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Self esteem too low? Try surgery….

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December 30th, 2008

They come from 5 different women’s magazines and span four years, but the 35 articles that a Canadian researcher studied have a strikingly similar narrative. In magazines that include O Magazine and Cosmopolitan, the patient gets her physical lift, without ever considering emotional risks.
The researcher, undergraduate student Andrea Polinijo, of the University of British Columbia, […]

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Another Mad Men moment

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October 20th, 2008

The issue here is acquaintance rape, how it was just one of those many unpleasant things accepted as “just life” (as Gloria Steinem has quipped) before feminists named it.

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New Yorker hostility beyond being ‘just not that into’ SATC

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June 10th, 2008

In contrast, reviews by women have taken on a different and less hostile tone, recognizing the true cultural significance of the subject matter, beyond the absolute surface. One of the most positive and interesting that I’ve seen is by Jessica Reaves, an actual young woman, who reviewed the film for the ‘Chicago Tribune.’

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SATC’s moment

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May 30th, 2008

Whether you hated or loved the show (as a paragon of narcisisstic materialism vs. a refreshingly unapologetic celebration of female sexual liberation), you have to admit that the “Sex and the City Movie,” opening today nationwide, is having a “cultural watershed moment.” Melissa Silverstein well points out the signficance of its blockbuster status as a […]

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Me and my NYT online blog covering chronic pain

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February 11th, 2008

I’m happy to be a guest blogger this month for a very welcome feature this month on migraines on the New York Times online. My first entry today, “Down the Rabbit Hole with Chronic Daily Headache,” is about a disabling and very hidden problem mainly experienced by women. (Migraines hit women 3 times […]

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NYT Trivializes ‘Nebulous’ Pain of ‘Middle Aged Women’

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January 18th, 2008

For the millions of women in America debilitated by chronic pain, the page one article in Monday’s (January 14) New York Times was like a punch in the gut, taking their quest to get medically treated back decades.
With a tone of barely hidden scorn, the article reinforced the most vicious Civil-War Era stereotypes of women […]

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Golden Globes Sheds Light on Surprising Feminist Sleeper, “Mad Men”

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January 16th, 2008

Just by judging the show by its title, “Mad Men,” you may not immediately recognize it as a feminist groundbreaker. After all, it’s ostensibly about hard-driving, womanizing and drinking ad execs on Madison Avenue in NYC circa 1960.
But at the heart of the drama are the conflicted lives of its women directly confronting […]

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Women writers and self care, discussed Monday in NYC

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November 11th, 2007

I want to invite NYC folks to a special reading/lecture/interview on my book Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind on Nov. 12 at McNally Robinson Bookstore.
I’ll be interviewed by Beth Merrick, the editor of This Isn’t Chick Lit, who has been a strong advocate of women’s serious […]

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Hormone-replacement therapy “experiment” debunked in NYT Magazine

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September 19th, 2007

“A banner day for the field” of women’s health

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Does the doctor have to wear a halter top?

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September 7th, 2007

This type of image is something so common that it’s hardly noticeable. In fact, if I hadn’t just read Ariel Levy’s book Female Chauvinist Pigs, a sharp media analysis, I doubt it would have leaped out at me the way it did.
The cover of the new issue of “Entertainment Weekly” (Sept. 14) features actor Kate […]

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