No more silence

To what do you give voice? Do you lend it to further social justice goals, or for your own economic gain? Do you speak out to increase your political or social leverage, or to escape discomfort? Do you talk or write truth to power, or are silence and neutrality the way for you?

Consider this a plea to break out of passivity and into action — to no longer accept what’s unacceptable to you and the world. Or as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote in “We Should All Be Feminists”: “If we do something over and over again, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over again, it becomes normal.”

Normal: It’s time for a makeover. Why wait even a second longer to demand changes to entrenched systems and institutions that work only for those who refuse to change them?

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The take no shit movement

Do you dare wear short shorts? I did. Miniskirts and what we called half-shirts (now known as crop tops and belly shirts) — with no bra, too. I bought a lot of Esprit at McAlpins, which doesn’t seem amenable to... Read More ›

How do you spell relief?

A therapist, a comic and a youth minister walk into a bar. The bartender says: “What can I get ya?” The therapist says: “An emotional rescue.” The comic says: “A gangster’s paradise.” The minister says: “A holy roller.” The bartender... Read More ›

Hands Up! Don’t Tweet!

I’m a brand. Are you one, too? If a social media disaster finds you, what ya’ gonna do? Every brand needs a strategy. And in the Age of Nefarious, a public relations crisis management plan better be part of yours:... Read More ›

To dissent may be divine

“It depends on what the definition of is, is,” former President Clinton said in response to a question about his alleged acts with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Perhaps, his charisma overcame then what now feels like exploitation and... Read More ›

Change what you can’t accept

When I read Margaret Atwood’s explanation of what prompted her to write “The Handmaid’s Tale,” I began to wonder how quickly a country or a place or a life could be altered in a political or religious coup. That kind... Read More ›

May the best woman win

I am strong. I am invincible. But, according to recent research and statistics, it’s very unlikely I will run for office, make spontaneous investments or compete for the same job as my male counterpart, the requirements for which I am... Read More ›

Reverence, A Civil Rights Story

“This feels more like fascism to me,” she said in the lobby to her office, when I asked if the current political climate resembles some people’s reactions to presidential administrations during the civil rights movement. Meet Jane Lollis, a lawyer,... Read More ›