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On Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Rekindle My Belief In Men?

Wait, so, men are going to find me in my nest? (Like the FedEx guy? What's the plan here?) And only if I turn my beak to berry collecting, even though berries are no food for a hawk? Tell some male hawks to start flying higher, man.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm 2

On Feminist Writers React To Classic Viral YouTube Videos

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.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm 3

On George Is the One With the Glasses: My Seinfeld Capitulation

@loopdeloop Let's all lean into the Woody Allen backlash. Maybe not appreciating Woody Allen makes you a bad jew, maybe it makes you a decent human! Who can tell these days.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm 0

On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

@anachronistique I have so many Feelings about this! Another grad student here teetering on the brink of the job market, and I'm already mourning AHP's departure like Frodo at the end of LOTR (too good for this world!) while being simultaneously jealous. Living in a city and working in an office?! That all sounds so... stable. And financially solvent.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm 1

On Finally, Some Endives for a Diva Like Me

Blinded by my dislike of gendered marketing, I read this whole article without realizing that "diva" is word-play on "endives." Once I belatedly realized this I forgave them. But only if all vegetables are gendered based on puns. BRO-ccoli should be sold with broccoli florets as li'l dumbbells.

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm 2

On Joan Didion on Woody Allen

@queequeging I watched Midnight in Paris recently and felt vindicated that my dislike of Woody Allen goes deeper than the superficial, because even when Owen Wilson, who I like, is playing Woody Allen, I still can't stand him. I don't mind the performative intellectualism (I'd be an awful hypocrite if I did), I mind the implication that every woman in his movies is just hovering on the peripheries of his sex life. Even if the women are smart and interesting, they are smart and interesting primarily to reflect well upon him, because these smart and interesting women all want to sleep with him.

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm 2

On What If I Am Never Anyone's Shorty, and Other Fears

In my experience, love is not a thing that arrives on the doorsteps of the worthy like an overnight Amazon Prime order. So while I completely support decisions to tip more, floss, read outdoors, and generally treat yourself with kindness, don't convince yourself that no one will love you until you're perfect, because most of the time people fall in love with you for being imperfect.

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm 8

On What If I Am Never Anyone's Shorty, and Other Fears

@harebell I live in L.A., and I agree with this statement. The entire population suffers from a deadly combination of vanity, insecurity, ambition and completely reasonable unwillingness to sit in one's car for an hour minimum to go get a $15 cocktail (after which you are trapped with an asshole until you have metabolized the alcohol). Awwwww I am part of the problem!

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm 2

On The Gift of Small Predictions: January Horoscopes from Galactic Rabbit

Can we have this every month?

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm 7

On 8 Headlines That Sound Like Upworthy, But Are Simply Attempts To Express My Withering Contempt For That Collective of Neo-Liberal Douchebags

I always close those screens without answering ON PRINCIPLE. But I would genuinely like someone to explain what those "surveys" accomplish! Is it just to give you a nice smug glow at agreeing with a statement that only serial puppy murderers would disagree with? Or are they counting our clicks for some nefarious purpose?

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm 8