September 12, 2016 |
I really shouldn't say, "Now I've seen everything," because who knows what tomorrow will bring. Instead, I will, as Phil Rizzuto and Harry Carey (take your pick) would have said, "Holy cow!" It turns out there's a website called www.bObsweep.com that employs Ali Afrouzi as "lead technologist and chief chore expert. " Fair enough. When I was on the Discovery Channel's Home Matters program from 1998 to 2001, cohost Chris McWatt always introduced me as "The Gadgeteer. " But my job was to demonstrate new gadgets I came across at product expositions here and around the country.
August 27, 2016 |
While swimming laps, pretending to be in the Olympics, I overheard a comment, and not about my peculiar breast stroke. A gaggle of young guys were cannon balling into the deep end, having old-fashioned summer fun. Underscore old-fashioned. One dude belly flopped and groaned. The pal in the pool offered solace with: "Ah ... don't be such a girl. " Female gender is still being used as an insult. It's pretty common. I've heard professional sport coaches use something very much like that to chide their team.
August 3, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband of 10 years recently came out to me as a transwoman. She says she is a lesbian and wants to stay and make it work. I am trying to be supportive, but I am feeling betrayed and weirded-out and pretty sure I'm not a lesbian. When I hide my confusion, she's ecstatically happy to be her real self; when I mention some aspect of my unhappiness, she goes very quiet. I feel sad and alone and confused, and I don't know how much of that to let show.
July 29, 2016
By Cynthia Terrell and Susannah Wellford With the convening of the Democratic and Republican Parties, we see greater diversity in their national delegations and leadership than what we currently have in Congress. Women hold less than 20 percent of the seats in the Senate and House, making the United States 95th internationally in the number of women elected to national offices. Imagine if the Senate or House required gender parity for each state? Before completely dismissing this idea, consider this: Both parties already have statewide and national rules requiring gender equality.
July 14, 2016 |
Question: I thought you were right on in your answer to B. from Maine about who pays for dates (Feb. 2). You were correct to suggest kindness. However, I think your answer was a little simplistic when you said, "Note, none of these rules is gender-specific," including, "if you ask someone to dinner, you pay. " Let's be real: The rules are not gender-specific, but the rituals are. Who does most of the asking? Our culture's courtship rituals are based upon gender roles of previous generations.
June 10, 2016
By Karen Beckwith As the 2016 campaign unfolds, the continuing story is that women and gender will play major roles in the presidential election. This story does not predict a happy ending for the presumptive Republican nominee. There are more women in the U.S. electorate than there are men, giving women a numerical advantage in elections, and women have turned out to vote at a higher rate than men have since 1980. By 2014, women constituted 52 of the electorate, with 43 percent turnout (compared with men at 48 percent of the electorate, with 41 percent turnout)
June 3, 2016 |
I HAVE BEEN TOLD by otherwise intelligent, alert, accomplished women that I must vote for Hillary Clinton. Some have said it's because failing to cast my vote for Bill's charming better half will be a de facto "plus one" for Team Trump. While I doubt that is the case, and polls seem to bear me out, it's a fairly respectable argument: Hillary minus me minus many other women equals Donald. But there are also the sisters who tell me I must vote for Hillary because she is a woman, and I am a woman, and It Is Time.
April 30, 2016
By David Neumark An aging population, coupled with low employment rates among Americans older than 62, poses severe challenges to the long-term sustainability of Social Security. Numerous reforms have been proposed to extend their working lives, including raising the retirement age. Such reforms may be unlikely to gain traction - not because people are so eager to retire, but because age discrimination sharply limits job opportunities. After decades of debate, most labor economists today accept that discrimination has played a role in limiting job opportunities for minorities and women.
April 22, 2016
YOU KNOW what I really resent? I resent it when someone tells me I should vote for, or support, or give a pass to, someone because it will be a "historic moment. " Don't get me wrong. I'm as much a sucker for the grand and melodramatic gesture as anyone. Last weekend, I took my nephew to see the updated version of "Jungle Book," and I was reduced to sobs when the animals banded together to defend Mowgli. Heck, I still get a lump in my throat at that scene in "Spartacus" where all the other slaves rise up to protect Kirk Douglas from crucifixion by saying, "I am Spartacus.
April 8, 2016 |
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]