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What Consequences Should Roman Polanski Face After 32 Years?

| October 2, 2009

The author, a rape survivor, takes a clear-eyed view of the Polanski case, sorting out both the needs of his victim and those of a society that cannot afford to tolerate sexual violence. More »

Marilyn French’s Characters Speak to Me

Marilyn French’s Characters Speak to Me

| September 16, 2009

A college senior considers both The Women’s Room and French’s posthumously published novel, The Love Children, from the point of view of her own generation. And the experience clarifies her feminist sensibility. More »

Broadcast News: When Women Become Two out of Three

Broadcast News: When Women Become Two out of Three

| September 8, 2009

The author, whose first job after earning her journalism degree was with Katie Couric’s evening news show, argues that both Couric and Diane Sawyer will adjust to a changing TV news scene, one in which the traditional evening broadcasts coexist with interactive new media. More »

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg: A Story of the “Oprah of Her Day”

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg: A Story of the “Oprah of Her Day”

| July 30, 2009

Before Lucy Ricardo, there was Molly Goldberg. The author interviews prize-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner, whose documentary brings to life the star, writer and producer of the first TV sitcom, “The Goldbergs.” More »

Midwest Teen Sex Show: Can Sex Ed Actually Be Entertaining?

Midwest Teen Sex Show: Can Sex Ed Actually Be Entertaining?

| July 20, 2009

As the author reports, the creators of the podcast believe humor and honest information about sex for teens do mix, and programmers at Comedy Central think they may be on to something. More »

The Undiagnosed Problem: The Twilight “Saga”

The Undiagnosed Problem: The Twilight “Saga”

| June 30, 2009

Harmless fantasy-romance? Or influential prototype of a controlling lover? The author asks her (somewhat) younger sister-readers to take a deeper look at the popular series. More »

Celebrating Women’s Media Successes

Celebrating Women’s Media Successes

| June 19, 2009

WMC’s first awards event honored the best work by women in news and entertainment. The recipients, however, cautioned those assembled to pay tribute: many barriers remain. More »

QWOC Film Festival Focuses on the Immigrant Experience

QWOC Film Festival Focuses on the Immigrant Experience

| June 18, 2009

Finally, the Magical World of Disney Is About to Include an African American Princess

Finally, the Magical World of Disney Is About to Include an African American Princess

| June 15, 2009

Granted, it’s a fairy tale—the furthest thing from reality. But a wide audience of little girls is likely to take Tiana, the new Disney character, to heart. The author asks how likely is it that the mainstream company can produce an effective role model for them. More »

A Theatre Season To Savor

A Theatre Season To Savor

| June 5, 2009

As Broadway celebrates with the Tony Awards Sunday night, the nominations recognize some, but hardly all, of women’s great successes in theatre during the last year. The author analyses why an industry that is bucking the economic downturn continues to shortchange productions by and about women. More »