Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at annfriedman.com.

Recent Articles

KEROACK'S PRIVATE PRACTICE

KEROACK'S PRIVATE PRACTICE . Looks like "Dr." Eric Keroack resigned his post as head of the federal Office of Population Affairs because the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid is investigating his private medical practice . MassHealth officials aren't releasing the details on the investigation. The AP reports that his private practice is based in Marblehead, MA. And indeed, that's the address on his state registration : 14 Willow Rd., Marblehead, MA. But when I called the phone number listed with that address, I got what was clearly a home answering machine, not a doctor's office. And a simple reverse-phone lookup shows it is indeed a residential address -- not a private medical practice. So where is Keroack's private practice that is under investigation, if not in Marblehead? The address listed for his practice by the hospital he's affiliated with, North Shore Medical Center, is 103 Broadway, Revere, MA. This is the address of one of the outposts of his crisis-pregnancy center chain, A...

Let's Talk About Sex

As one of dozens of programs receiving federal funds to educate Ohio teens about sex, a group called Operation Keepsake maintained an online question-and-answer board, where it answered questions like, "How far can my boyfriend and I go and still be safe?" with the warning that "anything past kissing can be dangerous emotionally and physically. When you go to French kissing, you are thinking more with your body than with your brain." But two weeks ago, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland released his 2008 budget, which will effectively cut off funding for Operation Keepsake -- along with every other abstinence-only education program in the state. "This is an unwise use of tax dollars because there is no conclusive evidence that suggests the program works," a spokesman for Strickland told the Cincinnati Enquirer . Since 1996, the federal government has been actively promoting programs like Operation Keepsake by offering grants to cash-strapped state governments that can only be used to fund...

THIS IS LIKE...

THIS IS LIKE AN ONION ARTICLE ...accidentally published by CNN . -- Ann Friedman

THE OLD GIRLS' CLUB

THE OLD GIRLS' CLUB . Why is it a good idea to hold networking events for women only ? Because historically male institutions -- like law firms, Wall Street, opinion journalism ( ahem ) -- have had male-centric bonding and networking events in place for decades. Because most of my potential female mentors immediately head home to their children at the end of the workday, and opportunities to grab a drink with them or interact outside the office don't materialize very often. Because women are more likely to make connections and pull each other up the ladder if they have a chance to interact in an all-female environment. Because it's fun. It's a common complaint among young women professionals I know that the women above them on the ladder aren't very willing to lend a hand up. Women-only events, where women get a chance to talk to one another in a slightly more casual setting, are one way to ease these tensions. Books like Tales from the Boom-Boom Room have documented the prevailing...

PARENTAL CONSENT FOR PRENATAL CARE

PARENTAL CONSENT FOR PRENATAL CARE . The North Dakota legislature recently failed to pass legislation that would have guaranteed pregnant teens the right to seek prenatal care without notifying their parents. Current state law requires parental consent to treat pregnant women under 18. Conservatives are wailing that explicitly stating there is no parental notification requirement would "drive a wedge between the daughter and the parents." But isn't it obvious that, if a young woman has chosen to carry her pregnancy to term without telling her parents, she most likely has a compelling reason for keeping them in the dark? And if a teenage girl faces very little support at home for keeping her pregnancy -- which, presumably, is the reason she would keep this info from her parents -- then you would think anti-abortion activists would be in favor of this legislation. After all, they love to publicize cases where parents have coerced their daughters into abortions. You would think that this...

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