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Heather Wood Rudúlph
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Heather Wood Rudúlph is the co-author of Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style and a culture writer whose work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast and Los Angeles Magazine. She is the founder of feminist culture site,, a professor of journalism at American River College, an instructor for the Gotham Writers' Workshop, and a mentor for the Afghan Women's Writing Project. You can read more about her and her work on her website.

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Feminism Is More Than What Young Hollywood Thinks About It

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 6:07 PM

Beyoncé calls herself a feminist; Shailene Woodley does not. Lena Dunham tweets about feminism regularly; Taylor Swift does not. Lorde identifies as feminist. Carrie Underwood doesn't.

By now we could compile a list of all the young women in Hollywood who call themselves feminists and those who have distanced themselves...

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As An Activist, Sometimes It Feels Like I'm Spinning In a Hamster Wheel

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:30 PM


In much of my feminist writing today, I am constantly reminded that some of the earliest books on topics like gender inequality, beauty standards and the racial divide could have been written today. Go read The Beauty Myth, which was...

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Stop Trashing Sheryl Sandberg: Banning 'Bossy' Matters to Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 6:28 PM


Everyone's already written about Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In organization's new initiative to ban the word bossy. Time magazine even published a roundup of all the coverage because its been so extensive.

Whether the attack...

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The Truth About Weddings and Feminism

(109) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Oh, look, weddings are getting more feminist, cites a new survey that Time rightly calls out as "debatable at best." The study points to a changing tide in wedding culture as follows: Fewer women are changing their names. Fewer women are wearing virginal white. Fewer women are blinging...

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Why Are So Many Female Vets Homeless?

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 10:07 AM


Here's a a headline that will blow your mind: "Women veterans becoming the fastest-growing homeless population in the U.S."

There are so many things troubling about that, it's hard to know where to begin. Let's start with the fact that...

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Last Words on Beyoncé: Yup, She's Fierce, Yup, She's a Feminist

(8) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Everyone agrees that Beyoncé killed it at the Super Bowl. There's no loved-it/hated-it debate out there -- no one could argue that it anything less than Awesome (yup, capital a). And look at how worked up everyone got on Twitter (including Oprah, Michelle Obama and Martha Stewart)! But, of course, there is...

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Let's Not Have Another Big Bird Incident: How to Watch the Presidential Debates

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:20 PM

There are two more presidential debates to go. Tonight, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face a town-hall-style audience, answering questions from Americans concerned about everything from unemployment to war. This should yield important talking points for all of us to consider, and give us facts to...

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The Problem With Making 'Mommy Friends'

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 10:10 PM

I've never cared much for making new friends. I have always been a bit of a lone wolf, preferred solo activities such as running, reading and writing -- the latter of which I've made into my career -- and often recoiled at social engagements where the only conversation was inane...

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Lessons Learned From Nora Ephron

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 11:36 AM

Nora Ephron is an icon for women, for writers and for feminism. Her passing marks the loss of one of our greatest heroes.

Ephron dominated the male-run industries of journalism, publishing, Broadway and Hollywood, earning the accolades and awards of her male peers and practically inventing a genre that remains...

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Stay-At-Home Moms Are Feminists, Too

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Remember Elizabeth Wurtzel? Quick recap: she wrote a book about depression and addiction called Prozac Nation (maybe you saw the movie), got famous, then posed naked on the cover of her next book, Bitch, flipping us all off. She's now a lawyer and one would assume has a slightly more...

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Sexual Assault Prevention: Are Guns Really the Answer?

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 11:40 AM

Should women carry guns to ward off sexual predators, as a South Carolina sheriff recently suggested? He made the statement at a press conference after nabbing a rape/kidnapping suspect who already had a long history of arrests. He said, "I really think that would send a message to...

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Having It All: Myth or Reality?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 2:55 PM


As I sit down to write this, my infant son is strapped to my chest, snoozing (the miracles of a Moby wrap). I look at the clock, knowing I may only have 15 minutes, 20 if I'm lucky. And that's how my day...

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Los Angeles Summer Spa Treatments: Rehab For Skin, Hair And Nails

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Summertime and the livin' is easy. ... Until you look in the mirror in September. We're blessed with gorgeous summers in LA (so far), so we can't help but stay outside as long as possible -- we'll take our workouts, dinners, drinks and

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My LA: Theater, Film And Television Actress Anna Deavere Smith

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 10:15 AM

Who: Anna Deavere Smith

Current LA Gig: The New York writer/actress/director (and veteran of TV and film) is performing her latest one-woman show, "Let Me Down Easy," at the Broad Stage through July 31. In it, she plays 20 patients, reciting their stories word-for-word from interviews she conducted over 10...

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Gloria to Liz Lemon: How Pop Culture Is Producing Today's Feminist Icons

(111) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Women wouldn't be where we are today without the feminist icons who first fought for and inspired us. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Sojourner Truth Betty Friedan, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem were our mothers' and grandmothers' feminist role models. They planted the seeds for what's become a...

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Tina Fey: Fallen Feminist Icon or Just What Women Need?

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 2:59 PM

The funny lady has been taking some serious flack lately, but maybe her controversial commentary is exactly what feminism needs.

As soon as Tina Fey took the first bite out of her "Brownie Husband" during this week's "Saturday Night Live," I knew there would be a lot of...

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5 Reasons We Still Need Feminism

(8) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 11:50 AM

Just because folks (and women, no less!) like to declare feminism dead every few weeks doesn't mean it is -- nor, more importantly that it can or should be. Here, five issues (though there are plenty more) that are sure to revive your feminist fervor (or furor) when you...

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Another Slap for Feminism

(8) Comments | Posted May 25, 2009 | 1:39 PM

Purported American feminists who like to declare feminism dead have company overseas.

Writer Penny Vincenzi, recently denounced British Equality Minister Harriet Harman's proposed Equalities Bill as "crack-handed," insisting that women are better off butting heads with the Old Boys' Club on their own -- essentially calling the...

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Much Ado About Abortion...

(5) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 4:50 PM

The Life vs. Choice debate is hot and heavy again. Of course this polarizing issue will never completely go away, but in the wake of a new Supreme Court Justice pick, there's been nonstop media attention on where Americans stand on abortion. According to a new Gallup Poll released...

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Why All Women Should Love Michelle Obama

(176) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 7:50 PM

No matter whom you supported in the election, all women will benefit from Michelle Obama's presence in the White House. Here's how -- excuse me while I gush a little.

  1. She's a good mother. Whether you're single, married, a parent, or never plan to be, the image...

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