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 »

Ms. Opinionated: All the Advice You Asked For, and Some You Didn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don’t... Read more »

Not That Kind of Secretary

In AMC’s wildly popular Mad Men, administrative assistants are sexy secretaries in a male-dominated world. Sue in Veep and April in recent seasons of Parks and Recreation portray a slightly more empowering though still-tired trope: the... Read more »

Taking Care of Business

It’s surprising that we currently have so few female entrepreneurs on TV. In real life, women-owned businesses grew by 20 percent from 1997 and 2002. Sadly, the jump in female entrepreneurs hasn’t been reflected on... 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 »

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

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