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The Insider’s Guide to Life: Rape As We (Don’t) Know It

ColumnLet’s talk about rape. No angry letters to the Ed this month (What am I doing wrong?). But I’d like to address news editor Andrea Newell’s recent piece on the social stigma of rape. I think often about the things I hope to see happen in my life. I’d like […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Experts Only, Girls

ColumnA comment on commenting. In a burst of condescension so brilliant my lady-brain almost didn’t catch it, a follower on Twitter labeled our recent article about nuclear energy as stupid and ignorant. He then admonished us both there and on Facebook to be “ashamed.” Our readers deserve to know “the […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Off Nightshades

ColumnYou’re nothing til you’re nothing. I once dated a bright man who remarked that after years and years of girlfriends, he had simply come to accept the fact that every woman, no matter how sane and healthy she might appear to be, has at least one serious food “thing.” One […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: On Writing Good

ColumnThis could be your reader. She deserves better. Did you hear a funny sound or see smoke trickling out of your computer last week? That was the sound of lady website XOJane blowing up the internet by publishing a post by said site’s health editor on how using birth control […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Fear and Loathing in the Thesaurus

ColumnAll the words in our language, and you have to keep using these? Fresh. Fierce. Fabulous. Smoldering. Curated. Edited. The New York Times, smarting from such journalistic inanities, has compiled a list of the most overused words and phrases in fashion writing. (The Times suggests “culled” as the curated of […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Bite Me

ColumnTips for dealing with female bullies. One of my favorite stories is the one about my good friend and the little dog. When this friend, whose name is Carol, was a girl growing up in a suburban Seattle cul-de-sac, the neighborhood kids would often meet up after school in a […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Pet Sounds

ColumnPets and landlords should mix. Discuss. A neighbor in my building has adopted a new golden retriever puppy, and it can yelp with the best of them. With my front door facing the lobby stairway, it seems I can’t go an hour without hearing a bark or a floppy tumble […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Kids These Days

ColumnArmed with an iPad. And dangerous? After a weekend in New York for eco fashion, it was off to Cape Cod with our managing editor, Amy DuFault, who makes her home here with her family: a musician-designer husband, two children and a cockapoo named Mick. They live in a classic […]

The InsidHer’s Guide to Life: I’m So Over Her

ColumnEnglish doesn’t have the feminine case. Stop trying to add it to the rotation. “These ‘Influence-Hers’ have considerably larger social networks — both online and offline…Besides having a larger social circle, they also tend to be more actively engaged with brands. The Influence-Hers are 38% more likely than typical women […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Good at This

ColumnBe you. I am not an athletically inclined person. While I love hiking and yoga and dancing all up in da club now and again, I am resiliently unmotivated to “push” my body in ways that I deem boring or annoying. I do not thrill to bun-burning stair runs, whether […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: The New Chic

ColumnWhat defines the new chic? Grit and glimmer in conscious measure. Over dinner recently, a colleague and I abandoned a hot and heavy discussion about the political zeitgeist for something decidedly more dessert-appropriate: women. The End of Men, the death of the the Death of Marriage myth, Lady Gaga, gay […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Lower Your Birds

ColumnWhen trolls invade real life. Last week, I answered my cell phone while pulling up to a stop sign in my car. I will be the second or third to admit using your cell phone while driving is irresponsible; that’s why I don’t do it. I use a hands-free set. […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: My People, Your People

ColumnOn finding your family. I will never forget the day in first grade when we watched The Sword in the Stone. If you’ve seen the classic cartoon, you’ll remember the scene when Merlin turns Wart into a squirrel and a she-squirrel falls hopelessly in love with him. The poor kid […]

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The Insider’s Guide to Life: The Cult

Column“Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” – Diana Ross After four luxuriously stupid days off – an epoch for an editor, really – wherein I spent much time, energy and money hurling myself down snowy mountainsides doing what other […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: If These Oms Could Talk

ColumnThe precious practice. As a girl, I once read a book where the main character would frown with great purpose every time she saw a smiley face sign. I can’t recall the book, but you know the sign: those cheery yellow faces that blithely instruct you with just one word. […]

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