On The Hairpin Rom Com Club: Hitch

There's another trope that I hate in this movie, which is where "see past the exterior" only applies to women. Gorgeous women are supposed to love and accept frumpy, overweight, unsuccessful men because they're good people inside, but examples of gorgeous men loving and accepting frumpy, overweight, unsuccessful women? Where are those couples?

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm 2

On Relax. You're in Los Angeles.

I mightily enjoyed this, not just because I'm from LA and this essay is so spot-on about it, but also because Sarah's reaction to that Esquire essay was so perfect at capturing the mixed rage and disappointment. In fact, I might just read this essay again.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm 1

On My Imaginary Friends: The Beauty YouTuber Economy

This is depressing. The amount of time and energy that women spend, are supposed to spend, are collectively imagined to spend, in the pursuit of beauty perfection makes me want to barf. I suppose I can at least be relieved that I shall soon age out of that coveted demographic of 14-to-34-year-olds, and none of these "nice girls who like stuff" will be talking to me anymore.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm 0

On Startups I Would Invest $1 Million In Instead Of "Yo"

@sophi But they're white inside. WTF? Period panties have to be black inside, there's no other option.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0

On Sangria Recipes for a Sweaty Summer

Dear Lord, I love white sangria so much. I'm thrilled to have this post to inspire to make some in the extremely immediate future.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm 1

On The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@KevinP It is not hard to put yourself out there. I express interest in men regularly, and I've been rejected plenty of times. Move on from it. All you're doing is making an offer of availability, you're not giving someone the keys to your self-worth.

If you have to be pushy to get someone's number? That person isn't interested in you. Bow out gracefully before making an ass out of yourself, or face these very gentle, potentially educational consequences.

I love this idea. I think we should have a variety of such numbers; I'd like some Betty Friedan quotes and some Simone de Beauvoir quotes, too.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm 2

On How to Be a Genius (Or, How to Contract Syphilis and Be An Artist)

Er, I don't believe that "beaver" is a metaphor for "vagina" in French the way it is in English. Unless my repertoire of French euphemisms is sorely lacking, I'm pretty sure 19th-century readers would not have sniggered at the old beaver hat.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm 0

On When Will A Woman Win the Iditarod Again?

I really enjoyed this. I had no idea about these bad-ass women running the Iditarod and the crazy things that happen (moose attack?!). Thank you!

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 12:28 am 0

On Happy Birthday, W.H. Auden

I know I'm that person now but there's no "la" in "plus ça change"...

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 12:12 am 0

On What I've Learned From My Side Job Critiquing Dick Pics

Sweet Jesus, this is the best tumblr ever. Please keep doing this indefinitely.

I had never seen a beautiful dick pic before now, and goodness me, there are some beautiful ones, and also some hilarious ones, and your review style is just perfect. Thank you so much.

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm 0