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Meg Charlton

Entries by Meg Charlton

Suzanne Venker and Forest-for-the-Trees Feminism

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 9:07 PM

Feminism is political. It is not a dating strategy or a self-help philosophy. It is not a guarantee of personal fulfillment. This point may have once been obvious, but in light of Suzanne Venker's Fox News piece and the swift, enraged response to it, it seems necessary to...

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Freshmen, Are You Having Fun Yet?

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 3:30 PM

College freshman get a lot of advice, usually tempered with love and some sobering words about the job market. But somewhere in those late-August speeches, you are almost always told that college is The Best Four Years Of Your Life. And we all know, without being told, what that means:...

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The Frenzy Over Male Olympians

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:01 PM

The New York Times, in its much-discussed piece on Lolo Jones, states, in nearly the same sentence, that "no one is complaining that Ryan Lochte is athletic eye candy," while Jones' objectification is "a sad commentary on the industry."

The contrast of Lochte's sex appeal versus Lolo's...

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The Point of Being an Amateur

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 3:58 PM

The story of the amateur's gradual disappearance from the Olympics is well-trod: In 1913, Jim Thorpe was stripped of medals for playing professional baseball; in 1971, the word "amateur" vanished from the Olympic charter; in 1992, the Dream Team won gold; etcetcsponsorshipsetc. But de Coubertin's vision...

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