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Onward into 2017!

Onward into 2017!

It’s a new year, perhaps a fraught year, but one that is bringing good things to us at Broad Street.   For one thing, we have added illustrious members to our editorial staff:  Gretchen Comba (read her “Truth Teller Spotlight“), Katy Resch George, and Siddiqah Mujahid.  Welcome to them! And we’re thrilled to be working on...
Weekend Reading:  "My Life in Pantyhose," from Writers on the Job.

Weekend Reading: “My Life in Pantyhose,” from Writers on the Job.

“I used to counsel young women never to do two things, or not to do them in conjunction: 1. learn to type; 2. buy pantyhose. …”   Could we talk to you about pantyhose? Or rather–could our editorial director, Susann Cokal, talk about them?  Below, you’ll find the link to an essay about their storied past,...
Weekend Reading:  "Dancing in Their Heads," on The Nutcracker and the production of girlhood

Weekend Reading: “Dancing in Their Heads,” on The Nutcracker and the production of girlhood

  By Greg Weatherford. * Most of the ballerinas are girls between the ages of ten and thirteen. These are, to put it gently, not easy years to be a girl. They’re growing, or not, they’re getting gangly or getting bulky, they’re getting figures, or not. They’re on the cusp of everything. So life lessons can come...
From the Department of New Releases

From the Department of New Releases

Time to browse the New Pages virtual “magazine rack” for new releases … Oh, look! There we are! Read about our latest issue and other fine magazines that have landed this month. And meanwhile, contemplate photo by Mark Wyatt, taken in Beijing in 1990.  It accompanies Julie Anderson’s essay, “It Cannot Be Conceived,” which concerns idealistic...
Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Flashback Video: Watch Mattel market their original dream girl–and a gun for the boys.

Slim figures (or not), pantsuits, beauty competitions, commerce, and grabbability have been in high focus during the 2016 presidential campaigns.   So maybe, in the spirit of seeing how far we’ve come and how we got here, it’s time to enjoy a video compilation of vintage Barbie and Ken commercials, plus a few more thoughts about little girls in...