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On Preexisting Conditions

This was really wonderful. My sister was telling me recently about all the ways the marine corps coddles young enlistees - there's a lot of pressure on sergeants to be accountable for "their marines" behavior, so they'll bail them out of jail, pay their fines, and otherwise take care of them in ways that any other 19 year old probably wouldn't be taken care of (well, their parents might, but their parents might have to drive overnight to bail them out in their college town so at least they get that experience...).

It goes against everything you think about the military (personal responsibility! etc etc) but it can really mess up their ability to function as civilians. Thanks for posting this, Lydia, and sharing from the other side.

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm 0

On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

I am disappointed ONLY because Buzzfeed doesn't load properly on my workstation and it's difficult to read/has no images so I'm afraid I'll forget to check it to read AHP!

I don't think I've ever not-liked an interview Jia did and this one provides a ton to think about how academic work is valued and how to connect the ivory tower and the online world as both valid places to research, read, and learn from. I wish AHP the best of luck and I hope she can be a leader in bridging that gap!

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm 4

On Talking to Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman About Child Abuse, the Quiverfull Movement and Homeschooling Policy Reform

It must be difficult to be an activist in a sphere that is such a big part of your families' identities; it sounds like Heather and Rachel have good relationships with some of their siblings/parents but I wonder how their work has impacted those relationships (especially given that, from my experience, large families can tend to splinter off just based on personality types, much less activism trying to reform the way you grew up).

Interviews like this make me miss the old Hairpin community, even though I was a limited participant. This was really interesting!

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm 4

On Important Alert: Jane Has a New Beauty Column!

I wish so hard that Rookie had been around when I was 16, but also am glad the internet and smartphones weren't quite the thing it is now.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:41 am 3

On Interview With My Mom, The Olympian Who Wasn't

@HereKitty Yeah I don't think I've ever even heard of another boat company besides Vespoli?

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm 1

On Interview With My Mom, The Olympian Who Wasn't

I just finished The Red Rose Crew, this is timely!

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Is there a not-snarky way you can message them? "Hey we used to be friends, I never hear from you, is everything ok?" I've done that on occasion, with varying degrees of success.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@coolallison Can I ask, why do you do Drynuary if you're just going to be wasted immediately on February 1?

I don't do Drynuary because I don't see a need to, I'm not worried about my alcohol intake, I don't need to stop because of health reasons, etc etc, so I'm confused about why you would not drink for so long and then binge like that?

I hope I don't sound like I'm attacking you, this is a general question for people. Drynuary sometimes reminds me of an extreme fad diet where as soon as you end it's back to old habits, so I'm wondering what benefit people see.

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm 0

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@:Cinnamon Girl: I use Nature's Gate, but Trader Joe's has a tea tree shampoo/conditioner, as does a fancy pants Beverly Hills brand that I've found at Target near the natural/Burt Bee's section (can't remember the guy's name). The fancy pants brand isn't too expensive to try out just once, but it comes in a smaller bottle so something in a larger volume like Nature's Gate is cheaper per ounce if you decide to do it long term.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm 0

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@ComradeQuestion When I tried shampooing 3-4 times a week (I used tea tree shampoo) I wet my hair and put conditioner in it, then rinsed it out at the end of my swim. The only problem I had was that my cap slid off a lot, but maybe someone with more dedication could figure out something to keep it from sliding it around too much. I now shower every other day and either just wash my hair twice in a row, if I swim two days in a row or schedule my swims around my hair washing schedule.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:25 am 0