Naomi Wolf Talks Homophobia, Feminism and "Outrages"

Jan 08, 2020

The year 1990 witnessed several revolutionary changes, one of which was the release of “The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women,” written by Naomi Wolf. The “Beauty Myth” highlighted how male dominance is maintained by holding women to certain standards of beauty, and...

A Poet’s Meditations on Inspiration and Hope
Dec 21, 2019

A Poet’s Meditations on Inspiration and Hope

Did You Say High Culture Was Dead?
Dec 12, 2019

Did You Say High Culture Was Dead?

Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy
Oct 21, 2019

Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Sep 23, 2019

Driven by the rise of the far right and white nationalist movements, Islamophobia is on a rising tide, with widespread discrimination and record-high attacks on Muslims across the Western world. Norway recently avoided a tragedy when three Muslim men prevented a 21- year-old gunman from carrying...

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

Jul 29, 2019

In 2016, Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker published “The Smartest Places on Earth.” Van Agtmael, a personal friend and a donor to Fair Observer, asked me to review the book. Unfortunately, day-to-day writing, editorial and administrative tasks in a crazy year ensured that this fell off the...

British Raj: A Saga Like No Other

British Raj: A Saga Like No Other

Jul 26, 2019

The medieval Italian philosopher Marsilio Ficino thought of history “as necessary for the life of mankind, not only to make it more agreeable, but to found it upon tradition." He added: "What is in itself mortal, through history attains immortality; what is absent becomes present, what is ancient...

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

Jul 26, 2019

Contemporary romance novels are big business, and they empower women in a number of ways. In the United States alone, romance novels account for about one third of the fiction market, about the same as mystery and fantasies combined. The vast majority of romance writers are women, and so are their...

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Esther Wojcicki is widely known as the mastermind behind Palo Alto High School’s successful media arts program, which has produced alumni like the actor James Franco. A fact hidden from the public eye is that Wojcicki is also a successful mother of three incredible women: Anne Wojcicki, founder...