Too Female for Comfort; or, How a Woman Becomes “the Other”
In which a passenger on an El Al flight from New York refuses to be seated next to a woman. To give a religious reason for the refusal, writes the woman affected, “doesn’t excuse the insult.”
Fashion Friday: Fall Boots
From classic flats to the season’s trend-setting over-the-knee boots to the new-found appreciation for suede as a change of pace from leather, and to a refreshing take on fall colors that includes reds and blues, feast your eyes on fall’s five most covetable casual styles.
A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Bereavement Counselor
By Deborah Harkins
In Dr. Schwartz’s bereavement group for Chinese men, “They talk about sports—sports is a lifesaver. They talk about playing mahjongg. But eventually someone will ask, ‘How do you make the rice for one person?’ Another will say, ‘The loneliest time is before I go to sleep at night, and do you sleep in the middle of the bed?’ Supposedly they don’t like to talk about their feelings, but they do, they do.”
Wednesday 5: The Best of the Internet This Week
The NPR special series “The Changing Lives of Women” examines issues that speak to the broad interests of women; Monica Lewinsky is ‘rebranding'; Sarah Thebarge, a 27-year-old breast cancer survivor, pays tribute to her wrinkles; a beautiful documentary captures Marie Wilcox and her effort to keep her Native American language alive; and a new book on Coco Chanel examines the designer’s engagement with European History.
True Confessions of a Netflix Binger
By Alexandra MacAaron
Home alone with a terrible cold, I watched Showtime’s entire series “The Tudors” on Netflix. Not a season, mind you, but the entire series: 6 wives, 38 episodes. Every time I told myself I should get up, get to work (get a life), I’d fast-forward through the closing credits and Netflix would automatically push me into the next episode. It was marvelous.
Dr. Pat Consults: Binge Eating—the Causes, the Consequences, the Shame
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
A recent study suggests that around the time of menopause there is a second peak of onset of eating disorders. The good news is the binge eating disorder is treatable.
Poetry Sunday: A Woman’s Viewpoint
This poem does one of the essential jobs of poetry. It takes a moment that might disappear and etches it into the reader’s consciousness as part of something larger, leaving us with a question that is much more powerful than an answer would be.
Molly Fisk: On Being Fat
By Molly Fisk
Fat is ranked at the bottom of our culture’s—pardon me—food chain, below wife-beaters, child molesters, and ax murderers. It’s insane.
The Fall Fashion Book List: Memoirs of Women of Style and Grit
This fall is gearing up to be an exciting season in the book world—and upcoming books by and about some of the most influential and game-changing women in fashion promise to be especially engrossing.
Jane Moffett on Emotional Health: Resilience
By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P
Reflections on what contributes to resilience, the inner characteristic that pulls us out of the vortex of our own fear and guilt in order to let us live full and meaningful lives.
Wednesday 5: Women in the News
“The Good Wife” is finally getting the critical attention it deserves; Longreads offers a reading list for women who travel alone; another growing list of products and companies built by women; ABC network has an initiative to increase diversity on television; and the MAKERS documentary on Women in Space is here!
Falling in Love with Paris in the Fall
By Tish Jett
The city comes alive when the weather turns sparkly crisp. With the sun high and bright, a shimmery light makes everything glitter with an almost palpable excitement. It’s impossible to explain—it’s in the air, it’s electric, it’s irresistible.
COMPLEXION: Skin Care for Women Over 40, Part I
By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
We all want to put our best face forward. What do we need? Trustworthy advice. This is Part I of Women’s Voices’ three-part series—by dermatologist Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.—on how to devise an appropriate skin-care regimen.
Poetry Sunday: An October Night
Seen through the eyes and sensibilities of poet Barbara Hagerty, an October night is a gathering of images. Here she invites us watch with her as autumn convenes its visions under the light of the moon.
Doctor My Eyes: The Ultimate Cataract-Surgery Mix Tape
By Roz Warren
QUESTION: “What’s the best song to sing to your doctor before cataract surgery?”
ANSWER: “I Only Have Eyes For You.”