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Spinning Makes Me Crazy Competitive: That Happened

ColumnSpinning brings out a side of me I didn’t know was there. Last week, I sent this text: “Class started 4 mins late—294. UGH. #FlyWorld problems.” It would take a fellow spinner to have any idea what the hell I was talking about, specifically another person who has joined the […]

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 […]

Udonis Haslem’s Wedding Announcement: That Happened

ColumnNBA star Udonis Haslem’s wedding announcement in the New York Times adds to the cultural conversation about reproductive choice. In many ways, the New York Times story celebrating Udonis Haslem and Faith Rein’s wedding is pretty typical. Two kids with wildly different backgrounds meet in college. They start dating. Then, […]

Target’s Thigh Gap Fail: That Happened

Oh the thigh gap. Controversial. #Thinspirational. A stop on the way to bikini bridge on the body dysmorphia journey. But, in many cases, the thigh gap is total bullshit. Juniors browsing for swimwear on Target’s website this week were treated to models whose private regions had been (very poorly) Photoshopped in an […]

‘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 […]

‘Lean In’ and the Work-Life Balance: That Happened

“Lean In” continues to divide women on issues related to work, privilege and balance. Is my decision to go freelance leaning in or leaning out? Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In brand have suffered a few blows recently. Sandberg threw her big name behind Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a congressional candidate who […]

Robin Thicke Keeps it Creepy: That Happened

Robin Thicke’s new video is the stalker jam we’ve all been waiting for. Everyone’s favorite creepy uncle Robin Thicke, who brought us “Blurred Lines,” the rape hit of summer 2013, is back with a new video. It’s disturbing in a whole new way. In February, Robin Thicke and his wife […]

Childfree By Choice: That Happened

ColumnChildfree by choice: Society still doesn’t accept that some women don’t want to be moms. On the heels of an August cover story in Time called “The Childfree Life,” this week, HuffPo Women brought us, 23 Things You Should Never Say To A Childfree Woman. Despite the fact that, as […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

‘Lean In’ and the Work-Life Balance: That Happened

“Lean In” continues to divide women on issues related to work, privilege and balance. Is my decision to go freelance leaning in or leaning out? Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In brand have suffered a few blows recently. Sandberg threw her big name behind Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a congressional candidate who […]

Gay Marriage Passes in IL: That (Finally) Happened

Gay marriage is legal in Illinois, and I couldn’t be happier. This week, a bill legalizing gay marriage passed in Illinois. Despite growing up with parents who stayed married because they love each other (44 years and counting—go parents!), marriage was never a goal of mine. I didn’t stage mock weddings […]

‘Selfie’ Is Our Word of the Year: That Happened

ColumnI’m guilty of the occasional selfie. So, I took a new one in honor of 2013’s word of the year—and highlighting one of my favorite words. The fact that “selfie” is the  2013 Word of the Year doesn’t say good things about how we, collectively, behaved this year. Selfie. Just […]

Did Lily Allen Just Make A Racist Music Video?: That Happened

ColumnLily Allen’s “Hard Out Here” video blurs the lines between satire and racism. Much like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus’ live twerk debacle, both of which Lily Allen openly mocks in her video, “Hard Out Here,” there’s nothing subtle about the message in her new song. The difference […]

Udonis Haslem’s Wedding Announcement: That Happened

ColumnNBA star Udonis Haslem’s wedding announcement in the New York Times adds to the cultural conversation about reproductive choice. In many ways, the New York Times story celebrating Udonis Haslem and Faith Rein’s wedding is pretty typical. Two kids with wildly different backgrounds meet in college. They start dating. Then, […]

Trigger Warning: That Happened

Did a My Little Pony backpack trigger a bully? Did a trigger warning do anything to protect a victim of assault? A trigger warning usually comes in the form of a parenthetical in a headline or before the meat of a post, and will say something like: Trigger warning, this […]

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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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