Women’s Issues + Awareness

F**k the Chick Flick

Chick flicks get a lot of flak. And rightfully so. If you’ve ever seen a chick flick, it may be safe to say that you’ve seen them all....

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Sexual Extortion on the Internet: Blackshades

It’s one of the biggest threats that no one thinks they are vulnerable to until it happens to them: online exploitation. Nasty people are...

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No Means No, Or Does It?

No means no. Not anymore! Recent events regarding perceived rejection have left me frankly, very scared and well worried for my life. Maren...

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How to Create the Best Smoky Eye Ever: No Exaggeration

My friends say that I exaggerate. “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.’ “This is...

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Incredible India: Rhinos, Rats, Potholes and the Taj Mahal

I have never been so happy to survive a vacation as I was my first trip to India. The roads of this enormous country should be classified...

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The Rules of Gender Bending

I invited a male client out for a lunch to talk about business (I’m a woman) but the waiter gave him the bill, which he insisted on...

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When you’re not just “The Wife”

My husband and I had a recent debate about whether to admit to the clients that we were married and not just colleagues. This might sound...

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Makeup Lesson: Tips to Achieve Your Best Look

Tonya Riner is a professional makeup artist and a Principal Partner at Beauty For Real. Her long list of celebrity clients includes Heidi...

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Recruited—How I Got Into the CIA

Everyone wants to know, “How do you get hired to work for the CIA?”  I remember looking at a large pile of resumes—there were...

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Elegant Dining Etiquette

If you were a professional athlete you’d have to train every day. If you were a concert cellist you’d have to practice for...

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Be Your Own Security Advisor—Small Decisions are Big Decisions

It was the worst kind of attack in an area of Baghdad teeming with terrorists.  After leaving the meeting and driving half-way down the...

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Etiquette Moments On Illness

And now for a bit of seriousness.  But it won’t last long, don’t worry. Illness. It can strike anyone anytime. It is one of...

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From AMW to CFO

Raise your hand if you’re an AMW. I found out about this term when I first came to Los Angeles. A new acquaintance casually called me an...

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Be Your Own Security Advisor – Security Tips from a Counterterrorism Expert

The thing about CIA intelligence officers is that you must be tuned into your environment, aware of your surroundings, and able to spot...

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Should I tell my boss his fly is undone?

“Should I tell my boss when his fly is undone?” Here is the short answer …  No.  No more than you would tell anyone...

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Bad Bosses

I have the worst luck when it comes to landing bad bosses. Jennifer Aniston’s character in Horrible Bosses has nothing on the people...

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Sex Addict Revealed

It wasn’t until the death of my mother on July 25, 2011, that my blindness died. After three more months, I was born again, as an...

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BDSM and Swinging

In the summer of 2008, I left my life-in-law and felt inspired to write down my “sexcapades” as a legal outlaw. Perhaps my...

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Succeeding When You’re the ‘Odd Woman Out’

The ten years I served as a counterterrorism official in the CIA kept me on my toes, in an alternate reality, in which manipulation, lies,...

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The Underground Internet You’ve Never Heard of

Unless you’re a drug dealer, assassin, spy, pedophile or black market profiteer, you’ve likely never heard of it. It is the electronic...

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Petalwell – Portable Aromatherapy

I recently met two sisters from the Irish Family company Oglesby & Butler Ltd.  They have created PETALWELL. A portable, uniquely...

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The #1 Beauty Cream for Wrinkles Will Shock You

Ugh, I spent $500 on a bottle of face cream once! Yes, I was feeling a little vulnerable after attending a launch party in Miami the night...

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My Secret Life at the CIA

We kept it under wraps for a long time. Only family members and a few friends knew, and they did their best to keep it a secret. It was a...

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Must-Have Beauty Products for “On the Go”

While there are a plethora of items you could carry in your makeup bag every day, there are only a handful of “must haves” that...

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Embracing the change

As women, we move through many phases of femininity–from maiden to mother to crone. For many women, the changes associated with...

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