Tag: Feminism

How I ended up with a pin up poster in my work cubicle

Once upon a time I was a twenty-something woman-in-tech, and I had a poster of a buxom beer wench in my cubicle. It wasn’t my poster (or at least not at first). But it was in my cubicle (or what had become my cubicle) until it wasn’t. It was the 90s, and I was working as a... Read more »

Is "Green Eggs and Ham" a story about harassment?

Is "Green Eggs and Ham" a story about harassment?
A few nights ago when I asked my daughter to pick a book she chose Green Eggs and Ham. We snuggled up in her bed, and she started to read. To be honest, I sometimes zone out a bit when she reads, particularly when it’s a book that I’ve read so many times before, so... Read more »

21 reasons women have sex they don't want instead of saying no

21 reasons women have sex they don't want instead of saying no
I thought that after the “Cat Person” story everyone understood why women sometimes go through with sexual encounters they don’t want rather than just saying no. Apparently I was wrong, and the debate continues. In an attempt to help, here are 21 reasons why a women might have sex she doesn’t want rather than saying... Read more »
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Even strong women cry (sometimes at work)

Even strong women cry (sometimes at work)
Recently a good friend and mentor from my work transferred back to Washington, D.C. after her yearlong rotation in Chicago. Before she left, a few of us were standing around the common area in our office. Someone suggested that we do a roast/celebration for my friend during her last team meeting with us. They said I should tell... Read more »

Hooray for the bitches who mother those oft-cited SOBs

Recently the President of the United States used his usual level of tasteful eloquence to call NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem sons of bitches. Teresa Kaepernick, mother of Colin Kaepernick who famously began taking the knee during the National Anthem to protest racist police violence, had the perfect comeback: “Guess that makes me... Read more »

The training all women in tech really need

The training all women in tech really need
I’ve been invited to yet another “women in tech” event where the keynote is not a woman in tech but a generic self-help/motivational speaker. These types of speakers tell their largely female audiences how to “Boost your confidence!” “Take risks!” “Speak up!” One I saw at a similar event even encouraged us to “Learn about sports,... Read more »
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Is the word "ladies" gender neutral?

Is “guys” gender neutral? Some say yes and use guys to refer to groups of men and women. Others say guys is sexist, which is why I made a list of 40 gender neutral alternatives to saying “you guys.” One word I did not consider when making that list was “ladies,” but why shouldn’t I? If “guys”... Read more »

40 women whose stories should be told more often

At the Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain spoke out about the need for more female storytellers. She said watching the portrayals of women in films at the festival was “disturbing.” You can see her full remarks in this video (as tweeted by director, writer, and producer Ava DuVernay). Say that, @jes_chastain. pic.twitter.com/H7QHnEE5JA — Ava DuVernay... Read more »

40 gender-neutral alternatives to saying "you guys"

Is “you guys” a gender-neutral term? I must admit that I have a habit of using it as such. I grew up with The Electric Company and then The Goonies, which both proudly used the phrase, “Hey, you guys!!!!” I didn’t think much about if for a long time, but is it offensive and exclusionary... Read more »
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More on the "plight" of women playwrights

Last month I wrote about how few women playwrights have won Pulitzer Prizes, but still, when I saw pictures of Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel on the front of the A&E section of my Sunday New York Times I was shocked as to why. Nottage and Vogel, two of the people on that very short list... Read more »