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Women's Work: It's Quittin' Time

We’ve come to my last entry for Women’s Work, my guest blog exploring TV portrayals of women in the workforce. Thanks so much for reading, for commenting on, and for sharing these stories… Read more »

The Likability Trap: We Like to Root for the Antihero, But Not the Antiheroine

On TV, there’s a new guard of heroines calling the shots. From chipper Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation to fractured Carrie Mathison on Homeland to narcissistic Amy Jellicoe on ... Read more »

The Pantsuit Trap: What TV Teaches Us About Female Role Models

TV shows House of Cards and Parks and Recreation both point important real-world dynamics. While young men have a wealth of male... Read more »

Spy Show The Americans Takes on Real-Life Military Issue: Rape.

The Americans, a new FX Network spy show developed by ex-CIA agent Joe Weisberg and... Read more »

Do We Still Need Women's Colleges? Yes and No.

Women’s colleges were born out of institutionalized sexism. So, do we still need women’s colleges? In mid-December the Huffington Post published a guest editorial by Elizabeth Pfeiffer titled, “... Read more »

The Office and The Feminine Mystique

On the sitcom The Office, as in real life, middle class working mothers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They often face the choice of either compromising their career—working part-time or quitting altogether—or feeling like an absent mother. Men, on the other hand,... Read more »

What 30 Rock Tells Us About Home Health Workers

On television and in real life, home health aides are an underpaid, overworked, and invisible workforce. Like Elisa (Salma Hayek) on season three of 30 Rock, they feed, bathe, cook, and clean for the nation’s elderly folks and people with disabilities in their homes. Yet these... Read more »

Sexism and the City

It’s rare to see TV show characters who actually have a job. As recent study showed that only half of prime-time speaking characters possess an “identifiable job.” When shows do depict women working,... Read more »

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Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »

Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »