Equal Pay: Why Women Need the Paycheck Fairness Act

It’s a proclamation to launch a thousand feminist manifestoes: sexism is dead. So you can imagine the ire that was unleashed when Christina Hoff Sommers’s name appeared this morning, in bold black and white, on the top of the New York Times op-ed page. Fair pay? Sommers asks, referring to a long-stalled bill that would help eradicate wage disparities. Who needs it?

Prop 19: Cali's Reefer Madness

Opponents of Proposition 19, the California ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana, argue that it would create a world where lackadaisical employees would show up to work with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. But at the heart of the debate is not the morals of pot use, or even the technical issues related to consumption on the job, but the matter of cold, hard cash.

Our Big, Fat, Juicy Scandal Addiction

It’s no secret we are a society consumed by scandal—from politicians to sports stars to radio hosts, an entire breed of pseudojournalism has erupted from this national pastime. But what is it about scandal that so titillates those of us who can’t look away?

Our Daughters, Ourselves: On 'Women's Equality Day,' a Reality Check

Ninety years ago today, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote. It was revolutionary for the time. But if our grandmothers were born into a world where they weren’t allowed to have a political voice, what will the world look like for today’s young women?

For Women, Beauty Isn't Always an Advantage

Economists have long recognized what's been dubbed the “beauty premium”—the idea that pretty people, whatever their aspirations, tend to do better in most aspects of their lives. But however hard men have it at work, women will always face a double bind.

Oakland's Growth Industry: Legalized Marijuana Farms

Opponent purists may see Oakland's latest move as one more notch on the slippery slope, but it’s no big surprise that local politicians took the city's pot policy one step further this week—approving large-scale industrial farming. Advocates believe the industry could net the cash-strapped city a whopping $38 million each year.

How Looks Affect Your Work, Your Career, Your Life

In 2010, when Heidi Montag’s bloated lips plaster every magazine in town, when little girls lust after an airbrushed, unattainable body ideal, there’s a growing bundle of research to show that our bias against the unattractive is more pervasive than ever. And when it comes to the workplace, it’s looks, not merit, that all too often rule.

Women Will Rule the World

When historians write about the great recession of 2007–08, they may very well have a new name for it: the Mancession. It’s a term already being bandied about in the popular media as business writers chronicle the sad tales of the main victims of the recession: men.

Fat Camp, In Your Face

Fat kids stuck at fat camp may be "the heart of America," as ‘Huge’ star Nikki Blonsky has put it, but just because the show is the only nonreality series featuring actual fat people, don't expect it to empower the big-boned.

How Real Is 'The Real L Word'?

It’s worth a laugh, but if you think the unenlightened will learn anything about "real" mainstream lesbian life from "The Real L Word," think again.

The Case Against Marriage

Sure, some weddings are fun—but too often they're a formulaic, overpriced, fraught rite of passage, marking entry into an institution that sociologists describe as "broken." Should smart women say "I don't"?

Too Hot in the Workplace? It'll Cost Ya.

It’s the story the TV press just can’t wait to eat up: curvy, attractive brunette, single mom, fired from Citibank because her bosses “couldn’t concentrate” around her—she was simply too hot.

No Sex in This City

It may begin with a big, fabulous, gay wedding, but SATC 2 is more 1950s gender roles than lipstick-and-Manolos feminism.