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Lauren Jacobs

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Why Strong, Independent Women Just Want to Be Taken Care of (Sometimes)

(36) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 10:16 AM

"The strongest natures, when they are influenced, submit the most unreservedly;
it is perhaps a sign of their strength." - Virginia Woolf

Setting aside the fact that I have not read the Fifty Shades series due to what has been described to me as the books' rather lackluster prose,...

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Letting Love Win: Coping with Fear, Anger, Grief and Despair in the Wake of Tragedy

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Newtown, Conn. Boston, Mass. West, Texas. Eilat, Israel. Mashkel, Pakistan. There has been a lot of death, destruction and terror from gunfire, bombing, rockets, chemical explosion and earthquake over the past week and in the past few months. This series of events -- along with other incidents of violence and...

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Oberlin College Responds

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 11:55 AM

As many alumni and the country at large have been made aware, Oberlin College cancelled classes on Monday 3/4 in order to hold a "Day of Solidarity" in response to a month of hateful vandalism on campus targeting black, LGBTQ and Jewish communities.

The irony and shock about this string...

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Then Wonder Woman Got Married and Opened a Mod Boutique: Sexism, Capitalism and the Struggle of the Unconventional Woman

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:03 PM

A few months ago, I saw a play in which a famous feminist pundit and a housewife with kids each experiment with the lives they'd left un-chosen, only to find themselves better suited to their original paths. I enjoyed the piece's exploration of women's roles, but something kept...

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Tolerance and Liberalism, (Re)Defined

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Many people I've spoken to lately seem to be confused about the true meaning of "tolerance" and "liberalism." I think it is time to set the record straight. Tolerance in its simplest definition is "freedom from bigotry."

Liberalism in its simplest definition is a belief...

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The Bottom Line

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 11:50 AM

The bottom line is that cutting spending is neither easy, nor simple, nor fast. Republicans may imagine that they are leading a Blitzkrieg against government, but the reality is that it is trench warfare." -- Bruce Bartlett (2011)

I am seeing a lot of commentary...

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Single in the City

(13) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 6:01 PM

For some reason -- perhaps the impending marriages of three of my close friends -- I feel the desire, and even the need, to say this: I am truly happy as a single person.

I am not sad, frustrated, bitter, depressed, worried, or irritated about being single. Most notably,...

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De-mystifying the Guru: The Case of John Friend and Anusara Yoga

(20) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:33 AM

How many times have we heard the story of the religious or socio-political guru outed for his failings involving sex, money and corruption? The community is shocked. The higher-ups resign. The rest of the members aren't sure what to do: they either overturn the guru, instituting a democratic decision-making process,...

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