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The Feminism Memo

If Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, wants to redefine feminism as anti-male and pro-abortion then somebody needs to explain to her the connection…

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Added by regina barreca on March 1, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

No Sleep With All This Worrying

My brother sent this email to me: "My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do."

I've always been a rotten sleeper. My brother also used to be a rotten sleeper but now he says he just waits until 1 a.m. before lying down. Such tricks don't work for me: As soon as I shut my eyes, I'm met with an elaborate display constructed by the Freudian Fireworks Company spelling out the word…

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Added by regina barreca on February 20, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

English Majors Are Prepared To Do Anything

College students have always worried about the Big Talk they might need to have with their parents.

In 1847, a student at the University of Pennsylvania might have had to explain to his parents that he joined one of the literary societies, which, on the eve of the Civil War, debated the…

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Added by regina barreca on February 13, 2017 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Not All Of Them Were The Good Old Days

ound myself feeling deeply nostalgic for a scent my mother used to wear: Jean Nate. Its signature hip, plastic yellow bottle with its circular black top represented the ultimate in sophistication.

I was explaining this sentimental memory to a friend who interrupted me by saying, "They still sell the stuff, Gina. You could find it at Walgreens. You can get it at Target. You could even buy it at Sears, you know, while you're there picking up a self-cleaning oven. They didn't stop making…

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Added by regina barreca on February 6, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Don't Be Distracted By Trump, There's Work To Do

After sitting through every moment of the very long and unspectacular Trump inaugural festivities — cheering only during the Rural Tractor Brigade — I started to feel as if it might be tough to sit still through the next administration.

Four years of somebody who says it isn't raining on him when it is raining on him? Four years of somebody who says the audience is bigger than anything anybody has ever seen when even the reporters from conservative newspapers are saying the stands on…

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Added by regina barreca on January 30, 2017 at 1:09pm — 1 Comment

We Are More Than Ourselves

Spending some leisure time at the Department of Motor Vehicles a few days ago, I overheard two men talking: "Did you hear about all those women going to Washington this week?" one asked. His pal waved away his friend's concern with a reassuring reply, "Not all of them. Just the smart ones."

It's true that a lot of smart women — and men — are headed to D.C. this week. But they're not en route to celebrate the inauguration of …

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Added by regina barreca on January 23, 2017 at 7:44am — No Comments

What's the Big Deal About Sports?

I am American, born and raised in this country, and yet I am not a sports fan. Some of you will find this hard to believe and are already writing letters to the government, asking for my citizenship to be revoked.

And yet I feel about sports the way that Dorothy Parker felt about skiing: "Skiing is very difficult and none of my business." Big sports is none of my business.

So you can pretty much imagine how I felt when I learned that the football coach at my university was…

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Added by regina barreca on January 17, 2017 at 1:28pm — No Comments

I Don't Get the Big Deal About Sports

I am American, born and raised in this country, and yet I am not a sports fan. Some of you will find this hard to believe and are already writing letters to the government, asking for my citizenship to be revoked.

And yet I feel about sports the way that Dorothy Parker felt about skiing: "Skiing is very difficult and none of my business." Big sports is none of my business.

So you can pretty much imagine how I felt when I learned that the football coach at my university was…

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Added by regina barreca on January 17, 2017 at 1:26pm — No Comments

The Five Safe Things Left To Talk About

What do you consider a safe yet intriguing topic for conversation? Does such a thing still exist? We seem to be living in a world so fraught, so divided, so tense and so eager to engage in belligerence instead of banter that we have more or less forfeited our willingness to address with respect and civility those whose opinions oppose ours.

These days, discussing previously acceptable subjects such as the weather or health can lead to fistfights. A comment about the rain in Spain can…

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Added by regina barreca on December 27, 2016 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Maturity Is Getting It Done, No Whining

Are you mature enough to pass the light bulb test?

I'd been sharing my mid-20s with an educated, sane man for more than two years when he remarked in his cheerful British accent how amazed he was that given all the time we'd been in our apartment, not one light bulb had ever stopped working.

I looked up from the pile of papers I was grading to double-check he was not kidding. He wasn't.

"What did you think happened? I sold my soul to the lamp fairy? We practically live…

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Added by regina barreca on December 12, 2016 at 9:14am — No Comments

Six Things I'm Thankful For This Year

What's the most unlikely thing in your life for which you give genuine and frequent thanks? What surprises you about your gratitude?

We know we should be grateful for whatever health we possess, whatever prosperity we enjoy and whatever cable or streaming devices to which we have access.

Yet, paradoxically, it's at those moments when the universe seems to let us down that we gain our most significant strengths.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, I've picked six items for…

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Added by regina barreca on December 5, 2016 at 11:41am — No Comments

We Don't Diet, We Have A 'Way of Eating'

Have personal diets replaced personal philosophies?

Rules of everything from morality to etiquette no longer appear to apply. People will eagerly discuss their open relationships, their dismissal of religion, the fact that they didn't vote, their contempt for handwritten notes and their sexually transmitted diseases.

Yet these same people will also threaten never to speak to you again if you serve them runny eggs, pasteurized milk or any dish where the mashed potatoes have…

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Added by regina barreca on December 5, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

Are My Working Class Roots Showing?

Class, like sexual identity, is on a continuum. Just as Benedict Cumberbatch is more feminine than Cameron Diaz, so are members of "Duck Dynasty's" Robertson family — estimated net worth of around $53 million — regarded by many fans as "real working guys" while Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader…

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Added by regina barreca on November 16, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

All Done With Crying All Over

I have cried on all forms of public transportation, including planes, trains, subways, buses and London tubes — I lived in England for several years — and, naturally, I've cried in my car.

Every woman who drives a car has cried in it; why there isn't a permanent tissue holder next to the steering wheel defies understanding and offers evidence for the need of women to be more prominent in STEM fields, particularly in automotive engineering and design.

Subways and tubes are the…

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Added by regina barreca on November 7, 2016 at 12:56pm — 1 Comment

Time To Harness 'Nasty Women' Power

As quiet passivity goes out of fashion for women, fearlessness comes sashaying in, whistling and rattling her charm bracelet.

Having heard Hillary Clinton referred to as "such a nasty woman" by Donald Trump was like hearing the signal delivered in the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the one warning patriots that the enemy was closing in and that people made of stern stuff had to muster their resources and make a stand.

Citizens who hadn't rallied before were startled into action…

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Added by regina barreca on November 7, 2016 at 12:54pm — No Comments

To talk about race, you have to listen

When Donald Trump says he wants to make America "great again," what many people hear is him saying he wants to make America "run by white men" again. We've been talking about race in coded terms during this election — except for those moments when Trump explains that black people all live in hell — and I think we need to address it more directly.

But a white woman pushing 60 shouldn't be encouraged to talk about race in America all by herself; we've had too much of that, just as we've…

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Added by regina barreca on November 7, 2016 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Note to Trump, your time is up

You know that Donald Trump actually got more speaking time than Hillary Clinton did in Sunday's presidential debate, don't you?

He whined that she got more, but that's because he was using man-time, believing he should automatically get 17 percent more than any woman. It's like man money or man years: It's the math enabling Trump…

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Added by regina barreca on October 17, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

4 Ways to Handle Arguments at Work: Advice for the Boss

Is "conflict resolution" an oxymoron? How does a true leader best handle conflict at work?



The world tells us that people in positions of leadership must facilitate "conflict resolution" within their communities; this leads to the kinds of successes we've seen throughout the world (insert bitter…

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Added by regina barreca on October 24, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments

Is "scary woman" redundant?

With Halloween trying to sneak up on us, it's time to look without fear at the differences between what makes men scary and what makes women scary.

For example, your male villain in a horror movie must have third-degree peeling burns and open sores over most of his body; that's a given. It's a plus if he's wearing gloves…

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Added by regina barreca on October 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Using Reality TV To Reveal Your Personality

I've been fascinated by personality tests ever since I abandoned those quizzes where you try to find out the shape of your face. At this point in my life I don't care what shape my face is. Or what shape my whole head is for that matter. What am I, a professor of geometry?

Personality tests, however, always extend the promise of deep and meaningful insight into what's been bothering you all these years. Even brief ones printed on bus panels are a catalyst for self-examination.…

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Added by regina barreca on September 20, 2013 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

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