Hollaback!, an international movement to end street harassment using mobile technology, has been announced as a finalist in the online competition, Revelation to Action: Your Place. Your Idea. Your Change. The Revelation to Action competition seeks to find and help fund creative solutions for motivating local citizens to strengthen communities across New England and New York.  "Street harassment is a gateway crime.  It is ... Read More
Crossposted from my other blog here. When I saw the NYTimes Europe piece called “Feminism of the Future Relies on Men,” I was a little bit confounded. The piece was written concisely and surely, with no hesitation, and started by describing “women closing ranks to battle blatant sexism, get an education and go to work” as the feminism of the past. After all, wasn’t that just women acting like men? Well, it sure was. The ... Read More
It’s a Wednesday afternoon and seeing as though you’ve chosen to neglect whatever it is that you should be doing, you could probably use a dose of some female-friendly humor.  So here’s an extended clip from the past season of Parks & Recreation.   In the episode, Leslie insists that the gals tag along on the department's annual boys-only hunting trip. It turns out, she's quite the skilled hunter and is able to catch the first quail ... Read More
It’s been three years since the seven piece (plus guests) Canadian ensemble Arcade Fire toured the United States. Which is ironic because they seem so, well, American.  When Arcade Fire released Neon Bible in 2007 they ended up articulating an image of disenchantment so real to Americans it hurt. Delivered with the hollow, melodic voice of vocalist Win Butler and accompanied by the soulful droning of a church organ and the metallic lick of string ... Read More
Let’s face it: summer network TV programming sucks.  This is usually the time of year when cable and the premium channels thrive and having a Netflix subscription becomes dire.  Fortunately, it appeared that Betty White’s new TV Land sitcom, Hot In Cleveland might be a promising new option.   The show’s debut last Wednesday pulled in a TV Land record of 4.75 million viewers, thus making it the most-watched telecast in the ... Read More
  Opening arguments were heard today in Connecticut at a trial to determine whether or not cheerleading should be considered a sport, and how it should be federally funded under Title IX. The trial is brought by Quinnipiac University's women's volleyball team, which claims the university is attempting to dismantle their team in favor of the competitive cheer squad. This unfortunate in-fighting brings into question the legitimacy of cheerleading as a sport ... Read More
Q: Exactly how many women does a guy need to brutally murder before he’s considered unsuited for marriage? A: More than two, apparently.  According to the Associated Press, 22 year-old murder suspect, Joran van der Sloot has been bragging to reporters about how many marriage proposals he’s gotten from ladies while awaiting trial in a Peruvian prison.  “One of them even wants me to get her pregnant,” he told De Telegraaf ... Read More
Helen Mirren has come a long way since her first acting role as the Virgin Mary in a convent school play, posing sans sackcloth in New York Magazine, to promote the upcoming Love Ranch. She's been a household name (in really smart houses) since the award winning Masterpiece Theater TV series, Prime Suspect. Netflix it if you haven't seen it. Netflix it even if you have. Although the convent school nuns probably won't agree, Love Ranch may become my favorite ... Read More
  A friend recently sent a link to a Foreign Policy magazine article showing a not-so-distant past in Afghanistan. The author, Mohammad Qayoumi, recalls a past quite different to portrayals in today's media, and has the book of photographs to prove it. In the essay accompanying the pictures he writes, "A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in ... Read More
Thirteen years ago today, the Women’s National Basketball Association began its very first season.   The inaugural game--in which the New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57-- was nationally televised on NBC with over 14 thousand people watching from the stands.  The league started out with eight teams but had doubled in size by the early 2000s. In 2006, it became the first team-oriented women’s professional sports league ... Read More