- Santa Barbara, California, USA
- June 11
- Shannon Kelley and her mother Barbara Kelley are both journalists, and have just written a book called "Undecided". Together. (...Right??) This blog is a taste of what you'll find in "Undecided", a book about choice overload, analysis paralysis, grass is greener syndrome, longing for the road not traveled, and how the success of the women’s movement has left women stumped in the face of limitless options — and how to get over it. The book comes out on May 3: if you like what you're reading here, get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Undecided-Endless-Perfect-Career-Life-Thats/dp/1580053416. And subscribe to our blog here: http://undecidedthebook.wordpress.com/
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I’m starting to wonder if this presidential election might hinge on apron strings.
In the wake of the last debate, weâ€™ve all been caught up in binders and trapper-keepers and funny Facebook memes â€“ along with some hijinks on Amazon, where a bunch of smartypants hijacked several binde… Read full post »
The other day, a good friend who is Swedish emailed me a linkÂ to post by Ann Charlott Altstadt, a Swedish writer who suggests that when life gets us down, weâ€™d sometimes be better off ditching the trip to the yoga studio or the psychologist and seeing a sociologist instead.
Funny,… Read full post »
Ew, right? The very thought sent chills up my spine.Â Did I really want to revisit my adolescent self? Does anyone?
Now, I am old enough to know that… Read full post »
I think itâ€™s time to send the Mommy Wars off to bed once and for all.
Best-selling novelist Deborah Copaken Kogan would definitely agree.Â Kogan was one of the featured break-out speakers at last weekâ€™s Sun Valley Writers Conference and her talk on the myth of the mommy wars provided food… Read full post »
It’s not so much the right-wingers’ war on women that pisses me off — it’s the fact that they think we’re dumb enough to buy their talking points.
I confess: I love shoes.Â Especially when they’re high.Â Until they wore out, my go-to faves were a pair of black leather ankle boots with dangerously high heels. They were actually pretty comfortable, but I would have worn them anyway because they looked damn good.
Iâ€™m also a femini… Read full post »
So, you know that special brand of squelched eye-roll/mini-smirk you trot out whenever you find yourself cornered by your Positive Thinking-evangelizing sister/friend/coworker? Turns out, raining on her parade might be the best thing you can do for her.
In a comical opinion piece in Sunday’s NY… Read full post »
The other day after I got home from my run (I use the term advisedly), I got a call from the local NBC affiliate asking for a quick interview on the overall impact of “girl power”Â in this year’s Olympics.Â Within ten minutes, the reporter and her cameraman were on their… Read full post »
It’s grey skies for women inspired by the docs on Grey’s Anatomy: Keith Chen and Judith Chevalier, both PhDs at the Yale School of Management, write in The Atlantic about their new study under the gulp-inducing headline “Is Medical School a Worthwhile Investment for Women?… Read full post »
Now that the chatter about Marissa Mayer has started to grow cold, let me admit that the whole conversation has pissed me off.
In case youâ€™ve spent the past few days under a rock or — same thing — totally unplugged, Marissa Mayer is the former Google superstar who was annointed… Read full post »
I was shocked and saddened this weekend when I clicked on an email telling me that Erica Kennedy–fashion publicist turned writer turned author–had died. How I wished I could unclick itâ€“the email, and the news. Today is no better: my head feels clouded, like Iâ€™m thinking through mud. M… Read full post »
In a meeting last week, another editor and I got to discussing the state of the food section of our paper. (Perhaps we were hungry.) He immediately went on a tangent (okay, we were hungry), talking about how he was so interested to learn recently of the history of food criticism;… Read full post »
Between “Are You Mom Enough?” (aka the extremely controversial Time MagazineÂ breastfeeding cover)Â and Elisabeth Badinter’s extremely controversial book The Conflict, which cast a critical eye on the current trend (among some sets) toward attachment parenting, and the Daily Mailâ€™… Read full post »
I’ll bet you do.Â That’s right: you, over there.Â The one who just fished a shirt to wear to work out of the pile of dirty clothes on your bedroom floor.Â Trust me, I do not judge, having worn the same running clothes for three days straight.Â (Right.Â Ew.)
Seems to… Read full post »
Bryce Covert’s recent post on The Nation’s website got me thinking today. It’s about an Accenture survey of Gen Y working women which found that
-they have the most positive outlook for women in the workplace of any other generation.
-when it comes to their careers, they… Read full post »
We’ve been hearing a lot about the ambition gap lately: the fact that, as Sheryl Sandberg notes, only a paltry 15 to 18 percent of women occupy the top spots.Â But there’s a dirty little secret that impacts the number of women who ultimately become leaders, or who hope to ascend… Read full post »
You run into feminists in the unlikeliest of places.Â To wit:Â the newest pitch for the rebirth of the F-word comes from none other than Louise Court, the editor of Cosmo’s UK edition.Â In an interview with The Guardian, Court talked about the magazine’s upcoming launch of a cam… Read full post »
The interwebs â€“ and the San Francisco Bay Area, which is quite literally Facebook territory â€“ have been abuzz since news of the social networking siteâ€™s IPO broke Wednesday.Â Â Within hours, anyone with a mic or a keyboard was thoroughly a-riff:Â Would the projected $5 billion trigger a new h… Read full post »
As one more reminder why you see more suits than skirts in the corporate suites, there’s this:Â women don’t exaggerate nearly enough.Â According to a recent study out of Columbia University Business School, one reason why men are more likely to succeed in business is because they’… Read full post »
“I’m so sorry,” I said to my friend, over and over, every time I put anything into my mouth or even looked at any of the food I’d spent all day preparing for a small, impromptu New Years Eve gathering. She’s a vegetarian, you see, and I’d made somewhere in the… Read full post »
Surely youâ€™ve heard about that million dollar lawsuit against Amazon filed by an anonymous actress who claims that Internet Movie Database (which is owned by Amazon) damaged her ability to get work because it published her age.Â According to the Daily Dot, the lawsuit claimed:
“If one is per… Read full post »
More than you might think.
Especially for us women, who are often sabotaged by words in ways most of us don’t even recognize.Â Language, says Santa Clara University professor Laura Ellingson, an expert on gendered communication, can shape our thoughts and perceptions, uphold double standards,… Read full post »
I almost choked on my Cheerios Wednesday morning when I read about an incomprehensibly sexist tee-shirt that JCPenney had attempted to market to tweener girls. The shirt not-s0-subtly trumpeted the retro stereotype that girls can be smart or they can be pretty.Â But never both. Its slogan, emblazone… Read full post »
When the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dismissed on Tuesday, it occurred to me that what we had in front of us was a good metaphor for one of the tawdry underbellies of American life.
Call it the power of privilege — the unacknowledged advantages that permeate so many… Read full post »
At long last: your birth control pills will finally be covered by insurance! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced sweeping new guidelines for women’s health care to take effect Aug. 1, 2012. Among other things, these new guidelines will classify birth control pills as… Read full post »