I don’t know about you, but I am unbearably tired of phrases like “aging gracefully.” Or worse yet: “Embracing your age.” Define please, could you? And while you’re at it, please tell me why such phrases are often accompanied by a photo of a woman with white hair. It seems the last bastion of socially […]
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Posted in "What should I do with my life?", being judged, culture, feminism, gender roles, identity, the ticking clock, why women?, tagged aging, feminism, identity, judging one another, media stereotypes, Ticking clock on April 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in "What should I do with my life?", culture, feminism, why women?, tagged Carrie Bradshaw, childfree, choices, egg freezing, fertility, having it all, infertility, Kim Kardashian, marriage, Naomi Wolf, success, The Beauty Myth, workforce on November 1, 2011 | 3 Comments »
On a recent trip to D. C., I was out to dinner with some long-lost family friends and their very accomplished, 20-something daughter who’d just moved to the city after earning her Masters of Public Administration and subsequently landing a seriously fat job working for the government, something she’s always wanted to do. She’d come […]
So Wednesday I had an interview with Kathryn Zox on VoiceAmerica and she asked me if I could think of a more positive word for “compromise.” And to be honest — well, it was early in the morning — I could not. Can you? Thing is, life is all about the trade-offs. But “compromise”? It’s […]
So I was roaming around The Daily Beast yesterday — ahem, looking for intellectual commentary — when I was sidetracked by a Popeater link entitled thus: Betty White: You’re Never Too Old for Sex. And so of course I clicked. What I found was a little riff on a cover story from AARP magazine in […]
A bunch of stuff in my inbox had me pondering a rather big question over my morning cuppa Josephine today, dear reader: What does it mean to be a woman? Can a woman who opts out of marriage or motherhood, or into math, still be considered feminine? And how do such not-quite-totally-conscious hang-ups play into […]
This too many choices thing? It’s not just us. No less than e-behemoth Microsoft has recognized that our era would be more accurately described as the too-much-information age. And the more information, the harder the decision.
Delia Ephron said it all in Sunday’s New York Times: To me, having it all — if one wants to define it at all — is the magical time when what you want and what you have match up. Nothing more to say. At all.
Posted in feminism, Paradox of Women's Declining Happiness, tagged Anne Lamott, Dan Ariely, happiness, Next Best Thing, science of happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Undecided on July 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Anne Lamott and I are friends. Okay, not personally, but I follow her on Facebook. (We did have a moment a decade ago when I shook her hand after she gave a talk up in Berkeley. But anyway.) When her latest post popped up in my news feed this morning, a bunch of bells went […]
Posted in culture, decision-making, why women?, worklife balance, workplace, tagged "lean in", "Why Gender Equality Stalled", Affordable Care Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, flexible hours, leaning out, New York Times, Pamela Stone, part-time work, Sheryl Sandberg, Stephanie Coontz, The Feminine Mystique, work-family reconciliation on February 19, 2013 | 3 Comments »
The Feminine Mystique is 50 years old; do you know where your equality is? Here’s a hint: if you’re a woman living in America, it’s still pretty far out of reach. Because for as far as women have come in the ol’ US of A, the fact is that the state of affairs here–compared to […]
Posted in culture, feminism, gender roles, tagged "End of Men", Christina Hoff Sommers, New York Times, school culture, Undecided: How to ditch the endless quest for perfect and find a career -- and life -- that works for you on February 5, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Something has been nagging at me ever since I read Christina Hoff Sommers’ Opinionator piece in Sunday’s New York Times. Did you catch it? It’s yet another essay lamenting the disconnect between today’s school system and, well, the nature of boys. Her piece, which links declining male achievement with grade school culture, is pegged to […]