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'Amsterdam' Director David O. Russell's History of Sexual, Verbal, and Physical Assault — Femestella

For a long time, one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets was who among the most powerful were also the most abusive. But in recent years, particularly since the Me Too movement, these secrets are being exposed, leaving “cancel culture” to do its job and take power away from some of these monsters. We’ve watched this kind of takedown happen again and again. Still, for every well-known star that is “canceled”, it seems like three more are still flying under the radar, getting away with toxic behavio

'Amsterdam' Director David O. Russell Has a Long History of Abuse — So Why Do A-List Actors Continue to Work With Him? —

For a long time, one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets was who among the most powerful were also the most abusive. But in recent years, particularly since the Me Too movement, these secrets are being exposed, leaving “cancel culture” to do its job and take power away from some of these monsters. We’ve watched this kind of takedown happen again and again. Still, for every well-known star that is “canceled”, it seems like three more are still flying under the radar, getting away with toxic behavio

Netflix's 'Look Both Ways' Review: Finally a Film That Accurately Portrays the Darker Parts of New Motherhood —

Over the years, it’s slowly become more and more normalized to talk about the hard parts of new parenthood. And while real-life parents are sharing their struggles of trying to cope with sleep deprivation and mastitis, TV shows and movies often gloss over some of the darker realities. Netflix’s film Look Both Ways, refreshingly, isn’t one of them. The movie stars Lili Reinhart as Natalie, who finds herself taking a pregnancy test the night of her college graduation. From there, two timelines

The Controversy Surrounding Netflix's Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde' — Femestella

60 years after her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe continues to be one of the most iconic women of her generation. Most of us know at least a little about her story. But for some fans, her legacy is something they take very seriously, and it must be protected at all costs. So it comes as no surprise that after Netflix dropped the trailer (below) for the upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, fans had *a lot* of feelings. While most media coverage surrounding the trailer has been relatively po

Nonverbal Communication During Interviews

When you’re getting ready for an interview, you know that it’s essential to wear something that’s clean, professional, and reflects your personality. You can say all of the right things in an interview, but if you’re wearing a stained t-shirt and last night’s makeup, it’s unlikely that you’ll move on to the next round. The same concept applies to your nonverbal communication during an interview, too. Meeting every qualification in a job ad means very little if you roll your eyes and scowl throug

Advice From A Special Ed Teacher: How To Pick A Sensory-Friendly Mask For Kids

Kids with sensory processing issues can be a real struggle for families when shopping for everyday clothing, and new coronavirus mask mandates have created a whole new challenge. But there are some sensory-friendly face masks for kids that can help you manage the situation a little easier. It may take a little trial and error to find the right one for your child, but knowing where to look will hopefully help speed up the process. Joanna Heglar, a special education teacher in North Carolina, sug

Setting Boundaries Between Work and Home

Thanks to technology, we are more accessible than ever. If your boss wants to get in touch with you at any given time, they usually can, regardless of whether you’re at your child’s parent-teacher conference or reading them a bedtime story. The good news is that most bosses and coworkers understand that you have a life outside the office. However, it’s not always easy to get them to respect that when you’re not signed on for work, you are not available. Period. This is why it’s so essential to

'Friends': Is Co-Creator Marta Kauffman's Apology Too Little Too Late? —

The show Friends was a phenomenon during its time. But in the 18 years since its final episode aired, the series’ creators have received a lot of criticism for the show’s lack of diversity and its many transphobic, fatphobic, and homophobic storylines. While creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have acknowledged the show’s problems in hindsight, it wasn’t until this past week that either of them actively apologized for their wrongdoing. Speaking about the show’s lack of diversity in an inte

Return to Work or Take a Mom Pause After Having a Baby?

When you are well into your career and you find out that you’re pregnant, many thoughts will cross your mind. When will you tell your boss and co-workers the news? How does maternity leave work? How will you navigate the many doctor appointments in your future? And, of course, what will you do when maternity leave ends? Maybe you already know the answer to that last question, so it’s not something you’re overthinking, but for many moms, this is a tough decision. Even if you are convinced you’ll

3 Questions to Ask at the End of a Job Interview

It’s hard to say that any part of an interview is more important than another because a lot rides on everything from how you’re dressed to how you answer questions to whether or not you show up on time or two minutes late. A part of the interview process a lot of people tend to forget is the portion at the end where the interviewer asks the candidate if they have any questions. The opportunity shouldn’t be overlooked because it’s a chance to find out more about the role and give you one last sho

Managing Pregnancy During a Career Transition

We’ve made a lot of progress regarding pregnancy in the workplace. However, even though employers are more understanding than ever, it can still be challenging to manage—especially if you’re pregnant during a career transition. Regular doctor appointments, first-trimester exhaustion, and general discomfort are all part of the deal with pregnancy, and a career transition is just one more thing to add to the mix. While there is no perfect way to handle this unique situation, it’s not an impossibl

Is Now the Right Time to Make a Career Pivot?

The lucky few know what they want to do when they grow up at the very start of or even before their careers. For most of us, though, it takes a little trial and error to figure out the best professional path for ourselves, and sometimes that path requires us to slam on the brakes and make a three-point turn in the other direction to get to where we are going. It is what we at The Mom Project call: a career pivot. A career pivot is when you shift from one professional direction to something else

Are Professional Resume Writing Services Worth It?

When it comes to job searching, your resume is an essential tool for landing a new job. It’s also one of the most tedious documents to create. Somehow, you’re expected to cram your contact information, education, skills, and a decade’s worth of work experience and highlights into a single document while also making sure it’s optimized with keywords and looks clean and professional, but also has some personality. Seriously, it can feel like an intimidating interview process is easier to get throu

'Never Have I Ever': Mindy Kaling Isn't Here to Promote Inclusivity — But Rather to Normalize It —

When it comes to her growing empire, Mindy Kaling has always prioritized casting people with a variety of backgrounds. But don’t get it twisted — the purpose of her casting choices is not to teach inclusivity, but to normalize it. From The Mindy Project to Never Have I Ever to The Sex Lives of College Girls and more, Mindy has made conscious efforts to ensure that, not only do her characters come from different backgrounds, but they’re also fully fleshed out. At the Time 100 2022 Summit, where

8 Online Job Hunt Strategies to Help You Land Your Next Role

Finding a job online can be surprisingly high maintenance and difficult. While it’s certainly a convenient way to search and apply for jobs, especially compared to pre-internet days, one of the drawbacks is that a single job listing can reach hundreds (if not thousands) of people, making competition stiff. Not to mention, with so many job opportunities at your fingertips, sifting through your search results can be a somewhat daunting task. It would be nice if there were some fool-proof way to k

Negotiating Full-Time Benefits with a Part-Time Schedule

We all know that 40 hours is the standard full-time week, but with that considerable time investment comes benefits like health insurance, paid time off, and other perks that sweeten the deal. Still, as helpful as they may be for working parents, these benefits can’t compensate for the time you have to sacrifice with your kids to get them. Even with the most flexible work arrangement, devoting 40 hours weekly to a job is incredibly difficult for a parent. Unfortunately, most part-time jobs don’

Grow Your Career by Joining a Professional Community

You already know the importance of professional networking, but as great as it is to have a wide net of contacts to reach out to when you need them, having closer connections is even better. When you develop deeper relationships with people in your network, you’re more likely to get help from them. And the best way to make these kinds of friends is by joining professional communities. Unlike one-time networking events, professional communities meet and or connect regularly. A community may be o
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