-continent and brings much needed rains to keep rolling fields fresh and emerald. It also...

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Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs (As a Teacher) Now That I No Longer Attend One

(5) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 2:08 PM

I recently took a leave of absence after teaching for over ten years from kindergarten to the university level in New York City. I also taught abroad and left teaching entirely, in order to pursue my dreams as I taught my students to pursue theirs. In order to even step...

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Being a Broad In Switzerland: Happy Sami Klaus Day!

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 10:26 PM

Here in Zug, everyone is Christian. Well, they aren't but according to
Europeans, especially the British, "Happy Christmas," is the
only appropriate greeting in December. When I responded with "Happy Hanukkah," to a very Swiss friend he literally looked befuddled. "What, are you a Jewish? Well same to...

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Being a Broad Abroad: Thoughts on the Tragedy of Lara Logan from a Global Feminist Who's Lived Abroad

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 3:44 PM

A lot has been written about the brutal tragedy of Lara Logan, a war reporter in Egypt. My one observation is that the defense and even justification (this happens in America too! she shouldn't have been flashing her body!) of her gruesome sexual attack has allowed for any remarks about...

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Questioning the Jewishness of Thanksgiving

(9) Comments | Posted November 20, 2010 | 6:48 PM

After reviewing a book in which an author mentioned "that goyish holiday" Thanksgiving and then noting that one of my Jewish friends in New York was not celebrating, I took an informal poll.
 I was told by many Jewish friends that they did indeed consider the holiday "goyish"....

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Michelle Obama Handshake Raises Brows in Indonesia

(8) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 7:32 PM

I have to ask, where were the first lady's cultural sensitivity coaches when she recently extended her hand down the line of Indonesian dignitaries? As a mere plebe, I learned to bow in Japan because it was the custom. While teaching in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and studying in Tsafat, Israel I...

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Being A Broad in India: Update from Amma's Ashram

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 6:34 AM

I am at Amma's ashram, the next place on my spiritual circuit tour of India, the last ashram within the last 5 months. After 11 days of fighting and, er, making up with my Keralan boyfriend, we decided to take a break. I went to the best place I could...

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Being a Broad in India: Good News and Bad News

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 6:54 PM

My semi-flirtatious but perhaps brahamachari (celibate) yoga teacher (the lack of which is an impossibility in India's romantic culture) told me that Indian women consider themselves quite young until age 40 -- and that 35 is a very good age to marry. It's not necessarily true but very good news...

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Being Abroad in India: India's Woman Problem

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2010 | 12:53 PM

In New York City I often forget I am a feminist, but in India, I noticed there's a woman problem. Since arriving in India one month ago, I have made many realizations and observations on the role of women. My first observations were that, just as my experience at an...

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How I Lost My Prince Harming And Found Karen Salmansohn

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 11:48 AM

A few years ago at a restaurant, an unknown man interrupted the self-help author Karen Salmansohn's conversation about yet another bad boyfriend. "Excuse me," he began, "the man you're with sounds emotionally abusive, like a classic control freak with sadistic tendencies, and you are a masochist since you are choosing...

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