It’s been only a few days since James Deen was accused of sexually assaulting several women, including his ex-girlfriend. Emily Shire asks why women seem more interested in discussing why they ever liked Deen than whether or not he is guilty.4
When sex is the feminist lodestar, it becomes too easy to dismiss anyone who holds a different attitude toward it. Elissa Strauss says de-emphasizing pleasure would help build bridges among Jewish women.24
“Who Sets the Table?” is a multimedia project looking at who does what to make Jewish holidays happen in our homes. Over the course of the year we have been running a series of surveys, reader stories and commissioned essays exploring this dynamic. So far we have asked you about Passover, the Sabbath and the High Holidays, and we have learned that, in all cases, Mom does most of the work. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homes tend to be more egalitarian than straight households, though nowhere close to 50-50.3
There is a Jewish blessing when one is in the rare presence of a national leader. But what is the blessing when the single largest gathering of world leaders in history — 150 in one day — come together outside Paris with soaring rhetoric and promises to fight the devastating effects of climate change?
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