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The Shocking Clarity of Almost Losing It All
On Being, December 16, 2016

Where I’m Turning to Be Comforted and Challenged
On Being, December 8, 2016

We Need A New American Story
On Being, December 1, 2016

Questions I’m Asking Myself in our New Present
On Being, November 19, 2016

When the Question of Worthiness Becomes a Quest for Identity
On Being, November 14, 2016

A Country That Must Be Made New
On Being, November 4, 2016

A Living Connection to the Loved Ones We’ve Lost
On Being, October 28, 2016

The Spiritual Cost of Locker Room Talk
On Being, October 21, 2016

A White Parent’s Lament
On Being, October 14, 2016

Afflicting the Comfortable
On Being, October 7, 2016

The Paradox at the Heart of Being Human
On Being, September 30, 2016

Showing Up Whole, Despite All the Risks
On Being, September 23, 2016

A Community for Asking Big Questions
On Being, September 16, 2016

A Different American Dream
On Being, September 9, 2016

In Philanthropy, Who Is Actually Broken?
Medium, July 27, 2016

The Liminal Space Before Giving Birth
On Being, July 22, 2016

Pulling Back the Veil, Together
On Being, July 15, 2016

The Conversation We Must Have with Our White Children
On Being, July 7, 2016

Avoiding the Caricature Trap: Listen Beyond the Words (Part II)
On Being, July 1, 2016

Avoiding the Caricature Trap: Draw Out the Richness of Characters (Part I)
On Being, June 24, 2016

What Are We Willing to Feel?
On Being, June 16, 2016

I Hope You Forget: A Letter to My Daughters
On Being, June 10, 2016

A Nuanced and Fearless Feminism: In Conversation with Andi Zeisler
On Being, June 03, 2016

Good Ideas Are Wrestled and Wrought
On Being, May 27, 2016

Death Is Stupid, and Other Lessons Children Teach Us About the Inevitable End
On Being, May 20, 2016

The Quotidian Weirdness of Our Common Origin
On Being, May 13, 2016

32 Steps on the Rocky and Rewarding Path of Motherhood and Self-Discovery
On Being, May 6, 2016

We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For
On Being, April 29, 2016

The Limitlessness Potential of Men to Transform Manhood
On Being, April 22, 2016

The Shaping of Identity: Gender as a Creative Force, Not a Constraint
On Being, April 15, 2016

Parenting Like a Citizen
On Being, April 8, 2016

The Price of Responding to the Social Media Signals
On Being, April 1, 2016

Writing the Stepping Stone: Why You Haven’t Written Your Book Yet
On Being, March 25, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air: The Perfect Book at the Perfect Time
On Being, March 18, 2016

Gutsy Girls and Emotional Daredevils
On Being, March 4, 2016

The Art of Being Mentored: 7 Things to Make the Most of Your Relationship
On Being, February 26, 2016

Big and Small at the Same Time
On Being, February 19, 2016

The Wisdom Boom
On Being, February 12, 2016

Our Inescapable Selves: The Identities that Choose Us
On Being, February 5, 2016

The Aperture of Belonging: The Problem with “Diversity”
On Being, January 29, 2016

New Friendship Is the Last Great Romance
On Being, January 22, 2016

Three Reasons To Be Optimistic About Government
On Being, January 15, 2016

The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
Medium, January 11, 2016

A Tearful Break in “Politics As Usual”
On Being, January 8, 2016

Real Talk on Real Families
On Being, January 1, 2016

A Time to Check In on the Questions You’re Living Within
On Being, December 18, 2015

Managing Our Own Terror
On Being, December 11, 2015

My Home, Colorado Springs, and Its Greatest Lesson
On Being, December 4, 2015

The Sensory Astonishment of Gratitude
On Being, November 26, 2015

Surrendering Authorship of Your Own Story
On Being, November 20, 2015

The Breaking and The Blessing of Motherhood
On Being, November 13, 2015

The Arrogance Girding Busyness
On Being, November 6, 2015

Praying to a Linebacker Ghost
On Being, October 30, 2015

Dear Parker: Purpose with a Capital P
On Being, October 23, 2015

How the Sausage Gets Made
On Being, October 16, 2015

The Power of a Crew
On Being, October 9, 2015

Why Boundaries Are Overrated, Even at Work
On Being, October 2, 2015

Small Is Still Beautiful
On Being, September 25, 2015

Chosen Family in a Freelance Nation: The Rise and Meaning of Coworking
On Being, September 18, 2015

Scrapping Outdated Definitions of Success
On Being, September 11, 2015

The Art of Daily Ritual: Keeping Sane in an Insane World
On Being, September 4, 2015

An Elegant Life Taking Shape I Can Call My Own
On Being, August 28, 2015

The Shadow Side of the Sharing Instinct
On Being, August 21, 2015

Zen and the Art of Dying Well
The New York Times, August 14, 2015

To See One Another Broken
On Being, August 06, 2015

The Story We Tell with Our Stuff
On Being, July 31, 2015

Less “Mine!” More Time
On Being, July 24, 2015

The Fluidity Between Who You Love and What You Love
On Being, July 17, 2015

The Long Life of Trauma in the Time of Twitter
On Being, July 10, 2015

Small Acts of Life-Saving Grace: The Little-Known Story of Samuel Kargbo of Sierra Leone
On Being, July 3, 2015

Transforming White Fragility Into Courageous Imperfection
On Being, June 26, 2015

A Little Compartmentalization Is a Life-Sustaining Thing
On Being, June 12, 2015

To Foster Grit in Our Kids and Ourselves
On Being, June 5, 2015

How Do You Know When You’re Making Too Much Money?
On Being, May 22, 2015

The Idealist and the Realist Within Me
On Being, May 15, 2015

The Paradox of Motherhood
On Being, May 8, 2015

Our Witnessing Must Be Sustained
On Being, May 1, 2015

Listening in the Cracks
On Being, April 24, 2015

A Mea Culpa to My Dear Mom
On Being, April 17, 2015

Re-Humanizer, at Your Service
On Being, April 10, 2015

The Opposite of Shame
On Being, April 3, 2015

The Potential in the Pregnant Pause
On Being, March 27, 2015

Monica Lewinsky’s Second Act and Being Authors of Our Own Public Narratives
On Being, March 20, 2015

The Problem with ‘Equality is Profitable’
TPM, March 16, 2015

All That Conspires to Help Us Thrive
On Being, March 13, 2015

10 Important Tips for Flying with Babies
AFAR, March 11, 2015

Reuniting With Awe
On Being, March 6, 2015

Five Ways to Say No Gracefully
On Being, February 27, 2015

Struggling to Find the Silver Lining in Severed Friendships
On Being, February 20, 2015

The Power of the Unlikely Entrepreneur
Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 19, 2015

The Myth of Multitasking: Longing to Be Absorbed Wholly
On Being, January 30, 2015

Feminism Needs a Redesign
Talking Points Memo, January 27, 2015

An Unofficial Guide to Officiating a Wedding of “Nones”
On Being, January 23, 2015

The Paradox of Power and Relationships
On Being, January 16, 2015

The Pleasure and Magic of Shared Silence
On Being, January 9, 2015

The Sacred Inefficiencies of a Very Human Life
On Being, January 1, 2015

In Praise of Chosen Family
On Being, December 26, 2014

The Giving Conundrum
On Being, December 19, 2014

Breaking Bread and Healing Hearts One Dinner Party at a Time
On Being, December 12, 2014

The Unbearable Lightness of Being White
On Being, December 05, 2014

Four and a Half Minutes of Silence
On Being, November 28, 2014

Let the Discomfort Begin with Me
On Being, November 21, 2014

You Began in Love (or Someone Once Wiped Your Ass Over and Over Again)
On Being, November 14, 2014, 2014

Is a Less Rooted Life Inherently Less Deep?
On Being, November 7, 2014

There is no Honest Rest
On Being, October 31, 2014

Little Deaths
On Being, October 24, 2014

Reclaiming the Campfire
On Being, October 17, 2014

Bone Tired and Ready to Be Bossed Around
On Being, October 10, 2014

Spiritual Practices Hidden in Plain Sight
On Being, October 3, 2014

Men and Friendship: Letting the Guard Down First
On Being, September 26, 2014

Learning to Self-Soothe and Surrender
On Being, September 19, 2014

The Violence of Humiliation
On Being, September 10, 2014

The Unbearable Weight of World News
On Being, September 5, 2014

I Surrender, I Win. A Spiritual Reclamation of Time
On Being, August 29, 2014

The Spiritual Art of Saying No
On Being, August 22, 2014

To Be White and Reckon with the Death of Michael Brown
On Being, August 15, 2014

The Thin Places We Share: The Role of Spirits in Our Quest for Ritual and Self
On Being, August 8, 2014

They Call Us the “Nones,” But We’re So Much More
On Being, August 1, 2014

Child Care and the Overwhelmed Parent
The New York Times, July 27, 2014

Get Rid of the ‘Third Shift’
The New York Times, May 2, 2014

Shouldn’t the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?
The New York Times, March 16, 2014

The Barbie Swimsuit Edition is Kind of…Perfect
The New York Times, February 12, 2014

Giving public school kids a seat at S.F.’s tables
The San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2013

That Old Fear Factor: Are some hardwired, natural anxieties mislabeled as psychiatric disorders?
NYU Magazine, Fall 2013

When Friends Have Babies
The Hairpin, October 23, 2013

Improving School Lunch by Design
The New York Times, October 16, 2013

Breaking partisan gridlock over a cup of tea
Al Jazeera English, September 25, 2013

A word from our curators: the thinking behind TEDCity2.0
TED, September 20, 2013

Beauty Pageants Should Die
The New York Times, September 12, 2013

Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power
The New York Times, September 4, 2013

The problem with philanthropy
Al Jazeera English, August 30, 2013

Helen Thomas taught me that being liked isn’t everything
Al Jazeera English, July 26, 2013

Beyond Solidarity
Stanford Social Innovation Review, July 11, 2013

However Long the Night: A Q&A with Molly Melching
Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 27, 2013

Why one isn’t always the loneliest number
CNN, June 20, 2013

A Study in Risk and Restraint
Stanford Social Innovation Review, April 30, 2013

Medicine by Text Message: Learning From the Developing World, April 4, 2013

Atlanta cheating scandal and Lance Armstrong: How to avoid ethical slip
Christian Science Monitor, April 4, 2013

Leaning in can get you laid out
Women’s Media Center, March 14, 2013

Working moms, don’t try to be perfect at home
CNN, March 11, 2013

Bringing feminist values to the workplace
Salon, March 8, 2013

Confront the superwoman mystique
New York Times, February 19, 2013

A civics lesson for 20-somethings
Christian Science Monitor, February 19, 2013

V-Day: One billion ‘rising’ against women abuse
Al Jazeera, February 14, 2013

Malawi’s Leader Makes Safe Childbirth Her Mission
New York Times, February 6, 2013

Building a slower, longer fire among the digital flares
Al Jazeera, February 4, 2013

How Malawi is improving a terrible maternal mortality rate through good design
TED, January 30, 2013

Seven Trends in Social Change in 2012
GOOD, December 28, 2012

After Sandy Hook, the real ‘monster’ only community can heal
Christian Science Monitor, December 26, 2012

Transforming Democracy Through Digital Technology
Stanford Social Innovation Review, December 3, 2012

Finding uncommon community after superstorm Sandy
Christian Science Monitor, November 6, 2012

We Built a House Together
The Center for Courage & Renewal, November 6, 2012

Dignifying Design
The New York Times, October 6, 2012

The Tricky Business of Cultural Change
Stanford Social Innovation Review, October 2, 2012

Women as Masters of the New Better Off
MORE Magazine, September 2012

Q&A with Interfaith Leader Eboo Patel
Stanford Social Innovation Review, August 14, 2012

Not our father’s philanthropy
Vitamin W, August 3, 2012

Nine learnings on privilege and diversity
Center for Courage & Renewal, August 2, 2012

Q&A with Interfaith Leader Eboo Patel
Stanford Social Innovation Review, August 14, 2012

Life in Lady Writer Heaven
Women’s Media Center, July 23, 2012

‘Having it all’ is so 1980s
Christian Science Monitor, July 5, 2012

‘Breaking Pointe’ and the price of perfection
Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2012

My Mom and the Bearded Lady
Women’s Media Center, May 10, 2012

Instagram-Style Innovation in the Public Sector
Stanford Social Innovation Review, May 2, 2012

The Abstraction of poverty is making our policies poor, co-authored with Dr. Noliwe Rooks
Alternet, April 2, 2012

Fan Power: Hunger is Not a Game Revisited
The New York Times, March 31, 2012

From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change
The New York Times, March 21, 2012

Greg Smith to Goldman Sachs: A new era in Wall Street ethics, co-authored with John Cary
The Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2012

A Platform Worth Spreading
Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 9, 2012

Are Students at Women’s Colleges Still Second-Class Ivy Leaguers?
GOOD, March 9, 2012

The Surprising Big Idea at TED: Turn Off Technology, March 6, 2012

3 Lessons On The Wrong Ways To Use Social Media To Create Change
FastCo.Exist, March 5, 2012

Hustlin’: How I became my own mentor in a freelance economy
GOOD, February 20, 2012

How to have more Sheryl Sandbergs
CNN, February 11, 2012

Q&A with MASS Co-founder Michael Murphy
The Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 7, 2012

Obama, here’s how to help the poor: Educate both parents and their children
The Christian Science Monitor, January 26, 2012

The GOOD Microphilanthropy Challenge Wrapup: Pass It On! #30DaysofGOOD
GOOD, December 31, 2011

My ‘Millennials’ generation is busy reimagining a life of ethics
The Christian Science Monitor, December 27, 2011

The Wisdom of Children: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD
GOOD, December 26, 2011

Is solving nonprofits’ challenges as easy as building a map?
GOOD, December 19, 2011

The Value of Connection: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD
GOOD, December 19, 2011

Give What You Love: Creative Microphilanthropy Ideas for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge
GOOD, December 12, 2011

Social or Cultural Entrepreneurship: An Argument for a New Distinction
Stanford Social Innovation Review, December 8, 2011

Three Creative Microphilanthropy Ideas for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge
GOOD, December 5, 2011

The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Creative Microphilanthropy
GOOD, December 1, 2011

Herman Cain sexual allegations: a reminder for women to speak up
The Christian Science Monitor, November 10, 2011 Fellows Bring Beautiful Design to Humanitarian Efforts
GOOD, November 6, 2011

Is Crisis Our Opportunity To Acknowledge Interdependence?
Women’s Media Center, November 3, 2011

‘You Are the NOW of Now!’ The Future of (Online) Feminism
The Nation, November 2, 2011

Nine (with your help) Insights from Opportunity Collaboration
Dowser, November 2, 2011

Reflections and questions following Opportunity Collaboration
Dowser, October 24, 2011

Reading, writing, empathy: the rise of social emotional learning
GOOD, October 16, 2011

What this feminist and child-marriage proponents have in common
The Christian Science Monitor, September 29, 2011

Four lessons I learned about resilience from the survivors of 9/11
The Frisky, September 11, 2011

9/11 anniversary: why remembering in fits and starts is okay
The Christian Science Monitor, September 9, 2011

How 9/11 shaped a generation just coming of age, September 6, 2011

Apple’s philanthropy needs a reboot
CNN, September 3, 2011

You’re sexy without the life threatening high heels
The Frisky, August 30, 2011

The World Is Whose?: Beyonce, Nas, and the Politics of Utopia
Guernica, August 22, 2011

For undocumented, activism can invite a deportation threat
The Nation, June 28, 2011

Wal-Mart v. Dukes ruling is out of sync with 21st-century sex discrimination
The Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2011

Shoestrings Attached
The American Prospect, June 13, 2011

Women and Success: How To Be Boldly Ambitious While Acknowledging Help Along the Way
Alternet, June 6, 2011

Why smart women still don’t make it up the ladder
The Christian Science Monitor, May 24, 2011

An Ego of One’s Own
The American Prospect, May 13, 2011

Homelessness Is Not Just About Housing
The American Prospect, May 4, 2011

Moving Past Acknowledging Privilege
The American Prospect, April 18, 2011

Escaping the Sex Trafficking Industry
Alternet, April 12, 2011

Revising the American Dream
The American Prospect, April 4, 2011

Botox, Bingeing, Bullying and Breast-Ironing: We Must Stop the War on Women’s Bodies
Alternet, March 31, 2011

Wising Up on Marriage
The American Prospect, March 21, 2011

Opposite Ideas Attract
The American Prospect, March 7, 2011

Facing Sexual Assault
The American Prospect, February 21, 2011

The Off-Camera Revolutions
The American Prospect, February 7, 2011

Discomfort in an Age of Demagoguery
The American Prospect, January 24, 2011

A Space for Democracy
The American Prospect, January 13, 2011

Making Good on the Girl Effect
The American Prospect, December 20, 2010

Why Class Matters in Campus Activism
The American Prospect, December 6, 2010

The Long Arc of the Youth Vote
The American Prospect, November 15, 2010

The Rally to Restore Journalism
The American Prospect, November 1, 2010

The Upside of Downsizing
The American Prospect, October 18, 2010

Urban-Rural Divide No More
The American Prospect, October 4, 2010

Rachel Corrie, an Israeli bulldozer, and our shared global fate
The Christian Science Monitor, September 30, 2010

The Mosque in the Mirror
The American Prospect, September 20, 2010

Subjects Have Feelings, Too
Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2010

For Young Activists, Sept. 11 Was Starting Point
Women’s E-News, September 10, 2010

How to Make the World a Better Place Despite the Roadblocks and Naysayers
Alternet, September 8, 2010

Generation Misunderstood
Women’s Media Center, September 7, 2010

The Top 10 Ways the Next Generation is Shifting Activism
Huffington Post, September 7, 2010

An Altar Boy with a Gun
Mother Jones, September 6, 2010

Recovery Mission
Guernica, September 1, 2010

Is Michelle Obama All Style and No Substance?
The American Prospect, August 23, 2010

A Conference of One’s Own
The American Prospect, August 9, 2010

The Myth of the Fairer Sex
The American Prospect, July 26, 2010

When Nation-Building Becomes Cowardly Escape
The American Prospect, July 12, 2010

Supreme Court Stifles Humanitarian Groups
The American Prospect, June 28, 2010

The Unlucky Luck of the 2010 Graduate
The American Prospect, June 15, 2010

The Population Debate Gets Personal
The American Prospect, May 17, 2010

Those Beliefs Look Good on You
The American Prospect, May 3, 2010

Gymnastics for the People
NYU Alumni Magazine, May 1, 2010

Keep on Keepin’ On: 10 Years of Manifesta
Women’s Media Center, April 21, 2010

The Unhappiness Trap
The American Prospect, April 19, 2010

3 New Must-See Documentaries
The Frisky, April 14, 2010

The Paradox of Reproductive Choice
The American Prospect, April 5, 2010

A Manifesta Revisited
The American Prospect, March 22, 2010

A Challenge to American Women
The American Prospect, March 8, 2010

Architecture’s Diversity Problem
The American Prospect, February 23, 2010

Selling Your House For Charity
The Daily Beast, February 21, 2010

The New Guerrilla Philanthropy
Forbes, February 9, 2010

Seeing How Far $100 Can Go
The New York Times, February 8, 2010

The Power of the Postracial Narrative
The American Prospect, February 2, 2010

The Missing Discomfort in Mourning for Haiti
The American Prospect, January 18, 2010

Coming of Age in the Aughts
The American Prospect, December 21, 2009

Cooperating in Copenhagen
The American Prospect, December 7, 2009

Tiger Woods scandal may be news. But we don’t have to gawk.
The Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2009

Usual Suspects: On Completing the Washington Post’s Next Great American Pundit Contest
Women’s Media Center, November 30, 2009

What’s the Alternative to Tucker Max?
The American Prospect, November 9, 2009

Grade your citizen engagement
The Washington Post, November 4, 2009

Between Work and Life
The Washington Post, November 1, 2009

Work/Life Balance is Not a Woman’s Issue
The American Prospect, October 26, 2009

American Ignorance and Afghanistan
The American Prospect, October 12, 2009

Extreme Makeover, Health Care Edition
The American Prospect, September 14, 2009

The Imperfection and Redemption of Ted Kennedy
The American Prospect, August 31, 2009

Keeping Up with the Clintons
The American Prospect, August 17, 2009

Questioning Journalistic Objectivity
The American Prospect, August 3, 2009

The Dominance of Rich, White Men Is Eroding; It’s Time to Truly Fight for Diversity
Alternet, July 29, 2009

Lessons for Feminists from Sarah Palin
The American Prospect, July 20, 2009

Life and Death in the Climate Change Debate
The American Prospect, July 6, 2009

Was the Economic Meltdown a Crisis of Masculinity Run Amuck?
Alternet, June 27, 2009

The Future of Philanthropy
The American Prospect, June 9, 2009

Honoring Military Families with Adequate Healthcare
The American Prospect, May 23, 2009

How Do Americans Really Feel About God?
The American Prospect, May 11, 2009

The Future of Philanthropy
The American Prospect Online, June 8, 2009

Honoring Military Families with Adequate Healthcare
The American Prospect Online, May 23, 2009

How Do Americans Really Feel about God?
The American Prospect Online, May 11, 2009

Seeking Justice in a System that Doesn’t Guarantee It
The American Prospect Online, April 27, 2009

What the U.S. Government Can Learn From Three 22-Year-Olds on Taking Action for Iraqi Refugees
Alternet, April 23, 2009

New Report Indicates that Rape Kit Backlog Likely a National Crisis
Women’s Media Center, April 16, 2009

Female Veterans and PTSD Benefits
The American Prospect Online, April 13, 2009

Reforming the Book Blurb Bull
Publisher’s Weekly, April 6, 2009

The End of the Women’s Movement
The American Prospect Online, March 30, 2009

A Radical Vision for the Council on Girls and Women
The American Prospect Online, March 16, 2009

Guest blog on young women and feminism
Mother Jones, March 14, 2009

Life and Work: A Conversation for International Women’s Day
Women’s Media Center, March 6, 2009

The Trouble with Outside Activists
The American Prospect Online, March 2, 2009

Barbie’s no threat to little girls
The Christian Science Monitor, February 25, 2009

Reflections on Obama Era Patriotism
The American Prospect Online, February 16, 2009

The Fox Disconnect
Women’s Media Center, February 14, 2009

The Big Business of Family Detention
The American Prospect Online, February 2, 2009

What Obama owes his young legions
Newsday, January 25, 2009

What Tomorrow Really Means
The American Prospect Online, January 19, 2009

Deadly Medicine for Youth Violence
The American Prospect Online, January 6, 2009

The People’s Professor
Utne Reader, January-February 2009

America’s New Years Resolution: A Return to Integrity
The American Prospect Online, December 22, 2008

As Politics Evolves, Punditry Stalls
The American Prospect Online, December 8, 2008

Michelle Obama and Military Families
The American Prospect Online, November 24, 2008

How Do We Keep Obama’s Youth Mobilized?
The American Prospect Online, November 20, 2008

Waking Up to America at a Crossroads
Women’s Media Center, November 5, 2008

Where it All Began for Obama (And All of Us)
Huffington Post, November 4, 2008

Why American Youth Will Vote
The American Prospect Online, November 4, 2008

The Samaritan’s Dilemma
Alternet, October 24, 2008

The Weight of Coauthorship
Publisher’s Weekly, October 23, 2008

View From the Finish Line: An Historic $3 Billion Campaign Positions NYU For a Bright Future
NYU Magazine, Fall 2008

Unfinished Business: A Lack of Student Aid May Keep Many Promising Minds Out of Washington Square
NYU Magazine, Fall 2008

Race-ing for Office: Are We Closer to Judging a Candidate by the Content of His, or Her, Character?
NYU Magazine, Fall 2008

The Power of the Coffee Klatch
The American Prospect Online, October 13, 2008

Dare I Believe Obama Can Win?
The Christian Science Monitor, October 2, 2008

The Misrepresented Middle Class
The American Prospect Online, September 29, 2008

Sarah Palin’s Retrograde Gender Politics
The American Prospect Online, September 15, 2008

Sex Education as Liberation
The American Prospect Online, September 2, 2008

The Teen Moms of Gloucester: What the Media Didn’t Tell You
Co-written with Elaine Tyler May, Alternet, August 12, 2008

Sexual Misconduct on Subways
Metro, August 11, 2008

Are We Neglecting an Activist Generation?
The American Prospect Online, August 11, 2008

A Powerful Movement Puts Mothers at the Helm of Social Change
Alternet, August 8, 2008

(Female) Suicide Bombers
Huffington Post, August 4, 2008

The Aisle of Least Resistance
The American Prospect Online, July 21, 2008

Counter Cyberbullies with Compassion
The Christian Science Monitor, July 9, 2008

Obama is Not a God
The American Prospect Online, July 9, 2008

The Carrie Bradshaw Effect
Huffington Post, June 27, 2008

The Celeb Factor in Politics
The American Prospect Online, June 27, 2008

Party Crashing: How the Facebook Generation Does Politics
Alternet, June 26, 2008

Generation Y Refuses Race-Gender Dichotomy
Alternet, June 18, 2008

Alice and Rebecca Walker Clash: Do Feminists Have to Choose Between Diapers and Dreams?
Alternet, June 13, 2008

Dear Hillary
The American Prospect Online, June 9, 2008

Generation Entitled
Dame Magazine, June 5, 2008

Fanning the Flame of Youth Civic Engagement
Women’s Media Center, June 3, 2008

‘Opting In’ to Progressive Parenthood
Alternet, May 21, 2008

A Crisis of Attention and Intention
The American Prospect Online, May 19, 2008

The Undocumented American Dream
The American Prospect Online, May 5, 2008

Violence That Doesn’t Make the News
Metro, April 23, 2008

More Than a Mother-Daughter Debate
The American Prospect Online, April 22, 2008

Tax Time Reminds Us to Reflect on Govt. Representation
Huffington Post, April 15, 2008

Oprah’s Stale Definition of Charity
The American Prospect Online, April 11, 2008

The Emotional Voter
Guest blog on Glamour Magazine’s blog, Glamocracy, April 3, 2008

Notes From an Intergenerational Conversation
Guest blog on shifting careers, The New York Times, April 1, 2008

A Real Dialogue on Race
The American Prospect Online, March 24, 2008

Taping Over Old Ideas of Community
The American Prospect Online, March 21, 2008

An Intergenerational Feminist Dialogue on the Election, March 17-21, 2008

Come Together? Yes, We Can.
The Washington Post, March 9, 2008

Jar of Coins
The Sun Magazine, March 2008

Is Work/Life Balance Possible?
Skirt Magazine, March 2008

16 web sites to try for new ideas
The Writer, April 2008

A More Enlightened Security Policy
The American Prospect Online, February 26, 2008

A Head Scarf if Not Just a Scarf
The Christian Science Monitor, February 25, 2008

Iraq: Experiencing the War at Home
Alternet, February 21, 2008

Ladies in the Lead
Dame Magazine, February 18, 2008

Send Obama a valentine for shining light on interracial love
The New York Daily News, February 14, 2008

Minunderstanding ‘Generation Me’
The American Prospect Online, February 11, 2008

Why Race and Gender Do Matter
The American Prospect Online, January 28, 2008

Admitting the Complexities of Abortion
Huffington Post, January 21, 2008

Take Care of Yourself
Experience Life, January/February 2008

The Democratic Race as John Hughes Comedy
The American Prospect Online, January 14, 2008

Love Your Fat Self
Utne Reader, January/February

Virgin or Slut: Pick One
Alternet, December 20, 2007

Putting the Humanity Back in Philanthropy
The American Prospect Online, December 17, 2007

Good Calories, Bad Calories Q&A
Alternet, December 12, 2007

Where Politics and Buddhism Intersect
The American Prospect Online, December 7, 2007

All the News That’s Fit to Depress
The American Prospect Online, December 3, 2007

Mating in Captivity Q&A
Alternet, November 28, 2007

Untying the Gender Bind
Dame Magazine, November 28, 2007

The Faith Column Part III: Gender on a Spectrum
The New Statesman, November 29, 2007

The Faith Column Part II: Identity Crossroads
The New Statesman, November 28, 2007

The Faith Column Part II: Is Feminism Dead?
The New Statesman, November 27, 2007

The Faith Column Part I: Ugly, Boring, and Angry
The New Statesman, November 26, 2007

Female Rights Workers Gain Thanks in Award Season
Women’s eNews, November 22, 2007

The Problem with Youth Activism
The American Prospect Online, November 19, 2007
(And my response to a college student’s op-ed denouncing my column on Campus

Launching 2.0
Dame Magazine, November 14, 2007

A Tale of Two Sisters: An Intimate Project Helps Twins Bridge Decades of Separation
NYU Alumni Magazine, Fall 2007

Columbia University Students Go On Hunger Strike
The Huffington Post, November 9, 2007

The American Idea, As If You Asked
The American Prospect Online, November 5, 2007

Generation Overwhelmed
The American Prospect Online, October 22, 2007

How to Address Obesity in a Fat-Phobic Society
Alternet, October 17, 2007

Time to Rethink our Economic Priorities
The American Prospect Online, October 5, 2007

Rethinking Antidepressants and Youth Suicide
Alternet, September 25, 2007

New School Racisim: Jena 6 and Beyond
The American Prospect Online, September 20, 2007

The Missing Measure of Our Outrage
The American Prospect Online, September 10, 2007

Why Men Should Be Included in Abortion Discussion
Alternet, September 6, 2007

Telluride Film Festival Feminist Round-Up
Feministing, September 6, 2007

Reflections on Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
The WIP, August 15, 2007

AIDS in Africa: Patch Up the Broken Record
Metro, August 14, 2007

Women’s Studies Writers Vie for More Media Turf
Women’s eNews, August 9, 2007

Hillary in the pillory
The Christian Science Monitor, August 9, 2007

It’s she-man John vs. he-man Hill
The New York Daily News, July 22, 2007

Fox and CBS Refuse to Air Condom Ads
Alternet, July 12, 2007

Sisterhood Uninterrupted
The New Republic, Open University, July 10, 2007

Great, if Not Dangerous Expectations
Work+Life Fit, June 19, 2007

Ceasefire in the Intergenerational Femininist Fights
Metro, June 19, 2007

Father-Daughter Connection is Critical in Self Worth
Newsday, June 17, 2007

Healing the Generational Rift in Feminism
Huffington Post, June 12, 2007

Why Feminists Fight With Each Other
Alternet, June 12, 2007

Underneath Pop Star Scandals is a Serious Message about Young Women and Addiction
Huffington Post, June 7, 2007

Are Young People Apathetic?
Metro, June 7, 2007

New Book Adds Realism to Gen Y’s Great Expectations
Huffington Post, June 4, 2007

Urban Theater Puts Teens Center Stage
Women’s eNews, May 25, 2007

Separating Fact from Fiction in the Age of Obesity
Alternet, May 24, 2007

Time Off for the Overworked American
American Prospect Online, May 21, 2007

Misinterpreting the Virginia Tech Legacy
Huffington Post, May 9, 2007

For Girls Who Hate Their Bodies: A Spiritual Crisis
The Christian Science Monitor, April 24, 2007

The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body
Alternet, April 18, 2007

Sprinting Into the Future: A Week in the Life of Two NYU Undergrads Reveals a New Generation of Power Students
NYU Today, Spring 2007

Stop Counting, Start Living
Metro, April 16, 2007

The Un-Pretty Perfect Girl
Alternet, April 6, 2007

Health care hypocrisy about birth control
Metro, March 27, 2007

Gay Expectations Make for Complex Relationships
Huffington Post, March 26, 2007

Oprah’s ‘Secret’ Could Be Your Downfall
Alternet, March 26, 2007

Our Bodies, Our Shells
Time Out New York, March 21, 2007

Feminist Art Crowds the Culture Calendar
Women’s eNews, March 19, 2007

Fighting Apart for Time Together
American Prospect Online, March 13, 2006

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters (book excerpt)
Bitch Magazine, Spring 2007

Does Being a Feminist Mean Voting for Hillary?
Alternet, February 26, 2007
Courtney was interviewed about this piece on KPFA 94.1 on March 1, 2007.

The Messy Relationship Between Bloggers and Politicians
The Christian Science Monitor, February 16, 2007

Why Love is Our Most Powerful, Lasting Form of Activism
Alternet, February 14, 2007
Courtney was interviewed on BBC Live at Five about this piece.

‘Oh, Obama!
WireTap, February 11, 2007
Reprinted by The Nation.

‘Young Women Re-Craft Feminism as DIY Project
Women’s eNews, February 9, 2007

‘Mommy Wars’: It’s Time for a Real Cease Fire
The Cincinnati Enquirer, February 4, 2007

Never Again, Again?
Huffington Post, January 28, 2007

Learning My Instincts
Newsweek, January 26, 2007

Willful Ignorance
American Prospect, January 17, 2007
Check out the discussion that ensued as a result of the article at RH Reality Check

After laughter, action
The Baltimore Sun, January 7, 2006

Reprinted in Minnesota Star Tribune, The Patriot-News, San Mateo County Times, Common Dreams, The Boulder Daily Camera, and Newsday. Additionally, Courtney was interviewed by A British satire site as a result of the article on Humor Feed

Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Series:
Seven Who Stake Our Claim to the Future
January 4, 2007

Seven Who Will Not be Stopped, January 3, 2007

Seven Who Exert the Power of Their Voice, January 2, 2007

Using the F-word in Class
Metro, December 21, 2006

Wake Up, Employers: Working Moms are Giving Up
Alternet, December 20, 2006

Cuddly Dolls Offer Honest Answers About Anatomy
Women’s eNews, December 10, 2007

Reprinted on Alternet, December 13, 2006

The Shape of Water
Feministing, December 7, 2006

No One is Immune From Racism
Metro, December 4, 2006

Keep the Flame Alive with Uncertainty
Metro, November 22, 2006

Is Overachieving Bad for Girls?
Alternet, November 16, 2006

Insurance Companies Guilty of Contributing to Eating Disorder Deaths
Huffington Post, November 14, 2006

Hot or Not?
Publisher’s Weekly, November 13, 2006

Losing a Student, Gaining a Legacy
Metro, November 13, 2006

Female sexuality a complex pursuit
Metro, November 2, 2006

Love Without Suffocating: What a Novel Idea
Feministing, November 1, 2006

Young Women Say Generation Labels Need Not Apply
Women’s eNews, October 31, 2006

The Pleasure of Distance
Huffington Post, October 31, 2006

Toll of war is unquantifiable
Metro, October 19, 2006

I wonder, should any of us be OK?
Metro, October 12, 2006

Politics, Youth, and the Deception Circus
Metro, October 5, 2006

Is the American Dream a Delusion?
Alternet, October 3, 2006

Shooting the Skeletal Messenger
Huffington Post, October 1, 2006

Positive Aging Acts are Popping Up All Over
Women’s eNews, September 28, 2006

Our spent lives; a generation in debt
Metro, September 28, 2006

U.S. vs. John Lennon
Huffington Post, September 21, 2006

Minority Old Boys Network Shamelessly Recruits Eye Candy
Feministing, September 15, 2006

Move Over Kate: Real Women are In
Metro, September 14, 2006

The Iraqi Innocents: Their Lives for What?
Metro, August 30, 2006

Barnard Magazine, Summer 2006

Plan B: Threat to life or affirmation?
Metro, August 10, 2006

Megachurches Court Cool to Attract Teens
Alternet, August 8, 2006

Interviewed on Uprising
LA-based Pacifica radio show, August 10, 2006.

Hunger for Drama Makes Others Starve
Metro, August 2, 2006

Military Monsters of Our Own Making
Metro, July 19, 2006

Metal Heads: The robotic antics of the Botmatrix
BUST, August/September, 2006

Friends Growing Apart, Together
Metro, July 10, 2006

Joy Cardin, of NPR-affiliate Wisconsin Public Radio, interviewed Courtney about “Saying I don’t to expensive weddings,” June 30, 2006

Saying I don’t to expensive weddings
The Christian Science Monitor, June 15, 2006

Reprinted by Yahoo News, The Free Lance-Star of Virginia, and Desert News of Utah. Also reprinted as Sticker Shocked Lovers Say I Don’t, CBS News, June 20, 2006

Can We Vaccinate Against Ignorance?
Metro, June 14, 2006

X Women Kaggilion Million: The Last Hug
Feministing, June 2, 2006

Representing Conscious Masculinity
Feministing, May 24, 2006

Bliss is Ignorance: Beyond Magic Pills
Metro, May 24, 2006

Joanne Levy-Prewitt, of the San Francisco Chronicle, writes about the perfect girl concept and Courtney in her syndicated column on Sunday, May 21: College Bound: A Weekly Guide to Higher Education

Pop Singer Makes Slaving For Beauty Look Ugly
Women’s eNews, May 18, 2006

Letter to My Mother accompanied by Letter to My Daughter by my mother, Jere E. Martin
Alternet, May 12, 2006>

Mother’s Day (And Night)
Metro, May 11, 2006

Power must come with responsibility
Metro, May 3, 2006

Gen Y’s opt out vision
The Christian Science Monitor, April 27, 2006
Reprinted in The Free Lance-Star of Virginia, The Las Vegas Tribune and The Arizona Daily Star

Treatment Limits Hobble Eating Disorder Centers
Women’s eNews, April 27, 2006

Duke rape: shock over the usual
Metro, April 24, 2006

Our delusions are their demise
Metro, April 18, 2006

Paradox of the Perfect Girl
Alternet, March 29, 2006

One Big Fat Lie
Alternet, March 2, 2006

“Seeing with New Eyes: Mapping Justice with Eric Cadora”
Clamor Magazine, Spring 2006

Internet Activism
Yes!: A Journal of Positive Futures, Spring 2006

On the ‘Loss to my Own Heart’: Documentary wrestles with women’s experiences of abortion
The Village Voice, January 23, 2006

Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Series:
Seven Who Construct New Realities, January 4, 2006
Seven with Gifts that Transmit Power, January 3, 2006
Seven Who Listen to the Voices of Women, January 2, 2006

DIY Gifts: Oral History CD
ReadyMade Magazine, December 2005/January 2006

American Girl Expects Strong Sales Despite Boycott
Women’s eNews, December 6, 2005

For Career Lift, Female Executives Try Flying
Women’s eNews, November 6, 2005

Violence Shelter Considers Hiring Male Director
Women’s eNews, August 22, 2005
This story was reprinted at Alternet and prompted a controversial debate of postings.

The Famine Mystique
Off our backs, 35th Anniversary Issue

Home Ec Stirs Domestic Politics into College Mix
Women’s eNews, May 12, 2005

Basketball, Bitch, and Beyond: Surveying the Third Wave Feminist Landscape
Clamor Magazine, May/June 2005

Learning for Free: A Columbia professor’s poli-sci class is the crack in the ivory tower that lets the neighborhood in
The Village Voice, April 14-20, 2004

The Indypendent Sells Out?
Clamor Magazine, November/December 2004

A Family of Enraged and Impassioned Women
Yes!: A Journal of Positive Futures, Fall 2004

Boo’s clues
Time Out New York Kids, Fall 2004

Letter to the Editor RE: McGreevey’s Web: The Personal and the Political
The New York Times, August 14, 2004

Review of Crossing the Blvd: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan
Oral History Review, Summer/Fall 2004

The March for Women’s Lives: Reflections of a third-generation feminist, April 27, 2004

Double Lives: Negotiating the private and the public in an interracial relationship
Off our backs (the feminist newsjournal), May-June 2004

Road Trip Revelries: Nowhere is actually where everything is
Utne Reader, January/February 2004

Published as Clamor Magazine’s Communique #33 in a series for subscribers

The Path to Actualization
Project Spera, Spring 2003

No More Junk, Eat Healthy!
Clamor Magazine, May/June 2003

Redefining the Family: Young feminists move beyond the myth of Ozzie and Harriet
Barnard Magazine, Spring 2003

Watch Out: Seejay Launches BTWOF
Poets & Writers, September/October 2003

iMentor: Virtual Volunteering Toward Youth Empowerment
Clamor Magazine, January/February 2003

First Prize in Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Rhythmic and rowdy: The Rise of spoken-word poetry
The Writer, May 2002

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