Stories by Courtney E. Martin

Courtney E. Martin is a writer, teacher, and speaker living in Brooklyn. She is also the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women and Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. You can read more about her work at subscribe to Courtney E. Martin's feed

Posted on: Apr 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Why is the stunning increase in the levels of poverty so muted during this campaign season? Why are the solutions coming out of either party so hard to find?

Posted on: Jul 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A debate within a gentlemen's club reveals how some men cling to outdated sexist traditions that may come back to haunt them.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In the age of Hillary, Arianna and Oprah, why do women still have a hard time talking about their success in public?

Posted on: Apr 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A Q+A with a former sex worker, who weaves her own painful story of being lured into "the life," with the stories of the girls and women that she now helps.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In a globalized world, we must fight toxic body culture by "becoming what we have never seen"--rewriting the paradigm of health and self-acceptance.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

"The world was a cruel, unjust place and, far from saving it, I felt stuck in it. Then I learned that I should fight to change it anyway."

Posted on: Nov 13, 2009, Source: The American Prospect

Many young men reject the trappings of traditional, sexist masculinity. But what's the alternative?

Posted on: Jul 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We need both women and men, and folks from a range of ethnic and class backgrounds, informing the creation of business "not as usual."

Posted on: Jun 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

If it had been Lehman Brothers and Sisters, would the financial meltdown have shaken out in the same way?

Posted on: Apr 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

At least 4.8 million Iraqi refugees are struggling for every day survival. We don't have time for more reports or pretty graphs. We must act now.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2009, Source: The American Prospect

The era of the singular feminist agenda is over. But that doesn't mean gender-based activism is.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2008, Source: AlterNet

In a democracy, people depend on one another to make rules that benefit everyone. Author Deborah Stone discusses how the GOP destroyed that reality.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Teen pregnancy is nothing new. So what made the Gloucester girls such a big story?

Posted on: Aug 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Maternal Is Political, a new anthology, explores the transformation of and challenges facing the motherhood movement.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

The media portrays female suicide bombers as coerced, but the factors that drive women to strap on explosives are often the same that drive men.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2008, Source: The American Prospect

Recent steps legalizing gay marriage have made me reevaluate my aversion to the institution. But I still have my doubts.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Author Keli Goff on how today's youth -- black youth in particular -- choose their leaders. Hint: It's not by skin color or party affiliation.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet

At a stimulating confab on the election, our author declares: My feminism is about gender and racial justice, global security and community ethics.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2008, Source: DELETED

Progressives need to make sure that young people's excitement over the primaries turns into long-term civic engagement.

Posted on: May 20, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Author Amy Richards explains how to close the gap between feminist ideology and our daily lives.