Carolyn Edgar is an attorney and single mother who publishes a popular blog in her own name.
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August 30, 2013
Originally published at CarolynEdgar.com I've given Miley Cyrus's performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards a few days to digest. At first, I couldn't quite put my finger on what bothered me the most. Was it the bizarre way she kept sticking out her tongue? The Dances With Furries? Her stiff movements and butt-wiggling -- what the media erroneously refers to as twerking and what my daughter more accurately called the Hokey Pokey? Her weird "Blurred Lines" duet, with Robin Thicke doing his best Beetlejuice imitation? The way she jiggled a black woman's ass and pantomined sticking her...
August 27, 2013
Recently, my 12-year-old son and I entered the subway station at 96th Street and Broadway. On our way to the downtown platform, we saw a young teen boy being frisked and questioned by police. The young man was either light-skinned black or Latino, and he was dressed in the style fashionable for kids his age -- low-waisted skinny jeans, belted across his hips, a t-shirt, and a fitted baseball cap sitting atop his curly Afro. As we walked past, my son leaned into me and said in a half-whisper, "I wonder what that kid did." Sometimes, we mothers manufacture teachable moments. We take them to see...
August 7, 2013
Trayvon Martin and his dad, Tracy Martin Cross-posted from Carolyn Edgar: Notes of a Lawyer, Writer, and Single Mom The acquittal of George Zimmerman leaves me fearful. I fear for my friend’s 15-year-old son. He plays football for his suburban high school. He is already 6’ 2” and still growing. And despite his baby face, the Zimmerman trial reminds us that, despite his age, his combination of race and size render him a threat. I fear for my daughter’s friends – African, Jamaican, Vietnamese, and African-American. I love having these young men in my house, loose-limbed and full of teenage boy...
February 27, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog . There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies disrupt their rise to the top, to Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer boasting about her two-week maternity leave and cancelling the company’s telecommuting policy — op-ed pages and Facebook news feeds are full of people, mostly women, debating who has it right,...