Are Feminists the New Republicans?

This is not, I repeat, NOT a review of Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In."  So there.Is this what it's come to?  Fairly or not, Republicans have the reputation of being the party of "My-Way-Or-The-Highway" mentality of policy and politics.  They are famous for closing ranks around the most powerful among them, and flinging anyone who dares to deviate from the standard party line to the ground.  If a Republican deviates, suggests a compromise, or reaches across the aisle he or she is met with d … [Read more...]

Leaving Gender at the Door

Interviewer:  So, why do you write these strong female characters?Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Because you’re still asking me that question.So, Marissa Mayer banned working from home for her Yahoo! employees. Hilarity ensued.  Not really. More like polarization between women has intensified.  I have a vague sense male CEOs and workers are sitting down with popcorn to watch the catfight and go "Rawr."I worry that our reactions, no matter how well-intended and … [Read more...]

Is There No Way to Win?

I would love to get Anne-Marie Slaughter and Marissa Mayer in a room together.  They could commiserate about how their personal life choices are the subject of such public scrutiny and criticism.  They could play a drinking game wherein every time someone cheers for them to succeed they take a shot.  Every time someone insists they'll fail (or has already failed) they take two shots.  Before you know it, they'd be sitting back-to-back on the floor, totally blitzed and eating pizza and giggling at … [Read more...]


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