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7 Sensational Things Marilyn Monroe Can Teach Us about Feminism

Tweet“She wasn’t a feminist, but she can teach us about feminism.” I did Pilates under Marilyn Monroe’s white billowy skirt. That doesn’t sound right. But I did exercise beneath her 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue in Palm Springs during a free class in the park. (Should I have moved my mat to honor her memory?) This week, the statue [...]
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How to Be a Short-Haired Female

TweetIf you have been keeping up with your beauty magazines, you’ll have noticed an increase in the number of famous actresses and singers who have cut their hair short. Short short. Not short like a bob hairdo, short like my father Bob’s hairdo. Perhaps you would like to cut your hair short, but you’re afraid [...]
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The Miss America who could never be Miss India?

TweetIn a recent vitriolic article (here), Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean of the Yale Law School, suggests that Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, could never have been crowned Miss India, because of her decidedly brown skin. Indians, you see, prefer light skin. So far so good. Kind of. First Miss Rangappa presumes that Nina Davuluri looks [...]
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Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball,” and Intimate Partner Violence

TweetAfter Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, people were all about slut-shaming her (not much was said about Robin Thicke’s participation). The mainstream media appeared scandalized by her performance – a young woman exhibiting sexuality? *Gasp!* Richard Cohen, of the Washington Post, seemed particularly appalled – at least once he looked up the word twerk. He thought [...]
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Richard Cohen’s Problematic Take on the Stubenville Rape and Cyrus’ VMA Performance

TweetWhen you start a discussion about a rape case that ended in conviction, with “so-called rape” and then specify that “it was not a rape involving intercourse,” you set yourself up as someone who doesn’t understand, in the least, the concept of rape or the right a person has to the sanctity of their bodies. [...]
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