The CWCW Blog

Lawrence: A Cautionary Tale

AM I THE only one who finds it hard to believe summer is fading? Good news, though: the Boys of Fall are back! A couple days away from kicking off a brand new NFL season, it’s exciting to consider the possibilities. The next five months stretch out like a glorious blank canvas in front of us. Absolutely anything could happen! The Rams could [...]

My Small, Old Cuban Woman

WE ROUNDED THE corner of Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba, melting slowly as the heat bounced off the cobblestones onto our translucent skin. We had 15 minutes or so before our tour group was leaving for another excursion. Down another alley was a blue half door. I peered into the dimly lit room and came upon a magnificent painting of a woman [...]

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 [...]

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