Category Archive: culture

driving Miss al-Daisy: Saudi women’s fight to drive

Question 1: Which country forbids women to drive, vote, or wear whatever they want, when they want (even if it’s not a big black sack)? Question 2: And where do men meet to… Continue reading

Luminous still lives: Dutch & Flemish masters

Salem, Massachusetts: the epicenter of cheesy witch merchandise and palm readers (although the memorial to those killed in the town during the 1692 witch hunt is a must-see) is, at least until June… Continue reading

the politically pathological penis

Will a Senegalese*-New Yorker hotel maid take down the future president of France? It appears power is the ultimate aphrodisiac for pathological politicians, but alas, not for the women around them. The carefully… Continue reading

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading

seductive subversion: women pop artists

If you live around these parts (the greater Boston area), you only have a few days left to head over to Tufts University and catch a truly amazing (and free!) exhibit of mostly… Continue reading

what would Japan do?

Japan’s disaster puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it? In spite of incredible hardships and overwhelming loss, the Japanese people have kept their collective cultural spirit intact, even days after the disaster, and even… Continue reading

Mike Huckabee & single moms

To Mike Huckabee and your fellow hypocritical brethren: you’ve really gone and done it this time. You’ve taken trolling for birther votes to a new low. In case you were trapped under a… Continue reading

the peculiar and fantastic art of Edward Gorey

“I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity.” —Edward Gorey …and so starts the “Elegant Enigmas: the art of Edward Gorey” exhibit… Continue reading

Italy, no country for women

Italy is one of my favorite places on earth, but not because of the way it treats women. In the late 1980s I spent my days as a student studying in Florence armed… Continue reading

Egypt, Mother of the World

Throughout the Middle East, Egypt is known as “The Mother of the World”: the 6,500-year-old-and-counting birthplace of modern civilization and culture. Throughout Egypt, and across the Middle East, women—the mothers of the world—are… Continue reading