PLAY BIG: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL

51eZNEgu0OL._SL300_A conversation with Dr. Jen Welter, author of PLAY BIG: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL

“Winning can be the outcome of a competition, but it can also be the opportunity to compete against the odds. Being a professional is about the attitude you have and the value you assign yourself, not the value someone else assigns you. When you define your own metrics of success, then you truly define your power and how you are going to live your life.”

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What’s Really Behind the Whole Men-Ask-Women-Out-First Thing?

KateH_FeministWednesdayKate Harveston

Recently, I was watching an episode of Family Guy that touched on the topic of women asking men out. When the typical-teen-daughter character, Meg, asks her mother if it’s acceptable for her to make the first move and ask a guy out, her mother responds,

“Meg, are you asking me in this day and age, whether it’s appropriate for a girl to ask a boy out on a date? Of course it’s appropriate. It’s also sad and desperate and I would never do it, but you’re not me, are you sweetie?” Continue reading…

Powder Room Talk

gnameJennifer Gregory

I recently was introduced to the brilliant show, Broad City, by my father. (Of all people, one’s 69-year-old father isn’t the likely person to introduce you to a feminist comedy, but my dad is an ardent feminist.)

We watched an episode together and he asked, “Do women really talk that vulgar when they’re alone?”

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Looking Back on the Harmful Effects of Modesty Culture

KelseyMorgan_FeministWednesdayby Kelsey Morgan

This previous summer was the first time I didn’t worry about showing my bare shoulders, or wearing tights under a dress that was just a little too flirty despite the sweltering heat, or making sure my shirt was long enough that if I raised my arms, I didn’t accidentally reveal a tiny slip of my stomach.

It wasn’t because I lost a bunch of weight and suddenly wanted to show off more, it wasn’t because the temperatures were more excruciating than previous years, and it wasn’t because showing more skin was suddenly more fashionable. No, my newfound wardrobe liberation came after I finally, finally began doing away with the modesty-guilt I’d been taught, counselled on, had beat into me since the day I was born. Continue reading…