Rachel Ryan
Rachel Ryan is a strategic communications and public affairs professional, specializing in health care policy. She lives in Washington, D.C. and has written for The Huffington Post and political news site FrumForum on a variety of issues ranging from health care reform to environmental policy to urban renewal. Rachel is especially interested in gender politics, considering herself a classical, equality-of-opportunity feminist. Follow Rachel on Twitter @rachel_e_ryan.

Entries by Rachel Ryan

There's No Christ in My Christmas

(118) Comments | Posted December 25, 2012 | 7:59 AM

This Friday, President Obama delivered a statement on the fiscal cliff, urging policymakers to compromise, admitting idealistic optimism that Congress can come to an agreement within the next ten days. Then he wished "every American a Merry Christmas." The Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, the Atheists, the Buddhists,...

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Shut up And Hook up? No Thanks.

(121) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 6:15 PM

In The Atlantic's powerhouse September issue, Hannah Rosin explores the recent phenomenon of "Boys on the Side" -- the hookup culture that has largely replaced dating on college campuses, crudely claiming that "feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture." Wrong....

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Why Men and Women Are More Alike Than You Think

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 12:13 PM

During my first foray into journalism, a veteran reporter cautioned, "Never read your old stuff." I soon understood why:

1. Your style will mature and old voices will likely sound elementary and unsophisticated to you.
2. You've already read and written on the subject. Learn something new.

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Is Dating a Cold, Careless Game?

(8) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 12:59 PM

This week in the Huffington Post, J.D. Halperin and Daniel Portoraro debated, "Is the modern woman too picky?"

Halperin advocates yes, and Portoraro no. Halperin blames movies, the Internet and the "wide range of other frauds, charlatans, and advertisers" for promoting unattainable standards of perfection. Love and relationships...

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Are Today's Facebook Haters Yesterday's Telephone Haters?

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Anxiety is on track to becoming the industrialized world's leading mental health pandemic. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the United States, plaguing an estimated 40 million adults.

Whether a mood or a disorder, one thing...

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Generation Y-ny Isn't Busy, They're Lazy

(50) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 8:35 AM

So, according to Facebook, everyone and their mother has seen this New York Times editorial, The Busy Trap, by Tim Kreider. Never has an article so polluted my newsfeed, prefaced with user statements like, "So true," "Gotta get here," or a simple thumbs-up 'like'.

Of course everyone is...

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Are We Healthier Now Than in 1900?

(8) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:02 AM

This month, the New England Journal of Medicine released an illuminating illustration charting causes of death in 1900 versus today. Unsurprisingly, a century ago, society was afflicted with many more ailments. Not only are people now living longer, they are dying of fewer things.

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First They Came for the Soda, Then for the Foie Gras

(7) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 1:27 PM

The American media and general public were recently sent into a tizzy over Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement that a 16-ounce limit would be on New York City's sugary drinks. While some, like Michelle Obama, lauded efforts to curtail America's rapidly expanding waistline, others expressed outrage at...

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Hey Moms, Don't Expect Time Off With That Baby

(7) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Last week, ThinkProgress, an outlet of the Center for American Progress, released an infographic illustrating "how the zero weeks of paid maternity leave in the U.S. compare globally."

Short answer: not so good.

The usual industrialized suspects -- France, Norway, Denmark, the...

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Paris, City of Love...or Censorship?

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 8:58 AM

The French aren't exactly known for their modesty. Paris, the city of lights and love, offers breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, and a bench-lined Seine, speckled with couples locked in passionate embrace. Where the French do traditionally practice discretion is in the media arena, at least with respect to...

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Sayonara Super-Sized Soda!

(8) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 8:44 AM

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg has announced the imposition of a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks. Set to take effect in March 2013, the ban will not extend to diet sodas, but it will reach an estimated 20,000 restaurants, as well as movie theaters, stadiums, mobile food carts...

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The Problem With "Cleansing" in North America

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 10:15 AM

This month, everyone scrambled over new data indicating that -- shocker! -- Americans are fat and getting fatter. The findings, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, predicted that 42 per cent of Americans will be obese by 2030, with rates of severe obesity doubling to an...

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Could Casanova Survive Today's Dating Game?

(14) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 8:58 AM

History's most renowned ladies' man, Giacomo Casanova, appreciated and harnessed the power of flattery. When seducing a beautiful woman, Casanova complimented her on her intelligence. When seducing an intelligent woman, he emphasized her beauty. His reasons are obvious: beautiful women are told they're beautiful, intelligent women are told they're intelligent....

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Thinking Outside the Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 7:30 AM

This January, United States lawmakers introduced legislation that would offset President Obama's recent efforts to postpone development of the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline. According to Louisiana Senator David Vitter, the proposed initiative has 44 co-sponsors, all of whom are hoping to initiate timely construction of the...

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Men Are Not the Enemy

(17) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 3:29 PM

You've heard the drumbeat before and its static drone is growing wearisome: Women are surpassing men as men fall behind. The seemingly relentless drumming has even spawned The Good Men Project, founded by men who have been all but forced to defend "guys today." The community represents "smart,...

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Men Say It, Ladies Own It: You're Beautiful

(167) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 12:43 AM

For a North American woman travelling in Continental Europe, there are few encounters more alluring or alarming than those with the gentlemen strangers murmuring a foreign variation of "Hello, beautiful," as they walk by. Both alluring and alarming because such unabashed flattery is seldom heard back home. Equally as shocking...

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Are Women to Blame For Immature Men?

(33) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 10:56 AM

Lately, we've all been hearing a lot about the rise of women and the fall of boys. Statistics and personal testimonies have come to prove that while women are charging full speed ahead into that corner office, "men are in trouble."

It's sad that a...

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What LivingSocial and Groupon Show Us About Sex And Shopping

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2011 | 9:39 AM

Women shop. Men generally don't like to shop. Men stand and hold the bags, sigh intermittently, and stumble awkwardly into questions about whether or not "those pants" make the woman in question look "fat." What gets a man into a store? "Mainly, women, sports, food, and free things," says Jared,...

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Daryl Hannah: You Are Free to Protest. Saudi Women Are Not

(78) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 6:26 PM

Actress Daryl Hannah hasn't made this big a splash since her movie, Splash!: Having been arrested earlier this week in front of the White House for protesting the Keystone pipeline, she has continued to speak out against the project, including braving questions from Bill O'Reilly.


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