Archive for February 2014

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »