Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out': Poking Fun at the Parenting of the Rich and Famous

July 21, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

With so many seasons of well-to-do women behaving badly (in New York and elsewhere), Bravo seems the right place for a show that promises to poke fun at the picture-perfect parenting of New York City’s Upper East Side mothers.

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The Pros and Cons of ‘Orange is the New Black’

July 14, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The women’s prison system warrants more attention and definitely needs reform. Meanwhile, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a step in the right direction. By making these women sympathetic people, they become individuals with pasts and futures.

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Mike Brady—Small-Screen Father, Big-Time Dad

June 16, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

When I introduced “The Partridge Family” and “The Brady Bunch” to my millennial daughter several years ago, it was “The Brady Bunch” that stuck. After 40 years, “The Partridge Family” just didn’t hold up.

What did the Bradys have that the Partridges didn’t? A dad.

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The 2015 Tony Awards: Winners, Losers, and a Surprising Snub

June 2, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The Tony Awards aren’t usually as glamorous as the Oscars; there’s typically less cleavage—not to mention less Botox—on the red carpet. But what it lacks in glitz and glitter it makes up for in sincere appreciation of craft.

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‘Mad Men,’ Seriously . . .

May 21, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.

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‘Mad Men’ Finale: I’d Like to Buy Matt Weiner a Coke

May 19, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In this giant gift of a final episode, we’re left with a very comfortable sense of hope. After 92 fairly gritty hours, happy endings—no matter how unlikely—are welcome.

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Netflix Review: “Grace and Frankie”—Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Make a Delightful Odd Couple

May 12, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who both look fabulous at, respectively, 77 and 75) are perfectly matched. As you watch each 30-minute episode of this Netflix series, you can appreciate not only their acting, but how much fun they’re having.

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Mothers in Literature: The Good, the Bad, and the Murderous

May 10, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Perhaps the most tortured mother in all literature is Sophie Zawistowska, whose life is forever frozen in time after the SS officer at Auschwitz demands: “You may keep one of your [two] children. The other one will have to go. Which one will you keep?”

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‘Mad Men’: Does Don Deserve to Die?

April 28, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“There are definitely those who think Don deserves to die. I’ve read more than one post online (invariably by women) volunteering to push him out that high-rise window.”

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New Show ‘Younger’ Turns Back Time: Is 40 the New 26?

April 14, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

What’s an accomplished, job-hunting midlife woman to do? That’s easy. You rewrite your résumé, update your wardrobe, highlight your hair, and pretend to be 26. It just might work. As long as you look like Sutton Foster.

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The ‘Mad Men’ Final Act: Same As It Ever Was?

April 7, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Don Draper the womanizer is back. And Joan and Peggy still can’t see the common ground they’re on. While the women at the agency may be fighting the same war, there isn’t enough ammunition for both. It’s every woman for herself.

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Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ Comes to PBS

March 31, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

BBC2’s six-part series “Wolf Hall,” based on the tumultuous life of Thomas Cromwell, second in power to Henry VIII, premieres at the same hour this Sunday as “Mad Men.” DVR time!

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The March Challenge, in Honor of Jon Stewart

March 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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How about our welcoming Jon Stewart into the Sisterhood of Reinvention by questioning the inevitability of “from now on”? And so we’re issuing our readers and writers a March Challenge.

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Sex, Lies, and Afternoon Tea: DOWNTON ABBEY RETURNS

January 6, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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The first hint of delicious impropriety comes from Lady Violet, of all people. The younger Crawleys are feeling frisky, too. And the servants aren’t immune to it [sex] either.

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From Parodies to Paper Dolls, COUNTDOWN TO DOWNTON

December 2, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Honing our anticipation of the return of “Downton Abbey” through books, blogs, previews, parodies— even a witty assortment of “Downton” paper dolls. (Thomas and O’Brien come with “evil accessories.”)

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