A feminist's complicated take on Hugh Hefner and Playboy

The death of Hugh Hefner, at 91, gave me pause to consider his legacy. Was Hefner a beacon of freedom for the first wave of women’s liberation fighters, urging them to break free of societal norms and enjoy their bodies? Was he a purveyor of pornography and narcissism in its most virulent form? Was he... Read more »

Memories of Princess Diana, unvarnished by time

Memories of Princess Diana, unvarnished by time
Where were you when you found out Princess Diana had died in that horrific crash in Paris 20 years ago? I bet you can remember. For me… it was devastating. My ex-husband and I had just returned home from the Cousin Jack’s annual Labor Day party…a full evening with family, friends. and barbecue. It was... Read more »

IS CONTROVERSY OVER POSING NUDE A THING OF THE PAST?

In another era, the very thought of athletes posing nude, no matter how artfully, would have led to a revolt by parents, the town council and the church. Morals clauses would have been put into effect, and the person posing would have been shunned by ‘decent’ townsfolk.  Today, it seems that a very different era... Read more »
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Eclipsed by none: Previewing Wizard World Comic Con Chicago August 24-27

Eclipsed by none: Previewing Wizard World Comic Con Chicago August 24-27
I promised to hug two blonde pop culture icons at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, coming the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont August 24-27.  After all, the persuasive charms of “America’s favorite houseguest” turned celebrity host Kato Kaelin and actress Loni Anderson cannot be underestimated. The 20th Anniversary celebration includes a special screening... Read more »

Have a kid, leave a job...no-regrets?

Have a kid, leave a job...no-regrets?
On February 20, 2015, I became the proud guardian of a beautiful 9 year old girl. My sister’s final gift to me, as many who read Token Female know. At the time, I felt like Diane Keaton in ‘Baby Boom’– without her money or savings. Thank God my partner was more like Sam Shepherd than... Read more »

Encouraging Thoughts When Life Deals You Lemons...

Encouraging Thoughts When Life Deals You Lemons...
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: When life gives you lemons…make lemonade! The irrepressible Dale Carnegie is credited with the quote, from his 1948 book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. What it means is to look at life positively, despite every obstacle in the way. Carnegie suggests the following: Fill your mind... Read more »
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On this Mothers Day: I'm a Working Mom...wait, I'm a Working Mom?

On this Mothers Day: I'm a Working Mom...wait, I'm a Working Mom?
With my third Mothers Day coming up Sunday, I can’t help but shake my head in disbelief. How life has changed since I wrote this description of me: “Writing and broadcasting are my life, especially about women’s sports and women’s issues. I believe in God, Title IX, equal pay and equal rights for all mankind.... Read more »

Chicago Red Stars: Strong Core and Young Talent Makes for Promising Season

Chicago Red Stars: Strong Core and Young Talent Makes for Promising Season
As the Chicago Red Stars  (0-1) take on FC Kansas City (1-0)  at home on Saturday, April 22, it’ll mark their 10th consecutive season as a professional women’s soccer team. Established in 2007 by former Chicago Fire executive Peter Wilt, the team began play at Toyota Park in 2009, and remained a fixture at the... Read more »

DePaul alumni take spotlight on WNBA Draft Day

DePaul alumni take spotlight on WNBA Draft Day
From our friends at the Chicago Sky and DePaul University, on the WNBA Draft:  The Chicago Sky announced the acquisition of the 22nd overall pick of the 2012 WNBA draft, forward Keisha Hampton, from the Minnesota Lynx ,in exchange for their 2017 second round draft pick, forward/center Chantel Osahor, from the University of Washington. “Keisha Hampton,... Read more »
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DePaul Blue Demons Hosts 15th NCAA Selection Party

DePaul Blue Demons Hosts 15th NCAA Selection Party
While the Northwestern Wildcats Men’s Basketball team will have the eyes of Chicago on Sunday, awaiting its first-ever NCAA tournament selection, another Chicago-area team will quietly wait for its 15th NCAA tournament berth. The DePaul Blue Demons, ranked #17 in the country, is the most consistently successful college basketball program in the Chicago area (also the most... Read more »