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Leora Tanenbaum's newest book is "Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them" (May 2010), a light-hearted wake-up call to women who love fashionable shoes to take care of their feet. Her previous books are "Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality," about devout women who are fed up with being treated as second-class citizens within their faith; "Catfight: Rivalries Among Women: From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room," about the ways in which women often try to sabotage one another; and "Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation," about girls labeled "sluts" by their peers. She lives in New York City.

Entries by Leora Tanenbaum

Does Judaism Need Gender?

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:54 PM

No, says Haviva Ner-David, most known as the first woman to apply to Yeshiva University's rabbinic ordination program and ten years later to receive private Orthodox rabbinic ordination.

Yeshiva University does not accept women into its rabbinical program; once Ner-David's gender was revealed, her application was rejected. And the Orthodox...

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The One Four-Letter Word You Won't Find in Obvious Child

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:58 PM

The new romantic comedy Obvious Child is about Donna, a young bawdy comedian who has a one-night-stand and becomes pregnant. Unprepared for parenthood emotionally or financially, she has an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Although Donna and her friends live and breathe four-letter words, there's one they never mention....

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Leaning In: You Can't Do It Alone -- Nor Should You

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Are women likely to cooperate with one another because of their caregiving roles -- or are they their own worst enemies because male-dominated culture has trained them to compete against each another?

This feminist puzzle never goes away. It remains ever more relevant in the wake of Sheryl Sandberg's...

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Do We Really Need a Feminist Press?

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Yes, we do.

Founded in 1970 by Florence Howe, the Feminist Press is an independent, nonprofit publisher with an illustrious history. In its earliest years, a husband legally could rape his wife, a pregnant woman could be fired for being pregnant, abortion was illegal, and workplace sexual...

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Being a Woman Part II: The Mystical Side--"The Salt God's Daughter" by Ilie Ruby

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 12:33 PM

What does it mean to be a woman? Caitlin Moran's hilarious feminist memoir How To Be a Woman offers one perspective--the journey from wearing cheap menstrual pads through suffering the torture of high-heeled shoes to being told that sitting on her boss's lap will get her a promotion. But there...

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The Next Best Young Adult Novel: 'Rebels by Accident' by Patricia Dunn

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 7:19 PM

We've hit that dreadful time in August when camp and teen programs are winding down but school hasn't started up. What can your kids do for the next few weeks that they'll enjoy and that will stimulate them to look at the world with a fresh eye? If you have...

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Jewish and Transgender: Follow the Words of Hillel

(12) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 6:12 AM

On the face of it, "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders" (just out from University of Wisconsin Press) is the story of how Jay Ladin, the author and an English professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, transitioned into living as...

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Topless Women at SlutWalk Demand Respect: Is This the Right Tactic?

(4) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 2:16 PM

I wrote the book on sluts -- literally. Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation was first published in 1999 and has since become a required text in many gender and women's studies courses. So when I planned to attend New York City's SlutWalk, I...

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Wear Comfortable Shoes! Long Lines at Met's McQueen Exhibit

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 9:20 PM

Each day, seven thousand people wait for hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan to look at women's high-fashion clothes designed by Alexander McQueen. The exhibit, Savage Beauty, on view through August 7, showcases highlights of the career of the British fashion designer who committed suicide...

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The Challenge of Women Leadership in Orthodox Jewish Communities

(292) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 9:09 PM

In liberal Jewish synagogues across the country, women have achieved feminist success. They wear ritual garments. They read from the Torah. They are rabbis. But when you enter an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, you enter a gender time warp. Here, women do not count in a prayer quorum. They are not...

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How to Wear High-Heeled Shoes and Walk at the Same Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 10:43 AM

Ladies, with all the snow and ice on the ground, it's time to get serious about wearing stable shoes. High-heeled platforms may transform you into a gorgeous goddess, but can you take the risk of wobbling around in them? You know how easy it is to lose your balance and...

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Kitten Heels? Meow!

(16) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 10:42 AM

When I saw that the September issue of Harper's Bazaar contains an article on "The Return to Kitten Heels," I was ready to purr. I routinely recommend kitten heels as the perfect compromise for women who want to look elegant and sexy without the pain of four-inch dominatrix...

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Refugees Are Normal People

(8) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 11:11 AM

"Refugees are normal people, like you and me," says Rose Mapendo, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, often described as the worst war zone on earth. In Pushing the Elephant, an extraordinary documentary just released from Arts Engine, we learn that Rose, her husband, and...

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Take Off Those Flip-Flops! And 5 Other Essential Summer Shoe Tips

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 11:13 AM

A day at the beach -- what could be better? You grab your sunscreen, a towel, a cheesy novel... and flip-flops or slides you can easily kick off the moment your toes hit the sand.

Flip-flops or slides are perfect for walking from the boardwalk to...

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Shoes Wisely: 10 Smart Shoe Shopping Tips for the Ladies

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 2:46 PM

This is the final post of a three-part series, based on Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them, on using your head when choosing your shoes.

The other day, I popped into Intermix, the über-trendy, boho luxe boutique chain that sells grown women jumpshorts and sequined...

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Our Stripper Shoes, Ourselves

(12) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 11:28 AM

This is the second post of a three-part series, based on Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them, on using your head when choosing your shoes.


Dominatrix heels studded with spikes. Stilettos with bondage-inspired ankle straps. Over-the-knee, skin-tight boots with five-inch heels.

No, this...

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Put Down That Armadillo Shoe! Don't Be a Shoe Dupe

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 3:35 PM

This is the first of a three-part series, based on Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them, on using your head when choosing your shoes.

Ladies, it's time to wake up and smell the nail polish. The fashion industry is selling us shoes agonizing to walk...

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Two So-Called Sluts, Two Deaths, Only One Uproar

(29) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 6:07 AM

In recent months, two high school girls were relentlessly harassed as "sluts" by their peers in school and committed suicide as a result -- Hope Witsell in rural Florida and now Phoebe Prince in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Prince case has led to criminal charges and tremendous international media attention....

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Girl-Bashing and Its Consequences

(175) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 4:22 PM

When it comes to the topic of slut-bashing--when a girl is harassed by classmates because she is believed to be a "slut"--there always has been a lot of harsh judgment. Ten years ago, when I wrote a book about it, I noticed that most people have a compulsive urge to...

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Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?

(26) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 6:00 PM

I've been asking devout Muslim American women how they feel about the status of women in Islam. Over and over, they give me the romantic apologist point of view: "Islam is a feminist paradise! I wouldn't change a thing."

But then again, many others offer me -- a Jewish...

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