Drive Like a Woman

Drive Like a Woman

I’m of two minds when it comes to men treating me like a woman. I don’t like to be whistled at, but I do like to be noticed. I don’t like to be talked down to, but I do like to have things explained. And though I am happy to stay far away from the...
Ladies and Gentlemen

Ladies and Gentlemen

On Sunday, my friend Kelly and her sons took me out to lunch for my birthday. As we entered the restaurant, Jensen, who is five, went in first, and Alex, who is seven, was also about to enter ahead of us, but Kelly stopped him. “Alex, would you please hold the...
Garden-Variety Femininity

Garden-Variety Femininity

At some point during my childhood, I heard the story of creation, of Adam being formed out of dust, of Eve being formed out of Adam, and for years, I was convinced that all men had one fewer ribs than women.I don’t remember the exact moment I realized that both...
The Woman’s Burden

The Woman’s Burden

Several days ago, as I was arriving at work and just about to step into the elevator, a man who works in another office in my building arrived at the exact same moment. We each did a couple of fits and starts, trying to negotiate through body language who should go...