Ariel has published a number of articles on topics including parenting, feminism, sexism, gay marriage, the children of same-sex couples, reproductive rights, child support, masculinity, gender roles, homophobia, violence against women, and racism. Below are selected articles.
Time Magazine, March 6, 2015
Having two mothers during my formative years saved me because it gave me the stability, support and love I needed. The shame I felt and the stigma I experienced was unnecessary. Children should not be stigmatized because their families are different from the "norm," whether they are raised in an interracial family, in a single-parent household or by a same-sex couple. Yet when the law does not recognize your family, stigma and fear are perpetuated and reinforced.
Huffington Post, March 24, 2015
I grew up surrounded by an amazing community of feminists, some lesbians, revolutionary women who were authors, sculptors, painters, visionaries, radicals, speech givers and true leaders. These women taught me empathy . . . They taught me to be a man who loves women . . . and to fight for justice wherever I see injustice.
Time Magazine, May 18, 2014
If you believe that dads are capable of diapering, feeding and raising children as well as women can, you might be a feminist. If you are a stay-at-home dad and your wife (or husband) is the family breadwinner, you might be a feminist. And if you believe that dads deserve better paternity leave policies, you might be a feminist.
The Daily Beast, October 17, 2016
I don’t only empathize with those who look like me or those who “belong” to me. As a human being who believes in justice and fairness, I am horrified about how we treat women—half the human race—as less than, inferior, to be objectified, minimized, and ignored. I want to live in a society in which everyone is valued, in which everyone is given opportunities and treated fairly simply because it is the right thing to do.
Tablet Magazine, January 3, 2018
But, if we were going to do this thing, if our community was to truly see us, and if we were to embrace Jewish tradition, we would have to make the tradition our own… In short, my genealogy and upbringing trained me to challenge and seek to improve upon things.
New York Daily News, February 25, 2016
Children, particularly very young ones, should be able to attend schools near their home. That is why my eldest daughter was considered a priority when applying to our zoned elementary school for kindergarten, and why her sister will be considered a priority for that school. Why should pre-K be different?
Ravishly, December 5, 2014
What I learned from all this was how to listen to women, how to learn from them, how to honor their narratives…Good people of all sexes should be motivated to end gender inequality because patriarchal rules limit everyone's ability to be their whole selves.
Tablet Magazine, March 31, 2015
The power of inclusive storytelling and representation is greatly diminished if it is shared with only daughters and not sons. Here, the audience is as important as the story.
Babble, July 27, 2016
First, feminist parenting is primarily about analysis and awareness and doing our best to raise non-sexist kids while living in a sexist society. Even we feminist parents have internalized sexism and remain works in progress, and so we must constantly challenge ourselves as well as our children. This work lasts a lifetime and will remain necessary until we are able to change the power structures in our society.
Ms. Magazine Blog, September 17, 2014
Looking at my own upbringing I can conclude that it was a combination of showing me and telling me that led to my understanding of the female experience.