Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Why Aren’t Black Girls Allowed To Be Girls?

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When I was a senior in high school [above left], I attended this college prep program held in the sanctuary of a Baptist…

Helena Andrews | August 8, 2012 - 3:00 pm

The Soapbox: Yes, Women Writers Without Kids “Understand Human Emotions”

The death of Irish novelist Maeve Binchy earlier this week has inspired a lot of articles, most of them warm tributes to her kind heart, quick wit, and writing ability.

Diane Shipley | August 3, 2012 - 4:00 pm

The Soapbox: Rapists Know The Answer Is “No”

Despite endless work by anti-sexual violence activists trying to change the narrative, the myth persists that rapists —at least so-called “date rapists” — are men who got a little out…

Amanda Marcotte | July 27, 2012 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: The Aurora Shooting & The Myth Of Men’s Obligation To Be Heroes

In the days, weeks and months following a national tragedy, myths settle into our national consciousness. Myths are not falsehoods, per se. Rather, myths are the stories that we repeat…

Jessica Wakeman | July 25, 2012 - 2:05 pm

The Soapbox: Hey, Patricia Legarreta, Seriously, Don’t Marry Jamie Rohrs

It is usually not my style to meddle in other people’s relationships, but I’ve got to join the chorus of those advising — in internet comment sections, duh — Patricia…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | July 23, 2012 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Some Friendly Advice For That 22-Year-Old Girl Who Wishes She Was Poorer

Some thoughts for Taylor Cotter (the 22-year-old girl who wrote about wishing she could be poorer on the Huffington Post):

Right now things kinda suck. I know. You…

Kate Fridkis | July 16, 2012 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: Why Working 24 Hours A Day Should Not Be A Badge Of Honor

I have been working in the tech start-up and digital advertising agency worlds for the past six years. These two worlds overlap in a few places—namely social media and the…

Caitlin Abber | July 6, 2012 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: Why I Hate Weddings, Like Really Hate Them, A Lot

I recently stumbled on the video of a bride singing Christina Aguilera’s “The Right Man” while she walked down the aisle, and I reacted so strongly that I startled myself.

Alexandra Gekas | June 26, 2012 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: Let’s Stop With This “Having It All” Crap

Hey guys? As a woman, and a feminist and a working person, I can honestly say I’ve never asked if I was going to “have it all.” But Anne Marie…

Julie Gerstein | June 22, 2012 - 12:00 pm

In (Reluctant) Defense Of “Why You’re Not Married … Yet”

I’m going to say something as a feminist ladyblogger that I suspect I’m not supposed to say: Why You’re Not Married … Yet: The Straight Talk You Need To Get

Jessica Wakeman | June 21, 2012 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: The Truth About Being A Stay-At-Home Mom

I just had the extreme displeasure of reading Elizabeth Wurtzel’s essay for The Atlantic, about how rich stay-at-home moms are “anti-feminist and helping make the ‘war on women’ possible.”  In…

Gillian Telling | June 21, 2012 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: On Feminism & Judging Other Women

It was easy to roll one’s eyes at Elizabeth Wurtzel’s recent piece on, “1 Percent Wives Are Helping To Kill Feminism And Make The War On Women Possible.” Although…

Jessica Wakeman | June 19, 2012 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: On Cat Marnell & Rubbernecking Drug Addicts

If you’ve been hanging out in the ladyblogosphere, you’ve heard of Cat Marnell. Or maybe you know her as “Cat Marnell, ugh.” Cat Marnell was — until last week —…

Jessica Wakeman | June 18, 2012 - 2:00 pm

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…

Daley Quinn | June 13, 2012 - 11:00 am

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…

Melissa Petro | June 12, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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…

Alexandra Gekas | June 11, 2012 - 11:00 am

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | June 7, 2012 - 11:00 am

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…

Rachel Kramer Bussel | June 1, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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…

Alexandra Gekas | May 29, 2012 - 11:00 am

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…

Kate Richlin-Zack | May 24, 2012 - 1:00 pm
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