The Radical Family That Inspired “Little Women” | Electric Lit | Oct. 2019
May Little Women provide us a much-needed escape from devastating news cycles, and the memory of Louisa May Alcott and her radical family inspire us to action.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Scarlet Letter Reports | Jewish 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.
Twenty Years of Singing for Bread and Roses | Jewish 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.
Grace and Frankie: Bashert | Jewish 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.
America's Conveniently Forgotten History of Anti-semitism | Bitch 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.
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.
The Sims 4, Now 4 Everyone | Bust 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.
"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.
Homeowners frustrated with looks, cost of broken wall | The Moorpark Acorn | Sept. 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.