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 Kristen Bell A Sellout for Posing Nude in Allure?

Is Kristen Bell A Sellout for Posing Nude in Allure?
I recently discovered a new person to admire while watching the movie “Frozen”: the actor Kristen Bell. Finally, a woman who shuns Hollywood pretentiousness. Reading more about her, I discovered she’s frugal. She loves sloths. She’s taking on the slimy paparazzi who stalk celebrities and their kids. And she’s fighting against the tremendous pressure women... Read more »

What My Thighs & Career Have in Common

What My Thighs & Career Have in Common
My eyes fluttered open and I looked at the clock: 7:00 am. Jumping out of bed, I waved a quick hello to my first grader, who was reading quietly in the living room, and reached for my phone. Two Facebook business pages: check. Two Twitter feeds: check. Pinterest: Check. Three email accounts: check, check, check.... Read more »

My Marriage Experiment: A Week at Hubby's Beck & Call

My Marriage Experiment: A Week at Hubby's Beck & Call
You ever take a step back from your life and realize you’re totally slacking in one very important area, your marriage? That’s what happened to me recently. When it came to hubby, I noticed I was being impatient, critical and inattentive. I had become too engrossed in work, texting, the news, and Facebook. As a... 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 »

What I'm Learning from Belle Knox, the Duke University Freshman Porn Star

What I'm Learning from Belle Knox, the Duke University Freshman Porn Star
Lately I’ve found myself intrigued, challenged and educated by some powerful young women. The first is Lena Dunham, the talented writer, director and star of the HBO series, Girls. Number two is 17-year-old Lorde, a singer who refuses to hyper-sexualize herself (à la Katy, Beyoncé and Miley) to sell her music. And the third is... Read more »
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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 »