May 09, 2014

A safe space for F-bombs

I Was Shailene Woodley. I Used to Say I Wasn’t Feminist -

I swear, only a select few women who grew up with feminist moms have never said, “I’m not a feminist.” Most of us have been there.

The Stylish Housewife Pie - The Hairpin

Inspired by this article. It's true, I will not turn down any dessert served in a mason jar.

Colleges Need a New Attitude to Stop Sexual Assault on Campus -


Risks of personal brand journalism - Columbia Journalism Review

Journalists aren’t the only one with brands to manage.

On being a boss -

Some advice I sent to a friend who just became a boss.

I’m reading:

Monica Lewinsky today, and how Maureen Dowd conveniently forgets she won a Pulitzer for calling her a bimbo. How celebrity profiles became so banal. I am never not riveted by interviews with Courtney Love. TAVI + MILEY. Is the internet intrinsically sexist? A really thoughtful essay from a self-identified bro. “Real men” don’t try to define who’s a real man. The problem with “I have a boyfriend.” Gluten-free diets in the context of American food fads. Realities of the writing life. The Supreme Court’s fucked-up priorities. Why American hospitals perform too many C-sections. Corkscrew duck penises and the animal vagina research gap. Where those sleazy “Around the Web” suggested articles come from. A tour of James Joyce’s Dublin, and what it means to leave home and never go back. The first openly gay country album. Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Joleeeeeeene.


Dolly! Nellie Bly! Big-body Flawless. The existential dread of being a child.




Basically the theme of this newsletter.

Other relevant gifs this week include a response to dudes who think feminists hate men, and a response to dudes who fired me two years ago and now want to re-hire a bunch of editors.

I endorse:


These two one-act plays, Swing and Beowulf, one of which involves a lightsaber. See them in New York between now and the end of the month. Be delighted.

You Do You:

My friend Gracy and I are collaborating on a writing and yoga retreat in Guatemala this November. No, it’s not just a trip for my friends—anyone can come, ladies and dudes alike. It’s gonna be great. There are still spaces left! More info here.


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