Inside the Duggars’ Dark World

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It’s the pictures that keep bothering me. I have tried to avoid the Duggars and their ever-growing family, but I have not been able to avoid the promotional pictures of the Duggars which show up in my world frequently. I suppose this is to be expected given that I am writing a dissertation on the […]

As Caitlyn Jenner Reemerges, So Should Talk of Privilege

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At 65 years old, Olympic gold medalist, self-affirmed Republican and reality-show star Caitlyn Jenner has opened up about her gender identity. She chose to “reemerge” as her femme self earlier this week on the cover of Vanity Fair, with a request for people to “Call Me Caitlyn.” While we at Ms. applaud her courage in […]

Radical Monarchs: A Social-Justice Twist on the Girl Scouts

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The following is a reprint from the Spring 2015 issue of Ms. Click here to get your copy! They are not your mother’s Brownies. Oakland’s Radical Brownies —now known as the Radical Monarchs—are a revolutionary twist on the traditional girls club (though they’re not affiliated with Girl Scouts of the USA). Sporting brown berets in […]

7 Eye-Rollingly Sexist Prom Policies

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You’ve poured years of hard work and determination into your high school education. You’ve thought carefully about what to wear to your prom to express your truest self. You’re ready to have the best night of your young life and what happens? Your school says you can’t go to prom because they don’t approve of […]

We Need to Talk About Eddie Huang’s Misogyny

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A few months ago, I wrote a piece praising the runaway ABC hit Fresh Off The Boat for its refreshingly nuanced, relatable and colorful portrayal of Asian Americans on network television. As an Asian Pacific American (APA)-identified woman, I have a personal investment in seeing the show succeed. I do not, however, have a reason to silence my […]

A Post-Mother’s Day Wish: 21st Century Workplace Policies

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This article first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online. My husband normally doesn’t participate in the media interviews I do. But three decades ago, when our kids were 2 and 5, a conservative woman wrote an op-ed in the local paper declaring all problems in the family, from alcoholism to teenage suicide, were due to […]

Sen. Patty Murray: A Champion for Paid Sick Days

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The Healthy Families Act has a new sponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and she’s proving to be not just a backer but a champion for paid sick days. A few weeks ago, Sen. Murray surprised many observers by introducing a non-binding budget amendment calling for workers to earn seven paid sick days—the terms of the […]

The Great Last-Name Debate

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Here is a fun experiment for you to try on your husband-to-be. Ask him if he would have considered taking your last name instead of keeping his own when you got married. Based on what I have experienced, I bet that most men will immediately say no and provide you with a very creative answer. […]

My Hair, My Self

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A few weeks ago, I went with my friend Stacey to pick up her daughter from school. As my friend’s daughter, Elizabeth, and two of her friends, Sarah and Lydia, piled into the backseat, Stacey told her daughter that the stuff they’d ordered for her hair had come in the mail. Elizabeth excitedly opened the […]

New Feminist Mom: This Easter, Choose People—Not Projects

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Ashley Steimer-King is a lifelong feminist and a first-time mom. In her column, New Feminist Mom, she’ll be exploring issues such as co-parenting, finding work/life balance and raising feminist children.   Taking a nap, making deviled eggs for an Easter picnic, hanging out with my son and his “Auntie Bug” (also known as my little […]