I have dedicated my professional life to empowering women and girls through creativity. It’s something I am deeply passionate about. But there is another side of this issue that, based on a few recent conversations with friends, I feel compelled to acknowledge. The issue: women competing with or tearing other women down. It is possibly... Continue Reading →
“The US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of them were held by women.” This is the headline that caught my attention. As a working mom in a pandemic, it required no further explanation for me to process, then nod in understanding. In a society that tells little girls we are to equal to... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/zqhCkWwzurw I started a web series of interviews with my friends from diverse backgrounds as a way to resist the current administration's attempts to divide us. There are a lot of challenging conversations to be had and we don't all have to come from the same backgrounds or even ever agree on everything. What we... Continue Reading →
In this MeToo/Time’s Up era and especially since the Aziz Ansari story broke, there has been a lot of discussion about the distinctions between sexual harassment, assault, rape and impropriety of varying degrees. These are important distinctions and I hope much thoughtful conversation goes into parsing them out. But I want to talk about where... Continue Reading →
"The system didn’t work for me. I am on my own. And because of that I can stop lessening myself in order to preserve their egos. I can stop laughing at their sexist jokes. I can be opinionated and intelligent and talented and unladylike and even (gasp!) gain or lose weight and still like myself. I can dress up or wear pajamas all day. I can do whatever I goddamn please because I. Am. Free."
I have always admired eccentric old ladies who say and do whatever they want, and I finally see how they come to the point where all of their fucks have been given. I’ve been in a pattern of being less interesting by wasting time not fully being myself—placating and worrying how I come across... Continue Reading →
As one year ends and another begins, it’s natural to reflect and make resolutions. This year my resolution isn’t about dieting, exercising more, or anything fit for an internet meme. This year I resolved to break off the most toxic relationship of my life. I am breaking up with the Patriarchy. We met when I... Continue Reading →
**note from Sharisse** I originally planned to publish a blog about male feminists and how proud I am to be a part of this video for Lee's new feminist anthem, "Boss Señorita." Unfortunately, before I could post it, a misogynist went on a murdering spree in Santa Barbara. Lee and I, like a lot of people,... Continue Reading →