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Settle for Mr. Good Enough? Umm, no thanks.

Lori Gottlieb clearly never met my mother. But in “Marry Him!” her “case for settling for Mr. Good Enough,” from the March 2008 issue of The Atlantic, she presumes – one of many infuriating presumptions in her exasperatingly long article – that she knows what kind of romantic advice my mother gave me.

Ridiculous Op-Ed in The New York Times, Part 2

I’m starting to think op-ed contributors for The New York Times got together on New Year’s Eve with a party theme of how to piss me off in 2008. I recognize that both Gloria Steinem’s Jan. 8 column, “Women Are Never Front-Runners” and my new source of annoyance, “Last Year’s Role Model,” by Loorie Moore, are on the opinion page—and an opinion is simply that, an opinion—so I feel obliged to share mine. My first reaction to Moore’s op-ed, to quote David Spade in the movie “Tommy Boy”:

“Hi, I’m Earth. Have we met?”

Election 2008 Coverage: Sexism at both ends of the spectrum

Now that Hillary Clinton has won New Hampshire, does that mean we are finally going to quit hearing about her “near breakdown” experience? I certainly hope so. The sexist media coverage of Clinton has now ranged from talk of her cleavage to coverage of her “eyes welling” as she responded to a question at a campaign stop, saying, “You know, I have so many opportunities from this country, I just don't want to see us fall backwards. This is very personal for me, it's not just political, it's [that] I see what's happening, we have to reverse it.”

WANTED: Affordable Birth Control Pills

Does the 2006 Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) mean anything to you? It should, especially if you’re one of the over three million college women or several hundred thousand low-income women who can barely (or no longer) afford your birth control pills. Since its passage, the prices of birth control pills have soared from about $10 a pack to up to $40 a pack at college and university health centers and other safety-net health care providers, like Planned Parenthood.

‘Anti-Woman Wacko’ pretty much sums it up

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), got it right in her Oct. 30 column about the Bush administration’s latest choice to oversee federal family planning services when she said, “Honestly, where does the administration find these people? Maybe that's one downside of the Internet, Bush can just Google ‘anti-woman wacko’ and find his next appointment.”

What (Straight) Women Want

If you’ve looked at any news website this week, chances are, you’ve read the “breaking news.” Apparently, men tend to go after attractive women, whereas women care more about security (i.e. $$$) and commitment when choosing a partner.

It’s Still the F-Word

Why claiming feminism feels like saying “fuck” in front of your grandma

I can’t say I have a single female friend who doesn’t think that both sexes should be treated equally.

So why do these same women cringe at the word "feminist"?

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