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Hermione Granger: A Heroine Comes Into Her Own

Hermione, an always-wonderful sidekick, has moved onto center stage. Her emotions and choices, classically heroic, anchored a piece of the epic story that would have felt muddled and rootless without her.

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This Is My Machismo

It is rare to read about Latino men in the way I have known them. Even stories by Latino men seem to exclude the experiences and relationships I have come to experience and nurture with the Latino men in my life. For this Father’s/Papi’s Day I want to share some of the ways I have come to know “machismo,” the idea of what it means to be a man, the idea of masculinity. I’ll warn you now, this is not going to be similar to what you have read in other places because my machismo comes from a space of love, respect, trust, and acceptance.

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True Love Jane (Austen and Campion) Style

Favorite romantic works of art as of late? Two old-fashioned, British costume dramas: "Emma" on TV and "Bright Star" in theaters. Some say these represent
a backlash against sexual liberation but both achieve the goal of being enrapturing and romantic while subtly
critiquing conventional conceptions of love.

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Rihanna Speaks

The starlet acknowledges the broad problem of domestic abuse.

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Is “Obvious Child” the Abortion Rom-Com We’ve Been Waiting For?

A new short film rewrites the "Juno" and "Knocked Up" script.

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Accidentally Dodging the Question?

I did find Accidentally on Purpose on CBS, the story of Billie, (Jenna Elfman) a movie critic who has a fling with the young, handsome, unstable Zach (Jon Foster). She quickly becomes pregnant.

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Chris Brown and Rihanna, Six Months Later

Although it’s a relief that the public has finally stopped
victim-blaming with Rihanna, there’s little extrapolation of the lessons we’ve learned in this case to the larger social patterns that affect gender-based violence everywhere.

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Kourtney’s Choice

In America, abortion is always a choice “someone else” makes. But this is a myth and we need to face reality. Those who choose “the other option” aren’t selfish, desperate or “someone else.” They are our friends, our neighbors and, often, us.

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Struggle in a World of Privilege: A Mad Men Salon

Even as we anticipate watching the women who work at Sterling Cooper struggle with changing gender roles, we are watching that struggle take place in a privileged world.

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You Can’t Keep the Lid On Forever: A Mad Men Salon

“Mad Men” is all about the hard truths, and the hard truth is that being a woman forging her own path in the early 60s was very lonely indeed.

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