Julia Alvarez’s Loving Tribute to Haiti

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Feminist novelist Julia Alvarez (How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies), known for her clear, unaffected prose and her keen sense of justice, applies her powers of observation inward in a new memoir, A Wedding in Haiti. In her most intimate book to date, Alvarez delves into her own […]

Women–And Men–Aren’t “Born” Teachers

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When I was younger, I asked my mom why she decided to become a teacher. Aside from the obvious factors–she liked working with kids, she wanted to help students learn, she had a passion for teaching–she also said that in her day there were more or less two professional options for college-educated women: nurse or […]

Warning: Models in This Image May Not Be as Thin as They Appear

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This week, the American Medical Association denounced the use of digital manipulation and retouching on models and asked advertising agencies to consider imposing stricter guidelines for manipulating photos before they are sent to press. I, for one, say it’s about time. But should the U.S. go a step further? In England and France, lawmakers have […]