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: Feb 20, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Author Benjamin Percy discusses masculinity, fiction writing about Iraq, and how he got into writing to impress a girl.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

I was unequivocally pro-choice, but I resented women who had uncomplicated relationships with abortion. I was jealous.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Why teenagers are so screwed up about sex and their bodies.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Author Gary Taubes challenges common myths about obesity and explains why Atkins might well have been right.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Could more distance be the key to keeping the passion in long-term relationships?

Posted on: Oct 16, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It's time to stop treating obesity as the problem of a lazy individual.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Is the confirmed rise in suicide rates among young people, particularly girls aged 10-14, linked to a decrease in prescription antidepressants?

Posted on: Sep 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Locking men out of conversations about abortion often comes at a great expense.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It is inexcusable that television networks, one of the best public sites for widespread education about safer sex, is acting coy at the cost of young women's fullest lives.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

An interview with the author of <i>Sisterhood Interrupted</i> provides historical context for contemporary feminist infighting: the overblown mommy wars, raunch feminists and their older, horrified detractors, and bloggers virtually ripping one another apart.

Posted on: May 23, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Can the diet industry be prosecuted into warning labels and public education efforts the way the tobacco industry has been?

Posted on: Apr 17, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Thinness and beauty are prerequisites for perfection, which to today's young women appears to be the only road to happiness. Under that logic, women's bodies have become places where that drive for perfection -- however self-destructive -- gets played out.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Why is The Secret, an Oprah Winfrey-endorsed documentary film and book package with a simplistic message that leads to more consumerism, topping Amazon's bestselling DVD list?

Posted on: Feb 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Are feminists obligated to support a political candidate just because she's a woman?

Posted on: Feb 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Who you love and how you love them is as much a statement about your social conscience as the letters you write to Congress or the votes you cast. It's harder to be good to someone else.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The majority of working moms who leave their jobs do so because of inflexible office policy, not Martha Stewart fantasies.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2006, Source: Women's eNews

An increasingly popular doll with genitalia and pubic hair offers an alternative to Barbies for a gift that can educate about sexuality without damaging body image.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2006, Source: AlterNet

A new book praises hyper-achieving 'alpha girls.' But their behavior may be symptomatic of a larger trend in outwardly high-achieving and inwardly self-hating young women.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2006, Source: AlterNet

I want to tell my working-class students that the American Dream isn't all it's cracked up to be. But maybe I shouldn't question their belief that hard work will bring success.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2006, Source: AlterNet

An evening at the New Life Church gives the author a clue to how evangelical right-wing Christians are attracting 'Generation Me.' PLUS: A video interview with the author.