Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: I Am Not Here For Your Viewing Pleasure

The misting of her eyes almost completely distracted me from the words coming out of her mouth. As we stood side by side, overlooking a magnificent skyline view of twinkling skyscrapers, she told me her summer in Manhattan was not what she had been expecting. I knew something was very wrong when my strong-willed, outgoing…
By: Daley Quinn / June 13, 2012

The Soapbox: On School Dress Codes And Slutty Wednesday At Stuyvesant High School

By now you’ve probably heard of the prestigious New York City high school that protested what they perceive as a discriminatory dress code by instituting a “Slutty Wednesday”—a day in which students came to school in outfits that deliberately violated the code. According to news reports, the school’s dress code is pretty basic. It require…
By: Melissa Petro / June 12, 2012

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Brian Presley (Or Why Melissa Stetten Comes Off Like The Jerk For Live-Tweeting Their Conversation)

On a recent red eye from New York to Los Angeles, model Melissa Stetten sat next to actor Brian Presley and live-tweeted their conversation to approximately 30,000 followers. What ensued was little less than the public humiliation of a husband and father for, among other heinous crimes, allegedly flirting with her and having too much…
By: Alexandra Gekas / June 11, 2012

The Soapbox: Since When Is Wanting An Intellectually Equal Partner “Elitist”?

I am fan of GOOD's dating dealbreaker series (eerily similar to ours, but whatever) because I think it does a good job of looking back on past failed relationships and identifying the reason(s)  things just didn't work out. Sometimes these dealbreakers can seem insignificant on the surface, but actual indicate a larger problem; other time…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 7, 2012

The Soapbox: Leave Lolo Jones And Her Virginity Alone!

I have to respectfully disagree with Alexandra Gekas' recent Soapbox excoriating Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones for considering her virginity "a gift I want to give my husband." Taking Jones to task for how she's decided to pursue her sexuality strikes me as yet another way to be holier-than-thou, through a feminist lens, almost the…
By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / June 1, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Lolo Jones’ Reason For Staying A Virgin Infuriates Me

In a recent interview on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” 29-year-old American hurdler Lolo Jones told Mary Carillo that Olympic qualifying is nowhere near as difficult as her struggle to remain a virgin until marriage. Jones said she publicized her vow of chastity because she wants other girls who have made the same decisio…
By: Alexandra Gekas / May 29, 2012

The Soapbox: Why We Can’t Resist An A-Hole

If I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. My friends and I stumbled into a crowded bar for some after-dinner drinks one night and, within 30 minutes, my friend Aaron had the waitress’s phone number. Not that surprising since Aaron is a tall, good-looking guy who always seem…
By: Kate Richlin-Zack / May 24, 2012

The Soapbox: I Want A Ceasefire On The Mommy Wars

Here it is. The latest in the "mommy wars." Because everything is a war these days, it seems. Yesterday, we were talking about the “war on obesity.” I even heard that Obama declared “war on marriage.” So “war” means “having a different opinion.” Or possibly “wanting equal rights.” In a moment, it might mean,…
By: Kate Fridkis / May 15, 2012

The Soapbox: Attachment Parenting Is The Lazy Mama’s Secret

When you become a parent, one of the first things that you will learn is that everyone has an opinion about the way you choose to parent. From friends, family, your doctor, to strangers in line at the grocery store, everyone will impart their own unsolicited brand of wisdom — usually by telling…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 10, 2012

The Soapbox: Whither The Manic Pixie Dream Guy?

It happened to one of us, ladies. Let's let her tell it: "A handsome man with tousled hair and an aversion to commitment showed up at my door, suitcase in hand, seeking shelter from the storm. (Okay, he'd called beforehand, but still.) We had a two-day romance — he played music, I wore a dress,…
By: Sonia Saraiya & Gabrielle Moss / May 7, 2012

The Soapbox: Can TV Spare Some Change? A Token Negro, Perhaps?

I have never watched HBO's new show "Girls."  Not because I don't want to — I'm actually excited to see a new female-centered TV show that allows actresses to play rich and diverse characters.  But unfortunately, the current role I play in real life, that of a struggling comic/actress, does not afford me the opportunity…
By: Erica Watson / May 3, 2012

The Soapbox: On Jessica Simpson, Fat-Shaming & Reclaiming The Word “Fat”

Fat-shaming. Maybe it's happened to you, or maybe you've perpetrated it against someone else. Fat-shaming is making people feel uncomfortable, wrong or bad for being overweight or obese. Some fat-shamers will tell you that they're doing it as a means of encouraging the overweight person to lose weight, but most, oh, sane people will argue…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 2, 2012

The Soapbox: In America, We Treat Our Moms Like Second-Class Citizens

Are you a mother? Do you know someone who is? You probably do, and that's why you should be very concerned about Alabama's chemical endangerment clause, which aims to protect fetuses from mothers who abuse drugs. Alabama's law -- and others like it -- signify a wave of legislation aimed at granting fetuses more…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 1, 2012

The Soapbox: On Online Dating, The Genders & The Spreadsheet That Launched 1,000 Blog Posts

Last week, The Frisky told you about the New York banker who was charting the waves of Match.com and came up with a novel way to keep the women he was talking to on the site straight—he made a spreadsheet of the…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / April 23, 2012

The Soapbox: On Ann Romney & Women “Marrying Up”

Another day, another bombastically link-baity piece on the Internet to get everyone's feathers ruffled! Today's linkbait comes courtesy of The New York Daily News op-ed page, in which writer S.E. Cupp hammers away at Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen for a foot-in-mouth comment she made on "Anderson Cooper 360" last week, that stay-at-home  mother (SAHM) of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2012

The Soapbox: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me Not Puke

A few weeks ago, an article in the Orthodox Jewish newspaper The Jewish Press began to make waves in the religious community. Yitta Halberstam, a well-known Jewish author, wrote about the process of trying to find her son a wife. In her part of the Jewish community (a right-wing faction of Orthodoxy sometime…
By: Lilit Marcus / April 17, 2012

The Soapbox: Actually, Katie Roiphe, Feminists Are Not Perplexed About Submissive Sex

Bondage/dominance/sadomasochism (BDSM) erotica novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has swept the nation, landing itself on many a Kindle and launching a feeding frenzy for the movie rights. More digital ink has been spilled on What Does This All Mean? for women and our sexual desires than will ever be spilled on the people…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2012

The Soapbox: “Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23″ And “Girls” Make Me Realize My Life Is A Cliché

Hello, my name is Alexandra Gekas and I am a single woman living in New York City who used to watch “Sex and the City.” I can assure you that I did not come to New York City to live the life of “Sex in the City.” But I also did not know just how…
By: Alexandra Gekas / April 13, 2012

The Soapbox: Why “Creep Shaming” Is Total BS

On Thursday night, I had what seemed like a pretty good first date. By Friday lunchtime, any chance of a romance between that guy and I had fallen spectacularly to pieces. I wrote about what went down in a post called "An Open Letter To The Guy Who Called Me 'Crazy.'"  I've been pretty…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2012

The Soapbox: You Like To Go Down, So What?

According to an article in this month's issue of Esquire, the blow job is all but becoming extinct in favor of cunnilingus. In an informal poll, conducted by the writer Geoff Dyer, eight out of 10 of his "more mature male friends" preferred "eating p**sy to having their dicks sucked." And guess what?
By: Anonymous / April 4, 2012
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