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Florynce Kennedy, the late, great feminist and civil rights attorney, once said, “There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.”

After gloating about our room-temperature Christmas weather here in Altadena, my sister, Mary — who lives in Rapid City, South Dakota — almost hung up on me. Telling her I could smell lemon bl…

Writing a weekly column is a privilege. It’s also sometimes a pain in the patoot. Imagine having to come up with topics that might interest someone other than yourself. I sit in my office chai…

Pencil poised, I lick the tip and wonder, “Why do people lick the tips of pencils?” See how deep I can be? In 2016, after Hillary’s loss to the Orange Foolius, I desperately needed to do somet…

In 1963, I was in third grade at Wilson Elementary School in the tiny South Dakota town of Huron. My classroom had green chalkboards, and I could always smell the chalk dust. The portraits of …

Darkness surrounds our entryway as we negotiate four overjoyed, hungry dogs. How dare we be out past their dinner time? The smell of canned dog food makes me unusually queasy as I dish up thei…

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude that capitalists have not managed to co-opt like other significant holidays… and for that, I am grateful! However, I have a Thanksgiving practice I do every …

Squirming, I agreed to review the new book “Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note in the Industry,” by Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles. I have known one of the co-authors for years, and her late hu…

“Your parents allowed you to read about Anne Frank when you were a kid?” my astonished friend asked.

The health disparities that have led to higher rates of obesity and diabetes in Los Angeles and other cities are getting national attention. On Sept. 28, the Biden administration convened a ga…

Now that many of us have dipped our big toe back into social engagements, I was at an event, sitting next to someone I didn’t know but had heard of: “Emma Empowerment” (not her real name). She…

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In a sudden flurry of #MeToo reminiscences, after three decades, I finally decided to write to my groper:

It’s a slow, sweet and thankfully cool Sunday in Southern California. My hairdresser, Susann Edmunds, and I have been seeing each other for 20-plus years and have bonded over many things, yet …

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On Aug. 24, the Biden administration finally announced what pretty much everyone (including me) had been predicting for months: a new round of “student loan forgiveness” and an extension to th…

If we’re honest, most of us still feel like we’re teenagers: We’re awkward and unsure of how others see us. I’m still surprised when I get engulfed by big “bashful” waves. 

Thanks to the pandemic, masking is now my thing and I’m sticking to it. 

For my 16th birthday, I feasted upon Robin Morgan’s groundbreaking book and feminist clarion call, “Sisterhood Is Powerful.” As I hit the last page, my life’s journey was laid out before me: I…