Wharton just had her 151st birthday, and I feel like she's been part of my life for decades. I wouldn't say that she haunts me, exactly, but she's lodged in my consciousness like a rich piece of chamber music -- the Schubert quintet, perhaps -- continually revealing new depths.
Some of us haven't gotten past what's been ingrained in us societally -- that if a man cries, it's an honest show of emotion. If a woman even chokes up, she is a weak little girl who can't be trusted in a position of power.
Jim's attorney described the outcome as a victory for family values since Melissa was fired so Jim could save his marriage. Melissa, it turns out, was a sacrificial lamb rather than an attractive nuisance.
If a female writer makes the claim that the literary establishment is predominantly male-centric on account of sexism, and your response is to claim that women are both inherently less interesting and worse writers than men, then congratulations! You are being sexist.
With 2012 closing, some are ready to declare a new Year of the Woman. Apparently, the first one did not do the trick. The anemically aspirational "Year of Whoever" trope reminds us how far whoever still has to go, having exceeded our self-defeatingly low expectations.
It was upsetting for many of us to read the recent coverage of Chirlane McCray's life and activism before she met her husband of 18 years. To put this into context, imagine if someone had been called out or ridiculed for once identifying as straight and coming out as LGBT later in life.
Satirically or otherwise, the term "brogramming" presents a vision of high tech as a hard-partying, single-sex frat culture. Yes, I get the joke. It's funny because it's ironic. But it's also inane, puerile, and bluntly sexist.
I couldn't believe my ears. This was the profound advice being dispensed to young, impressionable interns from the publisher of a widely circulated newspaper in New York City -- in a post-millennium world, no less.
In a well-intentioned move earlier this year to promote science to girls, the European Commission produced a video "Science:It's a Girl Thing." Ironically, the result was an appalling mix of female stereotypes.
Defending the makeup of the Republican leadership is not grounds for overlooking the Republican's difficulties with women voters. But the gender gap will only be fixed by policy changes, not by identity politics.
This year, for Thanksgiving, I celebrated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's been almost half a century since Congress codified the fact that we are all equal, at least on paper. I trust it won't take us another 50 to really make it a reality.
Yesterday, the Church of England confused "unity" with "unison" and voted down a compromise resolution that would have ended centuries of discrimination against women as bishops while leaving a place to stand for those who disagree.