Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Thoughts On The Senseless Tragedy In Connecticut From A Girl Who Experienced An Attack On Her School

As our entire nation follows the story of a senseless massacre in Connecticut, people are weighing in with their opinions. We don’t have all of the facts straight yet, but the media and government officials are already pointing fingers at each other, at the NRA, at violent video games, at “not allowing God in our…

By: Kaitlin Marie / December 18, 2012

The Soapbox: You Don’t Have To Be A Parent To Be Worried About Guns

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.  And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent.  And that was especially true today.  I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief…

By: Veronica Arreola / December 17, 2012

The Soapbox: Can We Just Agree That Prank Calls Are The Worst?

There are many conversations to be had about the tragic death of Jacintha Saldanha, the King Edward VII nurse who took her own life last week, after she learned the “Queen” and “Prince Charles” that she patched through to Kate Middleton’s private ward were actually Australian radio DJs with the show 2DayFM. The pair, named…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2012

The Soapbox: On Nice Guys As Rapists

Almost a year ago, I wrote an essay about having been date raped in college. The piece got a strong reaction from commenters, many of whom debated whether or not I had given or not given consent for this guy to have sex with me. Much of the back-and-forth centered around the fact that I…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 10, 2012

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would make a…

By: Erica Watson / December 6, 2012

The Soapbox: How To Handle Food Shame During The Holidays

This piece was cross-posted with permission from FatNutritionist.com. It was originally published before Thanksgiving but we are crossposting it here with the rest of the holiday season in mind. 

It’s true, Thanksgiving is a weirdly imperialist semi-genocidal sort of holiday, but hey, at least we can enjoy the tradition of getting together with…

The Soapbox: I’m On Twitter Strike Until The Men I Know Get Loud

Jen Kirkman is a comedian on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.” This post was reprinted with permission from her Tumblr. 

I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk…

By: Jen Kirkman / November 30, 2012

The Soapbox: Holiday Gift Giving Is A Total Scam

First thing’s first: I’m a Jew. I haven’t celebrated Christmas since I was a little kid and we still believed in Santa Claus. (I was eight when I discovered he wasn’t real, and ceremoniously told my younger brother and sister at the dinner table. My mom got so mad she squeezed ketchup all over my…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 30, 2012

The Soapbox: I’m From Ireland, And I’m So Grateful I Had My Abortion In America

I would truly love to be able to submit this piece with my name attached. However, as a young woman in modern Ireland, I feel it’s not possible due to the stigma and negativity attached to the subject matter.

A few weeks ago, 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist that had settled i…

By: Anonymous / November 16, 2012

Girl Talk: Fat Girls Are A Man’s Best Friend

Years ago, I had a conversation with a group of my close male friends and the age old question came up: Can men and women really be just friends? My boy Otto said, “No way! Guys always want to sleep with their female friends.” My friend Steve interjected, “Of course! I have a platonic female…

By: Erica Watson / November 15, 2012

The Soapbox: The Election Is Over But I’m Still Scared

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

It’s over.

For a while, I managed to hold it together. There was pie to eat and wine to drink and a couch to sink gratefully into. There were friends to laugh with and sigh with, dishes to clean up, and an 8am meeting o…

By: Emily Heist Moss / November 9, 2012

The Soapbox: On Phil From “Modern Family” And Doofus Husband Syndrome

“Modern Family” is one of the few shows on TV right now that makes me genuinely laugh out loud every episode. I adore all of the characters, their weird quirks, and increasingly absurd story arcs. From the beginning, if I had to choose a favorite character it would probably be Phil. A talented real estate…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 7, 2012

The Soapbox: How I Lost Faith In The Pro-Life Movement

This piece was originally published at Patheos.com and is being reprinted with permission.

The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost…

By: Libby Anne / November 5, 2012

The Soapbox: Please, Can “Hipster Sexism” Not Be A Thing?

I have very mixed feelings about a piece on NYMag.com’s blog about “hipster sexism.” The authors Alissa Quart and Lauren Sandler author Alissa Quart described “hipster sexism” as:
Hipster Sexism consists of the objectification of women but in a manner that uses mockery, quotation marks, and paradox … ads, photographs, television shows, films, and T-shirts, which…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2012

The Soapbox: On Disney’s First Latina Princess

“Disney is releasing a Latina princess soon, mija,” I declared to my daughter as we drove away from her school and on our way to pick up her dad. “Good!” she said firmly. But of course, I rarely let that be the end of any conversation. “Why good?” I probed.

What followed wa…

By: Veronica Arreola / October 29, 2012

The Soapbox: No, Nickelodeon, Mothers Do Not Need Our Own TV Channel

I’m a TV junkie. Once my kid finally falls asleep, you’ll find me splayed out on the couch, flipping through the over 800 channels we apparently subscribe to. And my tastes run rampant: I’m just as happy sitting through an hour of “Alphas” on the Syfy channel as I am watching Barry’s antics on “Storage…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 16, 2012

The Soapbox: It’s Kids’ Options For Halloween Costumes That Are Truly Scary

I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy, the Jack-O-Lanterns, the parties, and of course, the costumes. I’m no stranger to awesome Halloween costumes. I’ve been everything from a box of crayons (four-years-old) to a genie (10-years-old) to Britney Spears pre-public meltdown (27-years-old, while eight months pregnant — it was a truly brilliant costume if I say…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 15, 2012

The Soapbox: Does Street Harassment Keep You From Exercising?

When most people think about street harassment, they think about what women wear or about how women should respond to catcalls. But there are other, more subtle, effects of street harassment and how it affects women’s existence in public space. Recently, The Wall Street Journal noted that only 11 percent of the participants in India’…

By: Lilit Marcus / October 12, 2012

The Soapbox: About That Politician Who Said “Some Girls Rape Easy”…

A funny thing can happen in politics: You make a comment and it might come back to bite you weeks, months, or even years later. That’s what just happened to Representative Roger Rivard of the Wisconsin legislature, who’s found himself in a very tight race with a Democratic opponent, which means the gloves are off when it…

By: s.e. smith / October 11, 2012

The Soapbox: The Conversation I Wish We Were Having Instead About Lena Dunham’s $3.5 Million Book Deal

“Girls” star Lena Dunham evokes a passionate response from bloggers and journalists, especially in women’s media. So I’m a bit nervous about admitting that my thoughts on Dunham’s oeuvre is neutral, even dispassionate. She’s overexposed for a small and fairly meh body of work:  “Tiny Furniture” wasn’t that great and I got bored with “Girls”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012
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