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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

I'm on the radio!

We talk trashy television with on the Faith Middleton show! Join the conversation!

Added by regina barreca on September 12, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

If You're Wearing Houndstooth, You've Been Had

It's time to look at this fall's hot new fashions. I heard you've been feeling good about yourself and it's time to take you down a notch.

Have you seen any of these clothes? We are told that "houndstooth is the new black." How many of you want to wear a skin-tight, fitted houndstooth suit? Nobody? Is that because you're afraid you would look like William Shatner playing a golf pro from an obscure foreign country visiting America to pick up tips?

And that's just what women…

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Added by regina barreca on September 6, 2013 at 9:36am — No Comments

Unlearning The Kindergarten Lessons Of Life

Like almost every other woman I know, many of the lessons I've had to unlearn in life I first learned in kindergarten.

For example, I've had to break the habit of having cookies and a nap at 3 in the afternoon.

That's because as an adult I developed this fetish about wanting to hold a steady job and not take up so much physical space I need to be hauled around by a winch.

Lying down every day after a heavy sugar and carb intake can undermine a girl's ambitions as well as…

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Added by regina barreca on August 9, 2013 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

6 Tips On How To Be A Smart And Successful Graduate Student

You might think it's too easy but it isn't: pretty much everything I’ve ever said to my graduate students—at least in terms of what they need to know to help them write their dissertation—can be summed up by the following points:

1. Choose your topic wisely. Your choice of subject is very much like your choice of mate. This will either be the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship or the start of a bad first…

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Added by regina barreca on August 9, 2013 at 7:20am — No Comments

Do You Look Fat in That? Why Do You Care?

I wanted to buy a T-shirt saying “Does this T-shirt make me look fat?” except it was too small.

It was my most recent low self-esteem shopping moment. Women have a lot of low self-esteem shopping moments thrust upon them by smart-alecky store mirrors and inner-demons.

This is especially true when the mirrors are positioned under hideous florescent…

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Added by regina barreca on August 1, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments

The Rules Girls Are Back -- and More Annoying Than Ever

The Rules Girls are back--and more annoying than ever, at least as far as their remarks

in New York Magazine's recent "Sex" issue goes. Even after Penn satirized them and Teller's program "BullSh&t," they continue to sound like that simply can't stop themselves from attacking other women who disagree with them. When we were all on Oprah…

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Added by regina barreca on July 31, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

His fantasy life was more important than her professional life.

Last week I saw a girl wearing a yellow dress so tight it should have been made out of "caution" tape. I might well have been one of the few middle-aged heterosexual women looking at her and thinking "God bless America." The glazed-eyed lingering glances of admiring men indicated that they were also giving thanks but probably for different reasons.…

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Added by regina barreca on July 26, 2013 at 11:22am — No Comments

Are you a Woman Over 40?

I really want to hear what you have to say about this one!

Ever notice how women get noisy as we age? Ever notice how the quiet, deferential, focused good girl hits a certain point and morphs into a combination of Betty White, Bette Midler and Mae West?

That's because when women start to feel invisible, we decide to become audible.

Over 38, 40, 50 — every woman comes to the stage when she ceases to be the ingénue at a different age — we start making trouble:…

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Added by regina barreca on June 13, 2013 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

Meet My Seditious Snow White

Here is my recent "Cover Stories" Interview --

Gina Barreca, professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, is known for quotes like, “It’s not a glass ceiling, doll—it’s a thick layer of…

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Added by regina barreca on June 11, 2013 at 5:50am — No Comments

Six Truths About Summer — It's No Picnic

It's time to tell the truth: Summer isn't for sissies, but we forget that every year. Here's what you need to remember:

1. Nobody looks at middle-aged people at the beach, with "middle-aged" being defined as being too old for work-study and too young for cremation. If you are between those ages, don't worry about what anybody will think about your bathing suit, your tan lines or whether your hair gets messed up. They're not looking. The only thing messed up in our culture is the idea…

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Added by regina barreca on May 31, 2013 at 10:56am — No Comments

Excitement or Extortion? A Guide to Gifting

This is something that harks back to The Old Country of Broads, no matter our ethnicity or class. Don't kid yourself. A woman with an engagement ring so large it can only be looked at through a pinhole in a shoe box will, yes, register for a silicon dish-rack. Yes, she will. Don't laugh and don't ask what other silicon the dish-rack matches.…

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Added by regina barreca on May 19, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments

The Power of Women’s Humor: From Supreme Court Justices to Comedy Stars

I start with Fay Weldon and end with Elena Kagan. What's not to like??…
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Added by regina barreca on May 16, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

Are you "one of the boys"?

Until the reaction to hearing "You're just like a woman" is "You mean I'm clever, creative, flexible, dynamic and empathetic? Thanks!" we still have some work to do.

Girlfriends, let's start. Guys? You're welcome.

What do think SheWrites?

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Added by regina barreca on April 19, 2013 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

What If Wise Women Wrote Commandments?

While it's been lovely listening to the patriarchs from the Pentateuch (all of whom will forever look and sound like…

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Added by regina barreca on April 8, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

Will Princeton Replace Match.com and eHarmony?

Will Princeton Replace Match.Com and eHarmony?

It’s not a dating jungle out there, Mrs. Susan Patton. It’s a university.
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Added by regina barreca on April 3, 2013 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Social Networks Like Going Back to High School

Social networking makes teenagers of us all. Lots of my ridiculously successful friends — some of whom appear regularly on television, give TED talks and are the kind of people who get harassed in restaurants by their fans (while my fans remain remarkably good-mannered and never, ever come over to introduce themselves or say a word) — will still not permit themselves to have a Facebook account because the thought of people unfriending…

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Added by regina barreca on March 11, 2013 at 11:13am — No Comments

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