2013—Year of the Feminist? Or Year of the Feminist Marketing Ploy?
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2013—Year of the Feminist? Or Year of the Feminist Marketing Ploy?

2013 was the “year of the feminist”—the word seemed to be in the mouth of every celebrity and new start-up last year. Lorde, Beyonce, Lily Allen, and of course, Miley Cyrus, have all been (willing or otherwise) recipients of the “feminist” label in the past year, and companies have also adopted the term—just take a … Continue reading

[LIT] Nostalgia And Validation: A Review of Sari Botton’s <i>Goodbye To All That</i>
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[LIT] Nostalgia And Validation: A Review of Sari Botton’s Goodbye To All That

A very smart friend gifted me this book for Christmas. It was the perfect gift, because I am a writer and I loved and left New York, and also, unbeknownst to my friend, I had read about the book in an upstate magazine months earlier and put it on my mental “to-read” list. The basics: … Continue reading

How Do YOU React To Street Harassment? (Survey!)
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How Do YOU React To Street Harassment? (Survey!)

When I posted my first ever Luna Luna article, “Stop Saying ‘I Have a Boyfriend,’” it got a huge response—bigger than I ever would have expected. I got comments both positive and negative, but after it was reposted to xoJane, I got a ton of comments regarding street harassment, and how my method was completely wrong … Continue reading

“You’re Not A Princess”: The Rebranding of All-Girl Schools
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“You’re Not A Princess”: The Rebranding of All-Girl Schools

Recently, I came across an article raving about the new advertising campaign for Mercy Academy, a girls’ Catholic school in Kentucky. The campaign is powerful in all its anti-Disney glory. “You’re not a princess,” it reminds girls, “but you can still rule the world.” Another reads “Don’t wait for a prince. Be able to rescue … Continue reading

W. Kamau Bell Is Awesome, And We Need More Men Like Him On TV
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W. Kamau Bell Is Awesome, And We Need More Men Like Him On TV

Until its unfortunate cancellation this week, comedian W. Kamau Bell was the host of Totally Biased on FX/FXX. Like any good late-night show, it’s hilarious, and the format is essentially the same as the format of Conan or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—live interviews and pre-filmed skits. But the content that Bell chooses to tackle makes Totally Biased different … Continue reading

“It’s Only Natural!”: The Hypocrisy of Biological Determinism
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“It’s Only Natural!”: The Hypocrisy of Biological Determinism

Recently, my younger brother (who is all kinds of awesome) called me from his college in Pennsylvania to relate a story he thought I’d appreciate. A classmate of his was trying to make a “scientific argument” for why gay marriage should not be legalized, which went something like this: “Marriage exists because women had to … Continue reading

Internet Activism Part III: 7 Responsibilities We Have To The Internet
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Internet Activism Part III: 7 Responsibilities We Have To The Internet

This piece is a follow up to two earlier pieces, here and here. — To continue our discussion of the role of social media in Internet “outrage” and activism, I’d love to switch the focus to us, the content providers. This post is aimed at readers that consider themselves the creators and purveyors of information, … Continue reading

Internet Activism Part II: Please Stay Weird, Twitter!
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Internet Activism Part II: Please Stay Weird, Twitter!

Last week, I wrote this piece, a sort of overview of feminist activism and the role of Internet outrage. After my fiancé read the piece, we had a long discussion about the topic including social media and how it’s changing, whether or not this idea applies to movements other than feminism, and why we’re choosing … Continue reading

The Outrage Generation: Feminist Activism On The Internet
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The Outrage Generation: Feminist Activism On The Internet

Melissa Gorga’s rape-y marriage advice book. That woman who is making 300 sandwiches so her boyfriend will propose to her. Every article written about Miley Cyrus (including this one) and everything written in response to those articles, calling them slut-shaming, and everything written in response to those, calling out Miley’s racial appropriation. “Blurred Lines” and … Continue reading