Erin O'Neill columns

COLUMN: A short skirt doesn't equal consent

A verdict that said a woman implied consent to be in a Girls Gone Wild video through her actions is a prime example of how our culture blames women when they are victims of sexual violence.

COLUMN: Daily Show accusations of sexism could be as fake as its news

The Daily Show might not have enough women on-air for some people's taste but accusing the fake news source of discrimination might be too much.

COLUMN: Twilight is not for lovers

By the time I got to the fourth book, "Breaking Dawn," I realized these books were an unwitting assault on any ambition a woman may have in this world outside marriage and children.

COLUMN: A revised version of adulthood

Are we waiting later in life to settle down and have kids? Sure, and there are plenty of good reasons for it.

COLUMN: Would you go in front of the lens?

Allowing a photojournalist to capture the most intimate moments in a subject's life can seem like an awkward concept but it can have a powerful, emotional effect.

COLUMN: Compulsory voting for all

Voting is the most important civic duty in the U.S., and we should require all citizens to vote. Obligatory voting could potentially stop voter suppression, as well as allow voters to focus on issues rather than candidates.

COLUMN: Filling out the census is a duty we all must fulfill

Filling out this year's census is an essential piece of our representative democracy.

COLUMN: NBC taking drama out of Olympics with delayed coverage

NBC's Olympic coverage has failed to adjust to the Internet age, showing many events on tape delay when most of the country already knows the results

COLUMN: Statistics show progress, 'Pride and Prejudice' in the women's movement

A new study shows just how far women have come as economic forces in marriage. To truly understand the leaps and bounds that have been made, we must look to the past, especially to the world of Jane Austen.

COLUMN: Benefits of constant media use far and few between

A certain dependence on being immersed in media has developed in America, but are the benefits really all that worthwile?

COLUMN: Fear of flying? — blame the bureaucracy

All the evidence needed to stop Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was there well before he boarded Northwest Flight 253. So why was it the passengers who had to stop him?

COLUMN: Put some pants on, ladies

I would like to be very clear: Tights are not pants. Those $10 black leggings found at Target are not pants. Lace footless tights are not pants. Jeggings (a combination of jeans and leggings, which also made it onto the New York Times list of 2009 buzzwords) are not pants. If the potential NotPants could be worn while playing Mercutio in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the NotPants are really not pants.

COLUMN: Tiger Woods' scandal proves he's human

Tiger's infidelity has flawed his perfect, god-like status.

COLUMN: Believe in Santa Claus

Santa Claus may not be real, but I want to believe in him. At least during this time of year to recapture childlike wonder lost in adulthood.

Past 10 years should be known as 'Snafu Decade'

With 2009 coming to an end, the past 10 years need a name that describes the many surreal things that have happened.

Health care reform compromises hinder women's access to elective abortions

The health care reform bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would not allow federal subsidies for health insurance plans that cover elective abortions.

Why we sweat the small stuff

I'm fairly certain that everyone has something to worry about. And no matter what, it's probably not all that good for you.

Halloween: Destroying post-feminism through costumes

Trying to win a race to the bottom, women demean themselves by dressing provacatively on Halloween.

Women's fashion magazines are evil, yet impossible to resist

Despite their dubious commerical ethics and unattainable standards of feminine beauty, glossy women's fashion magazines keep sucking me back in.

If Obama gets a Nobel ... then maybe other dreams can come true, too

The Nobel Foundation probably jumped the gun in awarding the Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, but, maybe it's a sign that other hard-sought goals could be accommodated on a short track, too.