Posts Tagged: adulthood
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Are You a Grown Woman? An Informal Survey

Here’s the only formal announcement I’ll make: my boyfriend and I are getting a domestic partnership. There’s no milestone we’ve reached, no prying relative we want to spurn by only getting a “sort of” union. There is only the question of his health insurance, which is running out.

I’m still trying to decide whether this is a big deal or not, for our relationship and for myself. He kept stressing that we didn’t have to if I didn’t want to. I was hesitant, but realized: a person I care about has a problem, and I could provide the solution. We were thinking about doing it anyway. I bucked up, kneeled [...]

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A Girl and a Good Wife

I'm leaving Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg when I spot Girls actor Alex Karpovsky at the bar. I'd been feeling old at a 30 year-old's birthday party, so I knew I hadn't time-traveled into a scene with Lena Dunham: Girls is bereft of fortysomething women. If you want to watch a television show about a grown-ass woman, you need to tune in to The Good Wife.

I watch both. I watch The Good Wife, now in its stellar fifth season, because Julianna Margulies's Alicia Florrick is a model of intelligence at any age. I watch Girls because I am curious about how a young woman is interpreting her early twenties as she lives [...]