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The Wednesday Weigh-In: “Protester of the Year” Edition

Time magazine has named the “collective protester around the world” as its person of the year. The magazine goes on the newsstands Friday, and interestingly, amazingly, beautifully, the  cover photo is of a female Arab protester.

I’m thrilled to see the Arab Spring, and to a lesser extent, related protests around the world including Occupy Wall Street, honored and acknowledged in this way. It’s so rare for the grassroots origins of social change to be celebrated in large, powerful media spaces like this. And the street protesters of today deserve it!! They are working so hard, and sacrificing so much, in the name of social change.

Time managing editor Richard Stengel seemed to agree in an interview he gave to ...

Time magazine has named the “collective protester around the world” as its person of the year. The magazine goes on the newsstands Friday, and interestingly, amazingly, beautifully, the  cover photo is of a female ...

The Wednesday Weigh-in: Mentoring Edition

According to a new study by LinkedIn, one in five professional women in the U.S. has never had a mentor.

The survey of nearly 1,000 women found that 52% of women without mentors said they’d just never found “someone appropriate” and 67% of women who had never been mentors said it was because they’d never been asked. Yet 82% of women agreed that mentorship is important.

The good news is that with more working women than ever before, finding women mentors seems to be getting easier. Over half of Gen Y women had been mentored by another woman, compared to 43% of Gen X women and only 34% of Boomers.

I’ve never had a shortage of truly incredible mentors–both men and ...

According to a new study by LinkedIn, one in five professional women in the U.S. has never had a mentor.

The survey of nearly 1,000 women found that 52% of women without mentors said they’d just ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Sexy Halloween Edition


Read Part 2 of the cartoon at The Hairpin. “Sexy Virgnia Woolf” is my fav.

It’s almost Halloween, you guys! Which means yet another year of eye-rolling about how TEH SEXY has completely taken over. Jillian Tamaki’s costume ideas in Part 2 of the cartoon above are so hilarious/sad because they not very different at all from actual costumes on the market. Sexy Nemo?! Really?

But confession time: One of the reasons I hate the fact that a sexy costume has become all but required is that I kinda like dressing sexy for the occasion. Yes, I’m one of those girls. If Halloween is fun because it’s a night we’re allowed to pretend to be something we ...


Read Part 2 of the cartoon at The Hairpin. “Sexy Virgnia Woolf” is my fav.

It’s almost Halloween, you guys! Which means yet another year of eye-rolling about how TEH SEXY has completely taken ...

The Wednesday Weigh-in: Occupy Wall Street and confronting privilege

I haven’t been down to Occupy Wall Street yet, although I’m joining the march with unions and community groups later today. But I’ve been reading a lot of the reflections and critiques as the protests continue to gather steam.

Among the unfairly dismissive criticisms, there have been a lot of folks grappling with important questions about who OWS represents–and how it can truly become the powerful populist movement it’s aiming to be. For example, Kai Wright wonders if the protests will really reflect the voices of those people, often black and typically ignored in the political discourse, who are most affected by economic injustice.

Matt Stoller has said that OWS is, above all else, a ...

I haven’t been down to Occupy Wall Street yet, although I’m joining the march with unions and community groups later today. But I’ve been reading a lot of the reflections and critiques as the protests continue ...

The Wednesday Weigh In: Nobel peace prize edition

WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, pictured above holding an Australian peace award he received in May of this year.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 were recently announced, and there were a few surprises in the bunch. 

241 candidates, have been nominated for this year’s award, which, in addition to Arab Spring superstars such as Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah, includes Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. You’ll also remember him as having been extradited to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.

Recent winners of the award include President Barack Obama and Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

Which brings me to this week’s Wednesday Weigh-In:

What ...

WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, pictured above holding an Australian peace award he received in May of this year.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 were recently announced, and there were a ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Your favorite memory

Here’s a video of a man with a camera asking 50 people on the street in Chicago what their favorite memory is. The results are predictably wonderful for a sap like me.

I think this is an impossible question, but, damn, it’s so sweet to see people try to think of their very favorite one on the spot. What’s your favorite memory?

Via The Hairpin. Transcript after the jump.

Here’s a video of a man with a camera asking 50 people on the street in Chicago what their favorite memory is. The results are predictably wonderful for a sap like me.

I think this is an impossible ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Your favorite memory

Here’s a video of a man with a camera asking 50 people on the street in Chicago what their favorite memory is. The results are predictably wonderful for a sap like me.

I think this is an impossible question, but, damn, it’s so sweet to see people try to think of their very favorite one on the spot. What’s your favorite memory?

Via The Hairpin. Transcript after the jump.

Here’s a video of a man with a camera asking 50 people on the street in Chicago what their favorite memory is. The results are predictably wonderful for a sap like me.

I think this is an impossible ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Feminist art edition

Earlier this year, Courtney wrote about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

At that time, she cited some grim statistics, including the fact that only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women.

Her piece underscores the need for more works like these: new feminist art pieces that are currently featured in a MoMa show on interactive design called “Talk to Me”.

To me, the belt that simulates menstruation is sort of ridiculous, but I really like the other stuff. And as Courtney pointed out, design tends to be a male-dominated space, so its great to ...

Earlier this year, Courtney wrote about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

At that time, she cited some grim statistics, ...

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