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Miss Representation

by Alicia

You may have heard of the documentary called Miss Representation.  It’s about how the way the American media portrays women affects the self-worth and self-esteem of girls growing up today.  “It’s all about the body, not about the brain”, one teenage girl observes.

This buzz-worthy documentary premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has made its way through the film festival circuit.  Oprah bought the distribution rights at Sundance, and has started showing Miss Representation on her network, OWN.

As a woman in business I felt like I knew a bit about this topic, but I learned a tremendous amount more. I learned how everyone is complicit in suppressing the potential of women, and intend to change my own behavior.  At the same time, I was inspired by the surprisingly wise teenagers who were interviewed. Continue reading

Northampton, MA: a parallel universe

by Alicia

A question for some of our female readers: let’s say that you meet the woman of your dreams, fall in love, and want to raise a family together.  Where is the best place to raise a lesbian family? Perhaps where you currently live is a queer family friendly place, but perhaps it is not.

I recently visited high school friends in New England. We took a day trip to Northampton, Massachusetts to see a famous comedian and also to visit a very charming family. Visiting Northampton felt like walking into a parallel universe, one where lesbian parents are the norm.  This town of about 30,000 apparently has over 5 times more LGBT residents than a typical American town. Though not very ethnically diverse, this was still quite refreshing to me as someone who grew up in the Bible Belt. I’ll admit, I was enchanted by all that I observed in Northampton.We spent much of the day at the lovely home of Kirsten and Elizabeth, parents of twin toddler boys. Continue reading

Be Safe, Anderson Cooper!

by Alicia

I’ve been following the news out of Cairo (and lately, Suez) with great interest.  And not just because my secret boyfriend Anderson Cooper was punched in the face 10 times by an angry, anti-American mob.  At first it was largely due to concern for the safety of my friend Jenny who lives in Cairo.  Thank goodness, she is safely in the U.S. right now.  I visited her in the summer of 2008 and experienced a bit of Egyptian life and culture.

I’d like to point out a few things to ponder if you don’t know much about Egypt. Continue reading

Race + Dates

by Alicia

Have you ever heard of the free online dating site, OKCupid?  One of the Harvard math nerds behind it is an acquaintance of mine, so I’ve followed its growth over the years. Recently they started blogging about the data they’ve amassed on people’s dating habits. A post about how your race affects the rate of replies you receive caught my eye. Their initial post was on heterosexuals, but they took a close look at the same-sex numbers as well. Continue reading