Category: Controversy

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 »

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 »

An Apology To All Women on the Election of Donald Trump

An Apology To All Women on the Election of Donald Trump
Dear Satan, It sure was fun watching the Cubs win. But seriously, you are putting HIM  (aka, Donald Trump) in charge? We didn’t think you’d actually go through with it. Is it too late to back out of our deal? Sincerely, Cub Nation Thanks to my brother for that prayer. The nightmare of Election Night... Read more »
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'Mean Tweets' begets #MoreThanMean and meaner tweets toward women in sports

'Mean Tweets' begets #MoreThanMean and meaner tweets toward women in sports
As a woman who’s been fighting for my own place in sports reporting for the past 20+ years, I was extremely surprised at the reaction of the men who read the ‘Mean Tweets’ received by my friends and sisters in sports broadcasting,  WSCR-AM 670 Sports Anchor Julie DiCaro and ESPN Sports Anchor Sarah Spain. If... Read more »

Erin Andrews--it could have happened to me

Erin Andrews--it could have happened to me
Hearing the oh-so-creepy testimony coming out of Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews trial, and the final verdict ($55 million awarded to Andrews), I can’t help but think about my own experiences, traveling to different cities to cover sports events and even to do my job. I was without a car from 2008-2012, and at the time,... Read more »

Skydiving Flight Called Off, Reporter Later Learns The Horrifying Reason Why

Skydiving Flight Called Off, Reporter Later Learns The Horrifying Reason Why
Note: This story first appeared in the Des Plaines Valley News Editor’s note: Reporter Alison Moran was at the Gary Airport on Saturday at the invitation of the Army to fly with the Golden Knights parachute team when Sgt. Corey Hood was involved in a mid-air collision that would take his life. Here is her... Read more »
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Talking to my 10-year-old about why people are transgender

Talking to my 10-year-old about why people are transgender
Transgender talk is in the news, and therefore, a major topic of conversation in our household, thanks to former Olympian/Mr. Kardashian/actor Bruce Jenner becoming ‘Caitlyn.’ Our Rosie, at 10 years old, is a very inquisitive child. “I was born asking ‘why,’ she told me. “That’s funny….I was too!” I said. So, when Jenner announced he... Read more »

When Did The WNBA become the NFL?

When Did The WNBA become the NFL?
Let’s play a game in this week’s issue: WNBA or NFL? When I say these words, what comes to mind: 1) Domestic abuse. 2) Sexual harassers playing key positions in the leadership of a team. 3) Key players missing from teams due to suspensions for grievous infractions. I’m talking about the NFL, right? Haha. One... Read more »

Thoughts on the 2015 WNBA Draft and leaving school early

Thoughts on the 2015 WNBA Draft and leaving school early
The 2015 WNBA Draft will be remembered primarily as the year underclassmen went 1-2. Yes, the men have been doing it since the 1970’s (think Moses Malone, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, etc.)  But the women? Not so much. The last player to declare early, according to the New York Times, was... Read more »
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Day in court is coming for Hope Solo...why is she still playing?

Day in court is coming for Hope Solo...why is she still playing?
“Once all the facts come to light and the legal process is concluded, I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.” Hope Solo, on her Facebook page, June 2014  Soccer star Hope Solo has a day in court…soon. A judge in Kirkland, Washington set January 20th as the day she faces two counts of fourth-degree... Read more »