Jia, you will be missed! I hope at your next stop you'll be continuing your interview series? Those were really fabulous.
On Ask a Fancy Person: Talking About Military Service, Finding Goodbye Gifts, Being the Broke Friend at the Wedding
A Fancy Person, as a civilian close to many servicemembers, I agree wholeheartedly with your advice to LW1.
@dee AHHHH this is THAT lady!!! Explains so much.
@polka dots vs stripes I had to read that sentence like 4 times to double check I understood it. What the fuck!
And it was partly because I love women-going-crazy stories.
Yowza. I'd be interested in reading this book but so much about this interview was a huge turn off.
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.
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!
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!
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.