This Is Not Okay

When Aaron Swartz took his life earlier this year, enough people spoke up about the tragedy that I felt I not only had no right to, but I didn’t have to. My boss, Aaron’s friend, was amongst the most vocal. I barely knew Aaron, or the law, so what could I possibly add? And then […]

Like trying to sob into a paper bag

In her 1968 anthology of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion writes confidently about the practical necessity of self-respect: However long we postpone it, we eventually lie down alone in that notoriously uncomfortable bed, the one we make ourselves. Whether or not we sleep in it depends, of course, on whether or not we respect […]

Feminism is Fun (Part 2: The British survey the lady-scape.)

A lady (n.) could be a polite, refined and well-spoken woman, a woman of high social distinction or nobility, or any woman at all. When we hear the word “lady,” we recognize that the person described by it is performing a certain kind of role. But do we know exactly what she’s doing? Is a […]

Feminism is Fun (Part 1: Dating is Fun?)

I am currently feasting on chick lit for a series I’m going to affectionately, bitingly, call Feminism is Fun. Hilary Winston, author of My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me, had me at this: This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever had their heart broken. And dreamed of getting the tiniest slice of […]

Menstrual Mishap

Why on earth is the header image on Jezebel a big red splotch decorated with the words “the human stain.” imploring me for horrifying tales from menstrual cycles past? “Rust-spotted underwear. Ruined pants. Discolored dining chairs. Crippling cramps. Chances are, if you’ve had your period, you’ve had a menstruation mishap.” Really, Jezebel? Here’s the thing: […]