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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 31 2012

The Real Problem With “Slutty” Halloween Costumes

If you shame or ridicule women who wear “slutty” Halloween costumes, you’re missing the point. Here’s why.

Oct 30 2012

[guest post] Hurricane Sandy, Climate Reality, Political Absenteeism

In purely economic terms, Hurricane Sandy will cost the United States $20 billion. And although a little less than half of that cash is insured, it cannot come close to accounting for the millions who have been devastated by the storm, the flooded streets, the damage to some of our most treasured landmarks, and the …

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Oct 27 2012

Occasional Link Roundup

1. Free speech is not freedom from responsibility. 2. Kate writes about dancing and eating disorders (TW). 3. Sexual assault prevention tips that actually work! Oldie but goodie. 4. On Reddit admins’ choice to condone racism: “Free speech is about not being prosecuted by your government for expressing your views. A private company is not …

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Oct 26 2012

Living With Depression: Openness

Earlier I decided to write a series of posts about depression beyond the DSM diagnosis. The first post was about trust. Here’s the second. Throughout my life, I have been exposed to two diametrically opposed views on openness–how much people should share with their partners, friends, and acquaintances about themselves. The first view, which my family taught …

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Oct 25 2012

Sarah Silverman and Mandatory Childbearing

Some wingnut thinks Sarah Silverman is useless as a woman unless she gets married and pops out some babies. I respectfully disagree.

Oct 24 2012

If Your God Condones Forced Pregnancy, Get a New God

[Content note: sexual assault] I mean, I realize it’s not that simple, but could you at least consider it? Richard Mourdock, a Republican senate candidate from Indiana, thinks we should be praising the Lord if we get pregnant from rape: The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the …

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Oct 23 2012

[storytime] How I Quit the Senior Thesis

Ever since I was little, I held a belief shared by many gifted kids–gifted kids who grow into overachieving teenagers and then sleepless college students and then budding doctors, lawyers, engineers, researchers, businesspeople, or just those legions of people who wear tailored suits and work in tall office buildings in lower Manhattan and do stuff …

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Oct 19 2012

Affirmative Action Rant

A few days ago, the Daily Northwestern published a column called “Affirmative Action Dangerously Shortsighted.” It was predictably awful and spawned 269 (mostly dissenting) comments as of now. Some excerpts: I oppose the use of affirmative action in college admissions, the workplace and essentially any other setting. I am pleased that Fisher had the courage to revive …

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Oct 17 2012

[guest post] The Tradeoff Between Ambition and Happiness

A fellow blogger has provided me with this guest post about the psychology of ambition and happiness. Enjoy! Imagine there’s a big project at work and you decide to come in on the weekend. The length of you stay is entirely up to you, but you’ll get paid overtime for each hour. After six hours …

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Oct 17 2012

Living With Depression: Trust

I’m going to do a series of posts on what it’s like to live with chronic depression, beyond the DSM symptoms that you always hear about. I want to help people understand. I’m in a particularly good position to do this now because my depression is technically in remission, which means that I no longer …

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