It Wasn’t Your Resume, It Was Your Vagina

Sex Discrimination in Hiring

The laundry list of interview do’s and don’t’s for women job-seekers is lengthy and often contradictory. Forbes tells women to be personable on the interview–but not too chatty. Cosmo warns against looking “hot,” but features images of gorgeous women sporting leopard-print stilettos and full lips. The “pantsuit vs. skirt” question remains unanswered. The Internet and […]

What Was(n’t) So Great About the 1950s? Part II: Sex!

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Americans in the early Cold War period were not having good sex, apparently. At this time, many psychiatrists, marriage counselors and gynecologists worried that women were failing to perform in the bedroom. Research has shown that they saw “frigidity”–which was largely defined as a woman’s inability to have a vaginal orgasm with her husband–as a […]

Violence Against Women Act Protects LGBT Couples, Too

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The U.S. Department of Justice recently made an important step in fixing our justice system’s approach toward same-sex domestic violence. The DOJ clarified [pdf] that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is intended to protect individuals in gay and lesbian relationships as well as those in heterosexual ones. VAWA, which was sponsored by then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden […]

Want To Make Money in the Stock Market? Take Testosterone!

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My high school science textbook taught me that aggressive sperm “penetrate” those docile eggs that float around in unassuming uteruses. Larry Summers told me that women lack a natural aptitude for the sciences. Now, Jack van Honk, a psychologist of Utrecht University in the Netherlands would have me believe that a healthy dose of testosterone […]

Real-Life “League of Their Own:” Remembering Dottie

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Dorothy “Dottie” Kamenshek, the star of the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) died Friday at the age of 84 in her Palm Desert home. Kamenshek, the talented first-base player who inspired the character of Dottie Hinson (played by Geena Davis) in the 1992 film A League of Their Own, was widely regarded as the […]

What Was So Great About the 1950s?

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The late 1940s and early 1950s tend to be remembered in the popular imagination as a time of virtue: The United States emerged from the second World War as a victorious nation and an economic leader on the global stage. American families were enjoying a new sense of affluence (and profligacy)–they were stronger than ever […]

Erasing Women’s History in Our Schools?

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Why should feminists care about Texas’s current stranglehold on the textbook market? And what can we do about it?