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(Photo credit: Netflix)

How Stranger Things Turned Jim Hopper Into An Abuser | Bitch Media | July 2019

This unwitting misrepresentation of toxic masculinity as normal behavior suggests that the showrunners don’t always know abuse when they see or write it.

 
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(Photo credit: Electric Literature)

The Anti-Nationalism of The Left Hand Of Darkness | Electric Lit | Apr. 2019

The novel acts not only as an examination of the gender binary, but also as a warning against xenophobia and a call for radical collaboration—powerful and timely messages in 2019.

 
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(Photo credit: Timothy Long)

Apostle of the Cacti | Bitch Media | Mar. 2019

As climate change and human activity continue to threaten Joshua Tree, I think of Minevera Hamilton Hoyt, the woman who weaponized garden clubs and women’s organizations to save millions of acres of wilderness.

 
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(Photo credit: Rashida Tlaib)

Rashida Tlaib and Uncivil Disobedience | Bust Magazine | Jan. 2019

These critiques of uncivil language by men who have failed to condemn uncivil actions ring hollow. If now is not the time to push the limits of our language to accurately name the perpetrators of injustice as such, when is the time?

 
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(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Is it time to breakup with Facebook? | Jewish Women, Amplified | Dec. 2018

The truth is, without going “off the grid,” it’s very difficult to live in this modern world 100% ethically; we all rely on companies and industries that do harm.

 
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(Image credit: W. W. Norton)

An Interview with Dara Horn About Eternal Life | Jewish Women, Amplified | Dec. 2018

I sat down with award-winning author Dara Horn to discuss her latest novel, Eternal Life. The book tells the story of Rachel, a woman who cannot die, and follows the character from the biblical era to the present.

 
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(Image credit: Abbi Jacobson)

You Won’t Regret This | Jewish Women, Amplified | Nov. 2018

Onstage with Boston Globe reporter and fellow Jewish lady Meredith Goldstein, Jacobson is personable, sharp, and at times, self-deprecating. Her comedic timing is exactly what you would expect from one of the creators/writers/stars of Broad City: spot on.

 
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(Photo credit: Netflix)

The Fashion of To All The BOys I’ve Loved Before | Jewish Women, Amplified | Oct. 2018

This summer, no movie captured our hearts like Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I had the chance to chat with costume designer Rafaella Rabinovich about her work on the film and all our favorite looks.

 
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(Image credit: The Scarlet Letter [1934], Amanda Knox)

The Scarlet Letter ReportsJewish Women, Amplified | Aug. 2018

In the 2018 Facebook series, The Scarlet Letter Reports, host Amanda Knox explores this idea: that the world wields a woman’s sexuality against her like a weapon. In each episode of the Broadly-produced show, she interviews a famous woman who has been attacked or disbelieved because of her sexuality or sexual history.

 
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(Photo credit: Jenny Silverman)

Twenty Years of Singing for Bread and RosesJewish Women, Amplified | May 2018

This year, the Boston Workmen’s Circle Yiddish chorus, A Besere Velt (A Better World), will celebrate its 20th anniversary. I spoke with original chorus members, Michael Felsen and Jenny Silverman, about the choir’s conception, past, present, and future.

 
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(Photo credit: Netflix)

Grace and Frankie: BashertJewish Women, Amplified | Mar. 2018

Because romantic relationships are so strongly emphasized and prioritized in our culture, we struggle to value platonic partnerships as equally meaningful. In truth, female friendships like the one between Grace and Frankie are often more complex, more reciprocal, more challenging, and more enduring than romances.

 
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(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

America's Conveniently Forgotten History of Anti-semitismBitch Media | Dec. 2017

We are constantly fed the narrative that World War II was a moral war. America’s participation is touted as evidence of our nation’s implicit goodness and its liberation of concentration camps as proof of Jewish allyship. However, the rescue of European Jews was a collateral justice.

 
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(Photo credit: ASMRequests)

The Quiet World of ASMR* | The Scout | Nov. 2017

The ASMR community is a great example of how the rise of social media, online communities, and the internet has transformed human experience. People who were alone in their feelings now have spaces, both online and in real life, to share them. 

*Chosen by Medium to be recorded as an audio essay.

 
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(Image credit: EA Games)

The Sims 4, Now 4 EveryoneBust Magazine | June 2016

The Sims is a rare gem in the world of video games, which doesn’t have a history of being particularly inclusive (#gamergate, anyone?). In part because of the kind of game it is, The Sims doesn’t cower or scoff at the idea of diversity in gaming, but instead listens, changes, and thrives.

 
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(Photo credit: Dove)

"Real" Women: A Critique of "Feminist" Transphobia | The Feminist Wire | Mar. 2015

Although feminists aim to shift the oppressive institutions that disempower ALL marginalized people, we often reproduce the very violence we are trying to eradicate.

 
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(Image credit: The Moorpark Acorn)

Homeowners frustrated with looks, cost of broken wallThe Moorpark Acorn | September 2011

Most motorists zooming along Mountain Meadows Drive don’t give a second thought to the cinderblock wall that lines the street. Yet, for the 92 homeowners who live in Buttercreek Estates, driving past the partially collapsed wall is a painful reminder of the hundreds of thousands of dollars it will likely cost to again fix the barrier that had just been restored.