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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 »

The Ballad of the Unpaid Intern

Onscreen, women struggle as unpaid interns but are saved by, in April’s case, a surprise job opportunity in season two of Parks and Recreation. But in real life, about one in six 18-24 year-olds are... Read more »

Is the Fashion Industry a Hot Mess?

It’s no wonder that there’s a spot for Gossip Girl’s Blair in the competitive world of fashion: she’s the daughter of the creator of Waldorf Designs, she attended an elite private school where she gained connections to high society, and her family has no shortage of... 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 »

You Be The Judge

Women have comprised almost half of law school enrollments in the last three decades. But in terms of the federal judiciary, the numbers haven’t risen a bit. Currently, fewer than one in three of the... Read more »

When Women Run the Show

Though there’s been a lot of talk of girl power on TV, there’s not nearly enough gender parity behind the scenes of the small screen. Read more »

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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 »