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Navigating Girl World: Advice to My 2nd Grade Self

ColumnReading my 2nd grade diary, I was confronted with myself navigating girl world—and I have some words for Libby, Age 7. I write a lot about the world today’s American girls are growing up in and how they are navigating girl world. The Disney princess-ification of girls’ toys, what advertising like […]

That Happened: I Was Told There Would Be Beer

ColumnGraduating in the ’90s has defined my career. Last month, I reached a huge milestone. I have kept the same full-time job for two years. Two whole years! For most 36-years-olds this would not be an accomplishment, but I have quit 10 jobs since graduating from college. Mostly when I […]

Snip-Snip, the Stigma of Vasectomy: That Happened

In our society, pregnancy prevention is seen as women’s work. It’s time to talk about the big V: Vasectomy. If you’re eager to freak out the average American man, suggest he consider getting a vasectomy. Despite reports that about one out of five men over 35 have had a vasectomy, […]

That Happened: Slut-Shaming

ColumnFrom Amanda Knox to a kindergarten girl’s short skirt, the message is clear: You should be ashamed. Last night I watched Chris Cuomo interview, if you can call it that, Amanda Knox on CNN. Throughout the interview, he interrogated her, called her a sexually perverse deviant, berated her for pausing to […]

Carleigh’s Ass Rules: That Happened

What’s the best way to fight back against body-shaming bullies? Put your ass into it! The fastest way to make a girl feel bad is to make fun of her body. Forty-seven percent of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to lose weight because of magazine pictures, according to […]

The Friend Babymoon: That Happened

The friend babymoon. A new thing we invented! I recently spent the weekend in Maine with three of my best friends, one of whom is pregnant. Without meaning to, we ended up on a friend babymoon. If that’s not a thing already, it should be. In addition to laughing until […]

What Is Date Rape? That Happened

  What is date rape? It’s rape. If only that was all that needed to be said. I really feel like the question, “what is date rape?” was answered very effectively in a number of after school specials and very special episodes of TV shows back in the ‘80s and […]

Really, Sexy Baby Voice? + Bustle Debuts: That Happened

ColumnWomen’s voices are being co-opted! Bustle —run by a man, written for ladies— and sexy baby voice. It’s been a while, but I’ve taken a lot of women’s studies classes. In many of them, we talked about women’s voices—the words we use, the manner in which we speak, who controls […]

Suicide and Storytelling: That Happened

When I was a junior in high school, two girls took their own lives. Twenty years later, I realize how writing about a friend’s suicide has shaped my outlook on storytelling. Twenty years ago this week, my mom was standing in the kitchen and asked me a simple question: Do […]

Slut-Shaming Is The Status Quo: That Happened

ColumnWhy is slut-shaming the default stance when it comes to women and sexual assault? [Editor’s note: Libby Lowe, our usual ‘That Happened’ columnist is out this week, so this post comes to us from writer Heather Kenny.] Last week the internet was in an uproar about a story by a […]

That Happened: Megyn Kelly Fights Back

ColumnIn the fight against sexism at work, a surprising ally emerges in Megyn Kelly. As part of a recent panel discussion about childhood literacy, Mississippi Gov. Republican Phil Bryant showed his true colors with this response to the loaded question: How did Americans get so mediocre? Bryant responded, “Want me […]

That Happened: The Princess and the Tramp

ColumnSociety pushes girls to become sexual objects, then shames them about the length of a hem. How many times have you heard someone say—usually after the “I don’t care as long as the baby is healthy” comment—that “it would be nice to have a boy, they are so much easier.” […]

The Bachelor Is a Homophobe: That Happened

The Bachelor’s hateful comments about gay people are just one more example of the power of words—and the danger of hate speech. You know what I’m not doing right now? Watching “The Bachelor.” As some of you know, I love the terrible franchise and have spent way too many Monday nights […]

Marlise Munoz, Woman or Incubator? That Happened

Marlise Munoz is being kept alive—against her family’s wishes—to incubate a fetus. Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a blood clot and was declared brain dead just after Thanksgiving. Texas, where Munoz lived with her husband Erick, is one of 12 states that automatically invalidate a pregnant […]

The War on Women: That Happened

Rand Paul surrenders; the Senator admits losing the War on Women during a  four-man panel on Fox News debates. I guess Megyn Kelly was in the bathroom gabbing with her lady friends or changing her tampon when Fox News gathered four (white) men for its debate about The War on […]

Gratitude and Feminism: That Happened

Gratitude is a big deal this time of year. Here are five things that have happened this year (so far!) that I am grateful for. 1. Wendy Davis Secured her Spot as a National Figure My personal Superbowl took place June 27 when Wendy Davis tied on her pink sneakers […]

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What Is Date Rape? That Happened

  What is date rape? It’s rape. If only that was all that needed to be said. I really feel like the question, “what is date rape?” was answered very effectively in a number of after school specials and very special episodes of TV shows back in the ‘80s and […]

‘The Fosters’ Takes on Late-Term Abortion: That Happened

ABC Family’s “The Fosters” tackles late-term abortion—and gets it right. A recent episode of “The Fosters” featuring a character getting a late-term abortion has me rethinking my regular viewing habits—unless “Stick It”,  the classic Missy Peregrym/Jeff Bridges movie about a non-conformist gymnast is on, you’ll rarely find me watching ABC […]

Women Against Feminism: That Happened

Women Against Feminism is proof that feminism has a branding problem. Back in the ‘60s, it was often assumed that if you identified as a feminist, you hated men, loved armpit hair and liked to sleep with the ladies. Fast forward to 2014 and the stereotypes are largely the same. […]

Carleigh’s Ass Rules: That Happened

What’s the best way to fight back against body-shaming bullies? Put your ass into it! The fastest way to make a girl feel bad is to make fun of her body. Forty-seven percent of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to lose weight because of magazine pictures, according to […]

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