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Waiting Tables and Waiting for a Big Break

Offscreen, service jobs are not just a trope. They are a fraught solution to economic problems that heavily impact young, college-educated, indebted women. Read more »

Daddy Issues: Keeping it (Upper Middle) Classy

With its over the top premise and mining of dementia for “comedy”, I could never get into Raising Hope, but there’s one thing I do appreciate about the sitcom: it’s one of very few successful shows to... 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’... 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’... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Gender Behind the Bar

So far in this series I’ve talked about women making and marketing beer, the gender politics projected onto drinks themselves and women visiting bars. But I haven’t yet talked about women behind the bar. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to Mindy Kucan, the lead bartender... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Staying Afloat at the Office Holiday Party

I’ve been the coworker who never missed a chance to drink with coworkers and I’ve been the one who hated my job so much that the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was spend more time with my coworkers. That turned out to be a mistake, though: at my first job out of... Read more »

Read This: The Myth of the Male Decline

“Contrary to the fears of some pundits, the ascent of women does not portend the end of men. It offers a new beginning for both.” So argues Stephanie Coontz in the New York Times most emailed article (as of this morning), “... Read more »

Lady Business: Until Next Time and Thank You

This is my last post for Lady Business. It has been a lightning fast eight weeks, but it’s been so wonderful to interact with you all. I hope to trade ideas and words with you again sometime soon. Read more »

Lady Business: Are the Mancession, He-Covery, and Stay-At-Home Dads Good for Feminism?

The shadow argument for the old “Having it All” conversation, which should probably be retired along with cutesy words like Mancession and He-Covery, is the idea that men who are not breadwinners are undermining patriarchy and male power. I’ve wondered for a long time if the so-called... Read more »

Lady Business: The Three Types of Businesswomen in Pop Culture

It’s only been a little while and I’m already missing Joan and Peggy from Mad Men. I can tell because their roles this season made me think about the... 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 »