An Unlikely Antidote for a Male-Centered World? Hallmark Movies.

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Romances validate what women bring to the table. Often, the acting is awkward, the plots shopworn, the wardrobes odd, and the holiday decorations tacky. The scripts are hardly witty and what passes for humor amuses only the characters on the screen. And for some reason everyone’s hair always looks a little goofy. The stories are so formulaic that apps have been built to generate fake Hallmark plots if you just plug in a few nouns.  A successful New York/Chicago/Atlanta/Boston career woman wearing edgy clothes and stiletto heels is forced to travel to a small town because she inherited a bed and breakfast/gift shop/newspaper. She is played by a B-list actress who is pretty, but not so thin or sexy she … Read More

In ‘Good Omens’, an Uncommon Take on the End of Days

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Could it be that humans are lovable even with all our faults? A demon and an angel, sitting on a park bench, commiserate about imminent Armageddon and agree: The loss of excellent bookshops, neighborhood cafes where they know you, and Mozart is too much for the divine, who have been visiting Earth and working at cross-purposes since the beginning, to bear.  They vow to collude to thwart the end of days. The thing is, heaven and hell are eager to clash swords and are not concerned about trashing the Earth as collateral damage. Can the ultimate fight between the mighty armies of good and evil be sabotaged by a single demon, Crowley, and one lone angel, Aziraphale?  Most media tales … Read More

A Cancelled Series Shows Women’s Inequality Is Still At Work

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Women can now wear pants in the office, but has so much really changed since the days of “Good Girls Revolt”? Once upon a time, in 1969, women weren’t “allowed” to wear slacks at the office. This wasn’t for modesty—miniskirts and tight dresses were fine, 9–5. The dress code was to keep gender differences clearly delineated, as in the classic insult to assertive wives: “She wears the pants in that family.” When the chino ceiling finally cracked in office buildings across America, women could wear trousers in public, but only if they also wore a matching jacket. The female pantsuit was born. In the 1960s women were paid roughly half of what men earned, about 59 cents for every dollar a man … Read More

A Woman At Last

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In ‘Wonder Woman’ accomplishment trumps beauty. In Wonder Woman, there are moments so uncommonly witnessed in film that the audience can almost hear paradigms shifting, like giant tectonic plates of cultural attitudes grating over one another as they struggle to realign. Of course, such shifts should have happened long ago, or should have never been needed at all, and there have been lesser and occasional positive tremors along the fault lines before, here and there in film.  But the current production of Wonder Woman brilliantly bundles a female protagonist of superior physical strength, compassion, and logic with pyrotechnical computerized special effects and unusual restraint regarding cleavage, and voila! suddenly a woman becomes a marketable hero, possessing the physical power and athletic ability that male viewers … Read More

Two documentaries that will change your perspective on the planet

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Get down to Earth with ‘Behind the Curve’ and ‘One Strange Rock.’ Two documentaries currently trending on Netflix take a look at the planet from decidedly oppositional perspectives—and they might change how you think about the ground you stand on. Behind the Curve is a new documentary (November 2018) by Daniel J. Clark about Flat Earthers—people who believe, against all human knowledge and scientific proof, that the Earth is flat. Some of them imagine the Earth as a Frisbee-like disc. Others think it’s like a cheese plate, covered with a transparent dome. There is, of course, no evidence supporting either model, but Flat Earthers don’t require evidence. Instead, they value personal experience.  As they walk around the neighborhood, things appear … Read More

What does Amazon’s Mrs. Maisel really say about women and careers?

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Can women really have it all? It’s just so pretty. Amazon’s knockout series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept the Emmys, pocketed two Golden Globe awards, and was just renewed for its third season even before its second debuted in December. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is executive producer along with her husband, Daniel Palladino, the show features their signature rocket-speed dialogue, snappy repartee, and sassy pop culture references, set against technicolor-hued sets and Edith Head-worthy wardrobes.  The hats! The hatboxes! The handbags! The furs! It takes half a dozen industrial clothing racks rolling around in a bedroom of the endless (and certainly multi-million-dollar) Upper West Side New York apartment of her parents just to hold the outfits that upholster Midge Maisel and … Read More

Meet Danae Davis, Executive Director of Milwaukee Succeeds

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Many organizations are trying to fix Milwaukee’s beleaguered educational system. It’s one magnetic woman’s job to get them all talking and working together. When it comes to making Milwaukee’s children the best they can be, hundreds of organizations are bringing their ideas and energy to the table to improve education in a city plagued with significant challenges in cultivating, nurturing and instructing its young. In the middle of all of those good intentions – and collisions of missions, approaches, histories and egos – is Danae Davis.  As executive director of Milwaukee Succeeds, Davis’ task is to coordinate and unify the many organizations around the city that have efforts in place to improve education. It’s a role that calls for the diplomatic skills of … Read More

A Milwaukee Woman Reflects On Our City’s Over-50 Online Dating Scene

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Searching for the fish in a modern dating sea. I am well past 25 years old, yet I am single. OK, so I am at least two-times-25, and I am single. If you are not in my age group, let me educate you. People treat this combined condition — advanced age plus the lack of a spousal unit — as if it were some manner of grievous social sin for which penance ought to be assigned. As though there are scores of erudite fellows outside my door, standing there with orchids and copies of the Rockwell Kent-illustrated edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare under their arms, yet I stride past them every morning, my nose in the air. As though all … Read More

5 Reasons I Love Milwaukee: Pamela Nettleton

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Born and raised a Minnesota girl, Nettleton came to Milwaukee only 8 years ago. The differences between Milwaukee and, say, Minneapolis, where she’s lived all her life, are marked. Here’s why she loves Milwaukee. We asked writer and July 2017 issue contributor Pamela Nettleton to share with us the reasons she loves Milwaukee. Here are her picks: East coast influence The architecture, city planning, dining and aesthetics have a palpable East Coast influence that isn’t found on the west side of the Mississippi. Or maybe even the west side of I-41. Outdoor dining, retained architecture, use of stone and brick, pleasing landscaping make a city more than livable—it’s enjoyable! Cute small towns and tidy farms Y’all call ’em “small towns” and “villages,” but in other parts … Read More

Saying Farewell to Chris Kegel of Wheel & Sprocket

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For Wheel & Sprocket CEO Chris Kegel, bikes were a vehicle to touch lives and make a difference in the community. Biking wasn’t only Chris Kegel’s business; it was also his life. When his four kids were young, the family biked together weekly, and when it was time for Noel, the eldest, to heat off to college, the entire brood biked the freshman to school. They did a version of that tradition with each Kegel kid. “My mom drove the van, my dad biked with us, and we all did it,” laughs daughter Amelia. No short jaunts to Mount Mary College, either; the student deliveries were to Montreal, Texas, British Columbia, and Montana. “When we arrived at school, other kids … Read More