Iron Maiden, Hallowe'en, baby animals. These are a few of my favorite things. METAPHORICALLY.


Whoa-hoooo I'm glad I clicked that link. I had no idea you could get the state involved in that kinda thing. My husband and I are religious and we consider our marriage license to be a contract/covenant that would require some pretty serious circumstances for us to break it, but it's a strictly religious belief. How does making it harder to get a divorce show that you value the sanctity of your relationship any more than just working hard not to need one?

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm 0

On Women Real Tired of Your Shit in Art

Y'all do realize that The Toast and The Hairpin are friends, right? And that because they share writers and voices, sometimes there's an overlap? Kristen Roupenian and Jia Tolentino wrote similar (but original) pieces based on "Call Your Girlfriend" over a year apart on this very website. I've seen Snapchat series posted on Tumblr that were like Mallory's posts before she made them popular. But Mallory's work is her own and is great, as is Lili's.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm 3

On The Hairpin Rom Com Club: She's All That

Ohhh but this is my FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! I agree with your criticisms and appreciate having them pointed out though. I tend to gloss over its problematic elements due to the fact that Laney is a tough choice for prom queen not because she's unattractive but because she's "scary and inaccessible", already assigning her more depth than your average makeover candidate. Plus when she DOES get her makeover, Mackenzie introduces her as, "not improved, but different". The other part that makes me annoy everyone when it happens is when Laney asks Zach what he lost and he says, "My best friend." *heart eyes*

But, yes. I need to be reminded that it's still hella sketchy to have so many token black characters and a leading man who won't take "no" for an answer.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm 1

On The Best Time I Went to the Orthodontist on LSD


Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:29 am 0

On A Look Inside Billy Collins's Draft Folder

Billy Collins is the Jeff Koons of poetry and this delights me. I startled my dog from laughing so hard.

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm 0

On Bloodfeast: The Nutella Bacon Burger

if there's no other reason for me to celebrate growing up at this exact moment in history (as opposed to the 80s when everyone was rich or the future when maybe racism is gone), it is so that i can read things like this.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm 1

On Like, Literally.

@tulliola That first paragraph is legit. I have yet to encounter someone who hates figurative use of "literally" and has a degree in linguistics. Whenever I encounter said hand-wringing, I'm so tempted to ask if the person in question uses awful to mean inspiring wonder or egregious to describe something remarkably good. And I suppose we'd have to assume that every "guy" said person refers to is someone of a horrible appearance.

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm 0

On Like, Literally.

It's called a semantic shift, and it happens all the time! There are plenty of words that mean one thing and that thing's opposite (cleave comes to mind).

From the American Heritage Dictionary’s usage notes:

"For more than a hundred years, critics have remarked on the incoherency of using literally in a way that suggests the exact opposite of its primary sense of “in a manner that accords with the literal sense of the words.” In 1926, for example, H.W. Fowler cited the example "The 300,000 Unionists … will be literally thrown to the wolves." The practice does not stem from a change in the meaning of literally itself—if it did, the word would long since have come to mean “virtually” or “figuratively”—but from a natural tendency to use the word as a general intensive, as in They had literally no help from the government on the project, where no contrast with the figurative sense of the words is intended."

I feel very passionately about acceptance of language evolution.

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm 1

On Boyfriends' Mothers, "Compassion," and Les Misérables

@This is my new username How positive do you think "you must not have sex" really is, though? Everyone's experience is different, even in our own little segmented groups. I'm religious and went to a religious college, but I was the only one of my friends who waited until I was married to have sex. Even then, for me, it was not a difficult transition in terms of swapping "not okay" for "okay." Now, the logistics? Awkies. But it's been seven years and I am proud of my bangin' sex life.

Heads up LW#1, if you're the type who waited for marriage, I assume you're the type not to get divorced due to sexual inexperience/incompatibility. Y'all have a long time to figure this out. A year and a half doesn't mean you have to have all of your sexual interests and skills down to a fine science, and there is some great advice here.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm 0

On The Best Things Christian Women Told Me About Sex This Year

I love this because it's very hard to write about this kind of topic without being condescending ("Oh these poor, naive, unenlightened women!") and you totally nailed it. Edit: best accidental pun ever.

Also, for what it's worth, I saved my v-card for marriage and it was for deeply religious reasons :)

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm 3