User's Guide: Getting An IUD

My period came today. The cramps are...bad. In fact, they're worse than they were even just last month, because a few weeks ago, I made a choice that increasing numbers of young, childless American women share: I got an IUD. » 4/09/10 5:40pm 4/09/10 5:40pm

Blindfolded By A Pink Ribbon? Barbara Ehrenreich On Mammograms, Breast…

Barbara Ehrenreich asks, "has feminism been replaced by the pink-ribbon breast cancer cult?" In other words, are women so concerned with access to mammograms that they're ignoring science and even their own rights? » 12/02/09 3:30pm 12/02/09 3:30pm

Self-Help Author: Women Need To Quit Juggling, Start Outsourcing

Last week, Barbara Ehrenreich took self-help guru Marcus Buckingham to task for his ideas about women's happiness. Now he's all over Business Week, telling women how to enjoy their lives and careers, so we decided to take a closer look. » 10/23/09 1:00pm 10/23/09 1:00pm

Bright-Sided: The Negative Consequences Of Positive Thinking

According to Barbara Ehrenreich's Bright-Sided, the much-vaunted "power of positive thinking" won't cure cancer, make us rich, or necessarily even keep us happy. In fact, it may be harming us. » 10/21/09 3:00pm 10/21/09 3:00pm

"Declining Female Happiness" May Be Just Another Way To Sell Shit

In an LA Times editorial, Barbara Ehrenreich writes that all the hue and cry over modern women's unhappiness may be just a ploy to sell us self-help. » 10/14/09 4:00pm 10/14/09 4:00pm

"Breast Cancer Is A Disease, Not A Marketing Opportunity"

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means our public spaces are bedecked with so many pink ribbons, it looks like a 4-year-old interior decorator named Emily got a contract to do the whole country. It's a little much. » 10/13/09 4:40pm 10/13/09 4:40pm

Is The Power Of Positive Thinking Bullshit?

Barbara Ehrenreich is looking through a half-empty glass in her new book, Bright-Sided, which takes a critical look at America's culture of positive thinking and explains how this seemingly innocuous coping tactic is actually damaging our society. » 9/28/09 4:30pm 9/28/09 4:30pm

Mortgage Meltdown? Awesome Barbara Ehrenreich Thinks We Should Get A…

Barack Obama has his first definitive lead in the polls, but it's not because America is full of optimists — or, at least the people parsing the polls don't think it is. Barbara Ehrenreich thinks we used to optimistic, though, and, in today's NY Times » 9/24/08 10:00am 9/24/08 10:00am, she calls everyone out for not being realistically pessimistic…

Bob Herbert And Barbara Ehrenreich: We Are Feeling The Love

Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Eherenreich and New York Times columnist Bob Herbert both wrote opinion pieces this week about the Hillary-Obama battles that I meant to devote some time to praising. I mean if anything has been sorta productive about this BATSHIT CRAZY EMOTIONAL primary campaign, it's that it's given… » 1/16/08 5:30pm 1/16/08 5:30pm

Playing Princess Is Just A Phase... Except When It Isn't

Last week, in Barbara Ehrenreich's Huffington Post essay entitled "Bonfire Of The Princesses," the Nickel And Dimed author wrote: "Disney likes to think of the Princesses as role models, but what a sorry bunch of wusses they are. Typically, they spend much of their time in captivity or a coma, waking up only when a… » 12/18/07 5:00pm 12/18/07 5:00pm

The unparalleled Barbara Ehrenreich on a "sorry bunch of wusses," the Disney Princesses: "In faithful imitation, the 3-year-old in my life flounces around with her tiara askew and her Princess gown sliding off her shoulder, looking for all the world like a London socialite after a hard night of cocaine and booze.… » 12/11/07 6:40pm 12/11/07 6:40pm