Mmm... I think you're underselling first-wave feminism here. Louisa May Alcott basically admitted she only married off a lot of her characters because her fans demanded love stories-- she didn't write husband-hunting heroines, she wrote stories about ambitious young girls and sometimes sequels in which they got married to their childhood friends or their cousins, but still had careers.
By JanieS on Mysteries of Adulthood
@shalalas Nobody could tell Jane shit. She only ever did exactly what she wanted/what she thought was right. That her life choices seem questionable to us is entirely beside the point.
@isavedlatin It is a good answer but I was hoping she would say something more along the lines of "My dad was the Sheriff until my best friend got murdered and now I'm just trying to find some justice and maybe a little revenge"? Just me?
By Danzig! on Friday Open Thread
This was my day
By shalalas on Ask Us Anything
@Danzig! oh baby, don't hurt me.
What kind of sadistic fuck would even dream up naked yoga.
This is not unlike what was going through my head at hot yoga (people there are barely clothed), except for then I passed out, sat down for the rest of the class, and never used the rest of my groupon classes.
By discombobulated on Or Neither
"Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles. She is the author of “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” and a contributing editor for The Atlantic."
Oh, she's a professional purveyor of terrible advice and obnoxious lady-clickbait? Never would've guessed.
@pterodactylish This was a pretty vitriolic comment for such a reasonable article. Weird. 1) She said it was at a work, so the snide "maybe you need to get some new friends" comment was completely unwarranted, 2) you are aware that in the majority of households, the women do more housework, right? Gender roles are pervasive. I'm glad you only know perfectly enlightened people, but them's the facts, buddy, 3) what in the world is with this newfangled idea that feminism means that every choice a woman makes is unassailably right? It's like xojane feminism. No need to think critically about any of our actions!
I'm shocked to see any detractors, I thought this hit the nail on the head. “I’m taking his last name because I hate my last name,” stated as though it’s a fresh and free-willed motive, totally uninfluenced by orthodox, for effacing a piece of one’s identity;"
“Boys are just easier than girls,” coming authoritatively from a mother of boys, or any mother for that matter."
I loved your take on the tying of female-only baby showers into larger matters of sexism.