And the New Social Media Editor Is...

How do you say goodbye to a community that has hoisted you onto its shoulders for the past three years? Embraced you, challenged you, inspired you, and impacted your life in a genuine and irreversible way? In July of 2011, I began this blog on ChicagoNow. My early posts were filled with cute and semi-engaging stories. Soon... Read more »

The World Unites (Finally) to #BringBackOurGirls

The World Unites (Finally) to #BringBackOurGirls
After two weeks of paltry media coverage and government inertia, the world has come together to demand the safe return of more than 200 Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram on April 16. Through all of our clicks, shares, tweets, likes and comments, we are sending a loud and clear message to those in power and... Read more »

234 Girls Kidnapped & Forced to Marry, While the World Does Nothing #BringBackOurGirls

234 Girls Kidnapped & Forced to Marry, While the World Does Nothing #BringBackOurGirls
A Malaysian airliner carrying more than 200 passengers disappears. 26 countries come together, spending millions of dollars in an unprecedented search that continues today, almost two months later. More than 200 black girls in Africa are kidnapped from school and sold into marriage for $12. And the world does nothing. George Clooney gets engaged to... Read more »
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Is Sheryl Sandberg's 'Ban Bossy' Campaign Bad for Boys?

Is Sheryl Sandberg's 'Ban Bossy' Campaign Bad for Boys?
After days of discussing, researching, arguing, reading and thinking about Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign I have to admit, I’m exhausted. And confused, because the one question that keeps popping into my head is: what about the boys? Oh no. I’m not actually going to defend men here, am I? After all, men are responsible for building... Read more »

Advice for Rachel Canning, the New Jersey Teen Who Sued Her Parents for Support (And Lost)

Advice for Rachel Canning, the New Jersey Teen Who Sued Her Parents for Support (And Lost)
Rachel Canning – the high school honors student who sued her parents for money to cover her private school tuition, car, living expenses and college – discovered a hard truth today, which is that life on your own when you’re only 18 really sucks. I speak from experience. I moved out of my house at the... Read more »

Dr. Drew Is Also Responsible for His Daughter's Bulimia & Anorexia

Dr. Drew Is Also Responsible for His Daughter's Bulimia & Anorexia
When I found out this morning that Dr. Drew’s college-aged daughter, Paulina, struggles with anorexia and bulimia, I wasn’t surprised. As the child of a celebrity parent, I imagine there is a ton of pressure on her to embody Hollywood’s unrealistic definition of beauty. And it probably doesn’t help that her dad has made his... Read more »
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Barbie's New Purpose: To Make Men Hot #unapologetic

Barbie, a doll that little girls (and boys) play with, is on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, all grown up and ready to give men boners. The companies behind the campaign, Mattel and Sports Illustrated, say the theme of the campaign is “unapologetic.” I call it a bucketful of sleaze. How did this... Read more »

How Woody Allen's Alleged Sexual Abuse Forces More of Us Into Silence

I was sixteen when my mother brought a rapist home to live with us. They’d met in the locked psych ward a few weeks earlier. She was there for attempting suicide; he was doing a forced stay as part of his parole. Since I was the one who found her after she took the pills,... Read more »

Girls Season Three: Flawed & Self-Absorbed

Girls Season Three: Flawed & Self-Absorbed
I participated in a HuffPost Live segment about HBO’s “Girls” yesterday, where I learned it may soon become illegal in every state to criticize the show or its creator Lena Dunham. But I’ll take the risk, because someone has to dispel the notion that pointing out the flaws of this important and groundbreaking series means... Read more »
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God I Hate My Body

God I Hate My Body
I know, I’m not supposed to say that I hate my body. I’m supposed to say that at 40 I’m learning to love my body. Or I’m so proud that my body was able to produce a new life. But the truth is, I really hate my body. Not the inside. I’m happy with how... Read more »