On I Hereby Convene The Beach Witch Coven

@bunnymelt God. I'm 31 and I have no idea what I'm going for. All I know is I need about 20 more years and tenure before I can pull off Feminist Professor at my current phenotype.

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On Lamp Options


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On The Best Time I Fainted While Posing Nude

What a fantastic story!

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm 0

On The Five Boro Cemetery Tour

A great idea for a piece and beautifully written. I'm so sorry about your mom.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0

On "I am not writing this to explain myself": Roxane Gay on Receipts and Racial Profiling

I've been reading Roxane Gay's work all morning instead of working. Her Tumblr post on the brownie pie is a punch to the gut.

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 11:11 am 0

On Ask a Fancy Person: First Parties, Working for Free, and What to Do When Your Gym Is Crawling with Children

@dotcommie Agreed. I used to think this was done on purpose and rude, and then . . . I started lifting heavy. It's often involuntary and some people think it protects your spine because a heavy exhale tenses the muscles in your core. You wouldn't get salty at someone breathing heavy while they were sprinting; same principle.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm 1

On My Nom de Peen: The Surprising Effects of a Male Pseudonym

@sheistolerable Just to clarify, that name is made up based on the article . . .

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm 0

On My Nom de Peen: The Surprising Effects of a Male Pseudonym

In a world where male is viewed as the default you're basically buying yourself blind peer review (which I'm surprised poetry journals don't have, but whatever.) Is your pseudonym linked to your other work anywhere? What if someone likes your poetry and wants to know more about this Mr. "Tristan Smith?"

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm 1

On Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

I wanted to make something for a friend's baby and I read on the internet that acrylic is best because wool can cause allergies, so I went to my local lovely little yarn shop and looked around for a while. Finally I asked, "Don't you have any acrylic? It's for a baby."
Look of utter horror from yarn shop employee (older male, which struck me as unusual.)
"Acrylic is FLAMMABLE! If that baby catches on fire, it'll be all over with! You want wool. That's what Navy SEALs wear. It keeps you warm even when it's soaking wet."
I have questions about this vision of the universe where my friend's baby is allowed to remain soaking wet and is in constant danger of catching on fire.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:56 am 0

On Ask a Fancy Person: Consignment Shops, Gendered Pronouns and Leaving the Forever 21 Zone

@AmandaElsewhere My experience has been the same as the other commenter: it depends on the store. If you're looking for work clothes, find a store in a middle-class or up area, and not one frequented by teens. Also the wealthier people are, the more clothes they buy and get rid of, so if you go to a thrift store in a poorer area (like the one where I live) it tends to be a lot of Old Navy/Forever 21 stuff that's very, very worn; in wealthier areas you'll get stuff that was more expensive to begin with, and sometimes even still has tags.
In my experience church thrift stores are great places to find work-appropriate plus size women's clothing in decent shape.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm 1