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Elissa Strauss

Columnist

Elissa Strauss writes about the intersection of gender and culture for TheWeek.com. She also writes regularly for Elle.com and the Jewish Daily Forward, where she is a weekly columnist.

Boyhood's refreshingly unsentimental take on motherhood
Opinion

Boyhood's refreshingly unsentimental take on motherhood

Why even non-Jews should celebrate Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur
Opinion

Why even non-Jews should celebrate Yom Kippur

Why Jewish women had to smuggle a tiny Torah into the Western Wall
Torah
Opinion

Why Jewish women had to smuggle a tiny Torah into the Western Wall

Why we shouldn't be afraid to talk about 'Grandma' Hillary
Clintons
Opinion

Why we shouldn't be afraid to talk about 'Grandma' Hillary

The surprising feminism of Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin
Opinion

The surprising feminism of Jane the Virgin

The simple policy fix that could halt the spread of the deadly enterovirus
Sick child
Opinion

The simple policy fix that could halt the spread of the deadly enterovirus

These two studies should be a wake-up call to natural-childbirth extremists
Surgican delivery
Opinion

These two studies should be a wake-up call to natural-childbirth extremists

Why feminists should welcome J.Lo to the party
JLo
Opinion

Why feminists should welcome J.Lo to the party

The real reason we should be troubled by Rihanna's see-through dress
Rihanna
Opinion

The real reason we should be troubled by Rihanna's see-through dress

The uncomfortable truth in The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
Opinion

The uncomfortable truth in The Giving Tree

Kim Kardashian's secret to fame: be boring
Kardashians
Opinion

Kim Kardashian's secret to fame: be boring

Why Connie Britton is the most inspiring woman on TV
Connie Britton
Opinion

Why Connie Britton is the most inspiring woman on TV

5 women who should be on U.S. currency
Rosa Parks
Opinion

5 women who should be on U.S. currency

What's really at stake in Jill Abramson's ouster from The New York Times
Abramson
Opinion

What's really at stake in Jill Abramson's ouster from The New York Times

Feminism has a 1 percent problem
Sheryl Sandberg
Opinion

Feminism has a 1 percent problem

Why I don't want 'mom friends'
Mom Friends
Opinion

Why I don't want 'mom friends'

'Having it all' has officially jumped the shark
Chanel
Opinion

'Having it all' has officially jumped the shark

The myth of the stay-at-home dad
Mr. Mom
Opinion

The myth of the stay-at-home dad

5 reasons why you should just shred that holiday letter
Christmas Cards
Opinion

5 reasons why you should just shred that holiday letter

Dear Arianna Huffington: I don't want to thrive
Huffington
Opinion

Dear Arianna Huffington: I don't want to thrive

Sorry, Esquire, lusting after 40-year-old women isn't progress
Sofia
Opinion

Sorry, Esquire, lusting after 40-year-old women isn't progress

Welcome to the age of ambivalent feminism
Lena Dunham
Opinion

Welcome to the age of ambivalent feminism

How the Kardashians' neighborhood became the most notorious suburb in America
Calabasas
Opinion

How the Kardashians' neighborhood became the most notorious suburb in America

Why feminists should cheer the feminism backlash
Senate Equale Rights Amendment, 1978
Opinion

Why feminists should cheer the feminism backlash

Why we should all vacation at the exact same time
Empty office
Opinion

Why we should all vacation at the exact same time

In defense of family dinner
Family dinner
Opinion

In defense of family dinner

How formula-feeding made my husband a better father
Bottle
Opinion

How formula-feeding made my husband a better father

Half-baked genetic research is fueling the latest round of mom bashing
Pregnant
Opinion

Half-baked genetic research is fueling the latest round of mom bashing

The feminist battle that too many women ignore
Pregnant workplace
Opinion

The feminist battle that too many women ignore

The absurd lie that celebrity moms love to tell us
Scarlett Johansson
Opinion

The absurd lie that celebrity moms love to tell us

Your 2-year-old doesn't need to go to school
Baby school
Opinion

Your 2-year-old doesn't need to go to school

Your daughter needs to know that mom makes less than dad
Girls, money
Opinion

Your daughter needs to know that mom makes less than dad

Why is Drew Barrymore teaming up with Walmart?
Drew Barrymore
Opinion

Why is Drew Barrymore teaming up with Walmart?

Too many women have close-call assault stories. Here's what I learned from mine.
Woman take two
Opinion

Too many women have close-call assault stories. Here's what I learned from mine.

The cult of natural childbirth has gone too far
Birth
Opinion

The cult of natural childbirth has gone too far

Face it, ladies: We can't all be beautiful
Opinion

Face it, ladies: We can't all be beautiful