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Not surprising. Eating disorders and body-image pressure has severe effects on girls' abilities to succeed in school. It takes focus away from learning and compels girls--against their better judgment--to focus on their bodies and not their learning and personal development. Did we really need a study to demonstrate this? But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Clint Eastwood and his son, Scott, recently did a joint interview with Esquire in which they referred to today's young people as a "pussy generation," and then they declared themselves to be "anti-the pussy generation." They then declared themselves to be "pro-pussy." Ah, good old macho posturing about how much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Don't look at them, and don't fall for the distraction--which is what the Trump campaign wants you to do. Trump has, over the past four days, insulted a Gold Star family and berated firefighters for being somehow anti-Trump because they were enforcing fire codes at his rallies. I agree with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Serve and Volley
The Simpsons have released a video imagining what the presidency would be like with Donald Trump in the White House. Awhile back, John Waters proclaimed: "If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!" I think this is a great prerequisite for a date--prospective mate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Is there some sort of unspoken idea that when women succeed in life and work, men are somehow diminished? Are men so insecure that they truly feel threatened by female success? Or, do female CEOs, company presidents, heads of schools, senators, and heads of state take away from men's sense... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Ilyse Hogue is the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Not only does she talk about her own abortion in her speech, but she also rejects the absurd distinction between "good girls" who don't have abortions (and have families) and bad girls who supposedly hate babies and have abortions. All types... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Claressa Shields was 17 years old in 2012 when she became the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, which had finally become an Olympic sport. She beat the ever lovin' crap out of the Russian woman who took home the silver medal. After the Olympics, Claressa... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Serve and Volley
As I said before, leave it to the comedians to say what no one else will. Sarah Silverman to Bernie-or-Bust people: "You're being ridiculous." Sing it, sister! Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Yes, yes, we all know that Donald Trump is a raving lunatic sexist. But I think it needs to be repeated from time to time, because there are equally mad Bernie Sanders supporters who seem to be hell bent on derailing Hillary Clinton--and of course the result of doing so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Stephen Colbert called the 2016 RNC the "Republican National Hungry for Power Games." Of course this is a hilarious characterization of the convention, but given what we know about Donald Trump, it's not inaccurate. Journalists have repeatedly written of Trump as a man who is obsessed with bolstering his own... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Serve and Volley
"The Women Who are Cleaning Up" Julia Baird, the author of this piece, accurately characterizes the media's reaction to the recent "glut" of female leaders on the world stage, most recently Theresa May in the United Kingdom. She neglects to note, however, that this "flood" of female leaders is part... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Although the attack in France yesterday, and the murders in Dallas last week, and the murder in Minnesota before that were not attacks on women or girls or anyone because of his/her gender or gender identity, I'm taking the time to write about these events anyway. Violence is a feminist... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Recent polls show Trump and Hillary Clinton dead even. This horrifying state of affairs has just become even more nightmarish with the announcement that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Trump's vice presidential pick. Mike Pence is so "pro-life" that he has signed some of the most reprehensible anti-abortion legislation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Serve and Volley
I'm currently consulting in an effort to dredge up as many synonyms for "insane" as I can find. Why? Because I just reviewed the 2016 Republic Party platform. I'm not usually a reader of Esquire, but the magazine's website does an excellent job of listing the many absurd things... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Serve and Volley
In case you are unaware of it: There is an app called Lemonaid, which allows users (in select states only) to chat with a physician for a few minutes and get a prescription for birth control pills, all for the low price of $15! Seriously: this is an excellent innovation,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Bikini Kill is perhaps the iconic feminist band, with songs such as "Suck My Left One" (from Revolution Girl Style Now!) and "Rebel Girl" (from Pussy Whipped). For feminists around my age and a bit older, Kathleen Hanna represented everything that we wanted to be--loud, confident, feminist, and cool. One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Serve and Volley
An op-ed in today's New York Times notes that the vast majority of evangelical Christians in this country think that the United States has deteriorated significantly since the 1950s and want to return to the values of that decade. The article cites the statistic of "7 in 10" of said... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Serve and Volley
This article was in the New York Times Magazine last weekend, and it seems directly relevant to my thoughts about Serena Williams--who just won Wimbledon again to tie the record for most grand slam titles with Stefi Graf (who, I imagine, doesn't care). No one in professional sports, despite the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Serve and Volley
I have a cat named after Serena Williams, although she has never been my favorite player on the women's side. Still, I acknowledge that she's an incredible athlete and one of the greatest tennis players--male or female--that the sport has ever seen. She is muscular and powerful, two qualities that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Serve and Volley
I think most of us are by now familiar with the Ellen Degeneres bit on Bic Pens for Her, but in case you're not, watch this video because it's hilarious and on point: As I was walking through CVS today in search of various hygiene products, I couldn't help noticing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Pretty much all European history scholars are familiar with the book City of Dreadful Delight by Judith Walkowitz, which details "narratives of sexual danger" during the Victorian era, ultimately focusing on the Jack the Ripper murders. One of the key arguments of her book is that these ideas of sexual... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Peggy Orenstein has garnered a lot of cred from feminists over the years with books on topics including teen girls and body image and self-esteem (Schoolgirls), and primary-school girls and "Disney princesses" (Cinderella Ate My Daughter). Her latest book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape addresses the challenges... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Serve and Volley
Welcome to my deep thoughts about gender, sexuality, feminism, and the representation of all of these in popular culture and politics. -Laura Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Serve and Volley
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