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Jan 08 2013

The Role of Feminist Criticism

In one of my recent pieces, I criticized a particular aspect of the love stories often found in popular books and movies. Whenever someone critiques pop culture–especially from a feminist perspective–it raises a lot of questions for many people. Questions such as: Does it really matter that this work is “problematic”? Can you even have …

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Jan 01 2013

Six Months

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Every New Year’s Eve, I write a post about the year that’s about to end. When I was younger, I mostly used these posts to talk about significant things that had happened to me (getting a boyfriend, losing a boyfriend, getting into this or that program or college, and so on), explain what I’d learned …

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Dec 30 2012

Writing A Better Love Story: On Pop Culture That Romanticizes Unhealthy Relationships

Imagine this story. You meet someone you really like and fall for them immediately. They’re attracted to you too and the sex is great. But you want something more serious and they drag their feet. They’re emotionally detached, they forget to call, they make you do all the work of moving the new relationship along. …

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Sep 24 2012

On Taking People’s Word For It (Or, When Not to Argue)

“You’re not really depressed, you just get sad sometimes.” “You’re not really a lesbian, you’ve just had some bad experiences with men.” “You’re not really an atheist, you’re just questioning your faith. You’ll find God again.” Why do people say these things? Everyone I ask seems to have a story about a friend or family …

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Sep 20 2012

[In Brief] Do Feminists Care About Men’s Issues? (A handy list!)

Men’s rights activists (MRAs) would have you believe that feminism is sexist against men because feminists don’t care about issues that affect men, such as restrictive gender roles, circumcision, sexual violence against men, the military draft, and custody rights. That always seemed like a strange argument to me because, as a female feminist, I care …

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Sep 18 2012

[In Brief] On “Smug” Liberals

Sometimes I see conservatives derisively claiming that liberals/feminists/progressives are just “smug” and self-satisfied, that we hold the opinions that we hold because it gives us some sense of self-righteousness, that we do it in order to feel like we’re better than everyone else. I find this bizarre. I, for one, was considerably more smug and …

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Sep 02 2012

[storytime] An Abridged List of Lies I Was Taught as a Child

Money and success will make you happy. Being beautiful is an obligation. Being fat is the worst thing that could happen to you. College will be a magical la-la land where you will finally be happy. Men don’t like strong, opinionated women. Being gay is wrong. Never ask a guy out. Never have sex with …

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Aug 31 2012

[Guest Post] The Evolution of 'El Tigre': A Feminist Discovers the 'Beauty' Aisle at Walgreens

Here’s a guest post from my friend Emily. I have stretchmarks, acne scars, oddly shaped eyebrows, a decades-long nail biting habit, rough spots on my feet, and hair that is generally nice, but tends to be boring. So, given that I’m not a girl who spends a quarter of her paycheck on creams, gels, goos, …

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Aug 30 2012

The Case Against Celebrity Gossip

Celebrity gossip bothers me. I think it’s both interesting and sad how we assume that accomplished, well-known people exist for our consumption. That is, we not only consume the work they produce; we consume their lives themselves. We expect them to be perfect and demand apologies when they fail, but we also gleefully feed on …

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Aug 16 2012

Occasional Link Roundup

This is my occasional link roundup, in which I occasionally post links to things I like. Feel free to link to something you’ve written recently in the comments! 1. Ever wondered what the manic phase of bipolar disorder feels like? Read this. 2. Attachment parenting might be harmful to mothers’ mental health. It always gave …

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