Posts Tagged Relationships

Behind Justice Ginsburg, a strong man


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The obit headline reads: Martin D. Ginsburg dies at 78; tax law expert, Supreme Court spouse

It’s so rare to read the obituary of a man who is identified, right up there in the headline, as a spouse — the supportive partner of a woman who is much more well-known.

The foundation of their relationship, they both said, was mutual respect and equality — and a willingness to share domestic duties.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is rightfully recognized as a remarkable public advocate for women’s rights. But it seems she also had the great fortune to spend her private life with a man who lived by feminist principles.

[S]he recalled that Mr. Ginsburg, a gregarious varsity golf player, was “the ...


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The obit headline reads: Martin D. Ginsburg dies at 78; tax law expert, Supreme Court spouse

It’s so rare to read the obituary of a man who is identified, right up there in ...

Dad Camp: A New Era of Male Accountability


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A new reality show on dadhood is sure to spark some conversation this Father’s Day. Although America is only 3 episodes into the new TV series “Dad Camp,” I can’t help but feel somewhat smitten. I think it is the beginning of a meaningful era of male accountability in reality TV and it is an important twist on the cadre of pregnancy shows that have multiplied over the past few years. While there are some potential drawbacks, the main clincher of the show is that it promotes responsible fatherhood while simultaneously empowering mothers.
In case you haven’t heard of it, here is the breakdown: 6 pregnant women and their ain’t-shit baby fathers head ...


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A new reality show on dadhood is sure to spark some conversation this Father’s Day. Although America is only 3 episodes into the new TV series “Dad Camp,” I can’t ...

How to Know You are Dating a Racist (HTKUADAR)

In lieu of this profoundly short-sighted and blatantly racist piece published at the Huffington Post titled “How to Date an Indian,” I thought it was time for me to write my own dating guide to help us stay away from people that might potentially follow this kind of advice.
How to know you are dating a racist.
1. You realize you have never met their parents and they live down the street. Nothing says, “I love you,” like, “I am embarrassed for my parents to find out you are not the race they want you to be.”
2. They love the Rolling Stones but think that Jay-Z is sexist. I mean, I know it is hard to overlook ...

In lieu of this profoundly short-sighted and blatantly racist piece published at the Huffington Post titled “How to Date an Indian,” I thought it was time for me to write my own dating guide to help ...

Personal is Political: cleaning house


Him: Do you own a broom?
Me: I think so. (pause) Um, I used to.
Him: This is right up there with your microwave.
Okay, so maybe I’m not the most fastidious cleaner in the world. I was raised by one of those moms who believed a little dirt doesn’t hurt. I adopted this worldview, avoiding hand-santizer (I think it just makes our immune systems less robust) and strictly adhering to the five second rule when it comes to any dropped piece of chocolate. I’m fairly orderly, but clean? Well, I just feel that most of the time I have way better things to do. Sometimes, if I’m really pissed off or anxious, cleaning feels great. But otherwise, it’s ...


Him: Do you own a broom?
Me: I think so. (pause) Um, I used to.
Him: This is right up there with your microwave.
Okay, so maybe I’m not the most fastidious cleaner in the world. ...

Interracial Relationship Round Up

Alicia Keys, who I consider one of my all-time favorite artists, has a new video out that is, sad to say, seriously disappointing. It’s sort of a time travel through Hollywoodized interracial relationships, complete with a white dude in a truck and a bunch of angry black men. Really, Alicia?

Granted, music videos rarely portray human relationships with any sort of emotional authenticity, but this is one of the most objectifying, shallow portrayals of love I’ve laid eyes on in awhile. It falls into all of the tired stereotypes of the tragic interracial love story, without really driving home any of the real struggle, politics, and/or potential liberation of such unions. Having previously been in one for almost ten years, I ...

Alicia Keys, who I consider one of my all-time favorite artists, has a new video out that is, sad to say, seriously disappointing. It’s sort of a time travel through Hollywoodized interracial relationships, complete with a white ...

Ask Professor Foxy: How Do I Get Over A Really Hard Break Up?

This weekly Saturday column “Ask Professor Foxy” will regularly contain sexually explicit material. This material is likely not safe for work viewing. The title of the column will include the major topic of the post, so please read the topic when deciding whether or not to read the entire column.
Dear Professor Foxy,
I’m a lesbian in my 20’s going through a break-up with my girlfriend of nearly 4 years… and I am feeling so overwhelmed and lost right now. I really just need some guidance, and not the 5-steps-to-getting-over-your-ex kind of self-help. In the past few months, what was once a (more or less) healthy and egalitarian relationship has turned into a wreck.
Communication issues and baggage that we ...

This weekly Saturday column “Ask Professor Foxy” will regularly contain sexually explicit material. This material is likely not safe for work viewing. The title of the column will include the major topic of the post, so please ...

The Feministing Five: Twanna A. Hines

Twanna A. Hines is a feminist sex, dating and relationships writer living in New York City. She started out as a sociologist, and soon found that her interest in human interaction took a rather intimate turn. When she moved to New York in 2005, she started Funky Brown Chick, where she blogs about sex, love and life here in the city. Think of her as Carrie Bradshaw, minus the shoe addiction, plus some heavy duty feminism.

Twanna, who has lived all over the world, from Illinois to Amsterdam, says that for her, the most important part of blogging about sex is “to be able to talk freely about sexuality and give other people the space to do that.” As someone ...

Twanna A. Hines is a feminist sex, dating and relationships writer living in New York City. She started out as a sociologist, and soon found that her interest in human interaction took a rather intimate turn. When ...

Dark Skinned White Girls?

“Now half and half mixed girls
I know what the battle be
Everytime you go out it’s… whats your nationality?”
Everybody always wanna dig up in ya background
You don’t look… now how does that sound?
I couldn’t tell you were… oh is that right?
Do you take it as a compliment or start up a fight?
Venezuelan and Indian, Rican and Dominican
Japanese or Portuguese, Quarter of Brazilian
White and Korean, Black and Pinay
I can find out later
It don’t matter, ya fly” – Murs

What does it mean to be a dark skinned white girl? And what is a dark skinned white girl?

I attended Families on the Fault Lines at UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and ...

“Now half and half mixed girls
I know what the battle be
Everytime you go out it’s… whats your nationality?”
Everybody always wanna dig up in ya background
You don’t look… now how does that sound?
I ...

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