I thought more about the word. It's everywhere. Often not even beeped out of television shows, "bitch" is in rap songs and pop songs and on t-shirts. "It's Britney, bitch." "I'm in Miami, bitch."
There are currently no female flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (even Tina Fey would agree that, while "Greek frozen yogurt" is certainly a healthy ice cream alternative, it is not the same as ice cream).
Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.
If not for the mirrors in my house, I would be very confused about what changed and why. Young women, you'll experience this too, some day. You'll catch your reflection and your breath at the same time and be abruptly reminded that your exterior no longer matches how you feel inside, and that it now undermines the power of your voice, the voice that took decades to build up.
This is supposed to be a great feminist play. But what does Heidi want? She wants to get married and have babies but also be an art historian. She wants to "have it all." Only we don't see her struggle to get, or keep, a career. We only see her struggle to find a man.
My mother told me I was pretty all my life because she never would have thought otherwise. She didn't insist I was pretty because she was obsessed with looks. She insisted because I was her daughter.
What if women with the luxury to make a choice about whether or not to work -- and I include myself in that group -- took one-tenth of the energy they have devoted to showing why their choices are better and devoted it to the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions?
I wear makeup. Not every day, but then, I work from home, so half the time I don't put on my clothes, let alone my face. But if I'm going out and I have time, I'll do my makeup. But what message am I sending my kids?
I will never understand why women don't have the right to write, perform, be, exist, divorce or lead without a man feeling the need to judge, lord and criticize us at every turn only to end the battle against us with 'Oh, and she's very ugly.'
This is a modern dating experiment. One girl. Five dating sites. Hundreds of chats. Thirty days. Thirty dates. Eighteen guys. (?) boyfriend. To start ...
With the dogwood on the Spelman College campus newly bloomed and the grass close-cropped and fragrant, an attractive, tawny-skinned girl crossed the lawn to her dormitory to put a notice on the bulletin board. It read: Young Ladies Who Can Picket Please Sign Below.
I literally shrieked "GAH!!!" out loud in a Brooklyn coffee shop. I was reading the most recent interview with the actress du jour quoted saying, No, she wasn't a feminist.
March is Women's History Month, which reminds me of the role women played in launching the libertarian movement and the role that women with libertarian values have played in advancing women's rights.
Here's the deal: Saying "underage" isn't bad. Pairing the word "underage" with something as innocuous as a lipstick color doesn't make it vile. It doesn't imply anything awful or illegal.
By no means am I arguing against equality and/or gay marriage, but "equality" should not stop at gay marriage. There are many more inequalities to be addressed and (further) dealt with.
During one of our discussions about gender expectations, one of my senior girls says, "A master key is a key that can open any lock. That's how we treat boys having sex. But, a lock that can be opened by any key is a bad lock. That's how people look at girls." Brilliant. Devastating.
What friend is going to be OK with you slipping out your Launchpad, attaching it to your iPad and going to town right there in the middle of a conversation?
The increasing hyper-sexualization of female celebrities in the end should not be justified as pro-feminism. It is instead an embodiment of the traditional patriarchal ideal in which women live to please men.
What does it mean that women across the globe are paid significantly less than men? Doesn't this suggest our thoughts, projects, words and actions are less valued?
Times have not changed much. Glass ceilings exist in many careers to this day as well as being paid unequal wages for the same work, just because you are a woman. I don't want that for my daughters.