Can Ecofeminist Activism Save the Planet?

Is environmentalism a feminist issue? Well, it’s hard to argue with the fact that climate change disproportionately affects poor women and children, especially in the Global South. Also, pollution and a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation services are daily issues women must combat. And that’s just a start of an answer to the […]

Sheen Media Frenzy Misses the Point

In late January, when Hollywood leading bad boy Charlie Sheen seemed to be veering off the rails, I wrote that a man with such an obvious history of abusing women should be bad for business. In the past six weeks, nothing about what I wrote has changed. Sure, he’s been fired from his hit sitcom, […]

Why Charlie Sheen Should Be Bad For Business

Why isn’t the star of CBS’s Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen, out of a job by now? One word: money. (A few more words: white male privilege, shoddy reporting, cowardice.) For those of you who read fewer tabloid headlines than I do, you may be unaware of the Hollywood-sized problem Sheen has been […]

Resilience in Slums a Lesson For Cynical Western Feminists

Traveling halfway around the world–or in my case, several hours east–can set the expectations for a conference rather high. When my friend and colleague Holly asked me to attend the Third International Conference on Women’s Safety: Building Inclusive Cities in New Delhi, it never occurred to me to say no. But how can a group […]

Global Economics as Feminist Art

Economics tends to make a lot of people I know feel stupid. My circle is largely comprised of activists, artists and writers, with a few political scientists in the mix. Generally speaking, gender stereotypes about women in mathematics aside, we’re not supposed to be very good with numbers. But because a lot of us care […]

Are Women More Aggressive These Days?

For a book that might be mistaken for a treatise on violent women, Maud Lavin’s recent Push Comes to Shove covers territory of another kind: specific case studies of women’s aggression as heard in pop music, seen in films and increasingly experienced in professional and private settings over the course of the last decade. Lavin […]

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