Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Ashley Judd And What It Means When We Talk About Gender & Mental Health

This piece was cross-posted with permission from the Ms. Magazine Blog.  On Tuesday, Mother Jones released an audio recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking with members of his reelection staff. Much of the conversation focused on actor Ashley Judd, who, until recently, was rumored to be mulling a ru…
By: Stassa Edwards / April 13, 2013

The Soapbox: On The So-Called Bravery Of Immersion Journalism

"I will sleep rough, scrounge for my food, access all the services that other homeless individuals in the West End use. I will interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can." These are some of the last recorded words from Lee Halpin,…
By: Melissa Petro / April 12, 2013

The Soapbox: Roger Ebert Might Not Have Been A Feminist, But I’ll Miss Him Anyway

When I was in middle school, I was required to create a diorama illustrating a hypothetical synagogue sanctuary (as you do, at Jewish day school). All I remember about my project is that I glued a picture of Gene Siskel to one of the walls. My teacher rightly called this out for being inappropriately idolatrous, but…
By: Carrie Nelson / April 9, 2013

The Soapbox: Tyler Perry Has A Rape Problem In “Temptation”

Usually movies like Tyler Perry’s "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" are right up my alley. You don’t see a Tyler Perry film because you’re under any illusions it will be good. At their best, Perry movies excel at hitting the sweet spot of terrible, the kind of bad movie you can’t wait to pick…
By: Nico Lang / April 3, 2013

The Soapbox: It’s Impossible To “Not See Color,” No Matter What Kim Kardashian Says

As most people already know, the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a baby. I'm happy for them. Unlike most people, I don't mind Kim Kardashian. She makes an obscene amount of money for being herself (or the version of herself she wants us to see). I'm someone who'd be happy to make…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / March 29, 2013

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Wearing Thongs Under Your Lululemon Yoga Pants (If You Feel Like It)

I never thought I'd have to defend my choice to wear yoga pants. Or to wear expensive yoga pants. Or to wear thong underwear beneath my expensive yoga pants. But the day has arrived. I will and I shall. With all this hullabaloo about Lululemon recalling a bunch of their yoga pants because…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 28, 2013

The Soapbox: Should White Women Be On The Cover Of ‘Black Magazines’?

The always-inquisitive Jada Pinkett-Smith recently posed a question that has many people scratching their heads and some folks outright upset. In short, she’s wondering if black women ask to be represented in mainstream media, on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, shouldn’t white women be represented on the covers of traditionally black…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 26, 2013

The Soapbox: I Am Not Your Wife, Sister Or Daughter — I Am A Person

I don’t have to tell you that Steubenville is all over the news. I don’t have to tell you that the fact that Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, the two teenagers convicted of raping a sixteen year old girl, were only sentenced to a combined three years in juvenile prison, is a fucking joke. Each will…
By: Anne Theriault / March 20, 2013

The Soapbox: The Case Against Sex Offender Registries

There’s no defense for rape. And there’s no defense for defending rape — be that minimizing the crime, blaming the victim or focusing so exclusively on the perpetrators that the victim is rendered invisible, as in CNN’s coverage of the Steubenville guilty verdict. As I read over the case, the verdict, the media…
By: Melissa Petro / March 19, 2013

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Personal Essays

When I started writing personal essays on the internet, I was half embarrassed, half proud. Even though I grew up in a generation that’s supposedly all about oversharing and Facebooking and nonstop blabby social connectedness, I’d still learned that privacy is a virtue, modesty is preferable, and you shouldn’t air your dirty laundry. But I…
By: Kate Fridkis / March 5, 2013

The Soapbox: On Getting A Black “Bachelorette”

Pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris of Kentucky is petitioning to become the first ever Black "Bachelorette." This prospect means a lot is surfacing for me regarding the harmful stereotypes reinforced by women of color on reality television. How would she be received? If she did get an opportunity to be on the show and chose…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 4, 2013

The Soapbox: Lisa Lampanelli’s Racist Schtick Abuses The Art Of Comedy

Insult comedian Lisa Lampanelli has made headlines again – for all the wrong reasons. Last week during the Writers Guild Awards, she shamelessly tweeted a picture of she and HBO "Girls" producer and star, Lena Dunham captioned "Me with my Ni**a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!" The interwebs erupted with…
By: Shanelle Matthews / February 25, 2013

The Soapbox: Women Wear Yoga Pants Because They Are Comfortable, Not Because They Apparently Give You A Boner

Poor Nathan Graziano. He has an obsession and is surrounded by temptation all the time. He can't stop thinking about women in yoga pants, especially now that us ladies are wearing them in places outside of yoga class. "Yoga pants have brought out my worst chauvinistic characteristics -- the characteristics I’d like deny exist inside…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 20, 2013

The Soapbox: I Love “Scandal”‘s Olivia Pope — Even Though Some People Find It “Problematic”

I’ve been doing my utmost to debate less, but it’s hard when you’re as naturally opinionated as I am.  This is compounded by the fact I come from a highly opinionated gene pool. Our family dinners sometimes spiral into debates. And when I say "sometimes," I really mean 90 percent of the time. Usually my…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / February 18, 2013

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Older Mothers

Magazines seem to love writing about women’s choices, particularly if they can inspire readers to conclude that we’re making the wrong ones. Just before the new year, a much-talked about New Republic cover story focused on women and men becoming parents at an older age. The piece was written by an author who is herself…
By: Caren Lissner / February 15, 2013

The Soapbox: Taylor Swift Is Allowed To Have A Lot Of Boyfriends, OK?

A few years ago, a favorite subject of conversation in pop culture writing was about Taylor Swift's perceived "slut shaming" in her songs. Need I remind you of the song "Better Than Revenge," allegedly directed at the actress Camilla Belle for stealing away Joe Jonas, which includes lyrics like "she's not what you think, she'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2013

The Soapbox: I’m A Mom Who Smokes Pot

"So, this is kind of a random question..." I nodded my head at the man across from me. I was in the kitchen of a fellow parent from my child's school. I had come to pick my son up from a playdate, and found myself hanging around making small talk while the kids finished u…
By: Anonymous / February 6, 2013

The Soapbox: Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control Are B.S.

This essay was published with permission from Gender-Focus. My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you.)…
By: Jessica Critcher / February 1, 2013

The Soapbox: Why I Was Reluctant To Endorse Lifting The Ban On Women In Combat

Bottom line: I was a female soldier in the combat zone. So why do I feel so uncomfortable about formalizing women's placement in combat roles? I did a lot of soul-searching about why this bothered me so much. Ultimately, though, I've discovered there's nothing I should be uncomfortable about. When I first read that Defense…
By: Alice Richtig / January 28, 2013

The Soapbox: I Am Not A Prostitute Because My Husband Supports Me Financially

This piece was republished with permission from Role/Reboot. This week I read a wonderful article about our generation’s search for meaning by fellow Role/Reboot contributor Kerry Cohen. It spoke to me so deeply that I went out of my way to read the article that had inspired Cohen: Elizabeth Wurtzel’s recent meandering confessional.
By: Lynn Beisner / January 11, 2013
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