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On A Smart Girl's Guide To Responding To Pop Stars

UGH. This is so so great, but I wish there wasn't so much material. You could make this into a weekly thing and never run out of stuff.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm 0

On What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

@Punctured: I absolutely agree. This was more than one friend however. I have had several either in either subtle ways (eg just happening to send me a link to an article about women taking their husband's last names) and not so subtle (eg telling me outright that they "expected better from me" when they learned we were giving my daughter my husband's last name).

I think the author of this piece would agree with your (and my own) belief that feminism is about choices and that's why I really appreciated an article that explicitly talked about choice being the most essential part of the equation rather than being all about smugly congratulating herself on being "better" than others.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:10 am 0

On What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

I had a very specific and negative experience with the naming your kid thing that was almost exactly the opposite of the author's.

My daughter was quite the surprise and her dad and I were not yet married. We had a long discussion about what to do regarding last names. Since both of our last names were absolutely awful to spell we knew right away we weren't going to go with a hyphenated name. We then spent some time comparing the worst things that had ever happened to us due to our last name. He had some problems with mail delivery and a one time issue with his bank. I had nearly lost college housing because a capital I and a lowercase L look very similar when typed in certain fonts and when handwritten. So we went with his last name for our daughter and when we eventually got married I changed my last name to his because I liked us all having the same family name.

I received so many negative, hurtful comments from "friends" who were distressed at my perceived caving to the patriarchy. One friend still sends letters using my maiden last name. Another friend sent me a link to an article about how it was anti-feminist to take you husband's last name the day before my wedding.

I guess my point is that I really appreciate that the tone of this article is one of "have that discussion and do what's right for you" rather than "here's the *feminist* way to do things."

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm 1

On 44 Questions Five-Year-Olds Asked Me On a Rainy Day at a Florida Summer Camp

That "twin" one drives me nuts. My daughter and her friends do the "so and so and I are twins" thing all the time. We're both 6? Guess we're twins! We both lost our front tooth? Twinsies. I like pink and so do you? OMG, separated at birth! I have no idea why, but the weirdness of it all drives me up a wall.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 8:31 am 0

On 10 Famous Quotes Recast For the Beyoncé-Solange Situation

@PennyCentury Wow. You really showed me with your nonsensical ramblings. If you can't appreciate how horrific it is that this is becoming a joke rather than a serious conversation and how HARMFUL that is to women than there is nothing I can say to help you.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm 1

On 10 Famous Quotes Recast For the Beyoncé-Solange Situation

Penny: I'm sorry, what? So saying that assaulting another human being--whether you have a vagina or a penis is wrong is an MRA trope? Calling out a website that has routinely railed against behavior like this when the violence is directed at women for hypocrisy is NOT anti-feminist. It's insanely important that we have a conversation about the fact that the world still views woman as incapable of causing harm to men and that we openly mock that fact. Do you not understand the fact that this is the opposite side of the coin and the "jokes" and memes about this are simply aspects of the patriarchy rearing their ugly heads?

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm 1

On 10 Famous Quotes Recast For the Beyoncé-Solange Situation

@I AM DIAPHENA You can *like* this person as an artist/performer however much you want. Doesn't change the fact that she assaulted someone and should at the very least be under investigation and looking at a possible jail sentence.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm 1

On 10 Famous Quotes Recast For the Beyoncé-Solange Situation

All the jokes, memes, etc regarding this situation make me very uncomfortable. Someone was assaulted. The fact that the person doing the striking was in possession of a vagina does not make this fact any less true.

I'm pretty sure if someone had done something similar with the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation you wouldn't be publishing it like this. Gross.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm 2

On Reasons for Dropped Rape Case Include "Wearing Spanx"

I don't get the crab legs thing. I'm pretty sure that what happened was they saw Winston and WANTED to leave with him and jumped into his pocket cause he's such a big star, but then after they felt super embarrassed and also thought maybe they could really gain something if they just told the cops he shoplifted them.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:49 am 1