The CWCW Blog

Slut-Shaming Versus The Male Gaze

Am I a Slut-Shamer or just another feminist? THERE ARE A few photos of a nude Melania Trump being passed around the web. I consider them to be feminist viruses that scream “click me.” They are invading our Facebook pages and our psyches. These images are examples of the classic feminist concept called the Male Gaze, a term created by Laura [...]

How Does She Do It?

Ilana Levine shares this important and moving exchange with her two children after finding out she was cast in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit, My Name is Asher Lev. “Hey guys, let’s do a test run.”   “A test run?” my two small children asked, “what do you mean?”  My agent had called to tell me I had been offered the play My Name is [...]

Leanne Brown: Mango Coconut Cream Parfait

DESPITE THE FACT that it really shouldn’t be mango season anymore—it tends to peak in April and May here—the grocery stores in my neighborhood keep having banging deals on mangos! And I cannot say no to mangoes. To me, mangoes feel like glorious luxury. When I was young growing up in Canada mangoes were pretty hard to find (no kidding!) and I [...]

Good old days of political disagreement

ONE WARM MORNING in late August 1992, I was walking down the narrow path from our house to the street in our densely populated little neighborhood in Ptown. I heard my neighbor, a retired fisherman yell, “Kitty! Hey Kitty!” All the old Portuguese guys called me Kitty. Peter trundled over to meet me at the fence. He was in his daily uniform: an [...]

Why You Keep Dating Emotionally Unavailable People

Many of us find ourselves falling for people who can’t give us what we want emotionally. Whether or not we enter an actual relationship with said people, we keep wanting more from them. But, what many of us don’t realize is we are playing out a dance with these people. We are there because, in reality, we are just as emotionally [...]

Handling Harassment

It’s the story that refuses to die. A full 20 years after Peyton Manning was accused of sexual harassment by a female athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee, people are talking about it like it was yesterday. I already knew what a vast majority of sports media and fans discovered in the last month. It wasn’t a secret. It’s a long and [...]

100: Fifty-Two Weeks

You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. ~Gene Mauch I kept complaining that my grown children wouldn’t clean up their rooms in my house, even though they’ve both had their own homes for years. I even wrapped up some of their things and gave them their own stuff for Christmas! My husband Bill was also tired of hearing my [...]

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